As a player Stewart Dew was always successful; he played for two different clubs and won premierships for both teams.
He played for the Port Adelaide Power in their Premiership in 2004 and for the Hawthorn Hawks when they won a Premiership in 2008. Dew’s trademark was the distance that he could kick the ball – at least fifty metres.
He had one of the best apprenticeships of all as an assistant Coach at the Sydney Swans. The Swans will clearly miss him this season.
The Gold Coast Suns needed a coach who was going to instill a winning culture. They needed to fill the void left by the departure of Gary Ablett, as they were struggling for survival prior to the appointment of Dew.
He may have only been a senior coach for two rounds, but the Suns are playing a fantastic attacking brand of football.
The Suns players have clearly been impacted by the game plan that has been implemented by Dew and they appear to be playing with freedom.
Tom J Lynch is indicative of the transformation that Dew has brought about and Lynch is playing with a confidence in his ability, but not arrogance.
He is leading from the front and playing some outstanding football. Jarryd Lyons has been a revelation in the midfield and is playing the best football of his career.
Nick Holman is clearly grabbing his second chance with both hands, after being delisted by the Carlton Blues. Jarrod Witts will be haunting Collingwood Magpies fans with his performance in the first two rounds.
The Suns have had no passengers in their starting twenty two players. Every player who has been selected in the team has played their role adequately.
The Suns have a tough draw with plenty of travelling in the first half of the AFL Season. For people who may think that the first two wins for the Suns this season was a fluke or a bit of luck they are barking up the wrong tree.
The Suns have gone from being a basket case to being Premiership contenders.