Suns set to rise against Demons
THE scoreboard wasn't pretty but there are positives to take from the Gold Coast Suns' AFL debut last Saturday night, and we are only going to get better as the season progresses.
The game doubled as my AFL debut, which was the culmination of so much hard work – the last two seasons at the Suns all led up to that night.
I have to be honest and say there was a fair bit of disappointment in the sheds after Carlton beat us by 119 points.
In saying that, there certainly were some good things to come out of the game from our point of view and we know there is plenty we have to work on this week.
It is worth remembering we are a young team which just played in our first game, whereas the Blues are probably finals contenders and the nucleus of that side has been together for three or four years.
As we ran out I had a really good look around the Gabba and soaked up the atmosphere.
I didn't get too excited and went through my preparation as per usual. I wasn't overly nervous and I felt pretty similar on Saturday as I had in my other games for the club.
I came off the interchange bench and played a couple of roles, both in the forwards and at the back.
It doesn't really bother me where I play, whatever gets me a spot in the team each week.
The AFL was a big step up from the VFL.
Workrates were much higher and players ran and used the ball differently.
To run out on the paddock and have players like Gary Ablett, Nathan Bock, Daniel Harris and Michael Rischitelli on your side is great.
Gary is just an amazing player and it is a real privilege to play on his side.
Without him there on the weekend, the result could have been a lot worse.
It is going to take a few games for us to gel but I know the Suns' squad has got so much improvement to come and this week against the Bulldogs at Melbourne we will be able to show that.
There was a huge build-up to our first game here on the Coast and it will be good to head south and have a bit of a break from the media – it will be interesting to see what type of reception we get in the AFL's heartland though.
Marc Lock is a member of the Gold Coast Suns leadership group and will be writing a regular column for the Tweed Daily News.