The end can’t come soon enough for the interstate visitors inside the AFL’s Queensland hub, with West Coast and Adelaide suffering further misery.
Gold Coast’s 53-point round-three annihilation of the Crows on Sunday ensured the hub teams are 0-4 against the Queensland clubs since arriving in the Sunshine State.
West Coast, Fremantle, Adelaide and Port Adelaide still have two weeks left on the Gold Coast before they are a chance of flying home.
Port took on the Dockers on Sunday night in the first neutral hub clash, but the Queensland teams have taken full advantage of their home comforts.
The Suns showed last week’s upset of West Coast was no fluke with their first win in 14 starts against the Crows, who produced a listless performance at Metricon Stadium.
They jumped to third on the ladder with the commanding victory, knocking reigning premiers Richmond out of the top-eight in the process.
On Saturday night, Brisbane broke away after halftime to defeat West Coast by 30 points and heap more pain on Adam Simpson’s homesick group.
“Sometimes you’re going to have good experiences, sometimes bad, and at the moment we’ve got to find a way to make it good,” Simpson said.
But it was a weekend overshadowed by Essendon’s Conor McKenna becoming the first AFL player to test positive for COVID-19, forcing the Bombers’ clash with Melbourne on Sunday to be postponed.
The Bombers are anxiously awaiting to find out how many players will need to quarantine for 14 days.
But the AFL has made it clear Essendon will need to play Carlton next Saturday night if they have at least 22 available players.
The Blues will enter that match buoyant following a dramatic two-point win at GMHBA Stadium, holding off a late Geelong comeback to break their 2020 duck.
A week after Eddie Betts received yet another racially-motivated social media taunt, the veteran small forward produced a game-saving tackle in the dying seconds.
Earlier on Saturday, Collingwood proved way too good for a disappointing St Kilda at the MCG by winning 12.9 (81) to 5.7 (37).
Sydney ruined North Melbourne’s unbeaten start to the season with a gritty 11-point victory at Marvel Stadium.
On Friday night, the Western Bulldogs fended off a physical onslaught from GWS and won by 24 points for their first victory of 2020.
Back on Thursday, Hawthorn made up for a round-two capitulation against Geelong after outplaying Richmond by 32 points at the MCG.