An inaccurate Gold Coast has slugged out an eight-point win over Melbourne in front of an Easter Sunday crowd of 17,243 at the MCG.
After trailing by one point at quarter-time, the GC SUNS set up their win with a dominant second term that propelled them a 20-point advantage at half-time.
However, their inability to make the most of their opportunities in front of goal kept the home side in the match.
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The momentum swung several times throughout the final term, with the Demons cutting a 19-point three-quarter time deficit to two goals on three occasions, but Gold Coast, led by skipper Gary Ablett, was able to steady to win 11.20 (86) to 11.12 (78).
The victory gives the SUNS a 3-2 start to the season, the best in their short history, while the Demons are languishing with just one win in the opening five rounds.
MELBOURNE 3.2 4.4 6.10 11.12 (78)
GOLD COAST 2.7 6.12 8.17 11.20 (86)
Melbourne: Frawley 2, Dawes 2, Pedersen, Kennedy-Harris, Terlich, Jones, Howe, Viney, Evans
Gold Coast: Matera 2, Lynch 2, Ablett 2, Swallow 2, Hall, Day, Broughton
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