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AFL confirm first Suns home match

By Tony Bartlett 08/10/2010 04:15:57 PM Comments (0)

Star Gold Coast recruit Gary Ablett could play against his old side Geelong when the Suns finally play their first AFL match at their new stadium.

The league have announced the Suns' first game at the $140 million Carrara Stadium redevelopment will be on Saturday night, May 28 in round 10.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou confirmed the fixture on Friday and said the Suns' first match for premiership points at the ground would be against a Melbourne club.

Reigning premiers Collingwood are also candidates for the match.

"We're still working through the fixture process ... but it's likely to be against either Collingwood, Essendon, Geelong, Hawthorn, Western Bulldogs or St Kilda," Demetriou said.

"All of those teams except for Essendon played in the finals this year, the fixtures are still being finalised and we should know in the next couple of weeks."

Ablett ended months of speculation about his future last week when the 2009 Brownlow Medallist confirmed he would join the Suns.

He is the biggest of eight uncontracted signings for Gold Coast, with Collingwood ruckman Josh Fraser and Brisbane utility Jared Brennan completed the list on Thursday.

Demetriou said those experienced players would help lift the profile and impact of the Suns in their first season.

"These guys will provide great services to the club in addition to the many, many young players who've worked so hard in the TAC Cup and VFL teams for the past two years," he said.

Making the announcement on Friday, Demetriou said the Suns were in good shape with more than 10,000 foundation members.

"For Queenslanders who love and support their own teams, they now have two AFL clubs to follow and can look forward to 22 home and away games in south-east Queensland every year," he said.

"On top of that ... we'll play a match in Cairns between Richmond and Gold Coast for the next three years, which is an added bonus for football in Queensland."

Gold Coast will play some home matches early next season at the `Gabba in Brisbane until their Carrara venue is available.

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