2013 Record – 14th on ladder – 32 points – 8 wins, 14 losses.
Stat Rankings –
Positive: 5th in tackles against.
Negative: 17th in hitouts, 15th in points scored, 15th in marks, 14th in kicks.
2013 was the year the Suns really started to show just how good they are going to be over the next 5 seasons with wins against North Melbourne and Collingwood and, most tellingly for me, the 2nd quarter against Hawthorn in round 9 at the MCG where they led at halftime by 11 points after winning the 2nd quarter by 19.
Brownlow Medal winning captain, Gary Ablett Jnr, continued to drive all those around him forward in 2013 with incredible individual performances and young guns, Jaeger O’Meara, Dion Prestia, Harley Bennell and Jarrod Harbrow will all be looking to build on the highly promising starts they’ve made to their careers.
The dogs have been barking the name of number 1 draft pick from the 2012 mini draft, Jack Martin, since before he joined the club and if he can reproduce some of his NEAFL performances on the biggest stage then we are in for something special.
Hard man Campbell Brown had his umpteenth and, probably, final playing career implosion outside a Los Angeles drinking establishment at the back end of last year when he broke his now ex team mate, Steven May’s jaw. Reports that he was wearing the outfit pictured above are as yet unconfirmed.
Brown was inspirational at times on the field last season and it’s a shame his career has to end on yet another sour note.
The Suns have what I make to be the second easiest draw in the competition -after that of GWS – and they should improve on their 2013 record of 8 wins in 2014.
I like the Suns to go very close to making the finals in 2014 – $4 with Sportsbet and the $14 with Ladbrokes in their handicap market with a 30 point start could also look like tremendous value if, as expected, they get off to a good start against Richmond, who they have beaten at home in the last two seasons.