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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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Experienced players return to pre-season training early

Sam Day worked on his agility, Kade Kolodjashnij was wearing headgear and captain Steven May was back early as Gold Coast continued its pre-season training on Thursday morning.

Into week two of life under new coach Stuart Dew, the Suns underwent a long session in warm conditions, with May, Day, Jarryd Lyons and Tom Nicholls among the experienced players returning early.

Day suffered a dislocated hip in the opening quarter of last season's JLT Cup, a horrific injury that wiped him out for the year. 

On Gold Coast's training field that adjoins Metricon Stadium, Day took part in some light kicking drills before progressing his rehab with plenty of running and agility drills to strengthen the hip.

The 25-year-old key position player is expected to begin contact work in the coming weeks and resume full training after Christmas.

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Experienced players return to pre-season training early

Sam Day worked on his agility, Kade Kolodjashnij was wearing headgear and captain Steven May was back early as Gold Coast continued its pre-season training on Thursday morning.

Into week two of life under new coach Stuart Dew, the Suns underwent a long session in warm conditions, with May, Day, Jarryd Lyons and Tom Nicholls among the experienced players returning early.

Day suffered a dislocated hip in the opening quarter of last season's JLT Cup, a horrific injury that wiped him out for the year. 

On Gold Coast's training field that adjoins Metricon Stadium, Day took part in some light kicking drills before progressing his rehab with plenty of running and agility drills to strengthen the hip.

The 25-year-old key position player is expected to begin contact work in the coming weeks and resume full training after Christmas.

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Birthday appreciation for Luther Cora

As the Gold Coast SUNS continue their work in the Indigenous space, one name remains a constant.

Luther Cora, who celebrates his 40th birthday on Tuesday, has been an integral part of the club’s cultural growth since 2014. 

Each season, during Sir Doug Nicholls Round, the local Yugambeh man’s design is worn proudly by the players on the SUNS’ guernsey 

Cora works closely with our indigenous players to design the guernsey, with the club engaging him as a sign of respect and recognition for his contribution to our players, staff, broader club and the Gold Coast community.

One of the most notable achievements took place in August 2017, when Gold Coast launched their Reconciliation Action Plan, with Cora a key member of the committee working group.

He’s an ever-present source of cultural advice, with his mentorship of the club’s indigenous players highly valued.

Many members and fans...


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Birthday appreciation for Luther Cora

As the Gold Coast SUNS continue their work in the Indigenous space, one name remains a constant.

Luther Cora, who celebrates his 40th birthday on Tuesday, has been an integral part of the club’s cultural growth since 2014. 

Each season, during Sir Doug Nicholls Round, the local Yugambeh man’s design is worn proudly by the players on the SUNS’ guernsey 

Cora works closely with our indigenous players to design the guernsey, with the club engaging him as a sign of respect and recognition for his contribution to our players, staff, broader club and the Gold Coast community.

One of the most notable achievements took place in August 2017, when Gold Coast launched their Reconciliation Action Plan, with Cora a key member of the committee working group.

He’s an ever-present source of cultural advice, with his mentorship of the club’s indigenous players highly valued.

Many members and fans...


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GC SUNS confirm football department appointments

The Gold Coast SUNS have made two significant appointments to head its football department following a restructure led by Chief Executive Mark Evans.

Jon Haines will join the club as General Manager – Football Operations, while Craig Cameron has been appointed General Manager – List & Strategy.

Haines joins the club from the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) where he held the role of Executive Manager Football Operations. The wide-ranging role oversaw the WAFL, Talent and Community Football in Western Australia. 

Prior to this role with the WAFC, Haines, spent four years at the North Melbourne Football Club from 2009 to 2014, where he filled the role of General Manager – Development and Strategy  before being appointed General Manager – Football Operations for two years. 

Craig Cameron has held a number of senior football roles over the last 20-years. He joins the club from...


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Tomorrow's Heroes: Clubs get free swing at tall

Tomorrow's Heroes: Jarrod Brander The versatile key position prospect is widely considered the best tall in the draft.

It has been an interesting 12 months for Jarrod Brander. The key position prospect has been long been seen as a likely early draft pick for this year, and until about this time last season, he looked headed to Greater Western Sydney.

Brander had been in the club's academy since he was 12, but as the AFL begun to consider realigning the Giants' vast zone, the teenager's place within it became a big point of conjecture.

In the end, the AFL restructured the Giants' academy region, and Brander was excluded from it. Suddenly, one of the leading key position players in the pool was available to the whole pool.

Brander had an up and down season, playing at both ends of the field, sometimes even within the same quarter. Despite not being eligible to join the Giants as an...


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Tomorrow's Heroes: No.1 contender ticks all the boxes

Tomorrow's Heroes: Paddy Dow It's not hard to see why the rugged playmaker is a likely top-three pick

If you want a measure of Paddy Dow's consistency, his record in three seasons at Geelong Grammar is worth a mention. 

Since moving from Swan Hill in country Victoria to the prestigious boarding school, Dow has won its best and fairest three years running – from year 10 through to year 12 in 2017. If nothing else it shows what most recruiters know about Dow: he turns up to play every week. 

That was certainly the case this season at every level for Dow, who swiftly rose into early pick contention on the back of some very good showings for the Bendigo Pioneers and at national level for Vic Country. 

The midfielder won All Australian honours for his efforts during the under-18 carnival, and was in terrific form late in the year before a shoulder injury, and subsequent surgery, ruled...


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Tomorrow's Heroes: Fastest man in the draft pool

Tomorrow's Heroes: Jack Petruccelle The Vic Metro speedster is one of the most dynamic prospects in the draft pool

Jack Petruccelle broke free from the stoppage and swooped on the bouncing ball. Within three or four quick steps, he had cleared himself from the pack of players, before straightening to kick a goal from the pocket.

It was one of five majors Petruccelle booted for the Northern Knights that afternoon against the Gippsland Power earlier this year, in a performance that announced him as one of the most eye-catching efforts of the season.

It was Petruccelle's best game of the season, but he also finished his campaign with an encouraging showing in the NAB AFL All Stars clash on Grand Final morning, when he kicked a goal and gave recruiters another glimpse of his talents.

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He's the quickest player in the draft, for a start. Petruccelle rank 2.82 seconds for the 20-metre...


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Tomorrow's Heroes: Fastest man in the draft pool

Tomorrow's Heroes: Jack Petruccelle The Vic Metro speedster is one of the most dynamic prospects in the draft pool

Jack Petruccelle broke free from the stoppage and swooped on the bouncing ball. Within three or four quick steps, he had cleared himself from the pack of players, before straightening to kick a goal from the pocket.

It was one of five majors Petruccelle booted for the Northern Knights that afternoon against the Gippsland Power earlier this year, in a performance that announced him as one of the most eye-catching efforts of the season.

It was Petruccelle's best game of the season, but he also finished his campaign with an encouraging showing in the NAB AFL All Stars clash on Grand Final morning, when he kicked a goal and gave recruiters another glimpse of his talents.

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He's the quickest player in the draft, for a start. Petruccelle rank 2.82 seconds for the 20-metre...


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New guernsey numbers revealed

With Gold Coast’s first to four year players hitting the track this week, some new guernsey numbers have been revealed.

Ben Ainsworth has inherited the No. 9 from former club captain Gary Ablett, who joined Geelong during the NAB AFL Trade Period.

Recruits Lachie Weller and Harrison Wigg will wear the the No.14 and the No.26, respectively.

The vacant No.2 has been allocated to Jack Scrimshaw, while local product Brad Scheer will wear the No.18.

Aaron Young's guernsey number will be announced once he resumes training.

Jack Scrimshaw - No.2 (from No.37)

Jack Scrimshaw is your new #️⃣2️⃣ ☀️ #preseason #gcsuns pic.twitter.com/NTuCUTTbOi

— GC SUNS (@GoldCoastSUNS) November 10, 2017

Ben Ainsworth - No.9 (from No.27)

Lachie Weller - No.14

Brad Scheer - No.18 (from No.40)

Harrison Wigg - No.26

Your new #️⃣2️⃣6️⃣ Harrison Wigg ☀️ #preseason #gcsuns pic.twitter.com/6yQT8QdLnH

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New guernsey numbers revealed

With Gold Coast’s first to four year players hitting the track this week, some new guernsey numbers have been revealed.

Ben Ainsworth has inherited the No. 9 from former club captain Gary Ablett, who joined Geelong during the NAB AFL Trade Period.

Recruits Lachie Weller and Harrison Wigg will wear the the No.14 and the No.26, respectively.

The vacant No.2 has been allocated to Jack Scrimshaw, while local product Brad Scheer will wear the No.18.

Aaron Young's guernsey number will be announced once he resumes training.

Jack Scrimshaw - No.2 (from No.37)

Jack Scrimshaw is your new #️⃣2️⃣ ☀️ #preseason #gcsuns pic.twitter.com/NTuCUTTbOi

— GC SUNS (@GoldCoastSUNS) November 10, 2017

Ben Ainsworth - No.9 (from No.27)

Lachie Weller - No.14

Brad Scheer - No.18 (from No.40)

Harrison Wigg - No.26

Your new #️⃣2️⃣6️⃣ Harrison Wigg ☀️ #preseason #gcsuns pic.twitter.com/6yQT8QdLnH

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New guernsey numbers revealed

With Gold Coast’s first to four year players hitting the track this week, some new guernsey numbers have been revealed.

Ben Ainsworth has inherited the No. 9 from former club captain Gary Ablett, who joined Geelong during the NAB AFL Trade Period.

Recruits Lachie Weller and Harrison Wigg will wear the the No.14 and the No.26, respectively.

The vacant No.2 has been allocated to Jack Scrimshaw, while local product Brad Scheer will wear the No.18.

Aaron Young's guernsey number will be announced once he resumes training.

Jack Scrimshaw - No.2 (from No.37)

Jack Scrimshaw is your new #️⃣2️⃣ ☀️ #preseason #gcsuns pic.twitter.com/NTuCUTTbOi

— GC SUNS (@GoldCoastSUNS) November 10, 2017

Ben Ainsworth - No.9 (from No.27)

Lachie Weller - No.14

Brad Scheer - No.18 (from No.40)

Harrison Wigg - No.26

Your new #️⃣2️⃣6️⃣ Harrison Wigg ☀️ #preseason #gcsuns pic.twitter.com/6yQT8QdLnH

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We want to build a really strong foundation

Stuart Dew on RSN's Breakfast Club Stuart Dew joins the team on RSN's Breakfast Club

Stuart Dew and his coaching staff will take a step-by-step approach in order to build the right foundations over the course of the pre-season.

Having now been at the club for a month, Dew was able to lead his first session as Senior Coach on Monday when the first to four players returned for training.

“We’re certainly not throwing everything at them straight away. We’ll just build it over pre-season,” Dew told the RSN Breakfast Club on Thursday morning.

“We just want to make sure we build a really strong foundation and that’s going to be the challenge for us over pre-season,

“We’re just looking for that constant improvement. There’s some clear KPI’s that we can really chip away at and look to improve across pre-season and across the course of the season up against the best.”

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Tomorrow's Heroes: Forward with pool's best footy IQ

Tomorrow's Heroes: Jack Higgins The damaging small forward knows where the goals are.

There is not much more Jack Higgins could have done in his draft season. The Oakleigh Chargers prospect was named Vic Metro's most valuable player in its title-winning side, was picked in the under-18 All Australian side, and then claimed the Morrish Medal as the TAC Cup's best player.

It was all warranted. The small forward/midfielder pieced together an extremely productive and consistent season, on the back of a promising season last year as a bottom-ager and a standout under-16 carnival when he was named the best player in the championships.

None of it has happened by fluke. Higgins has been aiming towards an AFL career for some time, and has engaged a personal trainer, a speed coach and also a football mentor to develop his overall game and fitness.

Throughout this year he did extra touch,...


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Tomorrow's Heroes: Forward with pool's best footy IQ

Tomorrow's Heroes: Jack Higgins The damaging small forward knows where the goals are.

There is not much more Jack Higgins could have done in his draft season. The Oakleigh Chargers prospect was named Vic Metro's most valuable player in its title-winning side, was picked in the under-18 All Australian side, and then claimed the Morrish Medal as the TAC Cup's best player.

It was all warranted. The small forward/midfielder pieced together an extremely productive and consistent season, on the back of a promising season last year as a bottom-ager and a standout under-16 carnival when he was named the best player in the championships.

None of it has happened by fluke. Higgins has been aiming towards an AFL career for some time, and has engaged a personal trainer, a speed coach and also a football mentor to develop his overall game and fitness.

Throughout this year he did extra touch,...


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Tomorrow's Heroes: Workhorse rises to challenge

Tomorrow's Heroes: Oscar Allen The West Australian forward has a strong pair of hands and is a straight kick for goal.

It has been a year of achievements for Oscar Allen, who has exceeded some early-season expectations to push himself into first-round draft calculations. 

The West Australian forward was named the best player of the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships after a consistent carnival that saw him average 16 disposals, six marks and nearly three goals a game for his state. 

After winning the Larke Medal, Allen went on to play at senior WAFL level for West Perth and then starred on AFL Grand Final morning in the NAB All Stars curtain-raiser game.

He again showed his marking ability and goal sense that day, finishing his impressive and consistent season with two goals from 18 disposals and seven marks.  

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Tomorrow's Heroes: Workhorse rises to challenge

Tomorrow's Heroes: Oscar Allen The West Australian forward has a strong pair of hands and is a straight kick for goal.

It has been a year of achievements for Oscar Allen, who has exceeded some early-season expectations to push himself into first-round draft calculations. 

The West Australian forward was named the best player of the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships after a consistent carnival that saw him average 16 disposals, six marks and nearly three goals a game for his state. 

After winning the Larke Medal, Allen went on to play at senior WAFL level for West Perth and then starred on AFL Grand Final morning in the NAB All Stars curtain-raiser game.

He again showed his marking ability and goal sense that day, finishing his impressive and consistent season with two goals from 18 disposals and seven marks.  

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Allen is a workhorse. In his role as a roaming tall forward, he...


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Tomorrow's Heroes: Key defender's stocks on the rise

Tomorrow's Heroes: Aaron Naughton The West Australian is considered one of the best key defenders in the draft pool.

In the space of a few weeks late in the season, Aaron Naughton's draft stocks soared like few others in this year's crop. And with good reason.

Following an impressive NAB AFL Under-18 Championships for Western Australia, which saw him earn All Australian honours, Naughton was elevated to Peel Thunder's senior side for his WAFL debut.

Over a seven-week stretch the key defender never looked out of place, averaging seven marks a game and 14 disposals playing with and against AFL-listed players. 

The 17-year-old has also shown he can push forward and be a marking target, averaging nearly a goal a game in his seven 'colts' appearances this year, but he is more at home as one of the draft's leading defenders.

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Tomorrow's Heroes: Key defender's stocks on the rise

Tomorrow's Heroes: Aaron Naughton The West Australian is considered one of the best key defenders in the draft pool.

In the space of a few weeks late in the season, Aaron Naughton's draft stocks soared like few others in this year's crop. And with good reason.

Following an impressive NAB AFL Under-18 Championships for Western Australia, which saw him earn All Australian honours, Naughton was elevated to Peel Thunder's senior side for his WAFL debut.

Over a seven-week stretch the key defender never looked out of place, averaging seven marks a game and 14 disposals playing with and against AFL-listed players. 

The 17-year-old has also shown he can push forward and be a marking target, averaging nearly a goal a game in his seven 'colts' appearances this year, but he is more at home as one of the draft's leading defenders.

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His size (194cm) makes him a really nice fit as a key...


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Tomorrow's Heroes: Rich history for famous name

Tomorrow's Heroes: Ed Richards The damaging defensive playmaker is part of Collingwood royalty.

It took Ed Richards a little while to understand the significance of his surname at Collingwood. And although he might not continue its famous history in the black and white, he does look set to add another chapter to its lineage at football's top level.

Richards, who shapes as an early pick at this year's NAB AFL Draft, is the grandson of former Pies great Ron Richards, who played 147 games for the Magpies between 1947-56. Ron's brother was Pies premiership skipper Lou Richards, who played 250 games for the club and is a Collingwood legend. 

Ed was something of a bolter as the season wore on in 2017, staking his draft claim with some excellent performances for the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup having missed selection for Vic Metro due to a knee injury around the time the squad was...


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