It couldn’t get any worse for the depleted Gold Coast Suns.
Or so they thought.
The Suns’ horror injury tally became more dire as Adelaide earned a confidence – and percentage – boosting 75-point AFL win at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.
Gold Coast already had so many injuries that just five AFL-listed players were available for reserves duty on Saturday.
Yet the Suns stocks will be truly tested next week after Darcy Macpherson (knee) and Callum Ah Chee (concussion) were taken from the field during the 22.17 (149) to 11.8 (74) romp in front of 11,692.
Suns coach Rodney Eade had plenty to worry about after the Gold Coast slipped to their sixth straight loss.
Taylor Walker’s five goals helped Adelaide snap a two-game losing run to maintain a perfect 9-0 record against the Suns.
However, Eade won’t have to fret over his future after Suns chairman Tony Cochrane said the mentor would hold the Gold Coast reins through to the end of 2017 at the very least.
“I’ll put it in my blood if you like,” Cochrane told SEN Radio on Saturday.
“Rocket’s got a three-year deal here and I am not a change merchant for the sake of change.”
He said Eade’s future would not be in doubt no matter what happened for the rest of 2016.
Still, it looms as a tough year for Eade.
The Gold Coast won their first three games but haven’t been in the winner’s circle since.
Their all-star injury list’s recent additions were captain Gary Ablett and Aaron Hall.
In contrast, the Crows were feeling bullet proof.
Ruckman Sam Jacobs (29 hitouts), Tom Lynch (22 touches, 10 marks, two goals) and Daniel Talia (23 touches, one goal) impressed for Adelaide.
The Crows dominated inside 50s (71-35) to have 13 different goal kickers.
Gold Coast’s Peter Wright (15 touches, nine marks, three goals) tried hard in an outclassed side.
An inaccurate Adelaide rumbled to a 21 point first team lead.
It blew out to 53 points by halftime.
Adelaide’s record 91-point win over Gold Coast in round 23 2012 appeared under threat after the deficit reached 74 by the final interval.