Gold Coast Football Club

Gold Coast Football Club
Gold Coast
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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 [1]
Competition Australian Football League
Chairman John Witheriff
Coach Guy McKenna
Captain(s) Gary Ablett, Jr.
Ground(s) Metricon Stadium[2] (capacity: 25,000)
Other information
Official website
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Current season:

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[3] and the AFL proposed that the new club would enter the national competition in the 2011 season.[4] 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.



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).[5] The registration was effective from 24 December 2007.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] However, these rumours were proved false when Voss was appointed coach of the Brisbane Lions from the beginning of the 2009 season.[9] Amongst the first players targeted by the Gold Coast were current St Kilda captain and Gold Coast junior Nick Riewoldt,[10] Hawthorn forward and 2008 Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin[11] and Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett.[12]

In June 2008 it was announced that the new team would play in the TAC Cup in 2009 [13] and then in the VFL in 2010.

Guy McKenna was appointed coach in August 2008.[14] In early 2009, the Host Plus superannuation fund was named as the club's major sponsor.[15] On 15 May 2009, it was announced that highly respected Essendon administrator Travis Auld would be the CEO of "GC17".[16][17] 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.[18]

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.[19] 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:[20][21]

2010: VFL

These are the results and fixture for the 2010 season, in which the club competed in the VFL.[22]

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[23]

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.

The following week the Western Bulldogs beat the Gold Coast by 71 points, although commentators noted signs of improvement.[24]

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.[25] 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).[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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).[29]

At the end of 2010 season, the club had been given the following concessions:[30]

  • 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 squad

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Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain
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  • (ret) Retired

Updated: 26 May 2011
Source(s): Playing list, Coaching staff

Player recruitment

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[31] Queensland Labrador Tigers Zone Selection
Steven May Northern Territory Melbourne Grammar School Zone Selection
Liam Patrick[32] Northern Territory Wanderers Eagles Zone Selection
Karmichael Hunt[27] 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[33] Tasmania Burnie Dockers Underage
Maverick Weller[34] Tasmania Burnie Dockers Underage
Matt Shaw[34] Victoria Dandenong Stingrays Underage
Trent McKenzie[34] Victoria Western Jets Underage
Josh Toy[34] Victoria Calder Cannons Underage
Hayden Jolly[35] South Australia Glenelg Tigers Underage
Brandon Matera[29] Western Australia South Fremantle Bulldogs Underage
Taylor Hine[36] Victoria Calder Cannons Underage
Piers Flanagan[37] 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[38][39] Western Australia East Fremantle Sharks National Draft (1)
Harley Bennell[39] Western Australia Peel Thunder National Draft (2)
Sam Day[39] South Australia Sturt Double Blues National Draft (3)
Josh Caddy[39] Victoria Northern Knights National Draft (7)
Dion Prestia[39] Victoria Calder Cannons National Draft (9)
Daniel Gorringe[39] South Australia Norwood Redlegs National Draft (10)
Tom Lynch[39] Victoria Dandenong Stingrays National Draft (11)
Seb Tape[39] South Australia Glenelg Tigers National Draft (13)
Jeremy Taylor[39] Victoria Geelong Falcons National Draft (39)
Jacob Gillbee[39] Tasmania Lauderdale Bombers National Draft (49)
Nathan Ablett Victoria Geelong Football Club Pre Season Draft (1)

Coaching staff




     TAC Cup (2009)
     Victorian Football League (2010)
     Australian Football League (2011–)

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.[40]

Metricon Stadium recorded its biggest ever figure when 23,302 people watched the Suns tackle defending premiers Collingwood in Round 18 of the 2011 AFL season.

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.[41]


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.[5] 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.[42]

Club honours

  • Finalists 2009

Individual awards

All-Australian team representatives

See also


  1. ^ "Club Name and Identity". Gold Coast SUNS. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Three Gold Coast home games were played at The Gabba during the 2011 season while Carrara Stadium was being redeveloped.
  3. ^ "Gold Coast gets AFL licence". 31 March 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Gleeson, M; Clubs fast-track new entrants, The Age, Retrieved on 14 March 2008
  5. ^ a b Wilson, C; Silence from presidents means 18-team AFL, The Age, Retrieved on 14 March 2008
  6. ^ "ASIC Free Company Name Search". ASIC. Retrieved 7 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "ASIC Free Company Name Search". ASIC. Retrieved 7 September 2008. 
  8. ^ Gold Coast to play in 2009
  9. ^ "Lions hand reins to Voss". Fox Sports (Australia). 2 September 2008.,8659,24278926-23211,00.html. Retrieved 5 September 2008. 
  10. ^ Gold Coast to target Riewoldt
  11. ^ Buddy Franklin plays it cool on Gold Coast talk |
  12. ^ Tippett should be tip-top Coast AFL target AFL | | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  13. ^ TAC Cup to help blood new team;
  14. ^ Guy McKenna named Gold Coast AFL coach; Sydney Morning Herald
  15. ^ "Gold Coast". Gold Coast Football Club. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  16. ^ "Bombers boss named Gold Coast CEO". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "'Big challenges' face new Gold Coast FC boss". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  18. ^ "Gold Coast names coach, denies Fev". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  19. ^ "Gold Coast First AFL game". 10 September 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  20. ^ "Gold Coast Football Club – AFL – Results". Gold Coast Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  21. ^ "Gold Coast Football Club – AFL – TAC Cup Fixture". Gold Coast Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  22. ^ "Gold Coast Football Club – 2010 Season Fixture". Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  23. ^ "Suns unveil first team". AFL BigPond Network. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  24. ^ Tweed Daily News. "Suns on a steady rise". Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  25. ^ "2011 AFL Season - 2011 AFL Season Port Adelaide vs. Gold Coast". ABC Radio Grandstand. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  26. ^ "2011 Toyota AFL Premiership Season". Australian Football League. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  27. ^ a b Karmichael Hunt deal salary cap free for Gold Coast FC[dead link]
  28. ^ Walsh, Courtney (29 September 2010). "Ablett leaves Geelong for Gold Coast". The Australian. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  29. ^ a b "Eagles blood in new GCFC recruit". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  30. ^ "Gold Coast's draft rules explained". AFL. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  31. ^ "GCFC Captain Locked In". Gold Coast FC. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  32. ^ "Gold Coast sign Liam Patrick, Liam Jurrah's cousin, ahead of rookie draft". Fox Sports. Australian Associated Press.,8659,26472014-23210,00.html. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  33. ^ "Dockers' young guns sign with Gold Coast". ABC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  34. ^ a b c d Quayle, Emma (23 August 2009). "Gold Coast will have to wait for new Toy". Real Footy. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  35. ^ Holmesby, Luke. "SA's Jolly joins Gold Coast". AFL. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  36. ^ Jolly, Laura (19 October 2009). "Cannon Hine goes north to Gold Coast". Sunbury Leader. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  37. ^ Green, Bradley (23 November 2009). "Geelong Falcon hand-picked by Gold Coast AFL recruiters". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  38. ^ "West Australian Swallow joins Gold Coast Football Club". Gold Coast FC. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  39. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Gold Coast SUNS outstanding results at the 2010 NAB Draft". Gold Coast FC. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  40. ^ "Gold Coast Suns ahead of Gold Coast Titans in early battle for hearts of locals as AFL-NRL war rages". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  41. ^ "The Club". Gold Coast Football Club. 
  42. ^ Barrett, D (22 May 2008). Gold Coast positive it can snare 17th AFL licence; Herald Sun Retrieved on 5 September 2008

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