Gold Coast SUNS CEO Mark Evans today welcomed the AFL announcement of two blockbuster games in Darwin as part of Sir Doug Nicholls Round (Round 13), saying it was the result of lobbying by the NT Government, AFLNT and the SUNS.

“The SUNS have always said we want our four-year NT partnership to be about more than just an AFL game – we want it to be great for the Territory and help grow local footy,” he said.

“We are pleased to have helped secure our first Darwin game and the Dreamtime in Darwin clash in Round 13. It’s a true win-win and a great result.

“Both games will showcase the beautiful Territory to a national audience whilst also allowing thousands of locals to enjoy two quality games of AFL live.” 

Mr Evans said the SUNS are looking forward to bringing an exciting, hard-running brand of footy to Darwin in Round 13. 

He said the SUNS’ exact fixture details (including the opponent) will be announced soon.

“We have a talented young list that is playing good footy and includes four Rising Star nominations this season,” he said. 

“Locals will enjoy watching our established stars and emerging players - including Ben King, Izak Rankine, Noah Anderson, Jack Lukosius, Jack Bowes, Connor Budarick and Ben Ainsworth – live in Darwin.”

Mr Evans said Darwin is a key area of the SUNS Talent Academy Zone and the club wanted to foster and develop elite football pathways in the NT.

“We brought in our first Territory AFL player in Malcolm Rosas Jnr this year and we hope to recruit more – we are committed to investing in the region,” he said.

The SUNS launched their 2020 Indigenous Guernsey this week which was designed by local Yugambeh man Luther Cora. It will be worn in the Round 13 fixture in Darwin.