Suns outshine weakened Geelong

05 March 2018 00:41:59 EST

New head coach Stewart Dew saw Gold Coast get off to a positive start in their pre-season campaign as they beat Geelong by 56 points in Townsville.

The Suns dominated their JLT Community Series clash at a windy Riverway Stadium, winning 12.13 (85) to 3.11 (29).

Geelong, who were without midfield aces Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett and skipper Joel Selwood, trailed by 21 points at the first break and were never able to challenge.

Dew, coaching his first senior game after replacing Rodney Eade, will also hope he has more to come, as the Suns were missing co-captain Steven May and prime midfielder David Swallow.

After fellow captain Tom Lynch kicked a goal from a difficult angle in the opening minute of the match the Suns were away.

Alex Sexton kicked 2.3 but could have had many more with greater accuracy, while Jarryd Lyons (22) topped the possession tally.

Sean Lemmens' early crunching tackle led to a goal for Port Adelaide recruit Aaron Young. Lemmens was a scourge for the Cats defence along with Darcy MacPherson and Nick Holman, who had nine tackles.

Former Carlton man Holman finished with 15 touches, kicked a goal and gave another off to Sean Lemmens.

The Cats worked hard and had encouraging outings from draftees Tim Kelly and Charlie Constable, but they lacked polish.

Though they matched Gold Coast, who finished 17th last season, in most statistical categories they were clearly not the same side without their midfield stars.

Tim Kelly, who had 13 disposals, caught the eye as he looks to make a debut in round one.

The Suns are 5/6 to win their first game of the season against North Melbourne, who are 51/50.

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