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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.

Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
15 Gold Coast 22 6 16 0 1778 2273 78.2 24

Season Review: The Draftees

The Gold Coast SUNS picked up five players in the 2016 draft, including four of the top ten, while one addition was made to the rookie list. All of them had an impact and made their AFL debuts in 2017.

Goldcoastfc.com.au looks at how they all went in their first season with the Gold Coast.

Ben Ainsworth

Ainsworth was the first player the Gold Coast SUNS selected with the fourth pick in the 2016 draft.

Highly touted for his nous around the goals, strong overheard mark and precise kicking skills, Ainsworth impressed in his first year on the Coast on the back of 13 games.

Some solid JLT Series outings saw him earn a round one debut where he booted two goals and gathered 14 disposals against the Brisbane Lions.

Unfortunately, following round two Ainsworth suffered a quad injury which kept him out of the AFL side until round 13. He made an instant impact upon his return with 18...


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The SUNS Shop Locker Room Sale is back

It’s time for our annual Locker Room Sale at the SUNS Shop, with up to 70% off* selected merchandise.

Get there early to secure amazing deals on winter apparel, t-shirts, member’s gear and so much more.

You can also get your hands on remaining player worn 2017 guernseys*.

If you can’t make it then don’t worry, we’ll also have selected sales stock available online here.

The sale runs from 9am - 5pm Friday 22 September and again from 9am-1pm Saturday 23 September.

For more information, contact the SUNS Shop on 07 5644 6226 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Key details

  • When: 9am – 5pm, Friday 22 September and 9am – 1pm, Saturday 23 September
  • Where: In-store at the SUNS Shop and Locker Room 2 at Metricon Stadium
  • What: massive apparel sale, with discounts from 20% - 70% off
  • Entry: via Gate 6
  • Parking: Red car park

*Terms and Conditions

  • Discounts range from 20% up to 70% on selected...

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The SUNS Shop Locker Room Sale is back

It’s time for our annual Locker Room Sale at the SUNS Shop, with up to 70% off* selected merchandise.

Get there early to secure amazing deals on winter apparel, t-shirts, member’s gear and so much more.

You can also get your hands on remaining player worn 2017 guernseys*.

If you can’t make it then don’t worry, we’ll also have selected sales stock available online here.

The sale runs from 9am - 5pm Friday 22 September and again from 9am-1pm Saturday 23 September.

For more information, contact the SUNS Shop on 07 5644 6226 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Key details

  • When: 9am – 5pm, Friday 22 September and 9am – 1pm, Saturday 23 September
  • Where: In-store at the SUNS Shop and Locker Room 2 at Metricon Stadium
  • What: massive apparel sale, with discounts from 20% - 70% off
  • Entry: via Gate 6
  • Parking: Red car park

*Terms and Conditions

  • Discounts range from 20% up to 70% on selected...

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SUNS pen letter for Marriage Equality

The Gold Coast SUNS have today expressed their support for marriage equality. 

Since the club’s inception a core value and guiding principle of the organisation has been Community and fostering a sense of belonging through the sport of Australian Rules. 

The club believes that as an elite sporting brand we have a responsibility to be a catalyst for positive social change within our community and will continue to embrace cultural identity and gender equality to build a more accepting society.

Gold Coast Chief Executive, Mark Evans, said he was delighted the club were in a position to show their support for the marriage equality movement.

“As a club we have always welcomed all cultures and backgrounds with open arms, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community is absolutely no different,” he told goldcoastfc.com.au. 

“We are proud to join a growing list of...


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Season Review: The Recruits

As the 2017 NAB AFL Trade Period draws closer, goldcoastfc.com.au takes a look at how the last batch of recruits went in their first year in the red and gold.

 

Jarryd Lyons

Jarryd Lyons had an ultra consistent first year at the SUNS, averaging 24.7 disposals and 5.8 in his18 games.

His contested ball work around the stoppage became a trademark feature and something the Gold Coast desperately needed throughout the season.

Lyon’s was able to collect 20 or more possessions in 16 out of the 18 games he played in 2017, highlighting his consistency. Generally speaking, when the midfielder was playing well, so were the Gold Coast Suns as a whole.

The former Crow’s first big game came in the club’s round three victory over Hawthorn where he gathered 30 possessions and 10 clearances as the SUNS got their first win on the board for 2017.

The 25 year old was also instrumental in the nail...


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NEAFL coach departs for Southport

Gold Coast SUNS NEAFL Coach Stephen Daniel has signed with the Southport Sharks FC as senior coach.

Daniel who recently guided the GC SUNS NEAFL team to its best ever finish with a Preliminary Final berth thanked the club for the opportunity.

“It was a very tough decision to leave Gold Coast. Mark Evans and Marcus Ashcroft have been terrific for me,” he said.

“(At an AFL club) you’re given listed players and then lots of academy players and you have to gel them all together each week.

“That did excite me and I did enjoy it, but the excitement now for me is to go back and coach your own club again, and put your own list together.”

GC SUNS General Manager – Football Operations Marcus Ashcroft credited Daniel with improving the competiveness and performance of the NEAFL team.

“Stephen coached our NEAFL team over the last two seasons culminating in a Preliminary Final appearance two...


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Duo named in 22Under22 team

22Under22 Peter Wright Highlights Peter Wright has been named in the AFLPA's 22Under22 team.

Jack Martin and Peter Wright have been named in the AFL Players’ Association 22under22 team.

The final side was voted by fans after an initial 40-player squad was selected by the AFLPA Board.

It was Martin's second consecutive selection in the side and follows his third place finish in Gold Coast's Club Champion award earlier this month.

The utility's poise and decision-making was on show throughout a season that saw him average a career-best 18.6 disposals and 6.3 marks per game.

Wright was named as the starting ruckmen, highlighting his ability to play a dual role.

The 203-cm forward continued his upward trajectory, kicking a career-best 31 goals and finishing second in the SUNS' goalkicking.

Gold Coast were one of five teams with two representatives in the 22under22 team.

Western...


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Youngsters honoured at Academy awards night

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The Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy held their awards night on Tuesday, with a number of promising young players recognised for their performances in 2017.

Graduate Jack Bowes was on hand to address the 200-strong crowd about his experiences.

Our Female Talent Academy is well represented, with Kalinda Howarth and Arianna Clarke joined by Lauren Bella.

That marks yet another honour for the trio, who were also named in the 2017 NAB AFL Women’s Under 18 All Australian Team.

Another notable award winner was Brayden Crossley, who was also presented with the Academy Player of the Year at the 2017 Club Champion awards night.

A full list of winners can be found below.

Award Winner 2017 Honours
Player of the Year - Female Kalinda Howarth NAB AFL Academy Representative
U18 Queensland Representative
U18 Allies Representative
U18 All Australian Selection
Player of the Year...

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Youngsters honoured at Academy awards night

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Image: Matt Corby | NEAFL

The Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy held their awards night on Tuesday, with a number of promising young players recognised for their performances in 2017.

Graduate Jack Bowes was on hand to address the 200-strong crowd about his experiences.

Our Female Talent Academy is well represented, with Kalinda Howarth and Arianna Clarke joined by Lauren Bella.

That marks yet another honour for the trio, who were also named in the 2017 NAB AFL Women’s Under 18 All Australian Team.

Another notable award winner was Brayden Crossley, who was also presented with the Academy Player of the Year at the 2017 Club Champion awards night.

A full list of winners can be found below.

Award Winner 2017 Honours
Player of the Year - Female Kalinda Howarth NAB AFL Academy Representative
U18 Queensland Representative
U18 Allies Representative
U18 All Australian Selection
Player of the Year...

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Read more: Youngsters honoured at Academy awards night

Youngsters honoured at Academy awards night

2017_Academy_Awards-w.jpg

Image: Matt Corby | NEAFL

The Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy held their awards night on Tuesday, with a number of promising young players recognised for their performances in 2017.

Graduate Jack Bowes was on hand to address the 200-strong crowd about his experiences.

Our Female Talent Academy is well represented, with Kalinda Howarth and Arianna Clarke joined by Lauren Bella.

That marks yet another honour for the trio, who were also named in the 2017 NAB AFL Women’s Under 18 All Australian Team.

Another notable award winner was Brayden Crossley, who was also presented with the Academy Player of the Year at the 2017 Club Champion awards night.

A full list of winners can be found below.

Award Winner 2017 Honours
Player of the Year - Female Kalinda Howarth NAB AFL Academy Representative
U18 Queensland Representative
U18 Allies Representative
U18 All Australian Selection
Player of the Year...

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Kolodjashnij on concussion and life outside footy

It’s been a frustrating year for Kade Kolodjashnij, who has been sidelined with lingering concussion symptoms since the round 13 game against Carlton.

Having missed the final ten games of the season, the defender is recovering well and is on track to resume training when he returns from the break.

“At the moment I’m feeling really good, but it was a frustrating year for me personally with the concussion side of things going on,” he told SUNS TV.

“I’m just looking to have a good off-season now, get away and refresh, ready to get back into it for day one of pre-season.”

The concussion symptoms weren’t a result of one particular incident, but rather a series of head knocks suffered during both training and games.

It got to the stage where his concentration was lapsing at times and the decision was made by the SUNS’ medical staff to bring his season to an end.

“The more knocks I had, the...


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NEAFL: SUNS fall short against strong Sydney unit

The Sydney Swans are into their second consecutive NEAFL Grand Final after a 68-point Preliminary Final victory over the Gold Coast SUNS at Blacktown International Sportspark.

The minor premiers controlled the match from the outset, leading by 28 points at quarter-time and 78 at half-time, with the Queenslanders bringing the margin back in the final quarter, 21.16 (142) to 11.8 (74).

Despite plenty of forward 50 resistance from Gold Coast, the Bloods had little trouble playing themselves into the match, kicking five of the contest’s first six majors, as their pressure began to break the SUNS down.

NEAFL Team of the Year forward Darcy Macpherson pegged one back for the away side, but it was the red-and-white in full control of the match at quarter-time, leading by five goals.

Sydney hit ominous form early in the second quarter, with Jordan Dawson slotting a set shot from up against...


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NEAFL: SUNS fall short against strong Sydney unit

The Sydney Swans are into their second consecutive NEAFL Grand Final after a 68-point Preliminary Final victory over the Gold Coast SUNS at Blacktown International Sportspark.

The minor premiers controlled the match from the outset, leading by 28 points at quarter-time and 78 at half-time, with the Queenslanders bringing the margin back in the final quarter, 21.16 (142) to 11.8 (74).

Despite plenty of forward 50 resistance from Gold Coast, the Bloods had little trouble playing themselves into the match, kicking five of the contest’s first six majors, as their pressure began to break the SUNS down.

NEAFL Team of the Year forward Darcy Macpherson pegged one back for the away side, but it was the red-and-white in full control of the match at quarter-time, leading by five goals.

Sydney hit ominous form early in the second quarter, with Jordan Dawson slotting a set shot from up against...


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NEAFL: SUNS fall short against strong Sydney unit

The Sydney Swans are into their second consecutive NEAFL Grand Final after a 68-point Preliminary Final victory over the Gold Coast SUNS at Blacktown International Sportspark.

The minor premiers controlled the match from the outset, leading by 28 points at quarter-time and 78 at half-time, with the Queenslanders bringing the margin back in the final quarter, 21.16 (142) to 11.8 (74).

Despite plenty of forward 50 resistance from Gold Coast, the Bloods had little trouble playing themselves into the match, kicking five of the contest’s first six majors, as their pressure began to break the SUNS down.

NEAFL Team of the Year forward Darcy Macpherson pegged one back for the away side, but it was the red-and-white in full control of the match at quarter-time, leading by five goals.

Sydney hit ominous form early in the second quarter, with Jordan Dawson slotting a set shot from up against...


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Read more: NEAFL: SUNS fall short against strong Sydney unit

NEAFL: SUNS fall short against strong Sydney unit

The Sydney Swans are into their second consecutive NEAFL Grand Final after a 68-point Preliminary Final victory over the Gold Coast SUNS at Blacktown International Sportspark.

The minor premiers controlled the match from the outset, leading by 28 points at quarter-time and 78 at half-time, with the Queenslanders bringing the margin back in the final quarter, 21.16 (142) to 11.8 (74).

Despite plenty of forward 50 resistance from Gold Coast, the Bloods had little trouble playing themselves into the match, kicking five of the contest’s first six majors, as their pressure began to break the SUNS down.

NEAFL Team of the Year forward Darcy Macpherson pegged one back for the away side, but it was the red-and-white in full control of the match at quarter-time, leading by five goals.

Sydney hit ominous form early in the second quarter, with Jordan Dawson slotting a set shot from up against...


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Read more: NEAFL: SUNS fall short against strong Sydney unit

NEAFL: SUNS fall short against strong Sydney unit

The Sydney Swans are into their second consecutive NEAFL Grand Final after a 68-point Preliminary Final victory over the Gold Coast SUNS at Blacktown International Sportspark.

The minor premiers controlled the match from the outset, leading by 28 points at quarter-time and 78 at half-time, with the Queenslanders bringing the margin back in the final quarter, 21.16 (142) to 11.8 (74).

Despite plenty of forward 50 resistance from Gold Coast, the Bloods had little trouble playing themselves into the match, kicking five of the contest’s first six majors, as their pressure began to break the SUNS down.

NEAFL Team of the Year forward Darcy Macpherson pegged one back for the away side, but it was the red-and-white in full control of the match at quarter-time, leading by five goals.

Sydney hit ominous form early in the second quarter, with Jordan Dawson slotting a set shot from up against...


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SUNS trio named in U18 All Australian Team

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Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy players Kalinda Howarth, Lauren Bella and Arianna Clarke.

Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy players Kalinda Howarth and Arianna Clarke and North Queensland’s Lauren Bella have been named in the 2017 NAB AFL Women’s Under 18 All Australian Team.

The trio impressed at the National Under 18 Championships while representing Queensland.

Howarth and Clarke, both 18 years of age, are members of the Gold Coast based Talent Academy and play for the Coolangatta Bluebirds in the QWAFL.

Howarth, a speedy and skilful goal kicker, was named in the All Australian team on the Half Forward Flank, with Clarke securing a spot on the Interchange Bench.

Bella, from Mackay in North Queensland, dominated in the Ruck for Queensland as a bottom age 17-year-old during the championships and secured her spot in the team alongside Clarke on the Interchange Bench.

Bella will be...


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SUNS trio named in U18 All Australian Team

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Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy players Kalinda Howarth, Lauren Bella and Arianna Clarke.

Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy players Kalinda Howarth and Arianna Clarke and North Queensland’s Lauren Bella have been named in the 2017 NAB AFL Women’s Under 18 All Australian Team.

The trio impressed at the National Under 18 Championships while representing Queensland.

Howarth and Clarke, both 18 years of age, are members of the Gold Coast based Talent Academy and play for the Coolangatta Bluebirds in the QWAFL.

Howarth, a speedy and skilful goal kicker, was named in the All Australian team on the Half Forward Flank, with Clarke securing a spot on the Interchange Bench.

Bella, from Mackay in North Queensland, dominated in the Ruck for Queensland as a bottom age 17-year-old during the championships and secured her spot in the team alongside Clarke on the Interchange Bench.

Bella will be...


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SUNS trio named in U18 All Australian Team

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Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy players Kalinda Howarth, Lauren Bella and Arianna Clarke.

Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy players Kalinda Howarth and Arianna Clarke and North Queensland’s Lauren Bella have been named in the 2017 NAB AFL Women’s Under 18 All Australian Team.

The trio impressed at the National Under 18 Championships while representing Queensland.

Howarth and Clarke, both 18 years of age, are members of the Gold Coast based Talent Academy and play for the Coolangatta Bluebirds in the QWAFL.

Howarth, a speedy and skilful goal kicker, was named in the All Australian team on the Half Forward Flank, with Clarke securing a spot on the Interchange Bench.

Bella, from Mackay in North Queensland, dominated in the Ruck for Queensland as a bottom age 17-year-old during the championships and secured her spot in the team alongside Clarke on the Interchange Bench.

Bella will be...


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Read more: SUNS trio named in U18 All Australian Team

SUNS trio named in U18 All Australian Team

U18_AA_Womens.jpg

Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy players Kalinda Howarth, Lauren Bella and Arianna Clarke.

Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy players Kalinda Howarth and Arianna Clarke and North Queensland’s Lauren Bella have been named in the 2017 NAB AFL Women’s Under 18 All Australian Team.

The trio impressed at the National Under 18 Championships while representing Queensland.

Howarth and Clarke, both 18 years of age, are members of the Gold Coast based Talent Academy and play for the Coolangatta Bluebirds in the QWAFL.

Howarth, a speedy and skilful goal kicker, was named in the All Australian team on the Half Forward Flank, with Clarke securing a spot on the Interchange Bench.

Bella, from Mackay in North Queensland, dominated in the Ruck for Queensland as a bottom age 17-year-old during the championships and secured her spot in the team alongside Clarke on the Interchange Bench.

Bella will be...


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