Geelong has kept its finals hopes alive, storming home in the second half to defeat Gold Coast by 20 points in Mackay on Friday night.

After trailing by six points at half-time, the Cats kicked four unanswered goals following the main break to run out convincing 5.8 (38) to 2.6 (18) winners.

Geelong led by five points at quarter-time, despite conceding 13 inside 50s to seven, and things looked grim for the visitors when Gold Coast kicked the only two goals of the second quarter through Jacqui Yorston and Jamie Stanton.

Just when you thought the oppressive conditions would suit the SUNS as the match wore on, Geelong had other ideas.

Using their superior running power and a willingness to move the ball aggressively, the Cats got on top in the third term. 

Gold Coast looked tired and bereft of ideas, failing to score a point in the fourth quarter. 

The result leaves the SUNS an outside hope of finishing in the top three with their one win and one draw from five rounds.

Kalinda Howarth was sensational in the first half, before quietening to finish with 18 disposals, while Stanton (20) continued her All-Australian calibre season.

GOLD COAST   0.3     2.4      2.6      2.6 (18)
GEELONG        1.2     1.4      4.6      5.8 (38) 

Gold Coast: 
Yorston, Stanton
Geelong: McWilliams 2, Clarke, Cranston, Teague

Gold Coast: 
Howarth, Stanton, Prejelj, Yorston, Perry
Geelong: Morrison, Purcell, Cranston, M.McDonald, Crockett-Grills 

Gold Coast: 
Geelong: Nil 

Reports: Nil

Crowd: 2788 at Great Barrier Reef Arena (Mackay)