The Gold Coast SUNS are preparing to make history this weekend when they take to the main field of Metricon Stadium for the club’s first ever AFLW home match.
While the wet weather lashing the Coast could still play a factor on Saturday, SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona McLarty has urged Gold Coasters to show up in force for what will be a memorable day.
“We encourage everyone to come out,” McLarty said.
“Hopefully the sun will be shining and it will be a dry day but either way I think Gold Coasters will want to be here.
“You’ll want to be able to say that you were here for the Gold Coast SUNS women’s team, the first time they played in Metricon Stadium and the first time they had a chance to represent their community on the Gold Coast.”
The SUNS take on fellow newcomers to the league Richmond in Round 2, with both teams hunting their first win of the season.
“When the draw came out we really looked at Round 2 as an opportunity to play another expansion club,” McLarty said.
“It’s really exciting for us to get to play them.
“Obviously Richmond being a large traditional AFL club with a huge following, we hope those fans come out as well.
“But hopefully the SUNS fans are leaving happier after the match.”
While the SUNS fell just short of the win in Round 1 against GWS, McLarty said there were good signs for what should be a big season ahead.
“We were really proud with what we did last week,” she said.
“I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds.
“I think we’ve got a great group and we’re really excited about where they can go.”