Gold Coast Suns: Dream Team Preview

This is the next of our submitted Club Dream Team Previews. Thanks to Adrian Johnson for sending this one in! You will receive a stubby holder (to hold his can of coke) and if your article is one of the two that gets the most Facebook “Likes’ (just above this blurb), you’ll get yourself an AFL Prospectus! Read on!

Gold Coast, the AFL’s brand new marvel team, is housed in the outback of the Carrara Stadium. Currently, the likes of Gary Ablett and Jared Brennan have spent the off-season sweating it out in a gym in a tin shed, however, their promised ‘home ground foundations’ will be granted in three to four years by the AFL.

Since the VFL expanded, five new teams have entered the competition and each time they have exceeded the expectations: In 1987, West Coast finished 8th of 14 in year one and in 1991 Adelaide finished 9th of 15 in their first year. Gold Coast will desperately try and finish around the top 10 mark in a 17-team competition.

Gold Coast will have a lot more youth than any other team and have had longer to prepare, with so many of the team spending the 2010 season in the VFL competition. They have an unimaginable 27 players under the age of 20 and another 12 between 20-24. Of the six teams to enter the AFL since 1987 they are easily the youngest list, with an average age of 21 years 80 days, Gold Coast is the youngest list compared to Adelaide’s age average of 24 years 336 days in their 1991 side.

Gold Coast’s byes fall in rounds 1 and 9, this does pose a rather large dilemma when locking in our initial Dream Teams. Firstly, us coaches won’t be certain on Gold Coast’s best 22 before the first lockout and also the cash cows that Gold Coast possess will take longer to fluctuate to their fullest potential.

Gold Coast picked up Draft picks 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 13 which included the likes of Tom Lynch, Harley Bennell and Andrew Swallow.

Defenders:

Nathan Bock: He became the first AFL listed player to sign with the Gold Coast Suns on August 17th last year. He was All-Australian centre-half back in 2008, ranking #1 in the competition for effective kicks. Playing deeper in defence last season he conceded a merely 11 goals from 13 games. Nathan Bock is a high scoring defender who has shown he has the skill; his first season with Suns’ could be a risk however should see plenty of action.

Michael Coad: At 27 years of age, he is as close as it gets to a perfect ‘Cinderella story.’ Coad was a superstar in the SANFL, he finished 2nd in Sturt’s best and fairest in 2009. He averaged 19 disposals in the VFL last season, with a spectacular 36 disposals and 21 marks in Round 3 against Werribee. Michael Coad definitely showed a lot of positives last season and will be a starter from day one.

Midfielders:

Harley Bennell: He is an exhilarating midfielder, averaging close to 20 disposals for Western Australia in the U/18 Championships last year; Bennell also averaged 21 disposals in his matches in the WAFL Colts in 2009. He has been likened to a former #2 pick, Daniel Wells, who was also recruited from Peel Thunder. Harley Bennell is an absolute gun and should reward coaches with high scores throughout the 2011 season.

David Swallow: He enters the competition as the #1 Draft pick, having played for Gold Coast in the VFL last season averaged a whopping 96 points per game. He played 15 games VFL in 2010, ranking equal first in scoring assists, third in clearances, inside 50’s, tackle and goals, 5th in disposals and handball receives.  It’s either this guy or Harley Bennell, you’ll have to choose but David Swallow is definitely a jet, however, a lot of Dream Team coaches will have him… along with Daniel Harris!

Ruckmen:

Josh Fraser: Playing just 9 games last season, Fraser had the biggest drop in Champion Data ranking points than any other player at Collingwood. As a ruckmen, Fraser still showed some respectability, his hitout-to-advantage rate of 28% was the best of any ruckmen in the whole competition. Josh Fraser could be one of the biggest bargains in 2011.

Zac Smith: He is massive ruck prospect who was one of the first three players to sign with the Gold Coast franchise in 2008. Averaging 13 disposals and 21 hitouts per game, Smith was ranked #1 in the VFL for hitouts and recording a hitout-to-advantage rate of 26%.  Zachary Smith has the potential to be the #1 ruckmen in the years to come; this season will be a telling one.

Forwards:

Thomas Lynch: He dominated for Vic Country at the 2010 NAB AFL U/18 Championships. A tall and mobile forward – obviously, as he stands at 199 centimetres and weighs a solid 91 kilos. He averaged 2 goals a game playing for Dandenong in the TAC Cup last year with an accuracy of 75%. Tom Lynch is a solid, hardworking forward and should push for a starting position in this new Gold Coast side.

Nathan Ablett: In his final season at Geelong in 2007, Ablett played 21 games and became a premiership player. This has all changed in the space of 4 years. After walking away from football prior to the 2008 AFL season, Ablett was lured back to VFL footy by the Gold Coast last season, playing 9 games, where he only averaged 9 disposals per game – sounds pretty shit to me. Nathan Ablett is very similar to his brother in every way, except the fact that his brother can actually play footy.

Some players to stay away from:

Nathan Ablett, because the fact that he only averaged the “spud like” 9 disposals per match in the VFL last season, poses a huge risk.

Campbell Brown was given a ‘9th life’ by the Gold Coast Suns, however, the fact he only averaged 13 disposals per game last year, is worrying. Was on his way out of the Hawks, will get a new life at GCS but not enough for the fantasy coaches.

Karmichael Hunt has changed from NRL to AFL, he has trained hard during the off season resulting in a loss of over 5 kilos, however, that still doesn’t mean we should have this fat, ex-rugby star in our Dream Teams this season. Pass.

Gold Coast are 21 to 1 odds to win the flag, however, they have the players and the skill to do so. Dream Team wise, they possess quality players such as Harbrow, Ablett, Brennan, Swallow, Daniel Harris and the cool, calm and consistent Rischitelli – who all should average over 85. With talents like these, the Gold Coast squad brings a new aspect to Dream Team 2011, which has led to the inclusion of the round byes: this will take a considerable amount of time to create the perfect team.

Tip: As soon as Gold Coast finish their second bye in round 9, jump on Gary Ablett, who will be prime to be in your midfield as he will have 15 rounds straight of 100+ scores, plus the aspect of captaincy potential.

In 2011, the Gold Coast Suns will be beaming red, just like Nathan and Gazza Ablett’s head.

Click here for an interview with coach Guy McKenna on Sport927 on Thursday.

69 Comments

  • Great write up kid!!! =)

  • Great write up, wondering whether i should get coad or paul puopolo? any thoughts?

    • Good write up mate, there is such a lure to pack our sides with gold coast rookies, may be some unique picks available elsewhere?!?!?!?!?

  • Good article, but a lot of unanswered questions.

    I have queries on a few players. I want to know their chances of playing regularly, how they went in the vfl (where relevant) and whether people think they will score well in DT..

    1. Weller
    2. Toy
    3. Matera
    4. Prestia
    5. Caddy

    • Weller averaged 58 for GC in VFL ’10
      Toy played only 3 games, but should be a regular.
      Matera is a gun.
      Not too sure about Prestia though – did injure his leg last year, watch his NAB Cup performances.
      Josh Caddy… (help anyone?)

      • Caddy was the only GC player to go under the knife in the pre-season, from what I’ve heard, for minor groin surgery. Will need a bit of time to catch up to those that’ve done a full pre-season, I think.

        • hey Chook who is better for DT
          Toy or
          Coad

          • apparently josh toy was gonna be picked number 1 is not picked up earlier or something like that, dont have a source, but if he was gonna be selected infront of swallow, has to be decent,
            coad is a mark, kick type of player, dont really know how he will go in the afl. mature body is a plus

    • I use to play with Dion Prestia, but he will be a good player to the Gold Coast. He is kind of like David Rodan without breacking down. When I played footy with him he use to win games of his boot, one year he even got us to the finals and that was at 15, 16. So is you have space I would put him on the Subs list.

  • ALSO… i’m really struggling over my strategy for ruckman.

    Strategy 1: Sandilands, Cox (Smith, 80k ruckman)
    Go all out and hope not to look at it again until season end. Sandilands will be number 1 ruckman by seasons end for sure. Cox is proven star who was injured last year but now has had a full pre-season so should be 2nd best ruckman average. Smith reliable back up because should play plenty of games.

    Strategy 2: Sandilands, Fraser (Smith, Lobbe- DPP)
    Use DPP in round 1, to bring Petrie into the ruck. Then hope Fraser is the Hille of 2010/ McIntosh of 2009. Plays regularly and increases in value until a straight swap to Cox.

    Strategy 2 saves me 100k that can be spent on other positions. But strategy 2 is riskier and requires at least 1 trade, possibly 2 if Fraser backfires.

    • if you choose Fraser, use Joel Tippett as DPP – 114 k, and bring Petrie into ruck

    • I’m going cox and petrie in my ruck (smith and and 80k ruck) i’m not going to spend an extra 30k for dpp on tippett. I figure that smith can cover for petrie in the byes and i’m holding out on sandi for a while as i think he will decrease his average a bit and i will swoop when he is cheapish

    • I’m really putting my balls on the line this season…

      Starting without swan.
      Got Boyd/Pendles/Montag/Anthony/Foley (or McClean) instead…

      And my rucks…

      Petrie Fraser (Smith, ???)

      My 4th ruck will have to play round 1… I may not go with this formation but it might not score much less than other combos I have faith for 80+ by Petrie and if Fraser returns to form of old can average 80+ and they’ll save me truckloaddssss.
      Just not sure whether to go Knights > Premium and have 2 starting rookies
      or leave Knights on the field and start with Foley/McClean + rookie…

      Bargain rucks could be a choice, maybe consider it… Highly risky, but you’ve got to risk it, to get the biscuit.

      • well you could have bailey or tippett (to swap with petrie)

      • Applauded Nails for going without Swan, more balls than me but on reflection someone like Joey is 50k cheaper and doesnt average that much less. Those are the risks ya gotta take, as with the stock market, can’t follow the herd.

        My call is starting without Gaz, and my mates reckon I’m mad. We’ll see.

        I still think Charman at 97k – one injury/suspension to clark/leuy, strings a few games together, makes some cash, 4th ruck? As long as the legs hold up obviously. The dude is a premiership player, more than any rookie can say.

        Cool write up AJ, as a Peel supporter I will watch Harley closely. I just hope Mike Sheahan the self appointed pontiff of footy who never played D grade amateurs,makes the same typo of Andrew for David (Gold Coast picked up picks 1,2,3…), that will be funny to see.

      • Nails, if you are planning to get swan (which i assume you are) the byes in round 7 and 13 would hurt with pendles in the midfield, but if you get swan after round 13 you wouldn’t have to worry. I admire your bravery to start with petrie and fraser in the ruck but i cant see fraser averaging 80+ maybe something like 65 instead? also with all the money you are saving by getting petrie and fraser in the rucks where are you spending all your cash?

        • 5 Premium Backs and 5 Premium forwards…with Chris Knights as my 6th forward and Krak as my 7th forward…

          I have fairly strong backs and fwds and a decent midfield with 4 Premium mids, 1 of which is L Anthony then Brock McClean as my 5th midfielder + David Swallow or similar as my 6th.. so it helps me fit an extra premo in elsewhere.
          I have 14 premium Keepers and then others not counted in that are players like Petrie, Fraser, Foley, Krakouer, Knights and Otten…

          All players that if they play well and for some if they return to form of old could all be keepers.. I only have one rookie starting that hasn’t seen AFL before as I’ll probably start Harris instead of Swallow..

          So after having said all that, I really pick up an extra premium… Could skimp somewhere and fit an extra prem in the mids.. I had one team which looked pretty good but scrapped it..

          The mids were Pendles, Boyd, Monty, Anthony and Hodge but I figured I needed someone cheap that’ll make money or out perform and become a keeper so I dropped Hodge for Foley and brought in Pavlich into my forwards..

          tl;dr extra premium

          • What do people think about D.Hale?? Looking ok for Hawthorn and as a second ruckman with Sandilands as first..
            would u rather

            Sandi, Hale (Smith, Campbell)

            or

            Sandi, Petrie (Smith, Campbell)

            Taking Hale maybe sticking Max Bailey as the 4th if Hale gets injured??
            Whats everyone thinking as there ruck combo???

  • Harris? Prestia? Toy? Weller? Lock? Matera? Caddy? Day? Surely these guys should get a mention.

    But good right up

  • theres just not enough space in my midfield for all thest rookies!!!!

  • No mention of Prestia?

  • Well done, undoubtedly the most difficult club to assess.
    Could have obviously covered many more candidates- but he’ll yeah but unrealistic!!!
    Like the looks of Prestia- body looks ready, unlike the 61kg frame of Matera.
    Good stuff!

    N.b. Watching KFC big bash, the just said Daniel Harris (S.A) has been outstanding this season- I think the same might be said about his namesake!!!

  • Nah good write up mate, just trying to start the lions/GC rivalry.

  • who would be better josh toy or michael coad??

  • ha, that pathetic AJ… your a fucking flog

    • ahh…. awkward because my parents will look at this page soon and you can’t delete your comment.

    • Pretty lame EB the dudes 14 at least he had a good crack at it.

      Elliot, nice name- isnt that the geek who ET wanted to shove his red finger up his butt

  • Hello Adrian, First thing great right up :)

    • sorry accidently prest enter anyway i have to say being so young at your age it is very hard……….. and takes guts….. but i ahve a few questions in my team what would be the best option..
      in A. upgrading Brawlings to Gibbs or Boyd to Swan. which would be better. i have four premioums to bargains and the rest rookies in my forward line should i down grade a preium (sylvia, franklin, n riewoldt and pavlich to mabye M morton or should i down grade bartel who is 437 to mabye 370 to 400. ypur choice MATE

      • depends who fits your structure better, swan or gibbs?

        keep your fwd line and downgrade bartel, it’s your choice though.

  • I can’t believe noone ever mentions iles. My tip is he’ll ave more than swallow this year but noone seems to have him on their radar.
    I had toy on my bench but after reading this might just have to switch to coad.
    Any opinions?

  • good write up for dreamteam, but you were a bit harsh on a few players, Campbell Brown was not on his way out at Hawthorn and karmichael hunt is not a fatty, that being said he could still use some bulking down

    • Yeah gotta agree. Good write up but yeah, tad harsh. Brown wasn’t getting booted out of the Hawks. He was a favourite son, they loved the way he went about his footy and Hunt was an absloute tank of a man but far from fat.

      • Thats why they wanted to trade him to Port, no wonder he left… Hes average and the Hawks wont miss him.

        As for Karmichael, good call AJ. Although he isnt fat he does throw the ball backwards..If Hostplus and Richard Branson make a few calls Guy Mac might have to play him for a few games to get 10 thousand through the gate.

  • Un Geelong News Update

    Very excited about getting on the big Cox again –

    Dean Cox quoted in AFL article
    http://www.afl.com.au/tabid/208/default.aspx?newsid=107356

    “The body’s feeling the best it’s felt in years.

    “Last year I missed pretty much all of January, February and March, so getting into the season I was just trying to play catch-up all the time.

    “I’ve worked pretty closely with the fitness staff to come up with a program that will suit me to really run out games like I used to.”

    • Brak, I love the Big Cox but what he said I say every Saturday night over summer after 3 bourbons, the body is feelin great and cant wait for the pre season to start.

      These articles are total cheese, how would we know how sore Cox is or isn’t? Slow news day maybe.

      At our local footy club the bar staff are the fitness staff, they cut off the beer.

  • hey guys, can anyone tell me how to put players on the watchlist? i can’t seem to find a button. also does this assistant coach app cost money?

  • What about Seb Tape??? how is he trainning and is he worth having in the teams even as a sub???

  • Did one of the Warn dawg’s students write this?

  • How bad a choice do you think Karmichael Hunt would be? Because of the bye round 1 we really don’t know who’s in GC’s best 22 for sure. Yet even if he’s not in the best 22, we know they’re gonna play this guy. He’ll play every game he is fit for at least his first season. May not get a stack of the ball but will definitely put on the tackles. What do you think he’s estimated average would be?

    • couldnt see it being any higher then 55

    • Yeah, don’t know if he’s best 22, but I think they’ll have him in the side for what he offers with regards to his physical leadership and enforcer ability.

      I don’t see a reason why he couldn’t be a fucking good inside mid for them.

      • Hard to say how the KHunt will go. Can’t see him ave more than 70 though less if he stays down back.

  • what does everyone think of harbrow

  • Do you think:

    M.Lock will get game time for a cheap mid?

    and

    J.Taylor will get game time as a chep def?

    cheers

  • what are peoples thoughts of krackour, i havent got him in my team but surely is going to play and average around the 80s.
    i just think everyone has forgot about him?

    • Well, I would say everyone knows about him after the pies praccy on Friday.
      He is priced at what, about 35 points? If you are fair dinkum, you have to find room for him somewhere bc he will score well and make coin for you.
      If he has peaked come their first bye, you can upgrade him bye week to a gun from somewhere else.
      Must have.

  • Matera or Prestia?
    Toy or Coad?

  • what does everyone think of harbrow.

  • Great write-up.
    Some of it has been plagiarized from the GC website.
    “At 27 years of age, he is as close as it gets to a perfect ‘Cinderella story.’ Coad was a superstar in the SANFL, he finished 2nd in Sturt’s best and fairest in 2009.”

    “At 27 years of age, Michael Coad is as close as it gets to a footballing Cinderella story. Considered somewhat of a superstar in the SANFL – he finished second in Sturt’s best and fairest in 2009
    “http://goldcoastfc.com.au/the-team/player-profiles/michael-coad/

    Not a huge deal, I know, but still. I still think it’s a good write-up.

    • How about posting something DT relevant?!
      He said he used his own words!!!!!
      How, Pointless, pointless, pointless your post IS!!!

  • thoughts on harbrow anyone

  • Already having Swallow in the Mids.. Do u go

    1. Harris and Matera

    2. Harris and Tapscott

    3. Lock and Lynch…

  • Adrian don’t listen to some of the negative comments people typed, you had a go!! 14 year old’s aren’t pro journalists. And regarding that comment you didn’t want your parents to see remember one thing… morons are everywhere- best thing to do is ignore them. Goodluck in DT 2011.

  • I’m in Dan … good one!

  • does anyone know if danny stanley will get consistent game time? If so, he’s a lock on my defender bench.

  • As I am going for a league win only, I am loading up on as many GC cash cows right from the start (even though they have the bye in rd 1). You can guarantee that at least 12 GC rookies will play all year – would only be 1-2 at most other clubs. Instead of saying “should I have Toy or Coad, Harris or Swallow, etc,” have them all.
    I will be stating with Toy, Coad, Harris, Swallow, Matera, Z Smith, J Tippett (just for DPP status) and possibly Fraser.
    After watching all the pre season games, might even find one or two more.