The last time Gold Coast faced Adelaide in the AFL, vision of the Crows coaching staff laughing during a 95-point hiding of the Suns clearly stung Stuart Dew.
The Suns coach didn’t know for certain if the laughter was directed at his team but said at the time it was an image that had to sit uncomfortably with his players.
Fast forward less than a year and the Suns prepare to welcome the Crows riding high after a surprise, but fully deserved, 44-point upset win over premiership fancies West Coast last weekend.
Adelaide in comparison travel to the start of their Queensland hub experience smarting from a record-breaking 75-point capitulation against Port Adelaide in last weekend’s Showdown.
The Suns have never beaten the Crows, going 0-13 against the Adelaide team and having endured some horrendous defeats in that run.
Dew, however, believes Sunday’s match at Metricon Stadium is about building on the victory over the Eagles, not getting the last laugh over the Crows.
“You can’t look back these days,” Dew said.
“We’re making sure our guys understand that if we bring our best, what we’re capable of, we think we can win.
“If you’re looking back it’s just a bit of an anchor … Richmond won the premiership and they wouldn’t be looking back either because they know this year’s on again.
“The side that can focus on the moment and what’s coming, I think they’re the sides that get the results.”
Dew’s toughest task this week is one he hasn’t had to confront too often during his time in charge of the Suns – selecting his best team.
With co-captain David Swallow returning from suspension and key recruit Brandon Ellis (calf) also available, two of those who performed so well against the Eagles will have to make way.
Dew admits it’s a headache but one that the club is embracing.
“It’s what we’ve been working for for a couple of years,” he said.
“There’s going to be two unlucky guys, but that’s the position we need to be in to put the heat on.”