Geelong has wrapped up the minor premiership, beating Gold Coast by 60 points at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.
The Cats were in no mood for a close contest, kicking seven goals in the first quarter and rarely letting up, running out 18.11 (119) to 9.5 (59) winners.
It was their 12th straight victory and locks in an unassailable lead atop the premiership ladder ahead of a round 23 date with West Coast at GMHBA Stadium.
Gold Coast has been a difficult team to play on their home ground this season, beating Carlton, Fremantle and Richmond, while running Melbourne and Collingwood close, but Geelong was a different class.
Its physicality was obvious from the outset, with rested skipper Joel Selwood and a returning Patrick Dangerfield (seven clearances apiece) damaging in the middle of the ground.
The Cats sweated on Gold Coast errors, and there was plenty of them early on.
The SUNS committed 21 turnovers from 73 first-quarter disposals, with Sam Menegola, Hawkins and Stengle all profiting from quick transition after winning the ball back.
After trailing by 51 points at half-time, the SUNS really battled when things looked like getting totally away from them.
Touk Miller (36 disposals) continued a magnificent season, while Ben Ainsworth (four assists from 19 touches) worked his heart out.
Izak Rankine left the field in the final quarter nursing what appeared to be a left shoulder injury.
Who did it better, Tyson or Izak?
Both teams have exciting small forwards and they both produced pieces of magic early on to bring the crowd to their feet. From a stoppage in Geelong's forward 50, Tom Hawkins tapped the ball perfectly into the path of Tyson Stengle, who gathered without breaking stride and somehow from deep in the right forward pocket threaded it through for a magnificent goal. Not long after, it was Izak Rankine – who was hard to miss with his dyed-white hair – who produced a show-stopper. Gathering a crumb close to goal, Rankine spun out of trouble and somehow got the ball to his right foot with the most clever of finishes.
More Brownlow votes for Miller
It's hard to not be drawn to Touk Miller. The SUNS' ccaptain is currently the joint leader, with Lachie Neale, of the AFL Coaches' Association MVP award and will surely add to that tally again tonight. He also has to be right in the running for the Brownlow Medal. With another 36 disposals and a work-rate that had him all over the ground, helping in defence and linking up when Gold Coast went forward, he will likely be in the votes again – even if behind Cameron.
GOLD COAST 2.2 4.2 7.2 9.5 (59)
GEELONG 7.3 12.5 15.9 18.11 (119)
Gold Coast: Rankine 2, Anderson, Davies, Day, Flanders, Hollands, Lukosius, Witts
Geelong: Cameron 3, Stengle 3, Blicavs 2, Holmes 2, Miers 2, Parfitt 2, C.Guthrie, Menegola, Hawkins, Tuohy
Gold Coast: Miller, Ainsworth, Ellis, Anderson, Lemmens, Witts
Geelong: Cameron, Blicavs, Holmes, C.Guthrie, Stengle, Stewart
Gold Coast: Day (knee), Rankine (shoulder)
Geelong: Stanley (leg)
Gold Coast: Jeremy Sharp (replaced Sam Day in the third quarter)
Geelong: Mark O'Connor (replaced Rhys Stanley in the third quarter)