The Gold Coast SUNS have named five debutants for the Round 1 NAB AFLW Premiership Match against the Melbourne Demons at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Annise Bradfield, Daisy D’Arcy, Maddison Levi, Bess Keaney and Lucy Single have all been named to play their first AFLW game when they take the field in SUNS colours.

D’Arcy and Keaney has been named to make their debuts in the backline alongside inaugural SUNS Jade Pregelj, Lauren Ahrens and Serene Watson.

Midfielder Alison Drennan will line up for the first time in SUNS colours after joining the club from St Kilda in the off-season.

She has been named in the midfield which will consist of ruck Lauren Bella, Leah Kaslar and will be led by new skipper Hannah Dunn in her first game as captain.

Cheyenne Hammond has been named on the wing alongside the debutant Levi.

New recruit Sarah Perkins will take her place in the forward line for her first game for the club alongside Kate Surman, Paige Parker, Britt Perry and reigning Club Champion Jamie Stanton.

The interchange consists of Bradfield and Single, who will rotate through the midfield, as well as Dee Heslop, Kalinda Howarth and skipper Sam Virgo

Draftee Janet Baird and injury replacement player Georgia Bevan have both been named emergencies for the match.

Gates open at Metricon Stadium from 12:45pm with the season opener set for a 2:10pm centre bounce.

SUNS Members will have complimentary access to the game as part of their 2021 AFLW membership package and are encouraged to redeem their free tickets prior to arriving at Metricon Stadium.

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AFLW Round 1 Team:


#42 Jade Pregelj

#7 Lauren Ahrens



#30 Bess Keaney

#14 Serene Watson

#20 Daisy D’Arcy


#29 Cheyenne Hammond

#24 Hannah Dunn

#6 Maddison Levi


#26 Kate Surman

#1 Paige Parker

#28 Sarah Perkins



#16 Britt Perry

#17 Jamie Stanton


#2 Lauren Bella

#33 Alison Drennan

#11 Leah Kaslar


#10 Annise Bradfield

#25 Dee Heslop

#23 Kalinda Howarth


#13 Lucy Single

#22 Sam Virgo



#18 Janet Baird

#27 Georgia Bevan