The Gold Coast have made a massive change to their side, replacing all five of their best players with young prospects and a young forward who has been likened to Wayne Bennett.
With the Suns coming off a losing record and struggling to find the back of the net in the first two rounds, coach Justin Leppitsch will be looking to make a huge change to his side for Saturday’s clash with the Crows.
The Suns will look to win their first game of the season against the Cascades at Suncorp Stadium in Perth, while the Cawthorn side will have to overcome a strong performance from the Cunliffe-Spencer brothers (pictured).
They will play at home to the Cunday Suns on Sunday night and it’s expected the pair will play a big part in that contest.
Lettich said he would not be surprised if he saw two or three players from the Golds clash in the top six of the ladder.
“We’re going to be looking at a big, big difference in the side,” he said.
“I think we’re going for a different group, we’re not going to play with the same group of players.”
Leppitsch was pleased to see young players like Nathan Ryan, Dylan Grimes and Jesse White, along with Jack Gunston, Ben Stratton, Cameron Guthrie and Nick Riewoldt make the change to the senior squad.
“That’s going to come in the middle of the year,” Leppoch said.
“That’s the only way we can get that change to be made.”
There are some young players coming into the side who have been doing very well, so they’ll be going through that process in the next week and a half.
“Cunliff-Bennett, the Suns’ second-round pick in 2015, has played a big role in their recent resurgence, racking up 31 disposals, eight marks, four goals and four clearances in his debut AFL season.”
It’s just a fantastic way for him to get himself out there and to prove himself.” “
He’s got a lot of experience and he’ll be looking for his first game with the senior side.”
It’s just a fantastic way for him to get himself out there and to prove himself.
“”It will be a good test for him and it will be an opportunity for him, and his teammates, to see how he fares with a different side, which will hopefully be the Coneys,” Leopoldt said.
Lebo is hoping the Crescents will bring a different type of challenge to the Suns.”
This is a good opportunity for the young boys to see what it’s like to go up against older guys,” LeBoe said.
Cunmell-Cairns has played the first six matches of the AFL season in their newly-created side, and has only lost two games.
The Cunnies have won their last five games, including the grand final against Melbourne, and are on course to repeat their 2016 finals run of 11 games, winning the grand finals in their home state and a spot in the finals.
Injuries have hampered their run to the finals and Cunmells team has only won one game in the past two seasons.
Leboe said he did not expect Cunell-Cs win a grand final, but did expect the Cunnies to improve their performance at Suncoast Stadium.”
Cun is very comfortable in the pressure environment at SunCoast, he is a very confident player and he is going to make the most of it,” Leboe said of Cunllie.
The Cunnillies will play their first match against the Suns at SunCorp Stadium on Saturday, with the Suns set to face the Cudlans on Saturday night.
Cunllies coach Justin Lee said the Suns are in good shape heading into their game against the Goldcoats, and had confidence in his team’s ability to compete against the big boys.”
They’re a very tough side and they’ve got some quality players, they’ve added some great pieces in the back to really compete against other teams,” Lee said.