GOLD Coast was no match for a Brisbane side who flexed its muscle in a 69-point defeat at Metricon Stadium on Thursday night.

Four days after eking out a narrow win over St Kilda in Melbourne, the Lions were full of run in a 12.13 (85) to 2.4 (16) triumph.

The reigning champions jumped out of the blocks, kicking three unanswered goals in the opening 10 minutes on the way to a fifth straight win.

Livewire Courtney Hodder was back to her best, kicking two goals from 17 disposals and winning the QClash Medal for best afield.

She left the field with two minutes remaining after a head clash with Viv Saad.

Sophie Conway (17 disposals), Belle Dawes (17) and Emily Bates (23 and 14 tackles) were also instrumental in the win as the Lions had nine individual goalkickers.

Brisbane was dominant from the outset, matching Gold Coast around the stoppages and then getting to the outside quickly and beating them for pace.

Dawes, Taylor Smith (who kicked three goals against her former club) and Orla O'Dwyer kicked early goals to open up a 19-point lead at the first change.

Gold Coast's first goal came five minutes into the final quarter courtesy of Tori Groves-Little, while Sarah Perkins added another shortly after following a brilliant tackle.

After an even beginning around the stoppages, Brisbane got on top to dominate the clearance count 26-15. However, the big difference came with what happened next. With Sophie Conway and Orla O'Dwyer on the outside, the Lions burnt Gold Coast for overlap run and speed, able to get the ball inside 50 quickly to give their forwards plenty of chances. It led to nine individual goalkickers and a record team score.

"We were comprehensively outplayed. We know they're a really good footy team and we certainly respect that, but we've got a game in five days' time against the Dogs and we've got to get some respect back, which I think we'd earned in the first five rounds, but we lost a little bit tonight." – Gold Coast coach Cameron Joyce

"Your dream game, how you want to set it up, they were terrific. They like the challenge. Coming down here tonight and making sure we put on a good show against our arch-rival but the big clubs that around us on the ladder, that seems to bring out the best in them, so we are really looking forward to Monday night."  – Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich

Brisbane has its sternest test since the opening round when it plays Melbourne at Metricon Stadium on Monday night at 6.10pm AEST. Gold Coast also has a short break, five days, before hosting the Western Bulldogs on Tuesday night at 6.10pm AEST.

GOLD COAST   0.1          0.2          0.2          2.4 (16)
BRISBANE         3.2          6.8          8.13       12.13 (85) 

Gold Coast:
Groves-Little, Perkins
Brisbane: Smith 3, Hodder 2, Anderson, Dawes, Conway, Farquharson, O'Dwyer, C.Svarc, Wardlaw 

Gold Coast:
 Surman, Howarth, Stanton
Brisbane: Hodder, Conway, Dawes, O'Dwyer, Bates, Campbell 


8 - Courtney Hodder
5 - Emily Bates
3 - Sophie Conway
1 - Belle Dawes
1 - Orla O'Dwyer

Gold Coast:
Brisbane: Hodder (head)