Suns hoping to answer critics after bad review
GOLD Coast ruckman Daniel Currie has played down the club's 'honesty session' after last week's heavy loss to Geelong, but not the importance of rebounding against Melbourne at home today.
The Suns were humiliated by the Cats at Simonds Stadium, going down by 120 points, the former Kangaroo telling Australian Regional Media it was "probably the worst loss I've ever been involved in.
"Obviously the expectations on the club to when it first started out are a lot different now - they are a lot higher - and we owe a lot more to our supporters," he said. "We've got to get back to the footy we know we can play."
After suffering the club's fourth-biggest loss, and worst since 2012, coach Rodney Eade called players in for a thorough review.
"It's pretty common I think after a bad loss," Currie said.
"It can often get reported out there that it's a 'brutal' session, but I think it's what is required at times. You need to have an open discussion and that's all we had.
"The review went a little longer than what we've had in previous weeks, but it wasn't anything out of the ordinary ... just some open discussions about areas we clearly need to improve on.
"Now it's up to us to respond to that challenge."
Effort was obviously the major talking point, with the Suns (3-3) now ranked second-last in both contested ball and clearances, ahead of only Essendon and Carlton, respectively. Today's opponent (also 3-3), sits fourth in both categories.
"The key is to make sure there's plenty of pressure around the ball so the (opposition) forwards can't get supply on a platter like they did on the weekend," said Currie, who has a major part to play in taking on the competition's form ruckman, Max Gawn, No.1 for hit-outs.
"He's having a fantastic year. It's going to be a huge challenge for me personally, and also the team.
"They have been playing some good footy, against Richmond a couple weeks ago I saw that game and they were very impressive We're certainly we're preparing for them to be at their best."
Currie said the Suns did not compare themselves to the Giants, who are starting to come into premiership calculations.
"If anything, you look across the entire competition and identify the benchmark teams and how we can replicate the way they play," he said.
"We don't focus on them, but they're certainly playing some good footy and we've got them in a couple of weeks so it should be a good challenge."
Currie admitted it "hasn't been a great start" to his time as the Suns' No.1 big man, coming in for the round-five loss to his old team, North.
But he is intent on making the most of his opportunity after spending five seasons with Sydney (2007-2011) without a senior game, and just four with the Roos (2013-15).
"North were pretty keen to keep me but I identified that was more or less a VFL contract with the way the big fella, Golds (Todd Goldstein), was playing. He never misses a game.
"I felt like my best footy was ahead of me. I certainly didn't feel like I was coming to an end - and it was great the Gold Coast expressed some interest."