CHARLIE Dixon came of age and stole the show as Gold Coast eclipsed Greater Western Sydney by 44 points at StarTrak Oval on Saturday.
Dixon, spending time both in the ruck and up forward, booted 6.2 as the Suns won a shootout between the AFL's expansion sides, 21.22 (148) to 16.8 (104).
The 22-year-old's haul was the greatest individual effort by a Gold Coast player, bettering Nathan Krakouer's 5.1 in the inaugural QClash with the Brisbane Lions.
Dixon's haul was one of four records to fall for the Suns, who recorded their second win of the year.
The visitors booted their highest score and posted their greatest winning margin, while the 7.8 (second quarter) and 8.4 (fourth quarter) represented their two best terms ever.
As usual, Gary Ablett was no slouch and finished with 32 possessions and three goals, despite tallying just two disposals in the third quarter when he spent most of the time in the forward line.
Jaeger O'Meara (14 contested possessions and a game-high 11 clearances) was also outstanding for Gold Coast, while Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith and Callan Ward worked tirelessly in the middle for the Giants.
Charlie Dixon grabs the ball in front of Jonathan Giles and Gary Ablett. Picture: AFL Media
The match was locked up at 21 points apiece at quarter-time, but Gold Coast took control after the first break.
GWS trailed by only seven points early in the third quarter, but couldn't continue its resurgence in the decisive final quarter.
GWS embarrassed the Suns in the corresponding fixture last year, the first AFL clash between the expansion sides resulting in the Giants' maiden AFL win after a terrible final-quarter fadeout from Gold Coast.
This time around, fast-finishing Gold Coast looked too strong up forward and too smart with the ball in hand and it was only inaccurate kicking that prevented a genuine thumping.
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 3.3 7.4 12.6 16.8 (104)
GOLD COAST 3.3 10.11 13.18 21.22 (148)
Greater Western Sydney: Cameron 3, O'hAilpin 3, Smith 3, Palmer 2, Coniglio, Shiel, Scully, Tomlinson, Bugg
Gold Coast: Dixon 6, Smith 3, O'Meara 3, Ablett 3, Lynch 2, Prestia, May, Stanley, Brennan
Greater Western Sydney: Ward, Smith, Palmer, Shiel, Cameron, O'hAilpin
Gold Coast: Dixon, O'Meara, Ablett, Shaw, Lynch, Harbrow, Smith
Greater Western Sydney: Nil
Gold Coast: Nil
Greater Western Sydney: Tom Bugg replaced Adam Tomlinson (tactical) at three-quarter time
Gold Coast: Jack Hutchins replaced Aaron Hall (tactical) during the third quarter
Umpires: Schmitt, Armstrong, Mitchell
Official crowd: 6832 at StarTrack Oval
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