20-year-old SUNS forward Kalinda Howarth has praised the work of her teammates in helping her turn the tides for the Gold Coast SUNS in the first ever AFLW QClash at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.

Howarth was the hero for the SUNS in the historic draw, kicking three of the team’s four goals to help Gold Coast claw their way back into the match.

Speaking to SUNS Media post-match, Howarth said it was an unbelievable feeling to kick her first goal in the AFLW.

“It was unreal – I still have no words for it,” Howarth said.

“I’m just happy that I got to finish off the hard work from the girls down the other end.

“I think they went coast-to-coast all three of them so it was an unreal effort by the girls.”

The SUNS had a slow start to the match, but Howarth was impressed with the side’s response after the half-time break.

“We started the first half and they probably got the jump on us a little bit but our second half was just unreal to fight back,” Howarth said.

“I think I came off as soon as the scores were level so I was just hoping that the girls would get it forward and just a get a point on the board.

“Unfortunately it didn’t get there in the end but it was a good game.”

Next on the team’s schedule is taking on the in-form North Melbourne in an away match at Arden Street this Saturday.

“I think we’ll rest up and recover and review today’s game to see what we could have done better,” Howarth said.

“Then we’ll look to next week (against North).”