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Beginnings: The Gold Coast debuted in Round 2 on the 2 April 2011 against Carlton at the Gabba in front of a crowd of 27,914. The first five goals were scored by Carlton, before Charlie Dixon scored the first goal for the Gold Coast Suns. Carlton extended their lead at every break, finally winning the game by 119 points with the score of 7.10.52 - 26.15.171. Charlie Dixon was the major goal scorer for the Gold Coast with two. Jeff Gartlett and Andrew Walker were the biggest goal scorers for the Blues with five goals apiece.

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15 Gold Coast 22 6 16 0 1778 2273 78.2 24

SUNS' 2018 Community Camp

The Gold Coast SUNS will once again head to their sister-regions in far North Queensland as part of the 2018 AFL Community Camp.

In early March SUNS players will head to Townsville, Rockhampton and Mackay to further the club’s connections up north, while also visiting schools on the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers regions. 

Those residing in Townsville will also be treated to extra activities, including an open training session, in the lead up to the JLT Community Series game against Geelong on March 4 at Riverway Stadium.

SUNS coaches and specialist staff will also be conducting a number of master classes and development sessions in the Townsville area, sharing their expertise with local football and sporting clubs. 

With all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian...


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Dream come true for Nutting

SUNS TV: Connor Nutting Draftee and SUNS Academy product spoke to SUNS TV after his first week at the club.

Gold Coast Academy product Connor Nutting has fulfilled a lifelong dream after being drafted by the SUNS in the National Draft in late November.

Taken at pick no. 55, the Broadbeach local moves onto the SUNS’ senior list after first joining the club’s Academy as a teenager.

Nutting is acutely aware of the increased demands that he’ll confront as an AFL footballer, but that won’t deter him.

“It’s definitely a big step up from the Academy but it’s an unreal feeling,” Nutting told SUNS TV.

“As a little kid, you’re dreaming of being out there playing footy with the big guys and now it’s a real thing, so it’s just a really good feeling.”

Having spent a number of years in the SUNS’ Academy, the 185cm rebounding defender was quick to acknowledge the quality of the program, led by...


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Dream come true for Nutting

SUNS TV: Connor Nutting Draftee and SUNS Academy product spoke to SUNS TV after his first week at the club.

Gold Coast Academy product Connor Nutting has fulfilled a lifelong dream after being drafted by the SUNS in the National Draft in late November.

Taken at pick no. 55, the Broadbeach local moves onto the SUNS’ senior list after first joining the club’s Academy as a teenager.

Nutting is acutely aware of the increased demands that he’ll confront as an AFL footballer, but that won’t deter him.

“It’s definitely a big step up from the Academy but it’s an unreal feeling,” Nutting told SUNS TV.

“As a little kid, you’re dreaming of being out there playing footy with the big guys and now it’s a real thing, so it’s just a really good feeling.”

Having spent a number of years in the SUNS’ Academy, the 185cm rebounding defender was quick to acknowledge the quality of the program, led by...


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Dream come true for Nutting

SUNS TV: Connor Nutting Draftee and SUNS Academy product spoke to SUNS TV after his first week at the club.

Gold Coast Academy product Connor Nutting has fulfilled a lifelong dream after being drafted by the SUNS in the National Draft in late November.

Taken at pick no. 55, the Broadbeach local moves onto the SUNS’ senior list after first joining the club’s Academy as a teenager.

Nutting is acutely aware of the increased demands that he’ll confront as an AFL footballer, but that won’t deter him.

“It’s definitely a big step up from the Academy but it’s an unreal feeling,” Nutting told SUNS TV.

“As a little kid, you’re dreaming of being out there playing footy with the big guys and now it’s a real thing, so it’s just a really good feeling.”

Having spent a number of years in the SUNS’ Academy, the 185cm rebounding defender was quick to acknowledge the quality of the program, led by...


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Dream come true for Nutting

SUNS TV: Connor Nutting Draftee and SUNS Academy product spoke to SUNS TV after his first week at the club.

Gold Coast Academy product Connor Nutting has fulfilled a lifelong dream after being drafted by the SUNS in the National Draft in late November.

Taken at pick no. 55, the Broadbeach local moves onto the SUNS’ senior list after first joining the club’s Academy as a teenager.

Nutting is acutely aware of the increased demands that he’ll confront as an AFL footballer, but that won’t deter him.

“It’s definitely a big step up from the Academy but it’s an unreal feeling,” Nutting told SUNS TV.

“As a little kid, you’re dreaming of being out there playing footy with the big guys and now it’s a real thing, so it’s just a really good feeling.”

Having spent a number of years in the SUNS’ Academy, the 185cm rebounding defender was quick to acknowledge the quality of the program, led by...


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Dawson aiming to be a role model

SUNS TV: Jacob Dawson Draftee Jacob Dawson spoke to SUNS TV after his first week at the club.

A week after officially joining Gold Coast as a rookie, the feeling is starting to sink in for Jacob Dawson.

The inside midfielder is one of nine SUNS Academy graduates on the senior list and hopes to become a role model for the other players who remain in the program.

“It’s so good to be around the club properly now and getting amongst all the boys, it’s been great,” Dawson told SUNS TV. 

“It’s good just to be around the club and still be around your friends and family, and to really be a good role model for the other Academy boys. 

Having been part of the Academy program and then graduating onto the list is a dream come true for the midfielder.

“It’s amazing. It’s a dream come true. It would have been my first preference and yeah, I’m absolutely stoked.” he said.

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Dawson aiming to be a role model

SUNS TV: Jacob Dawson Draftee Jacob Dawson spoke to SUNS TV after his first week at the club.

A week after officially joining Gold Coast as a rookie, the feeling is starting to sink in for Jacob Dawson.

The inside midfielder is one of nine SUNS Academy graduates on the senior list and hopes to become a role model for the other players who remain in the program.

“It’s so good to be around the club properly now and getting amongst all the boys, it’s been great,” Dawson told SUNS TV. 

“It’s good just to be around the club and still be around your friends and family, and to really be a good role model for the other Academy boys. 

Having been part of the Academy program and then graduating onto the list is a dream come true for the midfielder.

“It’s amazing. It’s a dream come true. It would have been my first preference and yeah, I’m absolutely stoked.” he said.

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Dawson aiming to be a role model

SUNS TV: Jacob Dawson Draftee Jacob Dawson spoke to SUNS TV after his first week at the club.

A week after officially joining Gold Coast as a rookie, the feeling is starting to sink in for Jacob Dawson.

The inside midfielder is one of nine SUNS Academy graduates on the senior list and hopes to become a role model for the other players who remain in the program.

“It’s so good to be around the club properly now and getting amongst all the boys, it’s been great,” Dawson told SUNS TV. 

“It’s good just to be around the club and still be around your friends and family, and to really be a good role model for the other Academy boys. 

Having been part of the Academy program and then graduating onto the list is a dream come true for the midfielder.

“It’s amazing. It’s a dream come true. It would have been my first preference and yeah, I’m absolutely stoked.” he said.

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Dawson aiming to be a role model

SUNS TV: Jacob Dawson Draftee Jacob Dawson spoke to SUNS TV after his first week at the club.

A week after officially joining Gold Coast as a rookie, the feeling is starting to sink in for Jacob Dawson.

The inside midfielder is one of nine SUNS Academy graduates on the senior list and hopes to become a role model for the other players who remain in the program.

“It’s so good to be around the club properly now and getting amongst all the boys, it’s been great,” Dawson told SUNS TV. 

“It’s good just to be around the club and still be around your friends and family, and to really be a good role model for the other Academy boys. 

Having been part of the Academy program and then graduating onto the list is a dream come true for the midfielder.

“It’s amazing. It’s a dream come true. It would have been my first preference and yeah, I’m absolutely stoked.” he said.

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2018 Guernsey Numbers

With the Gold Coast SUNS list finalised, this year's draft crop have had their guernsey numbers allocated.

Draftee Wil Powell takes over the No. 27 from Ben Ainsworth, who switched to No. 9 earlier in the off-season. 

Academy product Brayden Crossley has been allocated the No. 32 , while Charlie Ballard will wear No. 31 and Connor Nutting No. 42.

The additions from the rookie draft have also been given their numbers - Joshua Jaska (37), Nick Holman (39), Jacob Heron (40) and Jacob Dawson (45). 

2018 Guernsey Numbers
No. Name
1. Pearce Hanley
2. Jack Scrimshaw
3. Matt Rosa
4. Jack Martin
5. Jarrod Harbrow
6. Alex Sexton
7. Jesse Lonergan
8. Brayden Fiorini
9. Ben Ainsworth
10. Kade Kolodjashnij
11. Touk Miller
12. Sam Day
13. Callum Ah Chee
14. Lachie Weller
15. Aaron Young
16. Rory Thompson
17. Steven May
18. Brad Scheer
19. Tom Lynch
20. Michael Barlow
21. Jack Leslie
22. Tom...

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2018 Guernsey Numbers

With the Gold Coast SUNS list finalised, this year's draft crop have had their guernsey numbers allocated.

Draftee Wil Powell takes over the No. 27 from Ben Ainsworth, who switched to No. 9 earlier in the off-season. 

Academy product Brayden Crossley has been allocated the No. 32 , while Charlie Ballard will wear No. 31 and Connor Nutting No. 42.

The additions from the rookie draft have also been given their numbers - Joshua Jaska (37), Nick Holman (39), Jacob Heron (40) and Jacob Dawson (45). 

2018 Guernsey Numbers
No. Name
1. Pearce Hanley
2. Jack Scrimshaw
3. Matt Rosa
4. Jack Martin
5. Jarrod Harbrow
6. Alex Sexton
7. Jesse Lonergan
8. Brayden Fiorini
9. Ben Ainsworth
10. Kade Kolodjashnij
11. Touk Miller
12. Sam Day
13. Callum Ah Chee
14. Lachie Weller
15. Aaron Young
16. Rory Thompson
17. Steven May
18. Brad Scheer
19. Tom Lynch
20. Michael Barlow
21. Jack Leslie
22. Tom...

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It's a pretty special feeling: Crossley

SUNS TV: Brayden Crossley Draftee and SUNS Academy product spoke to SUNS TV after his first week at the club.

You can’t wipe the smile of Brayden Crossley’s face right now.

The Gold Coast Academy product has begun life on the SUNS senior list and is loving every minute of it.

“All the anxiety and stress just goes and turns straight into relief and excitement straight away,” Crossley told SUNS TV.

“It’s been unreal. Obviously, your dream growing up is to get drafted to the AFL but to get drafted to your local team as well, it’s unreal.” 

The 18-year-old joins a growing group of locally produced talent, with a total of nine Academy graduates now on the SUNS’ list – six of them coming via Palm-Beach Currumbin.

It’s his time in the Academy set-up that Crossley credits with a smooth transition into the senior ranks.

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It's a pretty special feeling: Crossley

SUNS TV: Brayden Crossley Draftee and SUNS Academy product spoke to SUNS TV after his first week at the club.

You can’t wipe the smile of Brayden Crossley’s face right now.

The Gold Coast Academy product has begun life on the SUNS senior list and is loving every minute of it.

“All the anxiety and stress just goes and turns straight into relief and excitement straight away,” Crossley told SUNS TV.

“It’s been unreal. Obviously, your dream growing up is to get drafted to the AFL but to get drafted to your local team as well, it’s unreal.” 

The 18-year-old joins a growing group of locally produced talent, with a total of nine Academy graduates now on the SUNS’ list – six of them coming via Palm-Beach Currumbin.

It’s his time in the Academy set-up that Crossley credits with a smooth transition into the senior ranks.

Having seen former teammates progress into AFL footballers at the...


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AFL.com.au's Best 22

Now that the club lists have been finalised ahead of the 2018 season, AFL.com.au's Michael Whiting has turned his attention to who makes Gold Coast's best 22.

The team is chosen on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, Jesse Joyce
HB: Lachie Weller, Jack Leslie, Jarrod Harbrow
C: Alex Sexton, Jarryd Lyons, Pearce Hanley
HF: Aaron Young, Tom Lynch, Jack Martin
F: Ben Ainsworth, Peter Wright, Callum Ah Chee
Foll: Jarrod Witts, David Swallow, Aaron Hall
I/C: Jack Bowes, Touk Miller, Michael Barlow, Brayden Fiorini

DEPTH

General defenders: Sean Lemmens, Connor Nutting, Jack Scrimshaw, Mackenzie Willis
Key defenders: Josh Jaska, Max Spencer, Rory Thompson
Midfielders: Charlie Ballard, Will Brodie,...


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AFL.com.au's Best 22

Now that the club lists have been finalised ahead of the 2018 season, AFL.com.au's Michael Whiting has turned his attention to who makes Gold Coast's best 22.

The team is chosen on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, Jesse Joyce
HB: Lachie Weller, Jack Leslie, Jarrod Harbrow
C: Alex Sexton, Jarryd Lyons, Pearce Hanley
HF: Aaron Young, Tom Lynch, Jack Martin
F: Ben Ainsworth, Peter Wright, Callum Ah Chee
Foll: Jarrod Witts, David Swallow, Aaron Hall
I/C: Jack Bowes, Touk Miller, Michael Barlow, Brayden Fiorini

DEPTH

General defenders: Sean Lemmens, Connor Nutting, Jack Scrimshaw, Mackenzie Willis
Key defenders: Josh Jaska, Max Spencer, Rory Thompson
Midfielders: Charlie Ballard, Will Brodie,...


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Powell spurred on by early snub

Surprise first round draft selection Wil Powell says being snubbed by Western Australia's under-18 selectors only drove him harder last season.

Powell snuck under the radar of many when he was taken by Gold Coast with the 19th pick in last week's NAB AFL Draft after missing the national under-18 carnival. 

The lightly-built 18-year-old had an excellent season for Claremont's colts team and has been impressive in his first week of training at Carrara.

"I was trying to get into the state 18s squad, but didn't crack into it, didn't get offered any trial matches, which disappointed me," Powell said. 

"But I guess that made me try a bit harder throughout the colts and put my head down and train a bit harder and I eventually got where I wanted to get in the end."

Powell is similar to his new teammate Jack Martin, with good skills, a fearless approach for his frame and an ability to play in...


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Whirlwind first week for Ballard

SUNS TV: Charlie Ballard SUNS TV speak to one of our draftee Charlie Ballard after he completed his first week as a Gold Coast player.

Sitting on the couch at home with his family as the 2017 NAB AFL Draft unfolded, Charlie Ballard could feel his nerves growing with every pick.

When his name was finally read out at pick 42 to the Gold Coast SUNS, relief came first, then the waterworks.

“Most of my family members, we all cried so it was little bit emotional but it was all good and a bit of a whirlwind in general,” Ballard told SUNS TV.

“It doesn’t really feel like it’s real at the moment, but I’m just trying to get settled in and it’s been good around the club so I’m enjoying it.”

Widely considered to be a bolter in this year’s draft, many pundits were surprised to see the 18-year-old fall so late in selections.

Ballard played in premierships for Sturt’s under-18s and reserves...


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Grassroots AFL on the rise

The Gold Coast SUNS have praised the work of AFL Queensland following the release of participation numbers in the state.

Australian Football participation in Queensland and the Northern Rivers (NSW) has topped 250,000 for the first time, census figures released today by the AFL confirm.

Overall participation across all levels of the game jumped 10.21 per cent to a record 252,624 in 2017, in line with the national increase of 10.2 per cent.

AFL Queensland CEO Dean Warren welcomed the results, which showed significant spikes in key program and competition areas.

“Clubs are the key to connecting our game to local communities and to experience over six per cent growth across all age-groups is a great result for our leagues, clubs and volunteers,” said Mr Warren.

“Helping community clubs attract boys and girls to our game has been a priority for our staff in 2017, so to see take-up of...


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2018 NEAFL Fixture Announced

The North East Australian Football League today announced the 2018 season fixture, which sees five home curtain raisers at Metricon Stadium headline the Gold Coast SUNS’ season.

With Metricon Stadium impacted by the Commonwealth Games for the first half of the season the SUNS’ NEAFL team have the opportunity to take games to Mackay in round two against the Giants and Lismore in round four to face the Swans.

The latter game will mark the first time a NEAFL match has been played in Lismore, with a record number of regional matches scheduled across the NEAFL season.

The SUNS play four games against each of the AFL clubs and bring the season home with five of their final nine games at Metricon Stadium.

Round 20 is already shaping up to be the blockbuster match of the season, with the SUNS taking on traditional rivals Brisbane in the '2Clash' as a curtain raiser for the senior QClash at...


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Heron & Dawson join the SUNS

Gold Coast SUNS Academy duo Jacob Heron and Jacob Dawson have been pre-selected as Category B rookies ahead of today’s AFL Rookie Draft.

The midfielders join fellow graduates Brayden Crossley and Connor Nutting, who both officially became members of the SUNS senior team during Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft.

The Academy now boasts nine graduates on the SUNS list with Jack Bowes, Brad Scheer, Jesse Joyce and Max Spencer also being joined by Lachie Weller, who returned to the Gold Coast during the Trade Period.   

Jacob Heron

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The Cairns native relocated to the Gold Coast during the 2017 season to play a greater role in the SUNS Academy and NEAFL side.

Heron has excelled for the NEAFL team at times throughout the year, included a 26 disposal display against the NT Thunder in a NEAFL Elimination Final.

The small forward brings a strong element of defensive pressure and tackling to the...


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