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Suns Shine in the Top End

AFL action takes centre field this month, as the Territory-adopted Gold Coast Suns go head-to-head in not one, but two mighty clashes at TIO Stadium.

By Tierney Seccull

THE SUNS SIGNED a deal with the Northern Territory Government to commit to three more years of home game footy from 2024 until 2026. Gold Coast Suns CEO Mark Evans says he’s happy to shake hands on the multi-year agreement.

“The NT has become our second home and we have taken pride in our ability to make Darwin a fortress, where we play some of our best football.”

This month sees the three-year commitment come into play, as the Suns kick off against the North Melbourne Kangaroos before taking on Geelong the following week. Making this deal even sweeter is the chance to see some homegrown legends in the mix.

“Whether it’s a dazzling Malcolm Rosas Jnr goal, Joel Jeffrey’s freakish athleticism, Ben Long’s signature toughness or Lloyd Johnston’s blistering speed, there will be plenty for the home crowd to cheer,” Evans says.

Long-time Suns supporter Chris and can vouch for that.

“It’s great to see a few of the Territory lads coming through the team over the past few years and showcasing the talent we have here in the NT," he says.

"I’ve been a Suns fan since the beginning back in 2009. It’s been a tough run – I love an underdog – and the Suns have always had a buzz and excitement about them.”

With most AFL matches played interstate, the chance for Territory footy fans to see their sporting heroes battle it out without the need to spend a pretty penny on flights and accommodation is a welcome one.

“It’s the best! With flight prices being so expensive, it’s pretty special to have my favourite team up here for a couple of games. And also for fans of the opposing teams, of course.”

So get your tix, your guernseys and flags, and see the Suns shine in the Top End.


Gold Coast Suns v North Melbourne
WHEN SAT 11 MAY | 7PM

Gold Coast Suns v Geelong
WHEN THU 16 MAY | 7PM

AT TIO STADIUM
COST $20-$45 
INFO ticketmaster.com.au

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