Windy conditions at Heritage Bank Stadium did not hinder the Gold Coast SUNS’ dominant performance over the North Melbourne Kangaroos in the Smithy’s VFL Premiership, running out 20.16 (136) to 12.8 (80) victors.
The victory at home continued the SUNS’ undefeated run in the VFL, consolidating their position in the Top 4.
The SUNS comfortably controlled the first half, setting up a 57 point margin at the main break earning them a snug buffer for the remainder of the game.
Alex Sexton had a strong afternoon with the boot kicking five goals from 16 disposals and six marks.
The medium forward was pivotal in many key moments including unselfishly setting up teammate Thomas Berry for his first goal of the afternoon.
Berry recorded 23 disposals, four marks and three tackles.
Brodie McLaughlin extended his goal scoring run to 15 for the season, finishing the afternoon with four goals, 17 disposals and eight marks.
James Tsitas made a big impact on the scoreboard for the SUNS snagging three goals in the 56 point win.
North Melbourne hit back in the third quarter with six goals to four, but the SUNS midfield prevented the Kangaroos capitalising on their opportunities.
Jy Farrar’s mark on the left wing in the 17th minute of the third quarter created pressure for the visitor’s midfield.
With Ned Moyle being named as an emergency inclusion in the senior squad, Chris Burgess stepped up in ruck duties.
The ruckman finished his afternoon with 25 disposals, 12 disposals, four marks and seven tackles.
The 194cm key forward lead the scoring involvements with midfielder Charlie Constable who was all over the park nabbing 29 disposals, eight marks and three tackles.
Rory Atkins lead the disposals stats with 32 for the afternoon and a goal under his name.
Hewago Oea and Lloyd Johnston proved their ability to negotiate heavy midfield traffic with the SUNS also efficient with their ball movement going forward, with almost 70% of inside 50s leading to scores.
Jed Anderson returned to VFL action and was influential in the first half.