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GC SUNS intraclub preview

It’ll be SUN v SUN at Saturday’s intraclub match at the Gold Coast AFL Open Day.

10:04am  Feb 11, 2016

Saad & Nicholls multicultural ambassadors

The Gold Coast SUNS, Australia Post and the AFL are proud to announce Adam Saad and Tom Nicholls will join the AFL’s national multicultural ambassador program.

1:04pm  Jan 21, 2016

Nicholls looking at 2015

One of the highlights of Gold Coast's first full training session was the sight of ruckman Tom Nicholls striding out in full flight.

10:56am  Nov 18, 2014

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SUNS TV: White Christmas Launch

1:08pm  Nov 19, 2015

SUNS TV: Tom Nicholls Presser

10:17am  Nov 19, 2015

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Tom
Nicholls

Height
203 cm
DOB
04-03-1992
Weight
102 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2015
15
Career
30
Goals
2015
3
Career
5
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1109
Avg
74
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

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 15
    • Kicks 4.1
    • Handballs 8.1
    • Disposals 12.2
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 22.3
    • Tackles 4.0
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 73.9

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 9 Sydney Swans Rd 10
Handballs 13 North Melbourne Rd 14
Disposals 18 Sydney Swans Rd 10
Marks 7 Collingwood Rd 8
Hit-outs 32 Brisbane Lions Rd 19
Tackles 11 West Coast Eagles Rd 7
Goals 2 Collingwood Rd 8
AFL Fantasy 102 West Coast Eagles Rd 7

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Melbourne L 115 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 St Kilda L 76 - 104 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Geelong Cats L 105 - 96 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 GWS Giants L 119 - 53 7 6 13 2 21 2 1 5 0 0 79
5 Brisbane Lions W 118 - 54 4 11 15 2 27 4 3 5 0 0 82
6 Adelaide Crows L 78 - 119 5 8 13 4 17 1 0 3 1 0 79
7 West Coast Eagles L 135 - 43 4 8 12 0 31 2 1 11 0 0 102
8 Collingwood L 63 - 132 8 6 14 7 26 2 2 2 2 0 99
9 Hawthorn L 93 - 40 2 12 14 2 25 4 0 6 0 0 89
10 Sydney Swans L 41 - 93 9 9 18 6 22 3 3 1 0 1 84
11 Fremantle L 46 - 53 4 9 13 2 18 1 1 2 0 0 60
13 Carlton L 103 - 69 2 11 13 1 21 1 2 0 0 0 47
14 North Melbourne W 125 - 70 3 13 16 4 20 1 1 6 0 0 89
15 Western Bulldogs L 95 - 73 6 6 12 4 30 3 0 5 0 0 95
16 GWS Giants L 79 - 94 0 2 2 1 6 0 0 1 0 0 17
17 Adelaide Crows L 125 - 80 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 West Coast Eagles D 83 - 83 5 8 13 3 25 2 3 5 0 0 78
19 Brisbane Lions W 100 - 114 2 8 10 0 32 1 2 4 0 0 65
20 Richmond L 138 - 55 1 4 5 2 14 0 1 4 0 0 44
21 Essendon W 97 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide L 51 - 88 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Sydney Swans L 127 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 17 - D: 1 62 121 183 40 335 27 20 60 3 1 1109

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 30
    • Kicks 3.9
    • Handballs 8.2
    • Disposals 12.1
    • Marks 2.3
    • Hit-Outs 22.0
    • Tackles 4.1
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 71.8

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 33 Collingwood Rd 17, 2013
Tackles 11 West Coast Eagles Rd 7, 2015
Goals 2 Collingwood Rd 8, 2015
AFL Fantasy 113 North Melbourne Rd 11, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
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

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Marks
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Hit-outs
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Tackles
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