The Gold Coast SUNS have defeated Port Melbourne by 69 points at Metricon Stadium this morning.
The win leapfrogs the SUNS into seventh on the ladder with three rounds to play as the lure of finals becomes larger.
An eight-goal first quarter put the SUNS in the driver’s seat early in the match with their lead rarely threatened.
Josh Corbett, who kicked five goals for the match, had three by the first break as the Gold Coast led by 41 points at quarter-time.
Sam Flanders was dominant early with 11 of his 30 disposals coming in the first term.
The scoring seemed to dry up in the second quarter, the SUNS kicked six behinds and only one goal as Port Melbourne began to apply more pressure around stoppages.
Alex Davies was prominent with 19 touches, seven tackles and five clearances by half-time as the SUNS took a 33-point lead into the main break.
Brayden Fiorini, who finished with 33 disposals, two goals and seven clearances was busy in the second term and finished as one of the best on ground.
Fiorini continued his strong form from last week as he looks toward a recall to the senior side.
Pressure around the contest continued in the third term as the SUNS further pushed their advantage on the scoreboard.
Alex Sexton and Chris Burgess opened their accounts as Sam Day kicked his third for match, with the SUNS leading by 44-points at the final change.
Ned Moyle has been one of the most consistent performers for the SUNS all season and proved that again today with a mammoth performance.
Moyle finished with 14 clearances from 16 touches and had an enormous 52 hitouts in what is becoming a regular occurrence for the young ruckman.
The Gold Coast put their foot down in the last quarter, kicking six goals to two.
Goals to Fiorini and Flanders along with two each for Sexton and Corbett, rounded out a sound victory for the SUNS.
The SUNS have a bye next week but will resume on the 13th of August at 12:35pm against the Southport Sharks at Metricon Stadium
Gold Coast SUNS 8.3 9.9 13.10 19.14 (128)
Port Melbourne Borough 1.4 4.6 6.8 8.11 (59)
Goals: Corbett 5, Day 3, Sexton 3, Burgess 2, Fiorini 2, Flanders 2, Conroy, Tsitas
Best: Fiorini, Moyle, Corbett, Flanders, Davies