Gold Coast will be aiming to snap their four-game losing streak at Patersons Stadium when they take on Fremantle on Saturday.
If it bleeds, we can kill it.
AFL great Leigh Matthews used that famous Predator movie quote to inspire Brisbane to victory over Essendon in 2001, and Gold Coast have adopted the same mantra as they attempt to take down Fremantle in Perth on Saturday night.
The Dockers have become nearly unbeatable at Patersons Stadium over the past 20 months, with the premiership favourites losing just one game at home during that period.
Gold Coast have lost all four of their games in Perth, and will start as rank underdogs against a Fremantle outfit that demolished Collingwood in Melbourne a fortnight ago.
The Suns produced an impressive display in last week’s win over Richmond, and coach Guy McKenna is urging his fledgling outfit to use their blistering speed to run Fremantle ragged.
McKenna also hopes the Dockers will enter the match a tad complacent.
“They’re not perfect,” McKenna said of Fremantle.
“You can use all the cliches like Leigh Matthews has done before – if it bleeds, you can kill it.
“Maybe some of their players, some of their fans have already locked away four points.
“Maybe they’re not going to take us seriously. I don’t know.”
McKenna confirmed debutant Kade Kolodjashnij, who was snared with pick No.5 in last year’s national draft, would start on the ground.
And for those wondering how to pronounce Kolodjashnij’s name, McKenna has a simple method.
“Collar-jazz-knee,” McKenna said with a laugh.
Dockers coach Ross Lyon resisted the urge to recall fit-again ruckman Zac Clarke, but defender Nick Suban returns from suspension at the expense of Lachie Neale.
With master Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley almost certain to get the job on Gary Ablett, McKenna urged the rest of the Suns midfield to help out their skipper.
“They need to help him with blocks and tactics to get Gary free,” McKenna said.
Kolodjashnij, whose twin brother was drafted by Geelong, grew up playing basketball and soccer, but fell in love with Aussie Rules once a friend coaxed him into playing when he was 13.