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Attack-minded Demons overcome travel woes to thrash Suns in AFL

Luke Jackson and Ben Brown have combined for eight goals to help Melbourne regain their scoring mojo in a 98-point thrashing of hapless Gold Coast at Marvel Stadium.

Key points:

  • The Demons regained their attacking potency despite suffering travel woes on Saturday
  • They flew to Brisbane before being sent back to Melbourne due to Queensland’s snap lockdown
  • The win keeps Melbourne in the AFL top four

The Demons entered Sunday’s match with big question marks about their scoring potency after averaging just 69 points over their past six games.

Saturday’s flight debacle — the Demons flew to Brisbane and spent two hours on the tarmac before flying straight back to Melbourne due to Queensland’s snap lockdown — added another hurdle to the team’s race to return to form.

But any doubts were extinguished in emphatic fashion as the Demons produced a scoring masterclass on the way to a 18.20 (128) to 4.6 (30) victory.

Melbourne led 80-21 at half-time, with Jackson entering the long break with four goals to his name.

It was just the second time in 16 years Melbourne had reached 80 points in a first half — the other coming against Gold Coast in 2018.

The result ensures Melbourne will remain in the top four ahead of their round-21 match against West Coast in Perth.

Elsewhere in the AFL, Hawthorn lead Brisbane at Launceston and Essendon are ahead against Sydney at the MCG.

In later games on Sunday, Fremantle face Richmond at Perth’s Optus Stadium and Gold Coast play Port Adelaide at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium.