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NEAFL: Fighting SUNS go down to Redland

A SUNS reserves team featuring just five listed players battled hard against Redland in the NEAFL.

8:57am  May 23, 2016

NEAFL: Round 4 Preview

The SUNS reserves have nine new faces this week to take on GWS in Townsville.

1:46pm  Apr 22, 2016

Refreshing Nicholls attracting new fans

Ruckman adds two new members to his fan club following an interview on AFL.com.au’s First Bounce.

3:05pm  Mar 11, 2016

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Tom
Nicholls

Height
203 cm
DOB
04-03-1992
Weight
102 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2016
9
Career
39
Goals
2016
1
Career
6
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
720
Avg
80
TomNicholls

Player Bio

At A Glance

Player Honours: NAB AFL Rising Star award nominee 2013.
Brownlow Medal: 2013 votes 1; career votes 1.
Draft History: 2010 17-year-old access selection (Gold Coast)

The No. 1 ruck mantle was up for grabs during the 2015 season, with Tom Nicholls and Zac Smith fighting to lead Gold Coast’s ruck department. But Nicholls’ gutsy performance against West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui undeniably cemented him the title.

Throughout the 2015 season the 23-year-old emerged as one of the premier tackling ruckmen in the AFL, averaging four per game to provide value once the ball hit the ground. Between round four and 20, Nicholls accumulated 15 games in the most prosperous patch of his short career.

Unfortunately for Nicholls, injury struck, ending his season after round 20. Although by that stage of the year, the Victorian had cemented his spot as a premier ruckman at the SUNS.

Nicholls' ability in ruck contests and at ground level is sure to shine once again in season 2016 as he continues to develop as one of the more exciting ruck talents of recent years.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 4.1
    • Handballs 8.9
    • Disposals 13.0
    • Marks 2.1
    • Hit-Outs 23.7
    • Tackles 5.7
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 80.0

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 6 Sydney Swans Rd 11
Handballs 14 Brisbane Lions Rd 4
Disposals 17 Hawthorn Rd 14
Marks 5 West Coast Eagles Rd 10
Hit-outs 37 Brisbane Lions Rd 4
Tackles 11 Sydney Swans Rd 11
Goals 1 Richmond Rd 12
AFL Fantasy 117 Brisbane Lions Rd 4

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon W 121 - 60 5 5 10 3 24 0 2 4 0 0 68
2 Fremantle W 100 - 126 3 4 7 2 16 0 1 4 0 0 52
3 Carlton W 95 - 41 5 9 14 2 17 0 2 2 0 0 58
4 Brisbane Lions L 107 - 94 2 14 16 2 37 3 1 10 0 0 117
5 North Melbourne L 81 - 119 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Geelong Cats L 168 - 48 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Melbourne L 87 - 160 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 GWS Giants L 149 - 58 4 6 10 1 32 3 2 2 0 0 64
9 Adelaide Crows L 74 - 149 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 West Coast Eagles L 132 - 55 3 9 12 5 16 0 2 10 0 1 93
11 Sydney Swans L 41 - 79 6 11 17 0 21 2 1 11 0 0 104
12 Richmond L 114 - 97 4 10 14 2 23 1 1 6 1 0 89
14 Hawthorn L 86 - 60 5 12 17 2 27 1 2 2 0 0 75
15 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 10 37 80 117 19 213 10 14 51 1 1 720

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 39
    • Kicks 3.9
    • Handballs 8.4
    • Disposals 12.3
    • Marks 2.3
    • Hit-Outs 22.4
    • Tackles 4.5
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 73.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 9 Sydney Swans Rd 10, 2015
Handballs 15 Adelaide Crows Rd 14, 2013
Disposals 18 Sydney Swans Rd 10, 2015
Marks 7 Collingwood Rd 8, 2015
Hit-outs 37 Brisbane Lions Rd 4, 2016
Tackles 11 Sydney Swans Rd 11, 2016
Goals 2 Collingwood Rd 8, 2015
AFL Fantasy 117 Brisbane Lions Rd 4, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Gold Coast Suns 37 80 117 19 213 10 14 51 1 1 720
2015 Gold Coast Suns 62 121 183 40 335 27 20 60 3 1 1109
2014 Gold Coast Suns 22 43 65 9 128 4 13 22 0 0 360
2013 Gold Coast Suns 30 74 104 19 187 8 8 40 2 1 639
2012 Gold Coast Suns 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Gold Coast Suns 2 9 11 2 10 2 2 2 0 1 45

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
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Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
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Goals
B
Behinds
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AFL Fantasy points