The chance to showcase the SUNS brand of football against the best and celebrate a milestone for a favourite son has captain Touk Miller chomping at the bit for Saturday’s return to Heritage Bank Stadium.
The SUNS return home this weekend eyeing its first win of the 2023 season and a fitting celebration for former captain David Swallow who will make history as the first player to reach 200 matches for the club.
Miller says it’s all about playing a SUNS brand of footy for a full four quarters.
“We played a really solid three quarters (against Essendon) but we all know that four quarters wins you a game of footy,” Miller said.
“For us, we were positive in that we played our brand of footy for three quarters, considering we didn’t do that against Sydney at all.
“It’s going to be a great test for both teams. We’ve both had the same start to the season – someone’s leaving the game at 1-2 and I want that to be us.
“We need to put together a good week and we feel really strong that our brand of football is going to stand up against the reigning premiers.”
Miller was the man who succeeded Swallow as co-captain alongside ruckman Jarrod Witts ahead of the 2021 season and the two-time defending club champion can’t speak highly enough of the former skipper.
“Being someone who’s been at the club for quite some time, the amount of respect I have for Dave, what he’s done for the club and the care factor he has is really a testament to him,” Miller continued.
“He plays at full tilt every week. On field he’s just got that white line fever, see-ball-get-ball – he’s someone you want to be running out with every week.
“I know he won’t want too much air time, but if you look back on this in 50 years time, it’s a pretty serious feat to be the first player to play 200 games for the club.
“I couldn’t think of anyone better for it to be than him.”
The SUNS take on Geelong this Sunday at Heritage Bank Stadium from 2.10pm with the SUNS VFL side to take on the Cats at the venue from 10.25am.