Slick Suns hand weakened Cats a lesson

Gold Coast have handed an under-strength Geelong side a 56-point hiding in a hot and humid Townsville.

The Suns kicked six goals to none in the third quarter to record the 12.13 (85) to 3.11 (29) win in front of 3,206 fans at Riverway Stadium on Sunday.

Gold Coast led by 21 points at the first change and 22 points at halftime before putting the game out of reach with the third-quarter onslaught.

The Suns had eight different goal kickers, with Aaron Hall, Sean Lemmens, Brayden Fiorini and Alex Sexton all booting two apiece.

Former Crow Jarryd Lyons led the way in the midfield with 22 possessions.

Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett, Joel Selwood and Harry Taylor were among the Cats stars rested, but too many fringe players failed to grasp their opportunities.

Recent draftees Charlie Constable and Tim Kelly didn't fall into that category, the pair showing eye-catching glimpses of their talent.

Irishman Zach Tuohy was influential with 24 touches, with Sam Menegola (21 disposals) and Cam Guthrie (20) also important.

In one of the few lowlights of an encouraging display, Suns midfielder Lemmens left the game with a hamstring injury early in the final term.