Gold Coast has halted Fremantle’s six-game AFL winning streak, claiming an impressive 36-point win over the Dockers at Metricon Stadium.
In wet conditions, the Suns limited the high-flying Dockers to just four goals, while bolstering last weekend’s win over Sydney at the SCG with a 10.9 (68) to 4.9 (33) win on Sunday.
The win lifts the Suns to a 4-5 record and to the brink of the top eight, while Fremantle’s loss is just their second of the season.
Mabior Chol scored four goals for the Suns, while fellow recruit Levi Casboult had two.
The Suns’ victory was due to their ground-level dominance, with Izak Rankine failing to score a goal but having a hand in 11 goals.
Young Guns Noah Anderson (26 disposals) and Matt Rowell (eight tackles) were among the best of the Suns, while another ex-Richmond player Brandon Ellis (21 disposals, seven points, four eliminations) had one of his best games in a Suns jumper.
Co-captains Jarrod Witts (29 hits, eight tackles) and Touk Miller (34 disposals, eight tackles, 10 clearances) were also fantastic for the hosts, including a rare goal for Witts in the first quarter, while ex-Docker Sam Collins mountain for defense.
Fremantle, playing without Michael Walters (health and safety protocols), Sam Switkowksi (concussion), and Nathan O’Driscoll (foot), had 19 inside-50s and kicked two goals in the first quarter to maintain a two-point lead at the first Change.
Despite continuing to dominate the inside-50 count, Fremantle only scored a Sean Darcy goal in the 21st minute of the fourth quarter.
The only real highlight for Justin Longmuir’s team was a first-term AFL goal for Neil Erasmus, and the Dockers had plenty to think about on their journey back to Perth.
Fremantle will host Collingwood at Optus Stadium next week, while the Suns head to Ballarat to face the Western Bulldogs.