Gold Coast has recorded its largest win in VFL history with a 122-point demolition of the Northern Bullants in Preston on Sunday afternoon.
The SUNS proved too strong for the Bullants from the opening bounce, quickly jumping out to a decisive lead with an eight-goal-to-none opening term and not taking the foot of the pedal to record a 22.14 (146) to 3.6 (24) victory.
The margin had ballooned to 72 points at the main break with some remarkable finishes in front of goal before tipping over the 100-point mark early in the fourth quarter.
Chris Burgess had four goals before half-time before kicking his fifth early in this last quarter as one of seven multiple goal kickers for the SUNS.
Both Hewago Oea and Brodie McLaughlin kicked three goals apiece while Sam Flanders, Brandon Ellis and Elijah Hollandsall pitched strong cases for returns to AFL football with some incredible ball-winning performances.
Ellis and Hollands combined for 69 disposals with Ellis adding two majors to his haul, while Flanders also kicked the two goals from a season-high 42 touches and game-high 13 clearances.
It wasn’t until the third minute of the second term that the SUNS conceded its first goal of the contest and it wasn’t until another four minutes after that the SUNS first behind appeared on the scoreboard having kicked 10 goals straight to open the game.
Caleb Graham and Sean Lemmens (10 and eight marks respectively) patrolled a SUNS defence which conceded just the nine scoring shots from 33 Inside 50s. At the other end, the SUNS had 36 scoring shots and looked likely every time they went forward.
Connor Budarick made his long-awaited return to action, finishing with 11 touches in his first competitive match since July last year.
The result sees the SUNS hold its position at the summit of the VFL ladder with 10 wins from 11 matches ahead of a mouth-watering against fellow top-four contender Box Hill at Heritage Bank Stadium next Sunday.