Suns would have played final 'on the moon': Lake

GOLD Coast will head to Perth for the second time inside a week to play its historic NAB AFL Women's semi-final against Fremantle on Saturday, but Suns coach David Lake couldn't care less about the cross-country flights.

The Suns finished fourth in Conference A after easily defeating West Coast in Perth last Sunday before returning home on Monday. 

Following Wednesday's announcement the season would progress directly to finals, Gold Coast drew the unbeaten Dockers, which means hopping on another flight on Friday. 

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"If Nicole (Livingstone) had of rang and said we're playing on the moon we still would have turned up, it wouldn't have mattered," Lake said. 

"I actually reckon it's an advantage to be in Perth to be honest. 

When we spend time together we connect really well, that's the fun bit of the process, so we get to hang out again for three days. How good's that?

David Lake

It will be the fourth travel in succession for the Suns, who played away to North Melbourne, 'home' in Mackay against Geelong and then in Perth against the Eagles. 

Lake said he felt "validated" by making the finals, although he wasn't surprised, and reveled in the underdog tag. 

The Suns won two and drew one of its six games, losing by a point to fellow finalists Greater Western Sydney and taking it right up to Conference-toppers North Melbourne before losing by 13.

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"There's a little bit of dare to dream in this," Lake said. 

"There are no limits around what we could achieve. 

"I think in the group of girls we've got, that's been the sell the whole way along, if you play for the Gold Coast Suns you can find the best version of yourself and we'll create an environment you can do that in.

"Some would say we've over-achieved, I would probably word it differently and say we've found the best version of ourselves and at times it really stacks up. 

"I've never coached an adult side that hasn't played finals. This was the expectation. 

"It's two weeks earlier than what we thought, but we're happy to go about our business and play finals where we belong."

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