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SUNS Academy season wrap

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29:  Connor Budarick of the Allies runs with the ball during the AFL U18 Championships match between the Allies and South Australia at GMHBA Stadium on June 29, 2018 in Geelong, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The Gold Coast SUNS Academy season has drawn to a close for both male and females across all age groups.

In total the Academy has coordinated, organised and delivered 24 matches across 10 weeks of football, with six of those coming in an intra-regions Academy Series in Lismore. 

Gold Coast’s Academy Manager Jason Torney said it had been another successful season for the Academy.

“We’re incredibly proud of what our players and staff have been able to achieve, particularly over the last couple of months,” Torney told SUNS Media.

“In that time our Under 18 male side took out the NAB League for the first time and our Under 18 female side had four wins from five matches. 

“Our Under 16 male and female sides both went through undefeated and our Under 17 boys also played well against a Queensland representative side.

“These results show how successful our Academy is becoming to provide a pathway for these boys and girls to go on and become Gold Coast SUNS players.”

Overall the SUNS Academy was represented in 18 games with a record of 13 wins and five losses across all age groups and genders.

The next step for SUNS Academy players is more representative football with Allies and Queensland squad performances over the coming months. 

 

U18 Male - 8 selected to Allies Squad

  •  Trial v Lions (win)
  • Trial v Mt Gravatt (loss)

NAB League - Academy Series winners 4W/1L

  • Round 2 v NT, 44pt win
  • Round 3 v Lions, 28pt win
  • Round 4 v Oakleigh, 71pt win
  • Round 5 v Eastern Ranges, 59pt loss
  • Round 6 v GWV Rebels, 14pt win

 

U17 Male

  • SUNS v QLD U16, 20pt loss

 

U16 Male - 16 selected into Queensland Squad + 2 South Pacific squad

  • Round 1 v Lions, 26pt win
  • Round 2 v Lions, 44pt win

 

U18 Female - 19 selected into Queensland Squad

  • 1 x Trial v Bond Uni (loss)
  • Round 1 v Lions, 71pt win
  • Round 2 v Lions, 22pt win
  • Coffs Harbour Rd 1 v NSW, 6pt loss
  • Coffs Harbour Rd 2 v Lions, 77pt win
  • Coffs Harbour Rd 3 v NT, 45pt win

 

U16 Female

  • Round 1 v Lions, 66pt win
  • Round 2 v Lions, 26pt win