The Gold Coast Suns have made little to no progress since joining the Australian Football League in 2011.
The AFL’s pet project has failed to make the finals and, despite being awarded a bevy of first-round draft selections in its formative years, has fallen down the ladder instead of climbing it.
After signing the game’s best player, Gary Ablett Jr, there was hope that the expansion team would be able to capture some of the growing Queensland market and deliver on the field.
To date, the club has failed on both fronts. A large majority of its young and senior talent has departed the club, which has sacked two coaches in seven years.
Worst of all, Ablett – the club’s first captain and the best player of the last two decades – has returned to Geelong to finish his glorious career.
Is there any hope on the horizon for the Suns? Certainly not in the short term. With new coach Stuart Dew taking the reins and bringing in fresh and talented youth through the draft, the Suns will hope to show some promising signs for the future.
Let’s take a look at where we can find value in this year’s AFL betting markets.
About the Gold Coast Suns
|Home ground:||Metricon Stadium|
|Captain:||Tom Lynch, Steven May|
|2018 ladder finish:||17th|
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Updated Gold Coast Suns futures betting
|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Wooden Spoon||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Feb||$251||$34||$1.45||–||I Rankine $13||–|
|Mar||$251||$34||$1.50||–||I Rankine $13||–|
|Apr||$151||$7||$7||J Bowes $251||I Rankine $34||A Sexton $34|
Best Gold Coast Suns bets for the 2019 AFL season
Where are the best Gold Coast bets in the AFL futures markets for 2019?
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- Don’t bother. A meteorite is more likely to cause human extinction on planet Earth than Gold Coast are to win the AFL Premiership in 2019. Spend your money elsewhere, for this club is more than five years away from competing to play finals, let alone premierships.
- The Suns are paying $34 to make the eight, so don’t even bother looking at that end of the ladder. Any team that has no players – not one – quoted in Sportsbet’s markets for the Brownlow Medal and the Coleman Medal is in real strife. Carlton beat them to the wooden spoon last time, but now it is Gold Coast’s turn to prop up the ladder.
- There is an awful lot riding on the shoulders of Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine, both of whom were picked in the top three at last year’s AFL Draft. Bookies give Rankine the edge in the Rising Star betting, but both are excellent prospects who will see plenty of game time in a very ordinary team.
Gold Coast Suns 2019 AFL fixture
|1||St Kilda Saints||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, March 24||1:10pm AEDT|
|2||Fremantle Dockers||Metricon Stadium||Sunday, March 31||3:40pm AEST|
|3||Western Bulldogs||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, April 7||2:20pm AEST|
|4||Carlton Blues||Metricon Stadium||Sunday, April 14||2:40pm AEST|
|5||Adelaide Crows||Adelaide Oval||Sunday, April 21||4:10pm ACST|
|6||Brisbane Lions||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, April 27||1:45pm AEST|
|7||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||Saturday, May 4||6:10pm AWST|
|8||Melbourne Demons||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, May 11||4:35pm AEST|
|9||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Sunday, May 19||12:40pm ACST|
|10||Geelong Cats||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, May 25||7:25pm AEST|
|11||GWS Giants||Sydney Showground||Saturday, June 1||1:45pm AEST|
|12||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, June 8||4:35pm AEST|
|13||St Kilda Saints||Riverway Stadium||Saturday, June 15||1:45pm AEST|
|15||Sydney Swans||SCG||Saturday, June 29||4:35pm AEST|
|16||Richmond Tigers||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, July 6||2:10pm AEST|
|17||Adelaide Crows||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, July 13||7:25pm AEST|
|18||Carlton Blues||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, July 20||2:10pm AEST|
|19||Essendon Bombers||Metricon Stadium||Sunday, July 28||4:40pm AEST|
|20||Collingwood Magpies||MCG||Sunday, August 4||1:10pm AEST|
|21||Brisbane Lions||The Gabba||Saturday, August 10||4:35pm AEST|
|22||Hawthorn Hawks||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, August 18||4:40pm AEST|
|23||GWS Giants||Metricon Stadium||TBA||TBA|
Suns players to watch in 2019
Anyone who saw this guy play in the VFL last year would shake their head at Fremantle’s decision to delist him at the end of 2017. Collins is a natural intercept player with excellent overhead skills who will add plenty in the wake of Steven May’s departure.
Most tall forwards are given a few years’ grace to settle into the AFL, but Lukosius won’t have that luxury. The second pick in the 2018 draft steps into the void left by former club captain Tom Lynch, so the pressure to perform will be there from the start.
Like Lukosius, Rankine arrives on the Gold Coast as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from last year’s national draft. The South Australian is an agile, matured-bodied midfielder who has the tools required to make an immediate impact in the AFL.
Gold Coast Suns records
Most matches: Jarrod Harbrow – 154 (2011-present)
Most goals kicked in one match: Charlie Dixon – seven (Rd 14, 2015)
Most Best & Fairest awards: Gary Ablett Jr – four (2011-13, 2017)
Most matches as coach: Guy McKenna – 88 (2011-2014)
Most goals in a season: Tom Lynch – 66 (2016)
Most career goals: Tom Lynch – 254 (2011-2018)
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