While the Gold Coast SUNS were unable to match a determined Western Bulldogs in Ballarat, a number of players put their hands up for Austworld Player of the Round honours.
A career-best performance from Joel Jeffery in Sir Doug Nicholls Round energised his teammates and ensured the SUNS remained in striking distance early in the match.
In just his sixth senior appearance, the 20-year-old kicked five goal and showed glimpses of his elite potential.
David Swallow was settled in his midfield role, collecting 25 touches, seven clearances, five marks and five tackles and his pressure and experience was felt across the ground.
The ever-reliable Jarrod Witts continued to dominate in and around the ruck contest despite being met by a competitive Bulldogs midfield.
Adding another 55 hitouts to his name, Witts now has amassed 120 hitouts more than any opponent in season 2022.
Ben Ainsworth built his way into the game, and was one of the SUNS most influential players in the second half.
His three three goals and five score involvements a result of his skill and workrate.
Another standout performer was Sean Lemmens who battled tirelessly in defence, with 22 touches, 11 intercepts and 713 metres gained (second only to the Bulldogs Bailey Smith).