Campbell Brown played in two 100-point losses and 17 more defeats of at least 50 points for the Gold Coast Suns during his three-year stint at the beginning of the club’s history.
But even he says Melbourne’s 69-point mauling of the Suns was the worst the league’s youngest club has experienced.
Shunted from Carrara Stadium because of the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast had played home games in Cairns and Perth to start the season before hosting the Demons at the Gabba in Brisbane on Saturday.
The announced crowd figure of 6060 quickly became the worst in Gabba history – ‘beating’ even the Brisbane Bears in their shocking 1991 season – and some in attendance thought a head count might result in a lower number.
That was all just the start.
Melbourne peppered the Suns and recorded 83 inside 50s, equalling the AFL record set by North Melbourne in 2012, and the margin could have been so much worse had the Demons been more accurate.
They were 8.11 at half-time and reached 21.20 by the final siren.
On top of the result, Sam Day was suspended for a low blow on Neville Jetta and captain Steven May had to front the tribunal last night after being cited for touching an umpire.
Before all of that went down, Gold Coast’s youthful reserves team were held to no goals and four behinds for the match in a 92-point defeat to the Brisbane Lions reserves.
It added up, according to Brown.
“Saturday was probably the worst on-field day that the club has had in their eight-year period,” he said on Talking Footy.
“And they’ve had some bad days, bad losses.”
To make matters worse, the Suns are on their way to China this week to once again play Port Adelaide in Shanghai.
Last year the locals and expats watched Gold Coast kick just 4.14 in a 72-point defeat to the Power.
With Port Adelaide at least as good a team as they were last year and the Suns clearly struggling, things could get ugly.
“We can’t find excuses, but there’s no doubt we fell in a hole tonight,” coach Stuart Dew said after the loss to Melbourne.
“I think we’ve made some steps in the way we’ve played but that didn’t even serve us well tonight.
“We’d love to fight it out, and we really pushed our guys to try and do that, but it was too much in the end.”