A fairytale finish for Michael Rischitelli wasn't to be, with GWS simply too strong for Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.
The GIANTS wrapped up sixth place and a home elimination final with a 20.7 (127) to 7.13 (55) victory, but all eyes were on Jeremy Cameron in his 150th game.
After Ben Brown kicked two goals in North Melbourne's win over Melbourne earlier in the day, Cameron headed to Metricon Stadium needing six goals to share the medal.
After two goals in the first quarter and none in the second, Cameron set a dreary Gold Coast night alight in the third.
He kicked five goals – including three in three minutes – and hit the Coleman lead right on the stroke of three-quarter time with a safe set shot from close range.
His season tally of 67 goals is a career best and barring the miracle of either Tom Lynch kicking 14 goals or Charlie Cameron 15 at the MCG on Sunday, he will finish with the goalkicking award.
GWS will host either Essendon or the Western Bulldogs in the first weeks of finals.
The loss was Gold Coast's 18th straight to finish a three-win, wooden spoon season.
It also represented the 243rd and final time veteran Sun Rischitelli would play on an AFL field.
Following 111 games in seven seasons for Brisbane, the hard-as-nails midfielder headed 70km south on the Pacific Motorway at the end of 2010 to the start-up Suns to complete a career he can be proud of.
No more could be asked of Rischitelli, the heart and soul of the club for many of his nine years.
The Giants threatened to completely run away with the game in the first term, just as much from Gold Coast's wasteful play as their own good work.
When the Suns turned the ball over, they pounced, kicking five goals straight to lead by 26 points.
But just as its season appeared to be drifting to a predictable conclusion, Gold Coast showed some fight.
It dominated inside 50s by 22-13 in the second quarter, but alas, missed a plethora of chances around goal to shave the deficit by just four points to 22 leading into the half-time break.
Alex Sexton kicked two goals – but missed two others – while Darcy Macpherson also missed a brace he'd like to have again.