Cats thump Suns by 20 goals

The new AFL king of Geelong has overshadowed the man who filled the role for many years, with the Cats doing a 120-point demolition job on a hapless Gold Coast.

Former Crow Patrick Dangerfield continued his dream start to life as a Cat on Saturday night, amassing 30 possessions – 17 of them contested – and kicking two goals as Geelong won 25.18 (168) to 7.6 (48).

Dangerfield’s more spectacular moments at Simonds Stadium were met with the type of adoration once reserved for Gary Ablett.

Now into his sixth year as Suns skipper, the two-time Brownlow medallist was among the few Suns to put in a four-quarter effort.

But all of the most dominant players on the ground were wearing blue and white hoops.

Skipper Joel Selwood had 32 touches, Josh Caddy, Jimmy Bartel and Dangerfield also all topped the 30-possession mark and Shane Kersten booted four majors as one of six multiple goalscorers for the free-flowing, free-scoring Cats.

Gold Coast spearhead Tom Lynch looked set to continue his fine start to the season with two early goals opposed to veteran defender Tom Lonergan.

But it was not long before the Cats wrested control of the contest.

They led by 14 points at quarter-time and extended the margin to 41 at the long break.

The Suns lost defender Trent McKenzie to a game-ending left ankle injury early in the second term.

Jarrod Harbrow kicked the opening goal of the third term for Gold Coast to briefly trim the margin to 35, only for the Cats to slot the next 10 majors.

Gold Coast were held to a miserable 2.3 in the second half.

The Cats improved their win-loss record to 5-1 and will again start as favourites back at Simonds Stadium against West Coast next Saturday night.

Having dropped their past three games, the Suns will need to regroup ahead of a clash against Melbourne at Metricon Stadium.

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