AFL Players

Originating from humble beginnings, the talented players listed below have all included the Southport Sharks in their football career. Rising from the local games, on a journey which ultimately led them to the prestigious Australian Football League, these players have achieved great heights in professional football and Southport Sharks is tremendously proud to have played a role in their development.
Their achievement reflects and reaffirms the Sharks’ contribution to the game at local, state and national levels. 
Southport has built a grand record of laying a platform for a number of future AFL footballers, some of them Shark-reared, but a majority lured from Gold Coast clubs. In particular, the Surfers Paradise juniors have proven a haven for talent-seekers. As of the end of 2010, a total of 12 Demon juniors had progressed through the ranks of QAFL with the Sharks and on to careers in the AFL.
It all began when Darren Carlson, with three seasons of QAFL under his belt, was selected by the Brisbane Bears and made his debut in the premier national competition in 1988.Carlson was to be followed by a host of Gold Coast talent, most of them from Surfers Paradise, but many more from other GCAFL junior clubs.

In the late 1980s and up until 1997, Southport offered the only Gold Coast pathway other than youngsters opting to play with
Brisbane clubs. After Carlson went Marcus Ashcroft, Matty Kennedy and Steve McLuckie – who all played with the Brisbane Bears.

It is an impressive pathway to the top that
Southport offered local products.
The full list of Gold Coast juniors to progress through the ranks of Southport and on to AFL club lists is:
Darren Carlson Surfers Paradise/Southport/Brisbane
Marcus Ashcroft
Surfers Paradise/Southport/Brisbane
Matthew Kennedy Surfers Paradise/Southport/Brisbane
Steve McLuckie Surfers Paradise/Southport/Brisbane
Steve Handley Burleigh/Southport/Swan District/Geelong
Corey Bell
Marc Woolnough Surfers Paradise/Southport/Geelong
Steve Lawrence Southport Juniors/Brisbane/St Kilda
Brent Green Southport Juniors/Brisbane/Sydney
David Walls Surfers Paradise/Southport/Carlton (Did not play AFL)
Steven Lawrence Southport Juniors/Brisbane/St Kilda
Nick Riewoldt Broadbeach/Southport/St Kilda
Leigh Ryswyck Southport Juniors/Brisbane
Wayde Mills Coolangatta/Southport/Brisbane
Daniel Merrett Surfers Paradise/Southport/Brisbane
Brad Moran
Surfers Paradise/Southport/North Melbourne/Adelaide
Andrew Raines Palm Beach-Currumbin/Southport/Richmond/Brisbane
Sam Gilbert Coolangatta/Southport/St Kilda
Tate Day Coolangatta/Southport/Brisbane (Did not play AFL)
Brent Renouf Surfers Paradise/Southport/Hawthorn
Jesse White Surfers Paradise/Southport/Sydney
Kurt Tippett Southport Juniors/Adelaide
Haydn Kiel Southport Juniors/Hawthorn rookie
Joel Tippett Southport Juniors/Brisbane rookie
Dayne Beams Southport Juniors/Collingwood
James Mulligan Surfers Paradise/Southport/Western Bulldogs rookie
Broc McCauley

Surfers Paradise/Southport/Brisbane rookie

Lachlan Weller
Burnie (Tas)/Southport/Freemantle