Gold Coast Suns report card

2011 RECORD

Won 3, Draw 0, Lost 19: Finished 17th

THE LIST

FINDS OF 2011

David Swallow, Zac Smith, Trent McKenzie, Brandon Matera, Harley Bennell, Danny Stanley

TRADE POTENTIAL

Daniel Gorringe, Tom Nicholls, Tom Hickey

GOING, GOING

Piers Flanagan, Taylor Hine

GONE

Daniel Harris (retired), Alex Keath (cricket), Nathan Ablett, Michael Coad, Marc Lock, Jack Stanlake, Roland Ah Chee, Jake Crawford, Jack Stanley, Joel Tippett

WHAT THEY NEED

An experienced key forward and defender is needed. The Suns’ clearance work is very good but once they go inside 50 they have no genuine key forwards strong enough to be a key target in the goalsquare. Geelong’s Tom Hawkins and Adelaide’s Kurt Tippett should be targets. Down back they need another key defender to compliment Nathan Bock. They’re often undersized against the AFL’s heavyweights and as a result concede alot of goals no matter how competitive they are. The Suns have currency on their list to trade for more experience, so expect them to be diligent.

COOPS’ VERDICT

Good year for the Suns in their first inaugural season. They played 46 players with just 3 playing every game, which tells you they’re developing their young talent and giving them every opportunity. Three wins was promising but four nominations in the Rising Star award was impressive. The club got outstanding service from Gary Ablett who should win their best and fairest, while Nathan Bock, Michael Rischitelli, Jared Brennan and Jarrod Harbrow were solid performers. Campbell Brown endured an injury and suspension interrupted debut season with his second club, while Nathan Krakouer teased with his talent and fitness, but was disappointing. Ex-Magpie Danny Stanley was another plus, topping the goal kicking with 20 for the year. David Swallow and Zac Smith are future stars in the making, and Matera and Bennell could join them. Rugby convert Karmichael Hunt also proved his critics wrong that he would be nothing more than a publicity stunt. Lots to get excited about for 2012. Expect 6-8 wins next year.

TOMORROW: PORT ADELAIDE    

 

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