A spirited Gold Coast SUNS performance has fallen just short in Saturday’s AFLW Round 9 clash at Metricon Stadium, going down to Geelong by 10 points.

The SUNS remained within touch throughout the contest but were forced to pay for a slow start which saw Geelong jump out to an early 19-point lead at quarter time and finishing 6.5 (41) to 3.6 (24).

Kalinda Howarth was among the SUNS best, racking up 13 touches and kicking the home side’s first two goals before a late goal in the third term from co-captain Sam Virgo kept the SUNS within reach at the final break.

The SUNS clawed their way to be back within 10 points early In the final quarter, but couldn’t make repeat Inside 50 entries count with the Cats sealing the game with a goal on the full-time siren.

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RD9: Sally Riley post-match

SUNS Media spoke to Sally Riley as she announces her retirement after the Round 9 AFLW match, presented by Harbour Town Premium Outlets.

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Alison Drennan was strong in midfield yet again, benefiting from a dominant performance in the ruck from Lauren Bella, finishing with a game-high 23 disposals.

GOLD COAST     0.1     1.3     3.3     3.6     (24)
GEELONG           3.2     3.3     5.3     6.5     (41)

Gold Coast: Howarth, Ahrens, Drennan, Levi, Bella
Geelong: A.McDonald, Cranston, Gardiner, Webster, Crockett-Grills

Gold Coast: Howarth 2, Virgo
Geelong: Cranston 2, Barber, Caris, McWilliams, Webster 

Gold Coast: Nil
Geelong: Nil