Suns sliding down ladder
GOLD Coast are under threat of becoming the worst performing Queensland side since 2013 following a 37-point loss to North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
A day after Brisbane recorded a second straight win to go ahead of the Suns on percentage, Gold Coast slipped to their 10th straight loss as North Melbourne ran out 14.11 (95) 8.10 (58) winners in front of 14,389 spectators in Melbourne.
North Melbourne remain in the hunt for finals, holding ninth on the ladder with nine wins and on equal points with sixth-placed Melbourne.
Gold Coast are now behind Brisbane on percentage, and could be in danger of finishing behind their Queensland rivals for the first time since 2013, when the Lions and Suns secured 12th and 14th respectively.
Gold Coast barely got a glimpse at goal as North Melbourne peppered theirs.
Coleman Medal leader Ben Brown had three goals early and the Suns couldn't contain the ball at ground level when Rory Thompson, celebrating his 100th game, provided a contest in the air.
In promising signs for Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew, his midfield were able to match their North Melbourne counterparts for most of the game while Alex Sexton kept Shaun Higgins quiet.