Chap­ple’s run with the Suns a treat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Nick Ansell

A 69-POINT thump­ing is rarely a pos­i­tive in Aus­tralian rules, but Port Dou­glas sharp­shooter Kye Chap­ple will use the ex­pe­ri­ence of NEAFL foot­ball to lift his lo­cal game in pur­suit of a pre­mier­ship.

Chap­ple, along­side Crocs team­mate Jesse Maw­son and South Cairns stars Ryan Ether­ing­ton and Jer­maine War­dle, suited up for the Gold Coast Suns’ NEAFL de­vel­op­ment side in their de­feat to Red­land on Satur­day.

De­spite the strug­gling Suns’ 69-point loss, Chap­ple said the ex­pe­ri­ence of rub­bing shoul­ders with Gold Coast fringe play­ers Clay Cameron, Tim Ni­cholls and Jar­rod Gar­lett was “un­be­liev­able”.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and chal­lenge, step­ping up to that level of foot­ball,” he said.

“The main thing I no­ticed is that the footy is so much quicker down there. You have to pretty much look to get rid of the footy as soon as you get it oth­er­wise you’ll be pinged for hold­ing the ball.”

The 24-year-old, who made his name for the Crocs at full for­ward af­ter boot­ing more than 100 goals last sea­son, was de­ployed on the for­ward flank for the Suns.

He said it was po­ten­tially the high­est level of foot­ball he had played, de­spite a stint with SANFL out­fit Glenelg Tigers be­fore his ar­rival in the Far North.

“I played a bit higher up the ground than I’m used to here in Port, prob­a­bly on the for­ward flank,” he said.

“The Suns had an AFL listed player at full for­ward so I didn’t get to go as deep for­ward as I would have liked, but I had a few kicks and helped out where I could.”

Fel­low Croc Jesse Maw­son hit the score­board with one ma­jor, be­com­ing one of seven Suns’ goal­kick­ers.

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