Gold Coast Suns

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The Gold Coast Suns is a professional Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club is based in the Gold Coast suburb of Carrara, in the state of Queensland.

Gold Coast Suns
Gold Coast Suns AFL Logo.svg
Names
Full nameGCFC Limited, trading as Gold Coast Suns[1]
Nickname(s)Suns
2019 season
Home-and-away season18th
Leading goalkickerAlex Sexton (39 goals)
Club details
Founded2009; 11 years ago (2009)
Colours     Red
     Gold
     Blue
CompetitionAFL: Senior men
AFLW: Senior women
NEAFL: Reserves men
ChairmanTony Cochrane
CEOMark Evans
CoachAFL: Stuart Dew
AFLW: David Lake
NEAFL: Nick Malceski
Captain(s)AFL: David Swallow & Jarrod Witts
AFLW: Leah Kaslar & Sam Virgo
NEAFL: TBC
PremiershipsNil
Ground(s)Metricon Stadium (capacity: 25,000)
Training ground(s)Metricon Stadium & Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre
Uniforms
Home
Away
Other information
Official websitegoldcoastfc.com.au

The club has been playing in the AFL since the 2011 season, having been founded as the league's 17th active club by a consortium formerly known as "GC17" and being granted a licence to join the AFL on 31 March 2009.[2] The team is based in the Gold Coast suburb of Carrara and play matches at Carrara Stadium (known for commercial purposes as "Metricon Stadium") and train at the adjacent Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. The club is one of two AFL clubs based in Queensland, the other being its main rival, the Brisbane Lions. The Suns also field teams in the AFL Women's and North East Australian Football Leagues.

HistoryEdit

FoundationEdit

The AFL identified New South Wales and Queensland as areas for commercial and participation growth in the mid-2000's. The two states had one team each within the region, and the AFL sought to replicate the model used in the traditional Australian football states of Western Australia and South Australia, which each had two local teams. 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), a registration which had in fact been effective from 24 December 2007.[3][4] In March 2008 the AFL won the support of the league's 16 club presidents to establish sides on the Gold Coast and in Western Sydney.[5][6] The new club was formally granted the license to compete in the AFL on 31 March 2009.[2]

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou announced the club could debut in the Queensland State League in 2009 as it recruited players and prepared for its debut season in the AFL, which the league scheduled for 2011.[7] Marquee AFL players such as Nick Riewoldt,[8] Lance Franklin[9] and Kurt Tippett[10] were speculated as potential signings for Gold Coast, though all three men ended up re-signing with their existing clubs. In June 2008 it was announced that the new team would play in the TAC Cup in 2009 and the Victorian Football League in 2010 ahead of its entry into the AFL in 2011.[11] Later that year the board of business-people who had been appointed to set up the club, and were known as the GC17 bid, appointed WAFL coach and former West Coast player Guy McKenna as senior coach.[12] Essendon administrator Travis Auld was selected as head of the GC17 board, and would go on to lead the club in an off-field capacity for several years.[13][14]

The AFL were able to successfully negotiate with the Queensland Government to redevelop Carrara Stadium as the club's new home ground. The announcement of the redevelopment, of which a small portion was fundeded by the AFL, was made in May 2009.[15] On 22 July 2010 club administrators announced that the club would be known as the Gold Coast Suns, and adopt the colours red, gold and blue.[16]

2009–2010: TAC Cup and VFLEdit

The club's newly assembled junior squad competed in the 2009 TAC Cup under 18 competition and won most of their 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. Below is the inaugural TAC Cup team to play for the Gold Coast Football Club, as well as a table of results and fixture for the 2009 and 2010 seasons:[17][18]

Inaugural TAC Cup team

Inaugural GC17 team (Round 1, 2009 season)
B: Hamish Watts James Nelis Daniel Ramage
HB: Jake Crawford Matt Storey Jesse Haberfield
C: Joseph Daye Josh Thomas Todd Grayson
HF: Taylor Rolfe Matt Fowler Luke Shreeve
F: Rory Thompson Liam Rutledge Alik Magin
Foll: Zac Smith Marc Lock (c) Mitch Harley
Int: Declan Bevan Brad Rees Jack Stanlake
Nick Price Tyler Green
Coach: Guy McKenna[19]

Source: 2009 TAC Cup Season Results

2010: VFL
In November 2009 the team signed twelve 17-year-olds around the country to compete in the Victorian Football League (VFL) year through the under age access rules. These players included Luke Russell (Burnie), Maverick Weller (Burnie), Taylor Hine (Calder), Josh Toy (Calder), Matt Shaw (Dandenong), Piers Flanagan (Geelong), Hayden Jolly (Glenelg), Alex Keath (Murray), Jack Hutchins (Sandringham), Tom Nicholls (Sandringham), Brandon Matera (South Fremantle), Trent McKenzie (Western Jets).

The Gold Coast was also given permission (by the AFL) to play David Swallow in 2010, despite not being the correct age. The deal that was struck with the AFL stated that Swallow would still need to go through the 2010 AFL Draft to officially join the team, while the other under age recruits contracts would run through 2011.

These are the results and fixture for the 2010 season, in which the club competed in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[20]

Inaugural VFL team

Inaugural GCFC team (Round 1, 2010 season)
B: Matt Shaw Jack Hutchins Michael Gugliotta
HB: Taylor Hine Michael Coad Maverick Weller
C: Trent McKenzie Marc Lock (c) Luke Russell
HF: Alik Magin Charlie Dixon Brandon Matera
F: Liam Patrick Nathan Ablett Rex Liddy
Foll: Zac Smith Daniel Harris Sam Iles
Int: Danny Stanley Rory Thompson Hayden Jolly
David Swallow Luke Shreeve Joseph Daye
Coach: Guy McKenna

Source: 2010 VFL Season Results

2011: AFL debutEdit

Concessions on entry into the AFL

Year Draft Picks Senior List Size Salary Cap Allowance Zone Access Notes
2009 - - - 20 QLD The club was granted access to twenty 17-year-old Queensland players who were eligible for the 2009 AFL Draft. The team competed in the under 18 TAC Cup competition in 2009.
2010 - - - 5 QLD
2 NT
The club was allowed to sign up to twelve 17-year-olds born between 1 January and 30 April 1992. The club also received the first 5 picks in the rookie draft. The team competed in the Victorian Football League competition in 2010.
2011 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 26, 43 48 $1,000,000 extra 5 QLD At the conclusion of the 2010 season the club was able to sign up to 16 current AFL players who were uncontracted for the 2011 season. The club was also allowed to sign up to 10 players who had previously elected for the national draft and weren't selected.
2012 AFL Standard 46 $800,000 extra 5 QLD -
2013 AFL Standard 42 $600,000 extra AFL Standard -
2014 AFL Standard 40 $400,000 extra AFL Standard -
2015 AFL Standard AFL Standard AFL Standard AFL Standard All concessions removed and the club operates like every other team in the AFL.

Players acquired through concessions

Concession Players acquired
QLD Zone Access Joseph Daye (2009), Charlie Dixon (2009), Jesse Haberfield (2009), Tom Hickey (2010),
Rex Liddy (2010), Marc Lock (2009), Lewis Moss (2010), Zac Smith (2009),
Jack Stanlake (2009), Jack Stanley (2009), Rory Thompson (2009), Joel Wilkinson (2010).
NT Zone Access Steven May (2010), Liam Patrick (2009).
2009 Rookie Selections Daniel Harris (1), Michael Coad (2), Sam Iles (3), Roland Ah Chee (4),
Danny Stanley (5).
2009 Underage Selections Piers Flanagan, Taylor Hine, Jack Hutchins, Hayden Jolly, Brandon Matera,
Trent McKenzie, Tom Nicholls, Luke Russell, Matt Shaw, Josh Toy,
Maverick Weller.
2010 Off Contract Signings Gary Ablett Jr, Nathan Bock, Jared Brennan, Campbell Brown, Josh Fraser,
Jarrod Harbrow, Nathan Krakouer, Michael Rischitelli.
2010 Draft Selections David Swallow (1), Harley Bennell (2), Sam Day (3), Josh Caddy (7), Dion Prestia (9),
Daniel Gorringe (10), Tom Lynch (11), Seb Tape (13).

Initial 2011 playing squad recruitment

Inaugural AFL teamEdit

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[32]

2011–2014: McKenna eraEdit

Guy McKenna would continue to coach the team throughout the 2011 season and beyond, after successfully guiding the club through its journey in the TAC Cup and VFL in 2009 and 2010. The Suns would play their first four "home" games of the 2011 AFL season at the Gabba in Brisbane, whilst their home stadium (Metricon Stadium) underwent final redevelopment works.

 
Michael Rischitelli was instrumental in the club's first winning game with 31 disposals and 2 goals against Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium in Round 5 of the 2011 season.

Gold Coast had a bye in Round 1, and played its first AFL game 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 went on to win by 119 points. Gold Coast won its first game in Round 5 on 23 April 2011, defeating Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium. Gold Coast trailed by 40 points late in the third quarter, before coming back to win by three points, after Port Adelaide's Justin Westhoff missed a set shot after the siren.[33] Michael Rischitelli was the best on ground. Gold Coast won two more matches for the season, winning the inaugural QClash against Brisbane Lions in Round 7 by eight points (which became the most-watched AFL match on pay television ever),[34] and defeating Richmond by 15 points in Round 17 in the first AFL match ever played at Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns. However, the Suns also suffered several more very heavy defeats during the year, including a 139-point loss to Essendon in Round 6 – in which Essendon scored a record 15.4 (94) in the first quarter – and a 150-point loss against Geelong in Round 20. The Suns went on to win the wooden spoon.

Gold Coast endured a poor pre-season in 2012 which included a 13-point loss to fellow AFL newcomers Greater Western Sydney. Their solitary win in that time was a narrow win over Melbourne in the triangular round of the 2012 NAB Cup.

The home-and-away season did not begin well for the Suns either, losing their first fourteen matches in succession to be the only winless team after Round 15 of the 2012 AFL season. Among the losses included losses by more than ninety points to Collingwood and St Kilda (twice), seven-point losses to Fremantle and North Melbourne at home and a 27-point loss to the newest AFL franchise, Greater Western Sydney. Their fourteen losses to start the season was the worst by any team since Fremantle lost its first 17 matches of the 2001 season. Their horror start to the season ended in round 16 with a narrow 2-point win against Richmond. They had a lead of up to 36 points halfway through the second quarter, which then shrank to 24 points after 2 quick goals before half time from Richmond. Richmond then had a six to two goal quarter, snatching the lead back. The lead then went to 18 points Richmond's way before Gold Coast snatched it back to just 4. With 5 seconds left, a kick from the right forward pocket in Gold Coast's 50 was marked by Karmichael Hunt. After the siren sounded he kicked the goal to make Gold Coast 2 point winners.[35]

 
Gary Ablett Jr was Gold Coast's inaugural marquee player and captain.

The Suns then won two more matches for the season, a 30-point win against Greater Western Sydney in Round 20 and a 12-point upset win over Carlton in Round 22, both at home. The team finished 17th at the end of the season, only above Greater Western Sydney on the AFL ladder. In November 2012 the club announced their "20-ONE-3" plan that targeted signing twenty thousand members and winning a premiership within three years - by the conclusion of the 2015 AFL season. The plan was criticised as being overly ambitious.[36] By the end of the 20-ONE-3 period, the Suns had a highest membership of 13,643 (achieved in 2015) and a highest ladder position of 12 (10 wins - achieved in 2014).

In the 2013 AFL season Gold Coast made a much improved effort, highlighted by victories over seasoned opponents in Collingwood, St Kilda, the Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne. Their improvement on the past two seasons was so stark that they were considered possibilities of securing an unlikely finals berth up until the final round after Essendon lost all their premiership points.[37] The Suns finished with 8 wins for the season and ended the season placed 14th on the ladder. Captain Gary Ablett won his second Brownlow Medal, the first such medalist to win the award at the club.

Despite losing veterans Jared Brennan and Campbell Brown ahead of the 2014 season, some experts predicted Gold Coast to "give the top 8 (finals) a nudge",[38] though the general consensus was that the Suns would likely finish around 13th.[39] Though beginning the season promisingly and entering Round 11 with a 7–2 record following impressive wins on the road against Melbourne, North Melbourne (who had defeated minor premiers Sydney three weeks earlier), and St Kilda, the Suns would stumble severely through the second half of the season. After captain Gary Ablett was injured in a win over Collingwood in round 16, the club went on to lose the next two matches, including one in the QClash against Brisbane. In round 19, the club recorded its inaugural win without their captain, defeating St Kilda. The club went on to lose the remaining matches of the season, finishing in 12th. Inaugural coach Guy McKenna was sacked at season's end, leaving the club after 88 games in charge and winning just over 25% of them.[40]

2015–2017: Rodney EadeEdit

Following McKenna's departure, the Suns announced Rodney Eade as their new coach. Eade had coached the Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs to multiple finals series and was regarded by some pundits as a good choice to push the Suns into a maiden finals campaign.[41] In his first season, Eade made the decision to rush back Gary Ablett Jr into the side, which led to the on-field targeting of the star midfielder, whilst key position players Charlie Dixon and Harley Bennell were traded to other clubs as the Suns lost their opening four games and never recovered, finishing the 2015 season in 16th place with only four wins.[41] The club started the 2016 season with three consecutive wins and defeated minor premiers Fremantle, giving the impression it was on the verge of achieving sustained on-field success.[42] However it would only win a further three matches for the season and Ablett was again sidelined with a serious shoulder injury, whilst other players were lost to a combination of injury and suspension.[41] The Suns hit the mid-to-late stage of the following season in reasonable form with a 6-8 win-loss record, though disastrously lost their last eight matches and finished in 15th place.[43] Divisions between some of the players and Eade's cautious game-style emerged and by Round 19 club officials sacked Eade, citing a poor win-loss record.[44] Eade's departure was exacerbated at the end of the season by Ablett's request to be traded back to his original club Geelong, despite having another year to serve on his contract with the club.[45]

2018–present: Stuart DewEdit

The club appointed Port Adelaide and Hawthorn premiership player Stuart Dew as coach ahead of the 2018 season. Under Dew, the Suns adopted a draft strategy of recruiting young players, which in part contributed to a second-last finish in 2018 and last place finish in 2019, the latter being the club's second wooden spoon. David Swallow was appointed captain in 2019 and emerging talent such as Izak Rankine and Matt Rowell have shown signs of propelling the club to better results in the future.

StadiumEdit

Carrara Stadium
 
LocationNerang–Broadbeach Road,
Carrara, Queensland,
Australia, 4211
OwnerQueensland Government
OperatorStadiums Queensland
Capacity25,000 (23,500 seats)
Field size171 x 144 metres
Construction
Opened1987
Renovated2010–11
ArchitectPopulous (2010)

Gold Coast began playing at Carrara Stadium in their foundation year of 2009. Although the ground had existed since 1987, the Gold Coast Football Club's establishment in late 2008 prompted the club to use the stadium as their home ground during the 2009 TAC Cup. The ground opened in 1987 and was used by the Brisbane Bears for the first six years of existence and was later used by the North Melbourne Kangaroos and several professional Rugby league teams.

The insufficient and outdated facilities at Carrara Stadium led to the Australian Football League investigating several stadium options for the Gold Coast's inaugural AFL season in 2011. A new $172 million stadium in Helensvale was a strongly considered option.[46][47] The AFL eventually brokered a deal with the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government to redevelop Carrara Stadium. The $144.2 million upgrade would increase the stadium capacity to 25,000.

Construction for the redevelopment of Carrara Stadium began in December 2009 and the Gold Coast was required to find a new home ground for the 2010 VFL season. The team shared their games among local grounds Fankhauser Reserve, H & A Oval and Cooke-Murphy Oval. The redevelopment ran into the 2011 AFL season and the Gold Coast were again required to find a temporary home ground. The Suns elected to use the Gabba for their first three home games of the 2011 season.

The redeveloped Carrara Stadium (commercially known as Metricon Stadium) was officially opened on 22 May 2011 by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. Six days later the Gold Coast Suns hosted their first home match at the redeveloped Carrara Stadium against the Geelong Cats in front of a sell out crowd. Two months later, the Suns attracted the largest crowd ever at the Carrara Stadium in a game against Collingwood that attracted an attendance of 23,302, a record broken in round 16 of 2014 when 24,032 attended also against Collingwood.

The seating capacity was temporarily upgraded to 40,000 as part of the Gold Coast's successful bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

CorporateEdit

Membership baseEdit

Year Members Change from previous season Finishing position Average home crowd
[48]
Profit (Loss)
2011 14,064 17th 19,169 Undisclosed profit[49]
2012 11,204   2,860 17th 13,645 ($1,401,168)[50]
2013 12,502   1,298 14th 13,907 $62,533[50]
2014 13,478   976 12th 16,092 $1,062,082[51]
2015 13,643   165 16th 12,360 ($330,870)[52]
2016 12,854   789 15th 11,561 ($2,941,965)
2017 11,665   1,189 17th 13,663 $19,219[53]
2018
12,108¹
  443 17th 13,547 $1,160,912[54]
2019 13,649   1,541 18th 11,417 $248,795[55]
2020 16,236   2,587 TBD N/A TBA

– ¹ as of 9 September 2020[56]

SponsorshipEdit

Year Kit Manufacturer Major Sponsor Shorts Sponsor Back Sponsor
2011-12 Reebok Hostplus (Home) Virgin Australia (Away) Reed Virgin Australia (Home) Hostplus (Away)
2013 2XU -
2014 Hostplus (Home) Fiat Automobiles (Away) - Fiat Automobiles (Home) Hostplus (Away)
2015 BLK Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar
2016 Solar Australia
2017 XBlades Hostplus Austworld Hostplus
2018-19 Hostplus (Home) Cover-More (Away) Cover-More (Home) Hostplus (Away)
2020 ISC

Club symbolsEdit

GuernseysEdit

The three types of guernseys are:

  • Home guernsey (worn since 2011): Red and gold based guernsey with the club logo in the middle. HostPlus sponsor on front and Fiat sponsor on back (home shorts worn in home games and away pants shorts in away games).
  • Away guernsey (worn since 2011): Red based guernsey with a wave, coloured blue, gold and white. Fiat sponsor on front and HOSTPLUS sponsor on back (away shorts worn).
  • Clash guernsey (worn since 2016): White based guernsey with an arrow-shaped design which goes down to the bottom, coloured blue, gold and two shades of grey. Fiat sponsor on front and HOSTPLUS sponsor on back (away shorts worn).

MascotEdit

The Suns' Mascot Manor representative and club mascot is "Sunny Ray". In June 2018 the Suns introduced their new mascot, "Skye".[citation needed]

SongEdit

The team song is "Suns of the Gold Coast Sky".[57][58]

RivalriesEdit

BrisbaneEdit

The Gold Coast Suns have a rivalry with fellow Queensland AFL team the Brisbane Lions. The two teams contest the QClash twice each season. The first QClash was held in 2011, with Gold Coast winning by 8 points; the game established the highest pay TV audience ever for an AFL game, with a total of 354,745 viewers watching the game.[59]

The medal for the player adjudged best on ground is known as the Marcus Ashcroft Medal. It is named after former footballer Marcus Ashcroft, who played junior football on the Gold Coast for Southport and 318 VFL/AFL games for the Brisbane Bears/Lions between 1989 and 2003. He later joined Gold Coast's coaching staff and was the first Queenslander to play 300 VFL/AFL games.[60] Lion Dayne Beams has won the medal three times, the most by any player.

The trophy awarded to the winner of the game is currently known as the "QClash Trophy". The trophy is a "traditional style" looking silver cup with a wooden base and a plaque. The plaque's inscription reads from left to right, "Brisbane Lions AFC", "QCLASH", "Gold Coast Suns FC".[61]

AdministrationEdit

A three-man committee of former Brisbane Lions chairman Graham Downie, Southport Sharks director Alan Mackenzie and lawyer and community leader John Witheriff established the club's administration.[3] 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.[62]

RecruitmentEdit

 
Gary Ablett (no. 9) was Gold Coast's marquee player and captain

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 professional rugby league footballer 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.[23]

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.[63]

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).[27]

At the end of 2010 season, the club had been given the following concessions:[64]

  • 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)

Initial 2011 playing squad recruitmentEdit

Current squadEdit

Gold Coast Suns
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • (B) Category B rookie
  • italics - Inactive player list
  •   Long-term injury
  • (ret.) Retired

Updated: 22 September 2020
Source(s): Playing list, Coaching staff

Coaching staffEdit

  • Senior coach:
  • Assistant coaches:
  • Development coach:
  • Coaching advisor:
  • Stephen Daniel

Click here for more information on Gold Coast's coaching staff

AFL Women's teamEdit

In September 2017, Gold Coast were granted a license by the AFL to compete in the AFL Women's league from the start of the 2020 season.[72] The club shares home games between Carrara Stadium, Fankhauser Reserve in nearby Southport, and the Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay.

SquadEdit

Gold Coast Suns (AFL Women's)
Senior list Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


Season summariesEdit

Gold Coast AFLW honour roll
Season Final position Coach Captain(s) Best and fairest Leading goal kicker
2020 Semi finals David Lake Leah Kaslar & Sam Virgo Jamie Stanton Kalinda Howarth (9)

Reserves teamEdit

The Gold Coast Suns have fielded a reserves team beneath the AFL team in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) competition since 2011.

Season summariesEdit

Season Competition Win-Loss Ladder position Finals result Best & Fairest
2011 NEAFL 11-7 3rd Semi-final Jacob Gillbee
2012 9-9 5th Elimination final Alik Magin
2013 10-7 6th DNQ Jack Martin
2014 0-18 14th DNQ Leigh Osborne
2015 8-10 7th DNQ Tyrone Downie
2016 8-10 6th Elimination Final Keegan Brooksby
2017 10-8 4th Preliminary Final Darcy Macpherson
2018 7-11 8th DNQ Jacob Dawson
2019 8-10 7th DNQ Tom Nicholls

Honour boardEdit

Gold Coast Suns Honour Board
TAC Cup
Year Position

W-L-D

% Chairman CEO Coach Captain Club
Champion
Leading
Goalkicker
2009 5 10-7-1 111 John Witheriff Travis Auld Guy McKenna Marc Lock Marc Lock Matt Fowler 43
Victorian Football League
2010 10 5-12-1 83 John Witheriff Travis Auld Guy McKenna Marc Lock Sam Iles Charlie Dixon
Brandon Matera
22
Australian Football League
2011 17 3-19-0 56 John Witheriff Travis Auld Guy McKenna Gary Ablett Jr. Gary Ablett Jr. Danny Stanley 20
2012 17 3-19-0 61 John Witheriff Travis Auld Guy McKenna Gary Ablett Jr. Gary Ablett Jr. Gary Ablett Jr. 26
2013 14 8-14-0 92 John Witheriff Travis Auld Guy McKenna Gary Ablett Jr. Gary Ablett Jr. Gary Ablett Jr. 28
2014 12 10-12-0 94 John Witheriff Travis Auld Guy McKenna Gary Ablett Jr. David Swallow Tom Lynch 48
2015 16 4-17-1 73 John Witheriff Andrew Travis Rodney Eade Gary Ablett Jr. Tom Lynch Tom Lynch 43
2016 15 6-16-0 78 Tony Cochrane Andrew Travis Rodney Eade Gary Ablett Jr. Tom Lynch Tom Lynch 66
2017 17 6-16-0 76 Tony Cochrane Mark Evans Rodney Eade Tom Lynch
Steven May
Gary Ablett Jr. Tom Lynch 44
2018 17 4-18-0 60 Tony Cochrane Mark Evans Stuart Dew Tom Lynch
Steven May
Jarrod Harbrow Alex Sexton 28
2019 18 3-19-0 61 Tony Cochrane Mark Evans Stuart Dew David Swallow
Jarrod Witts
Jarrod Witts Alex Sexton 39
2020 TBD TBD TBD Tony Cochrane Mark Evans Stuart Dew David Swallow
Jarrod Witts
TBD TBD TBD

Club recordsEdit

Club honoursEdit

Premierships
Competition Level Wins Years Won
Australian Football League Seniors 0 Nil
North East Australian Football League (2012–2019) Reserves 0 Nil
Victorian Football League (2021–present) 0 Nil
Other titles and honours
NAB League Academy Series Under 18s 1 2019
Finishing positions
Australian Football League Minor premiership
(McClelland Trophy)
0 Nil
Grand Finalist 0 Nil
Wooden spoons 2 2011, 2019

Match and season recordsEdit

AFL finishing positions (2011–present)Edit

Finishing Position Year (Finals in Bold) Tally
Premiers nil 0
Runner Up nil 0
3rd nil 0
4th nil 0
5th nil 0
6th nil 0
7th nil 0
8th nil 0
9th nil 0
10th nil 0
11th nil 0
12th 2014 1
13th nil 0
14th 2013, 2020 2
15th 2016 1
16th 2015 1
17th 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018 4
18th 2019 1

Individual awardsEdit

Suns TVEdit

Suns TV was a television program hosted by Jessica Skarratt that was carried by the Seven Network and was shown thirty minutes prior to Gold Coast Suns games in Queensland. The program featured highlights as well as interviews with players and coaches in the lead up to the match being played that week. It was no longer shown on TV as of 2015.

See alsoEdit

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