High-profile recruit Karmichael Hunt trots out with his Gold Coast VFL teammates against the Coburg Tigers.
High-profile recruit Karmichael Hunt trots out with his Gold Coast VFL teammates against the Coburg Tigers.

What a mark

A LITTLE kindness can go a long way, especially when you’re picking up a new trade like Karmichael Hunt is with the Gold Coast Football Club (GCFC).

It was good for Karmichael to get his first game out of the way last Saturday against Coburg Tigers and the media attention has started to fade away a bit now which is good so he can get on with things.

He will be able to focus and concentrate on his game more now which is good for him, but also our team.

I really feel for the bloke. It must have been a pretty full-on experience for him with all those cameras lurking around.

Karmichael has had a lot detractors but I believe they should give him some time.

Anyone would struggle through their first day with the tempo of our game, let alone a guy who hasn’t played the game for six years.

But everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

On debut he kicked two goals and he was our highest goal-kicker on the day so I think that is a pretty good effort.

Overall, the Coburg game was a funny game in a way and we let ourselves go in the third quarter. But Danny Stanley and Trent McKenzie played well.

Our poor performance in the last quarter really made us pay the price.

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THE GCFC and the AFL Gold Coast Juniors League joined together earlier this week to help promote the game across the Gold Coast.

It’s great news for AFL and the juniors of our area because it gives them more options, but also opportunities.

The kids are halfway there when there is an AFL club based on the Gold Coast.

It is something for the juniors to look forward to and work towards.

But importantly it is just up the road for many of them.

Every Tuesday about four of our boys go out to show youngsters what our sport is about and they run sessions. We are trying to fit our sport into the community and develop a good home base.

The boys enjoy getting our there and they would get out more often, depending on their training schedules.

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WE have a bye this week which is a welcomed break and players will get the chance to go away to see their families.

The first half of the season is all about putting the pedal to the metal so it will be good to relax.

Because of the break, we had a fair training session yesterday and tomorrow will be a short intense session.

Everyone is holding up well and a few of the boys are a bit tired so they are looking forward to a spell.



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