In a game where many SUNS stood up, it was Touk Miller’s performance on Saturday afternoon against the Swans that stood out.
Going into the game as underdogs, the young SUNS side put in a four-quarter performance to beat the previously four and two Sydney, by 40 points.
Key Forward Ben King kicked five goals, livewire forward Ben Ainsworth shot back into form with three goals, Nick Holman had 13 tackles and a goal and Izak Rankine probably played his best game for the football club.
But it was the SUNS Vice-Captain Touk Miller who shone the most.
“It was huge, we talked about it after the game and it was a great team effort, weight of numbers, all 23 of us, everyone bought in,” Miller said.
“We performed on the day, put a full four quarter effort in against a quality football club, which was super.”
After 16 disposals in the first quarter, Miller finished with 36, had nine tackles and nine clearances.
“It’s something to build off, I was just glad that I was contributing as part of the team.”
“I was able to lift in good moments for the team, play my role and that accumulated to a win.”
In promising signs for Gold Coast fans, Miller said there was still plenty of room to improve.
“All of our players are only going to get better, we’re still a young side but when we put it together like that, that’s the result we get.”
Senior Coach Stuart Dew was full of praise for the 25-year old post game on Saturday night.
“His work rate is really impressive,” Dew said.
“Sitting down on the bench for the last 18 months just to see the way he covers the ground.
“He never gives up and it's never one way running, it’s always two ways.
“He's been really consistent all year.”
Millers’ improvement isn’t by chance, with his training regime similar to how he plays his football, full of effort.
“He's worked so hard on his game,” Dew said.
“Some players will say I'm going to focus on this for a couple of weeks, whereas, Touk has been working on it for a number of years.
“In my time here, he's been fanatical about working on his kicking.
“We're really proud of Touk as a player and where he's going as a leader.”
The SUNS will now turn their attention to taking on Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.