Chapple’s run with the Suns a treat
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.