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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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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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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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I'll be hard but fair: Dew

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New Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew believes success in developing strong bonds with his players will be crucial in turning the club's fortunes around.

Dew arrives with significant and varied experience from a long stint as a Sydney assistant coach under Paul Roos then John Longmire.

Longmire told AFL.com.au in October that Dew's ability to adapt to the different player relationship a senior coach has from assistants would be one of his greatest challenges.

Longmire backed Dew to make that transition, and the dual premiership player plans to be "a relationship-based coach".

"I like the teaching side of the game, but I think I'll be hard but fair," Dew told SEN on Wednesday.

"You've seen Richmond. What they were able to do as a team was unbelievable last year, so my main job is getting that cohesion across the whole...


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I'll be hard but fair: Dew

Stuart Dew on SEN Breakfast Stuart Dew joins the team on SEN Breakfast

New Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew believes success in developing strong bonds with his players will be crucial in turning the club's fortunes around.

Dew arrives with significant and varied experience from a long stint as a Sydney assistant coach under Paul Roos then John Longmire.

Longmire told AFL.com.au in October that Dew's ability to adapt to the different player relationship a senior coach has from assistants would be one of his greatest challenges.

Longmire backed Dew to make that transition, and the dual premiership player plans to be "a relationship-based coach".

"I like the teaching side of the game, but I think I'll be hard but fair," Dew told SEN on Wednesday.

"You've seen Richmond. What they were able to do as a team was unbelievable last year, so my main job is getting that cohesion across the whole...


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Earlier MRP decisions on Hocking's agenda

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AFL football operations manager Steve Hocking

Bringing forward Match Review Panel decisions for Thursday and Friday night matches is one of many items on new AFL football operations manager Steve Hocking's agenda. 

The 52-year-old former Geelong footballer and football manager repeated his previous comments that he would take a "consultative and inclusive" approach to decision-making. 

Reviewing the MRP process appears Hocking's top priority since officially starting his new role in mid-October. 

"We're still working through that, so we're fairly keen to talk to stakeholders – umpires and also clubs and a number of other key people as well," Hocking said. 

"There's a range of different thinking out there and obviously my role is to make sense of all of that and at the appropriate time communicate that to the broader football community. 

"I do (have my own opinion), but I want to...


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AFL Media's guide to the off-season

Training return: The SUNS' first-to-fourth year players will return on Monday, November 6. The senior players will return two weeks later on November 20. There is no pre-season training camp scheduled, but the SUNS will have to move their training base to nearby Bond University in early March when the Commonwealth Games closes in on their Metricon Stadium precinct.

Injury list: The list is in good shape, with key position player Sam Day back running after the horrific dislocated hip injury that wiped out his 2017. Day will progress slowly through the pre-season. Michael Barlow is back running at full strength after his broken leg and captain Tom Lynch will put in a full pre-season after a knee injury interrupted him late season.

Draft picks: 19, 41, 50, 54, 76, 94

Arrived: Lachie Weller, Harrison Wigg, Aaron Young

Departed: Gary Ablett (trade), Keegan Brooksby (delisted), Dan Currie...


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AFL Media's guide to the off-season

Training return: The SUNS' first-to-fourth year players will return on Monday, November 6. The senior players will return two weeks later on November 20. There is no pre-season training camp scheduled, but the SUNS will have to move their training base to nearby Bond University in early March when the Commonwealth Games closes in on their Metricon Stadium precinct.

Injury list: The list is in good shape, with key position player Sam Day back running after the horrific dislocated hip injury that wiped out his 2017. Day will progress slowly through the pre-season. Michael Barlow is back running at full strength after his broken leg and captain Tom Lynch will put in a full pre-season after a knee injury interrupted him late season.

Draft picks: 19, 41, 50, 54, 76, 94

Arrived: Lachie Weller, Harrison Wigg, Aaron Young

Departed: Gary Ablett (trade), Keegan Brooksby (delisted), Dan Currie...


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Dew unfazed by fixture

Gold Coast is facing arguably the most difficult travel schedule in AFL history next season, but new coach Stuart Dew is unfazed.

With April's Commonwealth Games putting Metricon Stadium out of action for the first 10 weeks, the SUNS face a brutal schedule that includes games in Cairns, Brisbane (two), Perth (two), Melbourne, Adelaide, Ballarat and Shanghai.

Following a 17th-placed finish last season that resulted in the sacking of Rodney Eade, it's a potentially toxic cocktail for a club still seeking credibility.

A new coach walking into 10 weeks of travel in a market that is still yet to be convinced by the club has the makings of a rough season.

But the new man in charge is taking it in his stride, recently telling the club's website he sees the positives from so many weeks on the road.

"I get to spend a lot of time with the players, which is a bonus for me, and the coaches, so I...


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Dew unfazed by fixture

Gold Coast is facing arguably the most difficult travel schedule in AFL history next season, but new coach Stuart Dew is unfazed.

With April's Commonwealth Games putting Metricon Stadium out of action for the first 10 weeks, the SUNS face a brutal schedule that includes games in Cairns, Brisbane (two), Perth (two), Melbourne, Adelaide, Ballarat and Shanghai.

Following a 17th-placed finish last season that resulted in the sacking of Rodney Eade, it's a potentially toxic cocktail for a club still seeking credibility.

A new coach walking into 10 weeks of travel in a market that is still yet to be convinced by the club has the makings of a rough season.

But the new man in charge is taking it in his stride, recently telling the club's website he sees the positives from so many weeks on the road.

"I get to spend a lot of time with the players, which is a bonus for me, and the coaches, so I...


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Dew unfazed by fixture

Gold Coast is facing arguably the most difficult travel schedule in AFL history next season, but new coach Stuart Dew is unfazed.

With April's Commonwealth Games putting Metricon Stadium out of action for the first 10 weeks, the SUNS face a brutal schedule that includes games in Cairns, Brisbane (two), Perth (two), Melbourne, Adelaide, Ballarat and Shanghai.

Following a 17th-placed finish last season that resulted in the sacking of Rodney Eade, it's a potentially toxic cocktail for a club still seeking credibility.

A new coach walking into 10 weeks of travel in a market that is still yet to be convinced by the club has the makings of a rough season.

But the new man in charge is taking it in his stride, recently telling the club's website he sees the positives from so many weeks on the road.

"I get to spend a lot of time with the players, which is a bonus for me, and the coaches, so I...


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2018 Fixture: AFL Media's verdict

The team at AFL Media have had their say on the 2018 AFL Fixture.

PROS: In the first five weeks, the SUNS will line up against the other four teams from last season's bottom five – that's more than a sporting chance. If they can navigate the first half of the season, seven of the final 12 games are at Metricon Stadium, including successive matches against big-drawing Collingwood, Essendon, Carlton and Richmond.

CONS: Nine matches on the road to start Stuart Dew's time in charge is brutal, including 'home' games in Cairns, Perth, Brisbane and Shanghai. Rack up those frequent flyer points, boys.

PLAY TWICE: North Melbourne, Carlton, Brisbane Lions, Melbourne, Geelong.

BYE: Round 10

FIRST FOUR WEEKS: North Melbourne (h), Carlton (a), Fremantle (h), West Coast (a).

LAST FOUR WEEKS: Melbourne (a), Richmond (h), Brisbane Lions (h), Geelong (a).

SIX-DAY BREAKS: Three

FIRST GAME AT METRICON...


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2018 Fixture: AFL Media's verdict

The team at AFL Media have had their say on the 2018 AFL Fixture.

PROS: In the first five weeks, the SUNS will line up against the other four teams from last season's bottom five – that's more than a sporting chance. If they can navigate the first half of the season, seven of the final 12 games are at Metricon Stadium, including successive matches against big-drawing Collingwood, Essendon, Carlton and Richmond.

CONS: Nine matches on the road to start Stuart Dew's time in charge is brutal, including 'home' games in Cairns, Perth, Brisbane and Shanghai. Rack up those frequent flyer points, boys.

PLAY TWICE: North Melbourne, Carlton, Brisbane Lions, Melbourne, Geelong.

BYE: Round 10

FIRST FOUR WEEKS: North Melbourne (h), Carlton (a), Fremantle (h), West Coast (a).

LAST FOUR WEEKS: Melbourne (a), Richmond (h), Brisbane Lions (h), Geelong (a).

SIX-DAY BREAKS: Three

FIRST GAME AT METRICON...


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2018 Fixture: AFL Media's verdict

The team at AFL Media have had their say on the 2018 AFL Fixture.

PROS: In the first five weeks, the SUNS will line up against the other four teams from last season's bottom five – that's more than a sporting chance. If they can navigate the first half of the season, seven of the final 12 games are at Metricon Stadium, including successive matches against big-drawing Collingwood, Essendon, Carlton and Richmond.

CONS: Nine matches on the road to start Stuart Dew's time in charge is brutal, including 'home' games in Cairns, Perth, Brisbane and Shanghai. Rack up those frequent flyer points, boys.

PLAY TWICE: North Melbourne, Carlton, Brisbane Lions, Melbourne, Geelong.

BYE: Round 10

FIRST FOUR WEEKS: North Melbourne (h), Carlton (a), Fremantle (h), West Coast (a).

LAST FOUR WEEKS: Melbourne (a), Richmond (h), Brisbane Lions (h), Geelong (a).

SIX-DAY BREAKS: Three

FIRST GAME AT METRICON...


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Phantom Form Guide: October edition

With all eyes now firmly on the NAB AFL Draft, it is time for another update of the Phantom Form Guide. 

AFL.com.au has ranked the best 25 players in the draft pool, not taking into account where they might actually get drafted or where bids may come for father-son or academy prospects. It is not a mock draft. 

There will be one more update of the Phantom Form Guide ahead of the draft, which will be held at Sydney Showgrounds on November 24.

1 Cameron Rayner

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro
September ranking: 1

Rayner did not test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine due to a nagging knee injury that bugged him a little towards the end of the season. However, his best work had well and truly been done by then, proving to recruiters his unparalleled ability in this year's draft pool to impact a game. After blitzing the under-18 carnival with Vic Metro,...


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Phantom Form Guide: October edition

With all eyes now firmly on the NAB AFL Draft, it is time for another update of the Phantom Form Guide. 

AFL.com.au has ranked the best 25 players in the draft pool, not taking into account where they might actually get drafted or where bids may come for father-son or academy prospects. It is not a mock draft. 

There will be one more update of the Phantom Form Guide ahead of the draft, which will be held at Sydney Showgrounds on November 24.

1 Cameron Rayner

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro
September ranking: 1

Rayner did not test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine due to a nagging knee injury that bugged him a little towards the end of the season. However, his best work had well and truly been done by then, proving to recruiters his unparalleled ability in this year's draft pool to impact a game. After blitzing the under-18 carnival with Vic Metro,...


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Read more: Phantom Form Guide: October edition

Phantom Form Guide: October edition

With all eyes now firmly on the NAB AFL Draft, it is time for another update of the Phantom Form Guide. 

AFL.com.au has ranked the best 25 players in the draft pool, not taking into account where they might actually get drafted or where bids may come for father-son or academy prospects. It is not a mock draft. 

There will be one more update of the Phantom Form Guide ahead of the draft, which will be held at Sydney Showgrounds on November 24.

1 Cameron Rayner

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro
September ranking: 1

Rayner did not test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine due to a nagging knee injury that bugged him a little towards the end of the season. However, his best work had well and truly been done by then, proving to recruiters his unparalleled ability in this year's draft pool to impact a game. After blitzing the under-18 carnival with Vic Metro,...


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Cultural diversity celebrations to extend in 2018

The AFL's traditional Multicultural Round will be reformatted in season 2018, with the change allowing clubs to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity throughout the entire year.

For the last seven years, the Toyota AFL Multicultural Round has traditionally been held in the second half of the Premiership Season with nine clubs hosting themed matches across the course of one round.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the change from celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity in just one men’s round to across the entire year showcases the league’s commitment in ensuring inclusion lives within all levels of Australian Football.

“Our game has played an important role in highlighting multiculturalism across the country through a dedicated round for the past seven years, however with the inclusion of the NAB AFL Women’s competition this year and with clubs increasingly passionate about promoting...


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One year on: the 2016 draft class

A detailed assessment of how last year's draft crop and rookies performed in 2017

Pick 15: Jordan Gallucci
Made his AFL debut in the Crows' round nine win against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba, gathering 11 possessions and kicking a goal. It was his only senior appearance of the season as the midfielder spent the rest of the year in the SANFL where he played 13 games. The Victorian is yet to sign a new contract beyond the end of 2018.

Pick 44: Myles Poholke
Played 16 games in the SANFL alternating between the midfield and half-forward. Has the physical attributes for senior football already, but needs to improve his tank, ball use and defensive responsibilities to take the next step. Rewarded with a two-year extension until the end of 2020.

Pick 51: Elliott Himmelberg
Looks like a solid key position prospect after kicking 19 goals in his 13 games in the SANFL. However, a foot injury...


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