House of the Rising Suns


Matt Webber decided it was a good idea to write about the Gold Coast Suns first year in the AFL.

Here is an extract from his book, which includes a foreword by John Harms who has watched a bit of footy on the Gold Coast.


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  1. I would have paid the price of the book for the February except of the Prologue alone. Looks like I have my book to read over Easter. Harmsy, where can I get a copy?

  2. Ben Footner says:

    Neil Hein goes to my church (a good Lutheran!). His 2 sons are also ridiculously tall. This causes much amusement when they all stand in front of my 4 foot 11 missus.

  3. Ben Footner says:

    Hmmm, might have to get a copy of this!

  4. Hey guys.

    Great (and not just a little flattering) to see some interest among the Almanackery. It’s available in all the usual bookstores and as an ebook.

    This link is a good place to start:

    I have a small ‘for personal use’ supply left (due to be replenished shortly). Email me at scribefreelance@bigpond and I can probably sort something if you prefer attacking the corridor and going direct. ;)



  5. Congrats Matt

    Fron what I read of the prologue, you’ll go far. Will be looking for a copy myslef

  6. Richard Naco says:

    Congratulations on a damn fine taster, Matt (email coming after I do this bit). I’m certainly hooked.

    It does seem as though the only footy operation with greater long term prospects of survival than a lemming at a beach part after what has come to light this weeky are, indeed, the Suns.

    I am also impressed with the way the AFL has responded to the announcement of a Western Sydney A-League franchise this week. While the other code with a significant media profile in the area huffed & puffed & predicted their immediate demise, the AFL welcomed their move, commenting (again) that it was a good thing for that vast population to have more access to top level sports.

    The sub-text of which I may have mistakenly read as meaning: “we fear nobody”.

  7. Richard Naco says:

    Just finished the book, and can highly recommend it.

    I am now looking to both Matt’s second foray into print and somebody doing something comparable for GWS.

  8. Matt Webber says:

    Thanks for the kind words Richard. Glad you enjoyed.

  9. Pamela Sherpa says:

    I really enjoyed reading this extract Matt.

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