HARLEY RIDING HIGH: Harley Bennell celebrates the Suns’ sixth straight win, this time over the Bulldogs yesterday.
HARLEY RIDING HIGH: Harley Bennell celebrates the Suns’ sixth straight win, this time over the Bulldogs yesterday. GETTY IMAGES

Suns rise to third on table after blistering quarter

AFTER round eight 2012, Port Adelaide and Gold Coast sat 15th and 17th, respectively, on the AFL ladder, with two wins between them.

Fast forward a little over two years, and the Power is atop the table with an 8-1 win-loss record, while the Suns are just two rungs below them in third at 7-2.

The great Geelong separates them.

Following Port's thrilling win over the reigning premier, Hawthorn, in front of a packed Adelaide Oval on Saturday night, the Suns thrashed the Western Bulldogs by 45 points at Metricon Stadium.

The 18.11 (119) to 10.14 (74) win was Gold Coast's sixth in a row and pushed them up another two rungs on the ladder.

In another impressive showing, the Suns set up the win with a devastating third term

The Bulldogs had pushed the home side up until half-time when they trailed by six points. But the Suns put the foot down to produce an 8.6 quarter and take a commanding 53-point lead into the final change.

And they did it with skipper Gary Ablett held to just 24 disposals and no goals during a fiery duel with tagger Liam Picken.

Instead, Dion Prestia (35 possessions) dominated through the middle, while Tom Lynch (four goals), Charlie Dixon (four) and Brandon Matera (three) starred up forward.


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