It was a weekend of firsts for the SUNS AFLW team, and even more so for Gold Coast forward Britt Perry.
Perry made history as the first player to score a goal for the Gold Coast SUNS at AFLW level when she slotted the major on the run midway through the first quarter in the Round 1 match against GWS.
The 25-year-old said it was an honour to be remembered for that feat but recognised her teammates for allowing her to reap the rewards.
“I’m proud of that but I put it down to all the work the girls have done,” Perry told SUNS Media post-match.
“I just happened to be the one that get my name up there but really it’s a credit to the girls for getting it there.”
The match was played in difficult weather for a forward, with heavy rain sweeping across the ground for the duration.
Perry said while it was challenging, the girls had to be better at adjusting to the conditions.
“Gaining ground is really important when it’s wet and making sure we get plenty of numbers to the contest,” she said.
“We probably lacked that at the start and they probably switched on a little bit faster than us.
“In saying that we were still up at half time so that was a bonus but we just have to switch on a little bit faster.”
Perry was proud of the level of effort and intent Gold Coast brought on the day and said that would be a measuring stick for the team throughout the season.
“The effort that we put out there - we’ve showed everyone that we’re here to play and we’re going to play a really good brand of footy,” she said.
“We’ll be bringing that all season long.
“That’s really the start of our game plan and then we build everything else around the intensity that we can bring to the ball so pressure’s going to be our number one thing.
“It’s going to be hard and fast and I’m pretty excited to get on with the rest of it.”
The SUNS’ next assignment will be fellow expansion club Richmond in the club’s first-ever women’s home game at Metricon Stadium.