Posts Tagged "Gold Coast"

I may have not played the elite level that Karmicheal Hunt has experienced so far in his sporting career, but I can tell him what to expect in terms of the difficulties and experiences that come along when changing to AFL from a rival code.

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Brisbane rugby league star Karmichael Hunt is switching to play Australian Rules with new AFL franchise Gold Coast in a move which will rock the NRL.

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When the new AFL Gold Coast franchise announced in September last year they’d have no nickname, it left the door wide open for future suggestions. Ten months on, I thought I’d explore the topic.

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There was a happy homecoming for Gold Coast boy Kurt Tippett as the Adelaide Crows grabbed their sixth straight AFL win – a 17-point victory over an error-riddled Richmond on Saturday night.

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Following on from the Gold Coast Titans Rugby League franchise, the Gold Coast United football A-League team starting in a couple of months and the AFL’s plans to start up another AFL team on the Gold Coast in 2011, comes the news that the next Super 15 Rugby team should come from the Gold Coast.

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Gold Coast, the only legitimate challengers to Melbourne’s hopes of entering an expanded Super 15, have called upon the Australian Rugby Union to prevent a bidding war by making an immediate choice based on “rugby reasons”.

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Speculation is mounting that the Gold Coast will officially receive the green light for the 2011 AFL season this week after the budding club cleared the “last hurdle” on Monday.

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The Gold Coast AFL consortium has welcomed Labor’s Queensland election victory, which paves the way for them to be granted a licence to enter the competition in 2011.

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In considering locations for a fifth Australian Super franchise, the Australian Rugby Union appears to be neglecting the option of basing it in the heartland of Australian rugby – the inner city suburbs of Sydney. Both the ARL and AFL have the majority of their clubs located in the city in which their game developed.

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Life as Brisbane Lions coach got off to a perfect start for Michael Voss at the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

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The jumper design and colours are a vital part of any football club. In football they very rarely change, and as a result come to signify something much more than an indicator of what team a player is on. They indicate the culture of which the club is formed, and they are full of history.

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Gold Coast believe their NRL coach John Cartwright is more than ready to step up from his assistant role and replace Ricky Stuart as Kangaroos coach.

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Bigger pay days seemed assured for Bernard Tomic following the teenage sensation’s gallant second-round exit from the Australian Open.

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Darren Lehmann has called for Andrew Symonds’ return to the Australian one-day side “as soon as possible” as the allrounder prepares his injury comeback for Queensland.

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Never has dual international Mat Rogers felt more comfortable in the Gold Coast Titans No.6 jersey – and never has he felt more under threat.

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Boy wonder Bernard Tomic is ready to answer the SOS call from Australian tennis after becoming the youngest male in professional history to win a match at the Australian Open.

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Friday the 13th may turn out to be a lucky day after all for recovering North Queensland Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen.

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So the pre-season is now in full swing. Players are hitting the sand dunes, the beep tests, and the protein shakes, as the 2009 NRL season inches ever nearer, like those zombies in the movies.

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Wests Tigers locked down the services of in-demand hooker Robbie Farah for the next five years on Tuesday before turning their attention to keeping NRL superstar Benji Marshall at the club.

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Bernie bows out

By , 6 Jan 2009

Rising hope Bernard Tomic suggested he could mix it with the big boys of world tennis but followed an Australian trend at the Brisbane International.

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