AFL: Ah Chee shines with the Gold Coast Suns


Callum Ah Chee is tackled by West Coast’s Matt Priddis.
Callum Ah Chee is tackled by West Coast’s Matt Priddis.

The 18-year-old has taken to the field against West Coast and Brisbane during the pre-season challenge. The Suns lost narrowly to the Eagles and got the win over an under-strength Lions.

Ah Chee was one of the stand-out players playing for Gold Coast Suns Red in an intra club match.

The South Fremantle product booted two goals for his side but also showed real X-factor, including some big marks in contests.

Suns coach Rodney Eade was impressed with his performance during the intra-club game.

“He played all right didn’t he? He was good. He’s a terrific kid. He’s still got a fair bit to learn and some areas to work on but certainly his talent, I don’t think that’s questioned, but the pleasing thing was his work rate and his courage in the contest,” he said.

Ah Chee was drafted to the Suns with the number eight pick during the 2015 AFL draft. He said he was loving being in Queensland.

“It’s a rugby state and footy doesn’t get noticed as much up here. All the boys are training hard and everyone is getting excited now. I am looking at training hard and improving,” he said

He said having many WA players around had helped. “At the Suns there are a lot of WA boys and a lot of indigenous boys so I guess you have to take a leaf out of all their books.”