The Gold Coast SUNS will kick off the 2022 NAB AFLW Season with a blockbuster match at Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay for Round 1 of the competition on January 9.

The full fixture for the 2022 NAB AFLW Premiership Season is set to be announced later today, however the SUNS are locked in to kick off the season in Mackay.

Gold Coast SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona Sessarago said the club was ecstatic at the opportunity to return to play in Mackay and launch the 2022 season.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to kick off an AFLW season and we’d love for the people of Mackay to come out and help launch our season in style,” Sessarago said.

“There will be plenty of support for local favourites Lauren Bella and Wallis Randell as they look to return home and play at Great Barrier Reef Arena.”

The opening round fixture against GWS GIANTS at Great Barrier Reef Arena will land during the school holidays providing a great opportunity for not only local SUNS fans but also throughout the state to travel to the region.

“We know our AFLW fans have been starved of football in recent times, so we will be encouraging as many footy fans as possible to travel to Mackay and experience everything the region has to offer.”

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said council was thrilled to welcome back the Gold Coast SUNS to our region.

“The opportunity to continue to deliver world-class events is not only great news for sporting fans but the region’s liveability as a whole,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Council is proud to support events through our Invest Mackay Events Attraction Fund, which aims to attract more visitors to our region and, in turn, generate positive economic results for our community while fostering community pride.”

Tickets for the SUNS Round 1 match at Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay will go on sale, Wednesday December 8 through Ticketek. 


GC SUNS 2022 NAB AFLW Fixture:
Round 1 – GC SUNS v GWS
Sunday January 9
5.10pm AEST
Great Barrier Reef Arena