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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

China guernsey 'not an issue' for Power

Footy Feed: Suns head to Shanghai once again Nat Edwards with a news update on the Suns' game in Shanghai

The famous China guernsey stoush is long gone.

Port Adelaide has backed down from its insistence Gold Coast gives up wearing its red and yellow jumpers for their game in Shanghai.

The Power initially wanted the Suns to ditch their home colours for this year's inaugural China game for fears the Chinese supporters would gravitate towards them.

But both clubs have come to an understanding ahead of agreeing to resume the rivalry at Adelaide Arena at Jiangwan Stadium in round nine of the 2018 season.

"When we first started thinking about the China game in 2017, we were concerned about the guernsey because it was the national colours of China," the Power's chief executive Keith Thomas said.

"The reality is, it's not that big of a deal.

"It wasn't that big of a deal to the people...


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China guernsey 'not an issue' for Power

Footy Feed: Suns head to Shanghai once again Nat Edwards with a news update on the Suns' game in Shanghai

The famous China guernsey stoush is long gone.

Port Adelaide has backed down from its insistence Gold Coast gives up wearing its red and yellow jumpers for their game in Shanghai.

The Power initially wanted the Suns to ditch their home colours for this year's inaugural China game for fears the Chinese supporters would gravitate towards them.

But both clubs have come to an understanding ahead of agreeing to resume the rivalry at Adelaide Arena at Jiangwan Stadium in round nine of the 2018 season.

"When we first started thinking about the China game in 2017, we were concerned about the guernsey because it was the national colours of China," the Power's chief executive Keith Thomas said.

"The reality is, it's not that big of a deal.

"It wasn't that big of a deal to the people...


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Tomorrow's Heroes: Speedy risk-taker with an eye for goal

Tomorrow's Heroes: Jaidyn Stephenson The Vic Metro Star oozes X-factor with his ability to make things happen

The NAB AFL Draft has been a long time coming for Jaidyn Stephenson. As a 16-year-old, the wiry forward made his TAC Cup debut for the Eastern Ranges at the end of 2015 – more than two years before he was eligible to be picked by an AFL club.

He went on to feature in the Ranges' finals series, before again starring at that level as a goalkicker last season as a bottom-ager, where he booted 23 majors from 11 games.

This season saw Stephenson gradually change his game. He could have continued to play as a deep forward and use his brilliant speed and smarts there, but instead he pushed himself to move into the midfield and show his wares there.

It took an adjustment period, but Stephenson saw the rewards in the second half of the season when he was one of the best performed...


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JLT Community Series Fixture Announced

The Gold Coast SUNS will kick-off their pre-season campaign with two games in Queensland as part of the JLT Community Series.

The SUNS will head to North Queensland to battle the Geelong Cats at Riverway Stadium in Townsville on March 4.

On Monday, the SUNS announced a strategic partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland and the match between Gold Coast and Geelong forms part of that agreement. 

Chief Executive Mark Evans said the club were looking forward to taking the game to North Queensland twice in 2018.

“We’re thrilled to be able to take one of our pre-season matches to Townsville,” he said.

“North Queensland as a whole is a really important catchment region for our club, and to be able to bring AFL to Riverway Stadium in 2018 is significant.” 

Commencing on Saturday February 24, the JLT Community Series will run over three weeks with each of the 18 teams playing only two...


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AFLX: 'Watch this space' says Auld

AFL 2017 Media - 2018 JLT Community Series Fixture Launch

AFL general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld announces the JLT Community Series fixture.

The AFL has remained coy on the immediate future of AFLX, despite confirming a reduced pre-season fixture for 2018 that could accommodate the shortened new format of the game.

The men's JLT Community Series has been reduced to two matches for each club over a three-week period, creating space for standalone NAB AFL Women's games and the potential introduction of AFLX.

Asked on Thursday if fans would see AFLX played this pre-season, AFL general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld said: "You may, we're just not sure yet. Watch this space".

"AFLX is something we've been talking about for some time now and we're still in the process of developing," Auld said.

"We're not really in a position to formalise both the format and when we might program AFLX games or a carnival."

AFLX...


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Southport Sharks to host JLT Community Series match

The Gold Coast SUNS announced their pre-season JLT Community Series fixture on Thursday, with both games to be held in Queensland. 

The SUNS will take on the Cats in Townsville in the second week of the competition before heading back home to face traditional rivals the Brisbane Lions at Fankhauser Reserve, the home of the Southport Sharks.

The March 11 game will be the only AFL match on the Gold Coast until June 2018, with Metricon Stadium out of action for the first half of the season due to the construction and deconstruction of the Athletics Track for the Commonwealth Games.

Southport Sharks Chief Executive, Dean Bowtell, said the JLT Community Series match would be a wonderful way for the Gold Coast to see the two Queensland elite teams in action. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to host a JLT Community Series Match between the two Queensland AFL clubs, the Gold Coast SUNS & Brisbane...


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SUNS to take home games to Gabba and Perth Stadium

Mark's message to members regarding 2018 CEO Mark Evans' message to members regarding changes to the 2018 season.

The Gold Coast SUNS will play a home game at the Gabba and the new Perth Stadium in 2018 as part of its relocation due to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Gold Coast will host the Fremantle Dockers in Perth in Round 3 on Saturday, April 7. The club, with the support of Tourism & Events Queensland, will then host Melbourne in Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday, May 12 in Round 8.

GC SUNS Chief Executive, Mark Evans, said the club needed to be creative in order to relocate four home matches away from Metricon Stadium in 2018 while the club's traditional home venue hosts the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“We are in a unique circumstance with Metricon Stadium not available until early June. Working with the AFL we have managed to secure seven home games at Metricon...


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Tomorrow's Heroes: Elite talent with massive upside

Tomorrow's Heroes: Aiden Bonar The explosive forward has overcome injury to be a likely first-round pick.

Every draft has the story of the talented player struck by injury, making him difficult to rank and, in some ways, one of the tougher prospects to place. In 2017 it's Aiden Bonar.

Bonar shaped as an early selection at this year's NAB AFL Draft a long way out before he was hit by a knee reconstruction in the lead-up to Vic Country's under-16 championships in 2015.

He returned from the rehabilitation to play at school level for Haileybury College last year before suffering another torn anterior cruciate ligament. The second surgery was more successful than the first, however, and he came back for the Dandenong Stingrays to play six games at the back end of this season.

The long-kicking 18-year-old, whose mother is from Papua New Guinea and father hails from Scotland, had plenty...


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Gold Coast and North Melbourne to play Round One in Cairns

The Gold Coast SUNS will play the North Melbourne Football Club in Round One of the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season in Cairns.

The GC SUNS will host North Melbourne under lights at Cazalys Stadium on Saturday March 24, 2018 beginning at 6.25pm AEST.

The GC SUNS’ traditional home venue of Metricon Stadium is the home to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and is unavailable until to the SUNS until early June. 

GC SUNS Chief Executive, Mark Evans, said the club was looking forward to starting their 2018 season in the region of their talent academy.

"The SUNS are thrilled to be kicking off our 2018 season in Cairns against North Melbourne.  A round one game in Cairns presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the region ahead of what is always a much-anticipated opening round," Evans said. 

“As a club we have established significant support in Cairns and throughout North Queensland. We are...


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Gold Coast and North Melbourne to play Round One in Cairns

The Gold Coast SUNS will play the North Melbourne Football Club in Round One of the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season in Cairns.

The GC SUNS will host North Melbourne under lights at Cazalys Stadium on Saturday March 24, 2018 beginning at 6.25pm AEST.

The GC SUNS’ traditional home venue of Metricon Stadium is the home to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and is unavailable until to the SUNS until early June. 

GC SUNS Chief Executive, Mark Evans, said the club was looking forward to starting their 2018 season in the region of their talent academy.

"The SUNS are thrilled to be kicking off our 2018 season in Cairns against North Melbourne.  A round one game in Cairns presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the region ahead of what is always a much-anticipated opening round," Evans said. 

“As a club we have established significant support in Cairns and throughout North Queensland. We are...


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Gold Coast and North Melbourne to play Round One in Cairns

The Gold Coast SUNS will play the North Melbourne Football Club in Round One of the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season in Cairns.

The GC SUNS will host North Melbourne under lights at Cazalys Stadium on Saturday March 24, 2018 beginning at 6.25pm AEST.

The GC SUNS’ traditional home venue of Metricon Stadium is the home to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and is unavailable until to the SUNS until early June. 

GC SUNS Chief Executive, Mark Evans, said the club was looking forward to starting their 2018 season in the region of their talent academy.

"The SUNS are thrilled to be kicking off our 2018 season in Cairns against North Melbourne.  A round one game in Cairns presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the region ahead of what is always a much-anticipated opening round," Evans said. 

“As a club we have established significant support in Cairns and throughout North Queensland. We are...


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Live draft pick trading draws nearer

THE AFL looks increasingly likely to introduce American-style live draft pick trading during each year's national draft – and possibly as soon as 2018.

AFL.com.au reported in June the draft night innovation was being discussed among the AFL's player movement working group.

It would be another significant development after free agency changed the AFL exchange landscape forever in 2012.

Details are still being worked out, but the situation has advanced to the point where Hawthorn recruiting and list manager Graham Wright and Geelong chief executive Brian Cook discussed it publicly the past two days.

In-draft trading would enable clubs to assess the value of their picks on the run and make moves based on which players are still available to increase their chance of landing targeted footballers.

American sporting leagues, such as the NBA and NFL, can trade players and picks during their...


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Live draft pick trading draws nearer

THE AFL looks increasingly likely to introduce American-style live draft pick trading during each year's national draft – and possibly as soon as 2018.

AFL.com.au reported in June the draft night innovation was being discussed among the AFL's player movement working group.

It would be another significant development after free agency changed the AFL exchange landscape forever in 2012.

Details are still being worked out, but the situation has advanced to the point where Hawthorn recruiting and list manager Graham Wright and Geelong chief executive Brian Cook discussed it publicly the past two days.

In-draft trading would enable clubs to assess the value of their picks on the run and make moves based on which players are still available to increase their chance of landing targeted footballers.

American sporting leagues, such as the NBA and NFL, can trade players and picks during their...


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Read more: Live draft pick trading draws nearer

Live draft pick trading draws nearer

THE AFL looks increasingly likely to introduce American-style live draft pick trading during each year's national draft – and possibly as soon as 2018.

AFL.com.au reported in June the draft night innovation was being discussed among the AFL's player movement working group.

It would be another significant development after free agency changed the AFL exchange landscape forever in 2012.

Details are still being worked out, but the situation has advanced to the point where Hawthorn recruiting and list manager Graham Wright and Geelong chief executive Brian Cook discussed it publicly the past two days.

In-draft trading would enable clubs to assess the value of their picks on the run and make moves based on which players are still available to increase their chance of landing targeted footballers.

American sporting leagues, such as the NBA and NFL, can trade players and picks during their...


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What drives this Young SUN

SUNS TV: Aaron Young Interview Aaron Young speaks to SUNS TV

New Gold Coast SUN Aaron Young’s move is one he hopes will not only provide him with more playing opportunities, but also the chance to provide leadership to a developing playing group.

The midfielder/forward has played 76-career games over six seasons, with his best return coming in the 2016 season that saw him play 21 games.

That same year, Young booted 37 goals to finish second in Port Adelaide’s goal kicking stakes behind dual All-Australian Chad Wingard.

After not having the continuity of football in 2017, Young jumped at the chance to head north in search of more game time.

“It was just a really good opportunity,” Young told goldcoastfc.com.au.

“Everyone just wants to play footy, so if someone gives you that chance to play a few more games, then you jump at it.”

Heading into his first pre-season on the Coast, the...


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What drives this Young SUN

SUNS TV: Aaron Young Interview Aaron Young speaks to SUNS TV

New Gold Coast SUN Aaron Young’s move is one he hopes will not only provide him with more playing opportunities, but also the chance to provide leadership to a developing playing group.

The midfielder/forward has played 76-career games over six seasons, with his best return coming in the 2016 season that saw him play 21 games.

That same year, Young booted 37 goals to finish second in Port Adelaide’s goal kicking stakes behind dual All-Australian Chad Wingard.

After not having the continuity of football in 2017, Young jumped at the chance to head north in search of more game time.

“It was just a really good opportunity,” Young told goldcoastfc.com.au.

“Everyone just wants to play footy, so if someone gives you that chance to play a few more games, then you jump at it.”

Heading into his first pre-season on the Coast, the...


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AFL 2017 Round 10 - Geelong v Port Adelaide

Gold Coast have secured a trade for Aaron Young from Port Adelaide.

Former Port Adelaide midfielder Aaron Young joined the Gold Coast SUNS as part of the NAB AFL Trade Period on Thursday.

The 24-year old was originally drafted by Port Adelaide at pick 36 in the 2010 NAB National Draft, and comes to the Gold Coast as a ready made midfielder who has a nous for finding the big sticks with his right boot.

Throughout his early years at Alberton, the Eastern Rangers product’s shaggy long hair and ever-growing beard, combined with his prolific ball-winning skills, saw him quickly become a fan favourite.

Dangerous in attack, Young played in 13 AFL games in 2017, taking his overall career tally to 76.

With 62 career goals under his belt (he finished second to Chad Wingard as leading goal kicker in 2016), Young will be looking to make his mark...


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AFL 2017 Round 10 - Geelong v Port Adelaide

Gold Coast have secured a trade for Aaron Young from Port Adelaide.

Former Port Adelaide midfielder Aaron Young joined the Gold Coast SUNS as part of the NAB AFL Trade Period on Thursday.

The 24-year old was originally drafted by Port Adelaide at pick 36 in the 2010 NAB National Draft, and comes to the Gold Coast as a ready made midfielder who has a nous for finding the big sticks with his right boot.

Throughout his early years at Alberton, the Eastern Rangers product’s shaggy long hair and ever-growing beard, combined with his prolific ball-winning skills, saw him quickly become a fan favourite.

Dangerous in attack, Young played in 13 AFL games in 2017, taking his overall career tally to 76.

With 62 career goals under his belt (he finished second to Chad Wingard as leading goal kicker in 2016), Young will be looking to make his mark...


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Get to know: Aaron Young

Aaron Young Highlights Highlights of Aaron Young

AFL 2017 Round 10 - Geelong v Port Adelaide

Gold Coast have secured a trade for Aaron Young from Port Adelaide.

Former Port Adelaide midfielder Aaron Young joined the Gold Coast SUNS as part of the NAB AFL Trade Period on Thursday.

The 24-year old was originally drafted by Port Adelaide at pick 36 in the 2010 NAB National Draft, and comes to the Gold Coast as a ready made midfielder who has a nous for finding the big sticks with his right boot.

Throughout his early years at Alberton, the Eastern Rangers product’s shaggy long hair and ever-growing beard, combined with his prolific ball-winning skills, saw him quickly become a fan favourite.

Dangerous in attack, Young played in 13 AFL games in 2017, taking his overall career tally to 76.

With 62 career goals under his belt (he finished second to Chad Wingard as leading goal kicker in 2016), Young will be looking to make his mark...


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Trade period verdict: How every club fared

In: Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson, picks 12, 39, 77, 2018 first-round pick (Melbourne), 2018 second-round pick (Carlton), 2018 third-round pick (Carlton) and 2018 fourth-round pick (Melbourne)

Out: Charlie Cameron, Jake Lever, Harrison Wigg, picks 16, 36, 54, 73, 91, 2018 second-round pick, 2018 third-round pick and 2018 fourth-round pick

Win: Bolstered the midfield

Lose: A pair of gun youngsters 

2017 draft picks: 12, 39, 77, 109

What they couldn't get done: The Crows were linked with contracted Bomber Aaron Francis, but declined to make a serious play for the South Australian.

Nick Bowen's verdict: The Crows were put on the back foot before the trade period when Jake Lever and Charlie Cameron requested trades. They made the best of a bad situation, getting a deal done early for Lever that netted them two first-round picks and gave them time to get trades done for Bryce Gibbs and...


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