Grand Final fever may be engulfing the footy world right now but when the hangovers clear, it will be yesterday’s big decision by the AFL to grant the Suns an AFLW licence that will be the talk of the town.
In a huge win for footy on the Gold and Tweed Coasts, the Suns will join the expanding AFLW competition in 2020.
For footy-obsessed teenage girls living on the Gold Coast, this is far greater than any fairy-tale Richmond Grand Final victory story.
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After all, it is not everyday that a pathway to your dream opens up right in front of you.
If you see an unusual amount of dads kicking newly-bought sherrins around with their daughter at the park well, now you know why.
Whether you are a boy or a girl, dreams of footballing glory can now be realised right here on the coast.
It may also solve, once and for all, the greatest question in Australian sport; is the Gold Coast truly a Bermuda Triangle for national sporting franchises?
Until now teams on the Gold Coast have been either hurriedly slapped together or have had to endure horribly substandard facilities.
The inaugural Suns AFLW team has two full seasons to plan and recruit and to develop pathways and partnerships with local clubs.
The facilities at the Suns are now, finally, absolutely first class.
For Suns fans waiting to see the benefits derived from the club acquiring the highly-experienced Mark Evans well, watch and enjoy.
It was not enough that he shepherded the AFLW bid over the line, but this week in AblettGate, the Suns CEO hit all the right notes for fans worried that the club would just gift away another gun during trade period.
Not the case at all.
Evans has no issue with Ablett leaving, but the Suns will get who they want out of it if it is to happen and right now they want Geelong midfielder Mitch Duncan and promising youngster Nakia Cockatoo.
Duncan has had the best month of footy of his life and Cockatoo oozes 10+ year club legend so the Cats aren’t likely to release either, but starting (and keeping) the bar high with such a gun midfielder is exactly the kind of way the Suns need to approach this trade.
Making Geelong prove how serious they are about getting Gaz to the Cattery in 2018 is the smart play, and the two players mentioned above – Duncan in particular – would be huge for the Suns.
An AFLW licence and maintain club integrity – sure it was a horror 2017 season but this week, on this day, Suns fans can smile and be proud of their club.