Suns on song as victory recorded
THE first win of the season for the Gold Coast Suns presented a few problems for Rockhampton’s Zac Smith and his teammates.
“It was great to be able to sing the team’s song,” Smith told The Morning Bulletin yesterday.
“They brought a big banner into the changing room with the words to the song on it.”
While Smith has been with the club since the start, and played in the Victorian competition for two seasons, a number of his teammates have not tasted much success yet.
Now that Smith has had his first win in the AFL he is keen for more.
“It was unbelievable,” he said, “it has taken a weight off our shoulders.”
Smith has been playing a fair bit of his football in the ruck and was on the score sheet on Saturday for the match against Port Adelaide, scoring a major.
“It was my fourth goal of the season,” he said.
The 21-year-old former Glenmore Bulls player said he is beginning to get used to playing at the top level of the game.
“I’m just sticking with what the coach says,” he said, “he just tells me not to do anything flashy.”
“I think with each game we (Suns) are getting better.
“I cramped up after the first match but I’m pulling up better after the game.
“It is a massive step up but the coach believes we have to take the game on.
“He expects we will make mistakes but over time we will make less mistakes.”
The young player is also coming to terms with playing in front of a crowd.
“It is amazing playing in front of more than 20,000 fans,” he said, “you have to scream your lungs out to be heard by team mates.”
The season does not get any easier for the Suns who have eight days to recover before the next challenge.
“We have got Essendon at the MCG and they are going really well this season,” Smith said.
The players have now tasted victory and have also managed to silence a few critics.
“A lot of people wrote us off but now we have had a tough win, and a win is a win and we’ll take it.”
For the record the Suns beat Port Adelaide 15.14.104 to 15.11.101. In other games-St Kilda 13.11.89 def Brisbane Lions 11.10.76, Carlton def Adelaide 11.1985 to 12.7.79.