Charlie Dixon of the Suns gets set to mark against the Kangaroos.
Charlie Dixon of the Suns gets set to mark against the Kangaroos. GETTY IMAGES

Gold Coast Suns on rise with win

DON'T worry about the Gold Coast Suns being the future of the AFL.

The future arrived ahead of schedule at Etihad Stadium yesterday when the Suns dismantled premiership hopeful North Melbourne by 43 points, 18.12 (120) to 11.11 (77).

It was the first win at the venue for the Suns who set up the result with a scintillating first quarter when they jumped out to a six-goal lead, the 7.4 they booted the highest opening-quarter score in the club's history.

They stunned the Roos with quick and precise ball movement, their long kicking inside 50 setting up easy marking opportunities for the likes of the returning Charlie Dixon, small forward Brendon Matera and Tom Lynch.

North rebounded in the second term to reduce the margin to three goals, and they were still in the contest when they trailed by the same amount at the final change.

But Suns skipper Gary Ablett, well held by Levi Greenwood in the first three quarters, stamped his class on the match with three last-quarter goals to put the issue beyond doubt.

Dixon finished with three goals, while midfielder Harley Bennell picked up 23 possessions and two goals in his first game of the season after recovering from a calf injury.

The win cemented Gold Coast's spot in the top eight ahead of the bye, and re-raised questions about the Kangaroos' consistency.



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