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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

Phantom Form Guide: August edition

The home and away season is coming to an end, which means there's only limited time left for draft prospects to show their wares.

Many have already done enough. Here we rank the top 25 players in this year's NAB AFL Draft in the second edition of the Phantom Form Guide for 2017.

Remember, this is purely a ranking of the best players in the crop, and not a mock draft. It also does not take into account where bids may come for father-son or academy players.

AFL Media will update the Form Guide rankings every month in the lead-up to November's draft.

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro

July ranking: 1

Rayner's most recent game, for the Western Jets two weeks ago, was a ripper. He had 23 touches, kicked 2.4, laid 11 tackles and had eight clearances in a really strong and dominant display. Even more impressive is the fact he's doing...


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Last time we met: Essendon

Last time we met: Essendon The SUNS and Bombers clashed at Etihad Stadium in round twenty two during the 2016 season.

Essendon has kept alive its hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon after narrowly notching its second victory of the season against Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Bombers fans let out a huge roar at the final siren as their team ended a club-record 17-match losing streak, 11.9 (75) to 9.15 (69).

The Dons trailed by seven points at the last change, but managed 4.2 to 1.7 in the final quarter.

Acting skipper Zach Merrett was prolific, as he has been for much of the season, finishing with 38 disposals and his class standing out in a scrappy affair.

He was helped by David Zaharakis, who ended the contest with 40 touches despite having Matt Shaw on his tail for the second half.

Bombers coach John Worsfold was thrilled with his side's composure when it was...


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SUNS out to dash Dons' finals dream

SUNS TV: Solomon presser Interim Senior Coach Dean Solomon talks to the media ahead of Rd22.

Dean Solomon would love nothing more than for Gold Coast to upset his former club Essendon and dash its finals hopes on Saturday night.

The Bombers will start favourites in their final two matches against the SUNS and Fremantle, and must win both to continue playing in September.

"They're striving to make the final eight and this is a big game for them, and it's one we'd love to snatch away and take that dream away from them," Solomon said on Thursday.

The former Essendon premiership player was handed Gold Coast's interim job last week and said he was loving every minute of it.

Solomon has been at the club for seven years as an assistant and made no secret of the fact he would love to be a senior coach.

Solomon said he hadn't given any thought to his future.

"In many ways I haven't had...


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TEAM: Round 22

Team Announcement: Round 22 See who's in the squad to take on Essendon on Saturday 19 August

Gold Coast has made six changes at the selection table ahead of Saturday’s final home match against Essendon at Metricon Stadium.

In addition to forced changes to cover injured Suns Sean Lemmens and Dan Currie, Jarryd Lyons has also been ruled out due to on-going ankle issues.

Line-breaking wingman Pearce Hanley headlines the six inclusions, with Brayden Fiorini, Jack Leslie, Jesse Lonergan and Mitch Hallahan also named to line up against the Bombers on Saturday night.

Injured ruck stocks have opened the door for Keegan Brooksby to add to his career tally of 12 senior appearances; the Gold Coast big man named to start inside the centre circle with deputys Touk Miller and David Swallow to follow on ground level.

Veteran SUN Michael Rischitelli, Mackenzie Willis and Brad Scheer have been...


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Match preview: Gold Coast v Essendon

SUMMARY
One team is playing for its finals life and the other is playing for little more than pride when Essendon travels to the Gold Coast. The Bombers are a win outside the top eight, but would fancy their chances against the SUNS and Dockers in the final fortnight to give them every chance of sneaking into the finals frame. They're coming off a loss to league leaders Adelaide, but with bookends Joe Daniher and Michael Hurley having brilliant seasons, and a midfield generally in good form, Essendon will start strong favourites. Gold Coast is having a horror stretch, with last Saturday's loss at the hands of arch-rival Brisbane Lions its sixth in succession. Dean Solomon will lead his second game as interim coach against the club he won a premiership with as a player in 2000.

WHERE AND WHEN: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, August 19, 7.25pm AEST 
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Match preview: Gold Coast v Essendon

SUMMARY
One team is playing for its finals life and the other is playing for little more than pride when Essendon travels to the Gold Coast. The Bombers are a win outside the top eight, but would fancy their chances against the SUNS and Dockers in the final fortnight to give them every chance of sneaking into the finals frame. They're coming off a loss to league leaders Adelaide, but with bookends Joe Daniher and Michael Hurley having brilliant seasons, and a midfield generally in good form, Essendon will start strong favourites. Gold Coast is having a horror stretch, with last Saturday's loss at the hands of arch-rival Brisbane Lions its sixth in succession. Dean Solomon will lead his second game as interim coach against the club he won a premiership with as a player in 2000.

WHERE AND WHEN: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, August 19, 7.25pm AEST 
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SUNS launch inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan

SUNS TV: RAP Launch Mark Evans and captain Steven May address the media about the SUNS' RAP.

On Wednesday the Gold Coast SUNS launched their inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at North Burleigh in front of players, coaches, staff, board members, media and local Indigenous people.

The location was chosen specifically for its cultural significance with the local Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast area.

The club has been developing the RAP document since January 2017, however, many of the initiatives detailed in the final plan have underpinned the club’s cultural programs since its inception.

Chief Executive, Mark Evans, told media it was a proud day for the club.

“Today we’re here to take a leadership position, to tell the world that there is still work to be done,” he said.

“Our club’s only seven years young and we already have deep connections to the local Indigenous...


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SUNS launch inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan

SUNS TV: RAP Launch Mark Evans and captain Steven May address the media about the SUNS' RAP.

On Wednesday the Gold Coast SUNS launched their inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at North Burleigh in front of players, coaches, staff, board members, media and local Indigenous people.

The location was chosen specifically for its cultural significance with the local Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast area.

The club has been developing the RAP document since January 2017, however, many of the initiatives detailed in the final plan have underpinned the club’s cultural programs since its inception.

Chief Executive, Mark Evans, told media it was a proud day for the club.

“Today we’re here to take a leadership position, to tell the world that there is still work to be done,” he said.

“Our club’s only seven years young and we already have deep connections to the local Indigenous...


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In The Mix: Round 22

As we head into the penultimate game of the season, Gold Coast’s Match Committee has already been forced into at least two changes.

Ruckman Dan Currie and Sean Lemmens both suffered injuries last week that will see them come out of the team.

The Optomo Injury Report confirmed that Pearce Hanley is expected to line up for the SUNS should he pass a fitness test later this week.

A stirring victory from the SUNS’ NEAFL team last week has seen a number of players put their hand up for selection.

Inside midfielder Mitch Hallahan was adjudged best-afield, responding strongly to his omission from the senior team as he went on to gather 38 disposals and a goal.

Should a goal kicking forward be required, it will be hard to look past Jarrad Grant, who kicked seven goals for the game.

Whether small forward Brandon Matera, who made his return after a long injury layoff, has done enough to prove...


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NEAFL: Gold Coast keep home final dreams alive

The Gold Coast SUNS have upstaged the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Saturday, ending the home side’s record 10-match winning streak with an epic seven-point victory.

The SUNS jumped the NT Thunder into fourth spot, with Jarrad Grant spearheading the 16.15 (111) to 16.8 (104) victory with seven majors.

Grant was outstanding, kicking five goals in the third quarter and using his pace against a tall and cumbersome Lions defence.

He proved the difference in a match which could see them host their inevitable NEAFL Elimination Final against the Thunder if results next week fall their way, rather than having to make the trek to Darwin in the first week of finals.

Mitch Hallahan (38 disposals, 14 marks, one goal) was outstanding in winning and controlling the football for the SUNS, whilst Matt Shaw (32 disposals, seven marks, one goal) provided his usual run.

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NEAFL: Gold Coast keep home final dreams alive

The Gold Coast SUNS have upstaged the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Saturday, ending the home side’s record 10-match winning streak with an epic seven-point victory.

The SUNS jumped the NT Thunder into fourth spot, with Jarrad Grant spearheading the 16.15 (111) to 16.8 (104) victory with seven majors.

Grant was outstanding, kicking five goals in the third quarter and using his pace against a tall and cumbersome Lions defence.

He proved the difference in a match which could see them host their inevitable NEAFL Elimination Final against the Thunder if results next week fall their way, rather than having to make the trek to Darwin in the first week of finals.

Mitch Hallahan (38 disposals, 14 marks, one goal) was outstanding in winning and controlling the football for the SUNS, whilst Matt Shaw (32 disposals, seven marks, one goal) provided his usual run.

GC Academy member Brayden...


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Fantasy Report: Round 21

Firstly, a big congratulations to all those AFL Fantasy coaches who have made it through to the preliminary finals this weekend and here’s hoping some big performances from your Gold Coast players will help you win your league.

Jack Martin was outstanding on Saturday evening as he booted four goals, which could quite easily have been a few more.

With captain Tom Lynch out for the remainder of the season, Martin was used as a focal point going forward for the SUNS, resulting in nine marks and 118 Fantasy points.

This was Martin’s highest score for 2017 and fourth score over 100 in the second half of the season, highlighting his rare, electrifying talents that will continue to excite SUNS fans in the future.

Martin’s value has increased by $65,000 across the season, showing the improvements he has made to his game from last year.

Midfielder’s David Swallow (104) and Touk Miller (99)...


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Fantasy Report: Round 21

Firstly, a big congratulations to all those AFL Fantasy coaches who have made it through to the preliminary finals this weekend and here’s hoping some big performances from your Gold Coast players will help you win your league.

Jack Martin was outstanding on Saturday evening as he booted four goals, which could quite easily have been a few more.

With captain Tom Lynch out for the remainder of the season, Martin was used as a focal point going forward for the SUNS, resulting in nine marks and 118 Fantasy points.

This was Martin’s highest score for 2017 and fourth score over 100 in the second half of the season, highlighting his rare, electrifying talents that will continue to excite SUNS fans in the future.

Martin’s value has increased by $65,000 across the season, showing the improvements he has made to his game from last year.

Midfielder’s David Swallow (104) and Touk Miller (99)...


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Optomo Injury Report: Round 22

Optomo Injury Report: Round 22 GC SUNS GM - Football Operations, Marcus Ashcroft, speaks to SUNS TV about injuries at the club

Two more Suns have sustained injuries during the QClash14 against Brisbane Lions that will see them ruled out of the remaining matches of the 2017 season.

Sean Lemmens suffered an ankle injury during the final quarter of the match, and GM Football Operations, Marcus Ashcroft, confirmed to the Optomo Injury Report he would require surgery.

“A pretty bad injury for Sean on the night, he got carried off,” Ashcroft said.

“He went and saw the medical guys on Monday and unfortunately he needs to get some surgery on his foot.

“With that he’ll miss the rest of the year.”

Ruckman Dan Currie bravely battled through a broken foot on Saturday night, and the subsequent surgery has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

“Dan toughed the night out on Saturday night,”...


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Optomo Injury Report: Round 22

Optomo Injury Report: Round 22 GC SUNS GM - Football Operations, Marcus Ashcroft, speaks to SUNS TV about injuries at the club

Two more Suns have sustained injuries during the QClash14 against Brisbane Lions that will see them ruled out of the remaining matches of the 2017 season.

Sean Lemmens suffered an ankle injury during the final quarter of the match, and GM Football Operations, Marcus Ashcroft, confirmed to the Optomo Injury Report he would require surgery.

“A pretty bad injury for Sean on the night, he got carried off,” Ashcroft said.

“He went and saw the medical guys on Monday and unfortunately he needs to get some surgery on his foot.

“With that he’ll miss the rest of the year.”

Ruckman Dan Currie bravely battled through a broken foot on Saturday night, and the subsequent surgery has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

“Dan toughed the night out on Saturday night,”...


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Match Report: Round 21

The Brisbane Lions peeked through the window of their brightening future, and in the process helped an emotional Tom Rockliff celebrate a runaway QClash win over Gold Coast at the Gabba on Saturday night.

The result completed a horror week for the SUNS, who stormed to a 21-point quarter-time lead, only to watch the Lions dominate from then on and cruise to a 22.10 (142) to 12.12 (84) victory.

While Rockliff starred with 24 disposals and three goals, the Lions can largely thank Dayne Beams for the reversal after quarter-time, with the skipper winning his second Marcus Ashcroft Medal for the season with another sublime showing.

Beams finished with 32 disposals, four goals, four assists and 13 score involvements, and dragged his team back into the game after a lacklustre first term.

The Lions kicked the last four goals of the second quarter, with Beams drilling one from 50m and setting...


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Match Report: Round 21

The Brisbane Lions peeked through the window of their brightening future, and in the process helped an emotional Tom Rockliff celebrate a runaway QClash win over Gold Coast at the Gabba on Saturday night.

The result completed a horror week for the SUNS, who stormed to a 21-point quarter-time lead, only to watch the Lions dominate from then on and cruise to a 22.10 (142) to 12.12 (84) victory.

While Rockliff starred with 24 disposals and three goals, the Lions can largely thank Dayne Beams for the reversal after quarter-time, with the skipper winning his second Marcus Ashcroft Medal for the season with another sublime showing.

Beams finished with 32 disposals, four goals, four assists and 13 score involvements, and dragged his team back into the game after a lacklustre first term.

The Lions kicked the last four goals of the second quarter, with Beams drilling one from 50m and setting...


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There's no magic formula, it's pure hard work: Solomon

RD21: Solomon post-match Watch Gold Coast's press conference after round 21's match against Brisbane Lions

Dean Solomon is sick of the excuses for Gold Coast, and he wasn't making any after the SUNS were defeated by the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night.

Solomon took over from Rodney Eade on Tuesday, and had a blunt assessment of Gold Coast's first performance under his guidance.

"What we produced tonight was unacceptable for two-and-a-half quarters," he said.

The SUNS led by 22 points early in the second term, then completely folded, conceding 10 of the next 11 goals and 17 of the game's final 21.

During the third quarter a number of SUNS looked like they were running on a treadmill, so slow were they moving and so swift was the Lions' ball movement.

Solomon said neither the change of coach or the high injury toll were excuses for the drop off.

"We've got to stop talking about...


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There's no magic formula, it's pure hard work: Solomon

RD21: Solomon post-match Watch Gold Coast's press conference after round 21's match against Brisbane Lions

Dean Solomon is sick of the excuses for Gold Coast, and he wasn't making any after the SUNS were defeated by the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night.

Solomon took over from Rodney Eade on Tuesday, and had a blunt assessment of Gold Coast's first performance under his guidance.

"What we produced tonight was unacceptable for two-and-a-half quarters," he said.

The SUNS led by 22 points early in the second term, then completely folded, conceding 10 of the next 11 goals and 17 of the game's final 21.

During the third quarter a number of SUNS looked like they were running on a treadmill, so slow were they moving and so swift was the Lions' ball movement.

Solomon said neither the change of coach or the high injury toll were excuses for the drop off.

"We've got to stop talking about...


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Last time we met: Brisbane Lions

The Brisbane Lions have given Chris Fagan the perfect coaching start, hanging on to win a thrilling QClash by two points at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.

The Lions led by 47 points – 46 at half-time – before Gold Coast roared back to level the scores midway through the final term.

Lewy Taylor snapped a goal with six minutes remaining to arrest the momentum and give them some breathing space, before Tom Lynch answered to set up a pulsating final two minutes.

The Lions hung on to win 15.8 (98) to 14.12 (96) to give Fagan a win in his first game as coach.

In his debut as skipper, Dayne Beams was magnificent, racking up 28 disposals, including 21 in the decisive first half, to win the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as best afield.

Tom Rockliff had a game-high 37 disposals, while Dayne Zorko (23 and two goals), Stefan Martin (23 and 32 hit-outs) and Ryan Bastinac (three goals) were also...


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