MEATLOAF was wrong. Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade reckons two out of three is bad and has vowed the axe will fall on any players who put in stinkers against Carlton on Saturday night.
This should have been the best week in the club’s seven-year history but the sense of wellbeing from an 86-point victory over Hawthorn last week has been punctured by a stab of uncertainty.
Which Suns side will turn up at Etihad Stadium?
Eade didn’t wield the selection axe after the Suns’ 102-point loss to Greater Western Sydney in Round 2, and his players redeemed themselves against the Hawks.
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The only changes were Brandon Matera in for the injured Ben Ainsworth, while Jesse Joyce for Jack Leslie was a team balance selection because of the smaller Hawthorn attack.
The fact that the same players orchestrated a 188-point turnaround in a week suggests the form woes are mental, not physical or due to a shortage of talent.
The only change this week is Leslie back in for injured full back Rory Thompson, who experienced a tight quad at training on Thursday.
Eade said Carlton had made great improvements and disputed that the Suns would be favourites – although that’s the way the betting agencies see it.
He said he did not expect the same margin by which the Suns torched the Hawks, but the effort must be the same.
If not, the players’ perforamnces against GWS will come under consideration at the selection meeting next week.
“If they (players) had a poor one against GWS, then everyone’s form was good on the weekend, another poor one from certain players – whoever they are – that would be two out of three, so you’re looking for some consistency,” Eade said.
For the first time in his two-year tenure, Eade has almost an entire list from which to pick. Only Sam Day (hip), Michael Rischitelli (knee) and Thompson are unavailable.
“We’ve now got some leverage at selection,” Eade said.
“The seconds have played well, we’ve got quite a few players available, so there’s some players in good form in the NEAFL team and we’ll reward that.
“What you’re looking for is the effort. Carlton are playing some pretty good footy.”
It is not just the players who would erase the goodwill they generated last week if the lack of effort is present tonight.
Eade’s own position would also come straight back under fire.
Originally published as Two out of three won’t do for Rocket
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