Season 2016 - Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Coach – Rodney Eade

2015
Points For – 14th
Points Against – 16th

Top 5 Best and Fairest

1. Tom Lynch
2. Kade Kolodjashnij
3. Steven May
4. Touk Miller
5. Michael Richitelli

2015 Rising Star Noms

Adam Saad (Round 5)
Touk Miller (Round 16)

Ins – Daniel Currie, Matthew Rosa, Jarrad Grant, Callum Ah Chee, Brayden Fiorini, Josh Schoenfeld, Mackenzie Willis, Tim Keough (r) , Darcy MacPherson (r), Ryan Davis (r), Cameron Loersch (r), Jesse Joyce (r)

Outs – Harley Bennell, Andrew Boston, Charlie Dixon, Daniel Gorringe, Josh Hall, Zac Smith, Tim Sumner, Greg Broughton, Tyrone Downie, Jarred Ellis, Joshua Glenn, Louis Herbert, Andrew Raines

My Prediction

Has there ever been a single player more important to a team than Ablett to the Suns. He played 6 (mostly injury riddled mediocre) games last season and still finished top 10 in their best and fairest. Also tellingly without his impact and with a new coach they fell apart on the field. They have too much talent to be sitting in the bottom four of the ladder.

They clearly felt they were underperforming in 2014 when they sacked McKenna and brought in Eade as a seasoned coach to guide them towards their first premiership. What happened next very few saw coming. The bottom absolutely fell out and left them a mess. Player behaviours, previously ignored were made public and discipline seemed out of touch with what is required to be a successful sporting team in this day and age.

Eade needs to succeed this year. He needs to get into the eight or at least threaten it in a big way. For that he needs Ablett to play a lot of football, which it seems is possible based on training reports. They will argue they laid a base of behavioural and training expectations last year which will pay benefits this year.

They have the talent to challenge the eight this year. Their list has enough games in it for them to challenge this year but something just isn’t right up there. I think they will improve and should win the majority of their home games but not enough to challenge the 8. I think the 12-14 range is about where they will end up. For a team gifted every chance of success, it feels like true success is a miles away.
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  • IceTempleIceTemple Always Elite
    Yeah ti fell apart but the coach also changed a lot of the game style and that hurt them as well. Mixed in with the discipline problem you touched on meant they lacked focus on the field. If they get it back then, on paper, they could be very hard to beat, will be interesting to watch.
  • I hope they fail miserably and finish second last with carlton pipping them for the spoon on percentage. dislike them immensely.
  • Henry's Angry PillsHenry's Angry Pills Henry, Sir Womble of Cock
    Allblack said:

    Gold Coast

    Ins – Daniel Currie, Matthew Rosa, Jarrad Grant,

    My wordy lordy.

    Are they trying to beat Carlton at the "huh? That guy got another gig?" game?
  • Houli DooliHouli Dooli Half Forward Flanker
    best 22
    B Harbrow Thompson Saad
    HB Malceski May Koldashnij
    C O'Meara Prestia Swallow
    HF Hall Lynch Miller
    F Matera Day Garlett
    R Nicholls Ablett(c) Rischetelli
    Int Rosa Hallahan Mckenzie Lonergan
    emg Shaw Wright Ahchee

    Best 22 looks ok. I think if fit they will threaten for finals action.

    If garlett ahchee and wright come on plus their mids stay injury free then they will finish 6-12 for mine. If gcs finishes lower than 12th eade will be in trouble.
  • DellDell Formerly Peeto
    Who tf is Daniel Currie
  • Henry's Angry PillsHenry's Angry Pills Henry, Sir Womble of Cock
    Peeto87 said:

    Who tf is Daniel Currie

    Sydney list for about 4 years without playing a game. Then picked up by North where he played about 2? games.
  • brem06brem06 Suboptimal
    Just our first victim for season 2016. Nothing more.
  • David J RichardsonDavid J Richardson Relevant Avatar King
    edited January 2016
    brem06 said:

    Just our first victim for season 2016. Nothing more.

    When Crowley savages Ablett, and Ablett gets suspended for striking him, and we win, the media will go full Fark Carlton over the AFL's favouritism towards us.

    Unfortunately that will over-shadow the Goal of the Year (HAMS contested clearance and trademark kick while still in the air, Smack chooses to tap it to TIPPA rather than mark at half-forward, TIPPA runs through tackler and gets it over-the-top to Conor deep in the pocket for the Irish snap.)
  • brem06brem06 Suboptimal

    brem06 said:

    Just our first victim for season 2016. Nothing more.

    When Crowley savages Ablett, and Ablett gets suspended for striking him, and we win, the media will go full Fark Carlton over the AFL's favouritism towards us.

    Unfortunately that will over-shadow the Goal of the Year (HAMS contested clearance, Smack chooses to tap rather than mark at half-forward, TIPPA runs through tackler and gets it to Conor deep in the pocket for the Irish snap.)
    Sounds dirty...
  • Houli DooliHouli Dooli Half Forward Flanker

    Peeto87 said:

    Who tf is Daniel Currie

    Sydney list for about 4 years without playing a game. Then picked up by North where he played about 2? games.
    Daniel Currie is a experienced VFL Ruckman - backup only.
  • wimmera1wimmera1 You know I'm right.
    edited May 2016
  • Silly BillySilly Billy I'm in the dirty white van outside your house
    Interesting that Andrew Swallow has criticised Gold Coast rehab group for their handling of his Brother's injury.. And they also have the issue with Jaegar's injury... could he have been better handled at another club?
  • I think that Eade won't work well with GC as he is too old school for today's generation. I find the quotes on the AFL site ludicrous re Eades continued coaching. I also like the deflection re the Suns early coaching choices yet McKenna was vastly more successful in his last 2 years when compared to Eade (note the 37.5% of this year will be greatly reduced as the season unfolds).

    Rodney Eade 2016 8 3 5 0 37.5%
    Rodney Eade 2015 22 4 17 1 18.2%
    Guy McKenna 2014 22 10 12 0 45.5%
    Guy McKenna 2013 22 8 14 0 36.4%

    http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-05-21/eade-safe-as-chairman-questions-suns-early-choices

    Eade safe as chairman questions early Suns choices
    Dinny Navaratnam May 21, 2016 1:11 PM

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    Eade can see light at end of Suns' tunnel
    With great respect to our inaugural coach, there's no way we should have had a junior coach
    Tony Cochrane
    RODNEY Eade will coach Gold Coast through to the end of 2017 at the very least, says Suns chairman Tony Cochrane.

    After being victorious in their opening three games of the season, the Suns have been winless since.

    Injuries have been a significant issue for Gold Coast, with captain Gary Ablett and Aaron Hall the latest to join names like David Swallow and Jaeger O’Meara on a long list of those unavailable to play Adelaide at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

    Cochrane told SEN on Saturday Eade would be in charge next year regardless of how the remainder of 2016 panned out.

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    "You have it in writing. I'll put it in my blood if you like, not that my blood's worth much," Cochrane said.

    "Rocket's got a three-year deal here, and I am not a change merchant for the sake of change."

    He expressed confidence out-of-contract midfield pair O'Meara and Dion Prestia would not leave.

    "They are required players here at the Gold Coast Suns," Cochrane said.

    "The money and the energy and the effort we put into getting O'Meara back to peak physical fitness with his problems has been extraordinary, and I think he appreciates and acknowledges that.

    "I sincerely hope that he's on board to repay our enormous effort and faith we put into him over the last couple of years while he's been going through a difficult period."

    Cochrane also criticised the decision to appoint Guy McKenna at the club's inception.

    McKenna was sacked at the end of the 2014 season.

    "I've only been here for two years, so I'm really, probably, the wrong person to ask (about why the Suns haven't progressed further), because all I can do is give you Tony Cochrane's opinion, not the Gold Coast Football Club's opinion," Cochrane said.

    "I think they made some chronic errors. With great respect to our inaugural coach, there's no way we should have had a junior coach.

    "I think one of the outstanding things they did in (GWS) was put Kevin Sheedy up there, and Mark Williams for the first couple of years."

  • VandrsVandrs In the faaaccceee!!!!
    Hold this L Gold Coast
  • Last 4 weeks for a combined loss of 359 points. Surely one of the worst months in history?
  • DiggersDiggers Tank fly boss walk jam nitty-gritty
    I've seen worse.
  • Rocky IVRocky IV ...............Ill get me coat...
    What a useless club
  • Darth TajDarth Taj I find your lack of fabric disturbing
    Wonder if they will have any players left once they all leave.
  • Remember how the AFL chose 2006 to remove the priority pick, largely because we would have benefitted?

    2016 - the year the priority pick returns...




    *for brisbane and gold coast
  • IceTempleIceTemple Always Elite
    Rhino-D said:

    Remember how the AFL chose 2006 to remove the priority pick, largely because we would have benefitted?

    2016 - the year the priority pick returns...




    *for brisbane and gold coast

    GC won't get one, they already receive benefits.

    Only club that might get one is the Lions.
  • westozziebomberwestozziebomber you know what time it is
    Remember when half of blitz said they were going to be really good this year after they beat us? Lol

    They are terrible. Can 100% see them folding one day
  • Remember when half of blitz said they were going to be really good this year after they beat us? Lol

    They are terrible. Can 100% see them folding one day

    To be fair, they'd be a lot better with Swallow, Ablett, Hall, O'Meara, May, Miller, Saad, Rosa, Thompson and Hallahan in their side.

  • aboodsaboods Distant Sniper
    edited May 2016

    Remember when half of blitz said they were going to be really good this year after they beat us? Lol

    They are terrible. Can 100% see them folding one day

    If we were playing them this week instead of round 1 we'd beat them.
    They've lost a shitload of blokes with injury since then.
    Plus the team seems to have a busted heartledge
  • Aaron Hall dropped....
    3 weeks ago we was being spoken about as a Brownlow smokey. Ridiculous.
  • edited June 2016
    They're saying due to poor defensive efforts last week, must have been pretty bad as would be top handful in their b&f for sure
  • Hall is a poor player defensively - Visible stats are only one part of a players game.
  • They are a shambles at the moment.

    Lots of players will be looking for an exit at the end of the year.

    They are going to have to accept the first club build failed. Go back to the draft and try again. The buying star players and topping up with kids hasn't worked.
  • Nocturnal said:

    They are a shambles at the moment.

    Lots of players will be looking for an exit at the end of the year.

    They are going to have to accept the first club build failed. Go back to the draft and try again. The buying star players and topping up with kids hasn't worked.

    Maybe there'll be an extra Disco on the Gold Coast this coming off season
  • I'm only surprised it took this long to happen. GC encouraging promising players from football states to move to Queensland into their zone. Prediction of AFL response: "we did a cursory investigation and there's no official notarised documents that GC encouraged the move, so it's all fine."

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/afl/a/31905857/how-suns-stole-wa-star/

    An Esperance teenager, who has been compared to Brisbane great Michael Voss, will today use one of the biggest stages in junior football to stake his claim to a top-10 AFL draft position.

    But Brad Scheer will be playing for the Allies, rather than Western Australia, when the combined under-18s team takes on Vic Metro at Etihad Stadium.

    Scheer, 17, is one of the brightest junior stars in the country who has twice returned a carnival-high 17 contested possessions in his five matches for Queensland and the Allies.

    And he appears certain to become the first member of the Gold Coast academy to be drafted to the AFL.

    Under the complex bidding system for academy talent, the Suns may have to give up multiple picks to gain the required points to retain Scheer.

    They appear willing to do that after making a long-term investment in the teenager four years ago when he and his family moved to Queensland to join the AFL newcomers.

    Scheer’s departure before turning 14 meant he could not be registered by WAFL club Subiaco and enter the draft system as a locally produced player.

    “He is a bloke I’d want on my side in the trenches,” Suns academy coach Andrew Raines said this month.

    “He reminds me of a big-time player. He will win you a game.

    “If you need a stoppage from a clearance or from a centre square he is going to be one to throw himself on the ball and get it forward.

    “Or he can go forward and take a big pack mark and kick a clinch goal.”

    It was that trait that was evident early in Scheer’s junior career for Esperance club Gibson and the key to Gold Coast’s bid to recruit him in 2012.

    Scheer was only 13 at the time but Gold Coast, armed with their seemingly bottomless AFL war chest, were an attractive option to a star junior looking for a fast track to the top of the game.

    And there was little risk in the Scheer move, according to Esperance football figure Michael Harding. Scheer’s father David was a skilful wingman who played 200 games for Gibson while his uncle, Murray, played five league matches for Swan Districts during their premiership era in the early 1980s.


    “He won the 14s and 16s fairest-and-best awards in the same season,” Harding said.

    “He runs all day, had great skills and was incredibly hard at it. Anyone with half a brain could see that he was going to be a very good player.”

    Two years ago, David Scheer was delighted with his son’s progress when he became, at 15, the youngest debutant at QAFL club Palm Beach Currumbin.

    David Scheer said his son had “a foot in the door” with Gold Coast and had benefited from his involvement with the Suns.

    “They actually get to train at Metricon Stadium and use the facilities and interact with the players,” he said.

    “He has his foot in the door with the team now because they can pre-select him in the draft.

    “Brad came here with a few goals and at this stage he is well ahead of schedule.

    “Since the move he has been jumping every hurdle and he seems to be clearing them by quite a margin.”
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