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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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15 Gold Coast 22 6 16 0 1778 2273 78.2 24

May demonstrates leadership in Cairns

As the Gold Coast SUNS walked off Cazalys Stadium at half-time on Saturday night trailing the Western Bulldogs by 42 points, vice-captain Steven May gathered his troops on field and delivered a passionate speech that had the full attention of his 21 teammates.

With senior leaders Gary Ablett (captain), Dion Prestia (vice-captain) and Michael Rischitelli missing the game, May and fellow vice-captain Tom Lynch highlighted on Saturday why they’re already revered leaders within Metricon Stadium despite their young age.

“I had a chat to the boys at halftime. I said we talk about being a united team no matter who is on the park,’’ May told The Courier Mail.

READ: Miller's increased midfield responsibility

“I was worried we would roll over. I said to them: ‘Boys, Gaz, Rischa aren’t coming back, it’s up to us’.

“I was pretty proud of them, especially the way a very young midfield were able to...


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Enemy: Bulldogs make two changes

The Western Bulldogs have lifted the club-imposed suspension on Tom Boyd, with the key forward's inclusion one of two changes to their round 17 team to face the SUNS in Cairns on Saturday night.

Joining the seniors for the first time since round four, Boyd is set to be both a marking target up forward as well as sharing the ruck duties.

He is joined for the trip to Cairns by young midfielder Josh Dunkley, who has earned himself a senior recall for his seventh AFL game.

Midfielder Tom Liberatore misses the trip north with a lung injury while Lukas Webb has been omitted from Luke Beveridge's side.

Western Bulldogs Round 17 AFL Premiership Team

B: M. Boyd, F. Roberts, J. Johannisen
HB: W. Wood, D. Morris, M. Suckling
C: L. Hunter, M. Bontempelli, L. Picken
HF: C. Daniel, T.Boyd, L. Jong
F: T. Dickson, K. Redpath, J. Stringer
FOLL: J. Roughhead, J. Macrae, M. Wallis

INT: C. Smith, J. Dunkley,...


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NEAFL: Round 16 Preview

Jaeger O’Meara will take another step forward in his return to football on Saturday afternoon, set to play a full game in the NEAFL against the top of the table Sydney Swans at Blacktown.

The 2013 Ron Evans medallist has gradually increased his playing time, registering a half against Southport two weeks ago before playing three quarters in the team’s two-point win over Brisbane last week.

This week, O’Meara is slated to play from start to finish and will also return to a more familiar role inside the centre square after playing off a wing the last two rounds.

There is also a trio returning from injury, with hard-nosed defender Sean Lemmens, first-year midfielder Brayden Fiorini and mature-aged rookie Tom Keough all named in Steve Daniel’s round 16 side. Fiorini hasn’t played since rupturing his lateral collateral ligament in round three of the NEAFL and the exciting youngster is a...


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NEAFL: SUNS outclassed by ladder-leading Swans

The Gold Coast SUNS reserves started their round 16 NEAFL clash brightly against ladder leaders Sydney, opening an early second quarter lead before being completely outclassed with the Swans running out 124-point winners.

The Swans booted five unanswered goals to finish the second term well on top, before essentially ending the game with an eight-goal to two third quarter, opening up a 61-point lead at the final change. Sydney were ruthless in the final quarter, booting another eleven goals to register a comprehensive 26.14 (170) to 7.4 (46) win.

Jaeger O’Meara started the game in fine form, collecting 18 first-half disposals and a goal, looking assured as he took on more midfield responsibility after playing two games off a wing. The West Australian sat out the second half of the game, with the SUNS taking a conservative approach after the midfielder reported tightness at the half...


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Match Report: Round 17

The Western Bulldogs have vaulted back up the ladder with a 48-point win over an injury-depleted Gold Coast at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns.

The Bulldogs led at every change on Saturday night to continue their unbeaten record in far north Queensland, with the 15.17 (107) to 8.11 (59) result moving them past the Sydney Swans and Geelong and into third spot.

But it might have come at a significant cost, with star forward Jake Stringer suffering a suspected shoulder injury after copping a heavy bump from Gold Coast enforcer Steven May.

Stringer briefly emerged from the change rooms after going off in the third quarter but didn't make it back onto the field.

The midfield was the key battleground and it was there the SUNS were simply blown away, having lost their three best onballers - Gary Ablett, Michael Rischitelli and Dion Prestia - last week to major injuries.

Their stand-ins battled...


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Day recommits to Gold Coast

SUNS TV: Sam Day Re-Signs GC SUNS forward Sam Day speaks with SUNS TV after extending his contract for three more seasons

Versatile big men don’t grow on trees, making the re-signing of powerhouse swingman Sam Day until the end of 2019 an important move for the Gold Coast SUNS as they look to rise up the premiership ladder next season.

The South Australian has played pivotal roles at both ends of the ground for the SUNS in 2016 and confirmed he was committed to the club for the long haul.

“My family and friends back in Adelaide are really important to me but started here right from the get-go with the SUNS and looking forward to seeing this through,” Day told SUNS TV on Thursday afternoon.

“There’s been some tough times with the boys but really excited for the times ahead.

“We’ve seen over the last four weeks now, the core group been playing together. Unfortunately we’ve had a...


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SUNS to face tough task in Cairns

UBET Team Announcement: Round 17 See who's in the squad to take on Western Bulldogs on Saturday July 16th

The Gold Coast SUNS will enter this Saturday night’s clash against the Western Bulldogs with an undermanned midfield, with trio Gary Ablett (shoulder), Dion Prestia (knee) and Michael Rischitelli (knee) all forced out of Rodney Eade’s round 17 side with injury.

Ablett and Prestia are top two at the SUNS for centre bounce involvements in 2016 and much like the latter stages of last season, the likes of Aaron Hall, Jesse Lonergan and Touk Miller will be forced to carry the engine room load in the absence of some of Gold Coast’s top-tier midfielders.

Jack Martin
, who has been exceptional across half back in recent weeks, will also be required to step up and spend additional time in the midfield.

Lonergan comes back into the team after returning via the NEAFL side following a bout...


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‘He’s grown in leaps and bounds'

SUNS TV: Matt Shaw GC SUNS midfielder Matt Shaw speaks with SUNS TV

When Touk Miller arrived on the Gold Coast, foundation SUN Matt Shaw took the 2014 No. 29 draft pick under his wing.

Miller lodged with Shaw for his first week in Southeast Queensland and the boy from Maribyrnong Park quickly became an integral part of the furniture at Metricon Stadium, playing all 22 games in his debut season to finish fifth in the 2015 NAB AFL Rising Star voting.

While Miller has had a couple of interruptions to his 2016 season, he took his game to another level against Brisbane, earning himself the Marcus Ashcroft medal for best on ground in the QClash.

WATCH: Touk’s first day

Speaking to SUNS TV, teammate Shaw was full of praise for the 20-year-old.

“He obviously had a really good start to the season and good start to his career last year,” Shaw said.

“He’s had a few interruptions through the start...


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Eade looks at the silver lining

SUNS TV: Eade Presser GC SUNS senior coach Rodney Eade addresses the media at Metricon Stadium on Thursday morning

It's hard to not feel frustrated, but Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade said his men had no choice but to move forward and look for silver lining amid their injury crisis.

On the back of news that Gary Ablett (shoulder) and Michael Rischitelli (knee) would miss the remainder of the season, came confirmation that Dion Prestia will be unavailable for Saturday's match against the Western Bulldogs with a knee injury.

Along with the absences of Jaeger O'Meara and David Swallow, that means the club's five best midfielders will be unavailable this weekend.

Eade admitted it was hard to not feel frustrated after two seasons of rotten luck with injury.

READ: Every cloud has a silver lining

"We've just got to deal with it, it's just the way it is," he said.

"We've got our five best...


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Last time we met: Western Bulldogs

Last time we met: Western Bulldogs The SUNS and Bulldogs closed in round 15. 2015.

The Western Bulldogs have come from behind to beat Gold Coast by 22-points in a thriller in Cairns.

The Bulldogs kicked just four goals across the first three quarters but rallied late to add 10 in the last term and snatch the 14.11 (95) to 11.7 (73) result at Cazaly's Stadium.

An upset appeared likely with the SUNS dominant early but the momentum shifted after half-time with the Bulldogs eventually rewarded for effort when Jake Stringer gave them the lead for the first time towards the business end of the last quarter, delighting the crowd of 9,449.

Liam Picken racked up a game-high 37 touches and nine tackles while keeping SUNS skipper Gary Ablett relatively quiet, and Jack Macrae's love affair with Cairns continued with a haul of 33 possessions.

Jack Redpath kicked three goals while Marcus...


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Match Preview: Bulldogs v SUNS

The Bulldogs are yet to lose to Gold Coast in two 'home' clashes in Cairns, so Luke Beveridge's men will be looking to boost their modest percentage with a win. With skipper Gary Ablett and Michael Rischitelli succumbing to season-ending injuries, on paper the Dogs should have a decisive edge in the midfield. But if the SUNS' on-ballers manage to break even, their attack featuring in-form twin towers Tom Lynch and Peter Wright could cause the Bulldogs' undersized defence plenty of problems. While the SUNS have plenty of firepower, the Dogs have been plagued by inefficiency up forward that threatens to derail its premiership aspirations. Sitting a lowly 10th for scoring, it will be interesting to see if the Dogs finally lift key forward Tom Boyd's club-imposed ban to help them kick more goals.

WHERE AND WHEN: Cazaly's Stadium, Saturday, July 16, 7.25pm AEST

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Touk Miller grabs a perfect 10

Touk Miller had added to his accolades resulting from a stellar performance in round 16 against Brisbane with a perfect 10 in the AFLCA votes.

The 20-year-old polled in the Coaches Player of the Year award for the first time this season after his 27-disposal, 11-tackle performance against the Lions, which also earned him the Marcus Ashcroft Medal for best afield.

Peter Wright and Jarrod Harbrow were pillars of consistency at either end of the field, each earning themselves five votes from the coaches. Wright has emerged as a force to be reckoned with up forward in recent weeks, booting five goals and taking 12 marks against the Lions. Harbrow had 27 touches at 81.5% efficiency and also plucked 12 marks to go with eight rebound 50s.

Dion Prestia (4 votes) and Jack Martin (4 votes) round out the SUNS players awarded votes from the weekend with Eric Hipwood the only Lion to register a...


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We’re excited by the challenge: Lynch

SUNS TV: Tom Lynch GC SUNS vice-captain Tom Lynch speaks with SUNS TV

Gold Coast’s leadership remains in good hands with the continued emergence in the space by some of the SUNS’ younger stars.

Vice-captains Tom Lynch, Steven May and Dion Prestia will shoulder much of the load against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night in the absence of veterans Gary Ablett and Michael Rischitelli, who suffered season-ending injuries in the win over Brisbane.

The trio grew considerably last year under significant duress and Lynch said he was excited about the challenge facing the club’s young leaders in the last seven games of 2016.

“They’re great leaders of the football club. Gary and ‘Rish’ have been really the heart and soul,” Lynch told SUNS TV on Tuesday afternoon.

READ: Ever cloud has a silver lining

“Dion, Maysie and myself as vice-captains need to step up now without Gaz out there and...


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NEAFL: SUNS tough it out over Lions

The Gold Coast SUNS reserves held on for a gutsy two-point win over Brisbane in the NEAFL on Saturday afternoon, the team’s third victory in a row.

A seesawing battle saw the lead change several times throughout the day, with the SUNS’ 12-listed players able to overcome Brisbane’s 15, winning 14.15 (99) to 15.7 (97).

With scores tied at the 22-minute mark of the final term, Jesse Lonergan put the home side ahead with a behind. Cam Loersch missed a set shot from 50 metres out to give the SUNS a two-point lead with the Lions peppering their forward 50 in red time of the last quarter.

Jack Leslie took a big mark to repel an opposition foray at the 27-minute mark before play was stopped for three minutes with Jarrad Grant helped from the field after a heavy knock.

The Sherrin was deep inside the Lions’ forward arc when the final siren sounded, signalling one of the best wins for the reserves...


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Fans Player of the Year: Round 16

Highlights: Gold Coast v Brisbane Lions The Suns and Lions clash in round 16

The Gold Coast SUNS have won their second game on the trot against Queensland rivals Brisbane in round 16 to bring the QClash Trophy back to Metricon Stadium.

There were a number of standout individual performances, with voting extremely close in the Marcus Ashcroft Medal for best-on-ground.

Touk Miller took out the honours on countback, finishing the game with 27 disposals (14 contested), 11 tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.

Housemate Peter Wright was the unlucky second in the voting, his 12 marks an astonishing stat for a player in just his 13th AFL game. Last week’s NAB Rising Star nominee finished with career highs across the board with 20 disposals and five goals.

Fellow tall forward Tom Lynch continued his outstanding form, also booting five goals to place him just five behind Lance Franklin and...


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‘There’s still room for improvement’

BLK RAW: Brandon Matera GC SUNS forward Brandon Matera speaks after the win over Brisbane Lions in Round 16

Despite the Gold Coast SUNS recording back-to-back victories, neither of the wins was the result of a complete four-quarter performance.

Against the Saints in round 15, the SUNS rushed to a 35-point lead in the opening term before a short lapse let the Saints kick four of the next five goals.

In Saturday’s QClash, the SUNS had a 51-point lead early in the third quarter and took the foot off the pedal, conceding six of the next seven goals to give the visitors a sniff with the margin down to just 18 points late in the third.

Although the SUNS would take home the chocolates in both instances, a similar lapse against top four side the Western Bulldogs this Saturday night in Cairns is likely to be punished more harshly, given the calibre of opposition.

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MRP: Malceski cleared by Match Review Panel

The match day report laid against Gold Coast SUNS defender Nick Malceski has been thrown out by the Match Review Panel.

Malceski was charged for engaging in rough conduct against the Brisbane Lions’ Daniel Rich in the first quarter of Saturday’s 26-point win over Brisbane.

The Lions’ Reuben William had possession of the ball and handballed in front of his teammate Rich. Rich was moving to the ball with Malceski coming towards him from an angle, to make a contest for the ball. Malceski had his hands down in a bid to pick up the ball while Rich was also leaning forwards towards the ball. Rich took possession and contact was made between the two players.

It was the view of the panel that Malceski was contesting the ball and did not have an alternative way to contest the ball. No further action was taken.

Meanwhile, Lions captain Tom Rockliff can accept a $1000 sanction with an early guilty...


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Wright takes his game to another level

RD16: Rodney Eade Post-Match Watch Gold Coast's press conference after round 16's match against Brisbane Lions

19-year-old Peter Wright is the talk of the town at the moment, and rightfully so.

After earning a NAB Rising Star nomination in round 15, Wright took his game to another level against the Brisbane Lions, finishing with 20 disposals, 12 marks and five goals, all career highs.

All in just his 13th AFL game.

READ: QClash victory for the SUNS

The Calder Cannons product has now recorded back-to-back games with 10 marks or more, an impressive stat for a player that is still in his teenage years.

Coach Rodney Eade is salivating at the Wright-Tom Lynch at his disposal and given the SUNS vice-captain is only 23, it’s a tall forward duo that could dominate the AFL for years to come.

“He’s really improving Peter. I know it’s his 13th or 14th game but he’s starting to develop really...


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Injury Update: Ablett/Rischitelli

Injury Update: Marcus Ashcroft GC SUNS GM " Football Operations, Marcus Ashcroft, gives SUNS TV an update on Gary Ablett and Michael Rischitelli

Gary Ablett after injuring his shoulder on Saturday against Brisbane. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Gary Ablett after injuring his shoulder on Saturday against Brisbane. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

The Gold Coast SUNS have been dealt a double blow with scans today resulting in surgery for Gary Ablett and Michael Rischitelli.

Ablett will miss the remainder of the 2016 season after scans revealed he would require surgery to his left shoulder injured during the final quarter of the SUNS' 26-point win over the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night.

"Gary’s shoulder is not as good as we first thought. Initially we thought it mightn’t have been as bad but scans today confirmed he’ll miss the remainder of the year," General Manager – Football Operations Marcus Ashcroft said.

"It's clearly a very disappointing result for Gary and the club but we...


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Every cloud has a silver lining

Injury Update: Marcus Ashcroft GC SUNS GM " Football Operations, Marcus Ashcroft, gives SUNS TV an update on Gary Ablett and Michael Rischitelli

While the news coming out of Metricon Stadium today was devastating with scans confirming season-ending injuries for veterans Gary Ablett and Michael Rischitelli, the season is far from over for the Gold Coast SUNS.

Seven games still remain in 2016 and there is a silver lining, with the duo’s absence creating opportunity for others on the playing list.

The emergence of Aaron Hall in the late stages of 2015 was one of the biggest stories of the season for Gold Coast while Peter Wright's outstanding run this year may not have happened if not for injuries.

The 19-year-old has captivated the football world over the last two weeks but only received his opportunity out of necessity earlier in the season when Sam Day was forced back to cover the...


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