- Gold Coast Football Club
Gold Coast Names Full name Gold Coast Football Club Nickname(s) Suns 2011 season Premiership 17th (last) Pre-season Cup Quarter-finals Leading goalkicker Danny Stanley (20 goals) Best and fairest Gary Ablett Club details Founded 2009 Colours Red Gold Blue Competition Australian Football League Chairman John Witheriff Coach Guy McKenna Captain(s) Gary Ablett, Jr. Ground(s) Metricon Stadium (capacity: 25,000) Other information Official website goldcoastfc.com.au Guernsey:
The Gold Coast Football Club, nicknamed The Suns, is an Australian rules football club based on the Gold Coast, which began playing in the Australian Football League (AFL) competition for the first time in 2011. The club is the product of a sole consortium, formerly known as "GC17", tendering against established criteria for a licence to be the 17th club in the AFL competition. The club played its first game as a part of the AFL in the pre-season NAB Cup competition in February 2011 before beginning the season proper in April 2011.
On 31 March 2009 the club was granted a provisional licence to join the AFL competition and the AFL proposed that the new club would enter the national competition in the 2011 season. The following year, on 22 July, during a press conference, the club announced its new nickname, logo, club song and three new home, away and clash guernseys.
- 1 History
- 2 Recruitment
- 3 Current squad
- 4 Coaching staff
- 5 Honourboard
- 6 Support
- 7 Song
- 8 Administration
- 9 Club honours
- 10 Individual awards
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
In January 2008, it was reported that the AFL officially registered the name Gold Coast Football Club Ltd with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). The registration was effective from 24 December 2007. The registration was of a public company limited by guarantees rather than by shares, the corporate personality common to 15 of 16 of the current AFL teams, the exception being the Fremantle Football Club. In March 2008, the AFL won the support of the league's 16 club presidents to establish a side on the Gold Coast and an 18th side in Western Sydney.
AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou announced in early 2008 that the club could debut in the Queensland State League in 2009 as it recruits players and prepares for its debut season in the AFL. At one stage it was rumoured[who?] that Michael Voss would coach the Gold Coast team and that he had been offered a six-year contract. However, these rumours were proved false when Voss was appointed coach of the Brisbane Lions from the beginning of the 2009 season. Amongst the first players targeted by the Gold Coast were current St Kilda captain and Gold Coast junior Nick Riewoldt, Hawthorn forward and 2008 Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin and Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett.
Guy McKenna was appointed coach in August 2008. In early 2009, the Host Plus superannuation fund was named as the club's major sponsor. On 15 May 2009, it was announced that highly respected Essendon administrator Travis Auld would be the CEO of "GC17". Former Brisbane Lions Shaun Hart and Gold Coaster Marcus Ashcroft were also appointed to the coaching panel. On 1 October 2009, the club announced it had signed Guy McKenna as head coach until 2012.
In early 2009, the Queensland Government announced that it would contribute sufficient funds allowing the redevelopment of Gold Coast Stadium. The capacity of the new stadium will be 25,000 and is scheduled to be complete in May 2011. All home matches other than the games versus Brisbane Lions will be played at the new Gold Coast Stadium. They have also been confirmed to play their first AFL game at The Gabba in Round 2 against Carlton after a bye in Round 1. Their first game at the new stadium will be against Geelong in round 10, 2011. Also amongst the blockbuster games at home for the Suns in 2011 are both 2010 AFL Grand Finalists Collingwood and St Kilda (both of whom the Suns will only play once) and Geelong.
2009: TAC Cup
The club's junior squad competed in the 2009 TAC Cup under 18 competition winning a number of games, eventually finishing in 5th place. They defeated the Northern Knights in the elimination final but then lost their semi final to the Geelong Falcons. These are the results and fixture for the 2009 season:
Gold Coast Season 2009 Rd Home team Score Away team Score Ground Date 1 Gold Coast 9.10 (64) def by Eastern Ranges 16.6 (102) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 4 April 2 Western Jets 5.5 (35) def by Gold Coast 26.13 (169) Burbank Oval Sunday, 12 April 3 Bye 4 Tassie Mariners 4.5 (29) drew with Gold Coast 3.11 (29) MCG Sunday, 26 April 5 Calder Cannons 18.11 (119) def Gold Coast 15.13 (103) ABD Group Stadium Sunday, 3 May 6 Gold Coast 12.7 (79) def Gippsland Power 12.5 (77) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 9 May 7 Gold Coast 9.11 (65) def Dandenong Stingrays 8.12 (60) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 16 May 8 Gold Coast 10.9 (69) def by NSW/ACT Rams 14.10 (94) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 23 May 9 Gold Coast 7.13 (55) def Oakleigh Chargers 7.10 (52) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 30 May 10 Gold Coast 10.17 (77) def North Ballarat Rebels 11.4 (70) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 13 June 11 Tassie Mariners 16.14 (110) def Gold Coast 7.6 (48) Aurora Stadium Saturday, 20 June 12 Bye 13 Gold Coast 5.8 (38) def by Murray Bushrangers 14.9 (93) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 4 July 14 Gold Coast 13.16 (94) def Northern Knights 10.6 (66) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 11 July 15 Gold Coast 13.16 (94) def Western Jets 10.6 (66) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 18 July 16 North Ballarat Rebels 8.14 (62) def Gold Coast 7.6 (48) Northern Oval Saturday, 26 July 17 Gold Coast 15.16 (106) def Sandringham Dragons 8.2 (50) Carrara Stadium Sunday, 2 August 18 Gold Coast 12.14 (86) def Bendigo Pioneers 6.11 (47) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 15 August 19 Gippsland Power 10.9 (69) def by Gold Coast 12.14 (86) Visy Park Sunday, 23 August 20 Gold Coast 6.14 (50) def by Geelong Falcons 14.7 (91) Carrara Stadium Saturday, 29 August Elim Final Gold Coast 10.17 (77) def Northern Knights 9.9 (63) Visy Park Saturday, 5 September Semi Final Gold Coast 5.9 (39) def by Geelong Falcons 11.14 (80) Visy Park Sunday, 13 September
These are the results and fixture for the 2010 season, in which the club competed in the VFL.
Gold Coast Season 2010 Rd Home team Score Away team Score Ground Date 1 Gold Coast 15.7 (97) def by Port Melbourne 15.19 (109) Fankhauser Reserve Saturday, 10 April 2 Gold Coast 11.11 (77) def by Williamstown 16.17 (113) Merrimac Oval Saturday, 17 April 3 Werribee 11.18 (84) drew with Gold Coast 12.12 (84) Chirnside Park Saturday, 24 April 4 Gold Coast 10.9 (69) def by Casey Scorpions 10.17 (77) Fankhauser Reserve Saturday, 1 May 5 Bendigo Bombers 15.17 (107) def Gold Coast 12.9 (81) Queen Elizabeth Oval Saturday, 8 May 6 Gold Coast 10.8 (68) def Geelong 5.10 (40) Fankhauser Reserve Saturday, 15 May 7 Gold Coast 5.8 (38) def by Collingwood 7.15 (58) Fankhauser Reserve Saturday, 29 May 8 Northern Bullants 26.10 (166) def Gold Coast 9.7 (61) Visy Park Saturday, 5 June 9 Coburg Tigers 17.21 (123) def Gold Coast 11.10 (76) Highgate Recreation Reserve Saturday, 12 June 10 Gold Coast 15.13 (103) def Frankston 7.4 (46) Merrimac Oval Saturday, 26 June 11 Gold Coast 11.8 (74) def by Box Hill Hawks 19.16 (130) Fankhauser Reserve Saturday, 3 July 12 North Ballarat 6.12 (48) def Gold Coast 3.1 (19) Eureka Stadium Saturday, 10 July 13 Gold Coast 13.12 (90) def Bendigo Bombers 13.11 (89) Cazaly's Stadium Saturday, 17 July 14 Gold Coast 14.15 (99) def Sandringham 11.7 (73) Cooke-Murphy Oval Saturday, 24 July 15 Geelong 13.10 (88) def Gold Coast 11.5 (71) Skilled Stadium Saturday, 31 July 16 Casey Scorpions 18.11 (119) def Gold Coast 17.13 (115) Casey Fields Saturday, 7 August 17 Gold Coast 15.9 (99) def Werribee 14.14 (98) Fankhauser Reserve Saturday, 14 August 18 Collingwood 21.12 (138) def Gold Coast 13.10 (88) Victoria Park Saturday, 21 August
2011: AFL debut
Inaugural AFL team
Inaugural Gold Coast team (Round 2, 2011 season) B: Seb Tape Nathan Bock Campbell Brown HB: Jarrod Harbrow Karmichael Hunt Nathan Krakouer C: Trent McKenzie Daniel Harris Michael Rischitelli HF: Danny Stanley Charlie Dixon Alik Magin F: Jared Brennan Zac Smith Brandon Matera Foll: Josh Fraser David Swallow Gary Ablett (c) Int: Marc Lock Harley Bennell Dion Prestia Josh Toy Coach: Guy McKenna
2011 season summary
The Gold Coast debuted in Round 2 on 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 ever 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.
In round 4 Gold Coast played the Melbourne Demons. It was a very promising start for the Suns but it was not enough as the Demons ran out 90 point winners.
The Gold Coast Suns had their first AFL win on 23 April 2011, when they defeated Port Adelaide by 3 points at AAMI Stadium after they were trailing by a whopping 40 points late in the third quarter, with final scores 15.14 (104) to 15.11 (101). Brandon Matera was a standout performer booting 4 goals. Michael Rischitelli was the best on ground.
In round 6 against Essendon they conceded the highest quarter time score in VFL/AFL history, being 15.4.94 to 0.1.1. They lost the game by 139 points, their biggest loss of the season so far.
In Round 7, Gold Coast bounced back and won their second game of the season against the Brisbane Lions in the inaugural QClash by 8 points. Jared Brennan was best on ground and won the Marcus Ashcroft Medal and Nathan Krakouer kicked 5 goals. The game established the highest pay TV audience ever for an AFL game, with a total of 354,745 viewers watching the game.
Round 10 saw the Suns play at their newly renovated Metricon Stadium for the first time against Geelong. The Suns shocked many when they led the then-undefeated Cats by 11 points at halftime, but switched off in the second half and lost by 11 goals. Further losses to West Coast, North Melbourne, Hawthorn, the Western Bulldogs (for a second time), Fremantle and Sydney followed before upsetting Richmond by 15 points in the first premiership match played in Cairns.
To date, the Suns' highest score ever was 18.16 (124) achieved in its Round 7 win over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba. Their lowest score is 4.12 (36), in a 70-point defeat by the Sydney Swans at home, which is also their worst defeat at home.
Also amongst the blockbuster games at home for the Suns in 2011 are both 2010 AFL Grand Finalists Collingwood and St Kilda (both of whom the Suns will only play once, in rounds 18 and 19 respectively).
Despite finishing their inaugural season with the wooden spoon, many have hailed the Gold Coast's debut season as a "success". The Suns won three games this season.
In the leadup to the 2009 AFL Draft, the AFL allowed the Gold Coast to recruit 12 players born between January and April 1992, with all other AFL clubs being restricted to players born in 1991 or earlier.
Karmichael Hunt, a former professional rugby league player with the Brisbane Broncos and rugby union side Biarritz Olympique in France's Top 14, was signed to swap codes to play for the Gold Coast from 2010.
Gary Ablett, Jr., dual premiership player with Geelong and winner of the 2009 Brownlow Medal, signed a deal reportedly worth $9.6 million over five years to captain the Gold Coast during their starting years.
Other significant signings to the current junior team that played in the VFL included Stanis Susuve (a member of Papua New Guinea's International Cup winning team) and Brandon Matera (whose father Wally Matera and uncles Peter and Phil all played senior AFL football with the West Coast Eagles).
At the end of 2010 season, the club had been given the following concessions:
- The ability to sign one uncontracted player from each of the 16 AFL clubs
- Zoned access to five Queensland players prior to the AFL draft
- The first pick in every round plus additional first round picks at Numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 and 15 of the 2010 AFL Draft
- The capacity to pre-list 10 players who had previously nominated for the AFL Draft, or were previously listed with an AFL club
- The first five selections of the Rookie Draft
- An expanded main list of 48 players (clubs are usually allowed 38)
Current squadGold Coast Football Club
Senior list Rookie List Coaching staff
- Ken Hinkley
- Dean Solomon
- Shane O'Bree
- Jeff White (ruck)
- Shaun Hart (development/reserves coach)
- Andy Lovell (development)
Updated: 26 May 2011
Name State Recruited From Selection Type Charlie Dixon Queensland Redland Bombers Zone Selection Rex Liddy Queensland Kenmore Bears Zone Selection Lewis Moss Queensland Port Douglas Crocs Zone Selection Zac Smith Queensland Southport Sharks Zone Selection Jack Stanlake Queensland Southport Sharks Zone Selection Joel Wilkinson Queensland Broadbeach Cats Zone Selection Joseph Daye Queensland Southport Sharks Zone Selection Rory Thompson Queensland Southport Sharks Zone Selection Tom Hickey Queensland Morningside Panthers Zone Selection Marc Lock Queensland Labrador Tigers Zone Selection Steven May Northern Territory Melbourne Grammar School Zone Selection Liam Patrick Northern Territory Wanderers Eagles Zone Selection Karmichael Hunt Queensland N/A Rookie Promotion Daniel Harris Victoria North Melbourne Kangaroos Rookie Promotion Michael Coad South Australia Sturt Double Blues Rookie Promotion Sam Iles Tasmania Box Hill Hawks Rookie Promotion Danny Stanley Victoria Collingwood Magpies Rookie Promotion Luke Russell Tasmania Burnie Dockers Underage Maverick Weller Tasmania Burnie Dockers Underage Matt Shaw Victoria Dandenong Stingrays Underage Trent McKenzie Victoria Western Jets Underage Josh Toy Victoria Calder Cannons Underage Hayden Jolly South Australia Glenelg Tigers Underage Brandon Matera Western Australia South Fremantle Bulldogs Underage Taylor Hine Victoria Calder Cannons Underage Piers Flanagan Victoria Geelong Falcons Underage Tom Nicholls Victoria Sandringham Dragons Underage Jack Hutchins Victoria Sandringham Dragons Underage Alex Keath Victoria Murray Bushrangers Underage Nathan Bock South Australia Adelaide Crows Uncontracted Nathan Krakouer Western Australia Port Adelaide Power Uncontracted Michael Rischitelli Victoria Brisbane Lions Uncontracted Campbell Brown Western Australia Hawthorn Hawks Uncontracted Jarrod Harbrow Queensland Western Bulldogs Uncontracted Gary Ablett, Jr. Victoria Geelong Cats Uncontracted Josh Fraser Victoria Collingwood Magpies Uncontracted Jared Brennan Northern Territory Brisbane Lions Uncontracted David Swallow Western Australia East Fremantle Sharks National Draft (1) Harley Bennell Western Australia Peel Thunder National Draft (2) Sam Day South Australia Sturt Double Blues National Draft (3) Josh Caddy Victoria Northern Knights National Draft (7) Dion Prestia Victoria Calder Cannons National Draft (9) Daniel Gorringe South Australia Norwood Redlegs National Draft (10) Tom Lynch Victoria Dandenong Stingrays National Draft (11) Seb Tape South Australia Glenelg Tigers National Draft (13) Jeremy Taylor Victoria Geelong Falcons National Draft (39) Jacob Gillbee Tasmania Lauderdale Bombers National Draft (49) Nathan Ablett Victoria Geelong Football Club Pre Season Draft (1)
- Senior coach: Guy McKenna
- Assistant coaches:
Year Pos Coach Captain Club Champion Leading goalkicker Iron Man Award Community Award Most Professional Most Improved NEAFL Player of the Year 2009 5/13 Guy McKenna Marc Lock Marc Lock Matt Fowler (43) – – – – – 2010 10/14 Guy McKenna Marc Lock Sam Iles Charlie Dixon (22)
Brandon Matera (22)
Daniel Harris – – – – 2011 17/17 Guy McKenna Gary Ablett, Jr. Gary Ablett, Jr. Danny Stanley (20) Michael Rischitelli Alik Magin Michael Rischitelli Karmichael Hunt Jacob Gillbee
Membership base and sponsorship
The Gold Coast Suns played their first Australian Football League game in the 2011 AFL Premiership Season in Round 2 of Season 2011 in Brisbane at The Gabba, against high profile Victorian team Carlton. The Suns attracted their biggest ever home crowd at that game. The Suns achieved their first AFL win in Round 4 against the Port Adelaide Power. They also hosted the inaugural QClash at the same venue against rival side the Brisbane Lions in front of 25,504 fans. The Suns ended up winning the game. The Suns moved into their home stadium on the Gold Coast, Metricon Stadium in time for their Round 10 clash against the Geelong Cats. Despite just winning 3 games in their opening 15 matches and finishing in last place on the AFL ladder, the Suns have made a stunning impact on the Gold Coast scene, consistently outranking rival NRL side the Gold Coast Titans in terms of attendances and the like.
Year Members Change from previous season Finishing position Average home crowd (including finals) Major sponsor(s) 2011 14,064 — 17th 21,871 (as of Round 17, 2011) HostPlus Superannuation Fund, Virgin Australia
The team song is Suns of the Gold Coast Sky.
A three-man committee of former Brisbane Lions chairman Graham Downie, Southport Sharks director Alan Mackenzie and lawyer and community leader John Witheriff will establish the club's administration. As part of the AFL bid criteria, the GC17 consortium required a commitment from 20,000 locals to become football club members, a $5 million net asset base and 111 sponsors (at least one major, 10 secondary level and 100 tertiary) by mid-October 2008.
- TAC Cup
- Finalists 2009
All-Australian team representatives
- Gary Ablett (2011, captain)
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