Plenty of their talent hails from Western Australia but Gold Coast’s trips to Perth have had few of the comforts of home.
The Suns have played at Domain Stadium seven times, and lost seven times, making for long trips home for former WA residents such as Jaeger O’Meara, Jack Martin, David Swallow and Brandon Matera.
On five of those trips the Suns have conceded over 100 points to either Fremantle or West Coast including two 100-points-plus beltings by the Eagles.
The Dockers, who the Suns face at Subiaco on Saturday, also restricted Gold Coast to a mere 39 points in 2014 on their way to an 87-point win.
That was the fourth-lowest score by the Suns in their AFL history.
Defender Steven May admits the memory of a couple of the defeats still stings.
But after seeing the Dockers overwhelmed by a spirited Western Bulldogs outfit last weekend, May scents a chance for the Suns to pick up what he feels could be a massive win in the club’s history.
“In the early years, we got a couple of floggings over there so that’s the worst memory of the long flight over,” May said.
“We just want to get our first win over there and against Freo, one of the benchmark teams, if we’re able to go away and get an away win early in the season, it’s really going to set our season up.”
The Suns are hopeful midfielder Kade Kolodjashnij will make the plane after missing last weekend’s victory over Essendon.
Kolodjashnij was ruled out after falling ill and having to be taken to hospital the night before the clash with the Bombers.
But the 20-year-old has been cleared to resume training and will be available if he can get through Thursday’s training session at Carrara.
THE WILD WEST – Gold Coast’s woeful record in Perth
* Played seven, lost seven
* Average points per game: 66
* Average points conceded per game: 117
* 100+ points scored in a match: 2
* 100+ points conceded in a match: 5
* Biggest losing margin: 166 points v West Coast, Rd 14, 2012
* Lowest score: 39 v Fremantle, Rd 2, 2014