The Suns have been the team to beat this season and crushed Perth 7-3 in both the first and second sets to claim a commanding lead.
But any designs of grabbing all of the championship points slipped away in the final set as the Suns perhaps took their foot off the pedal as Perth claimed the bonus point on offer with a 6-3 set win.
The win keeps Sydney at the top of the AUL ladder, but Perth’s last set heroics mean they remain in the hunt for a top two finish and a place in the grand final.
Sydney get off to a commanding start in opening set
It didn’t take long for the Suns to open the scoring, Dawson crossing in the first minute to put Sydney on the board.
Perth had their chances with a couple of tough goal opportunities finding grass, but Sydney was controlling field position as they have all season.
Sarah Perkins completed another downfield raid and Dawson grabbed her double to catapult the Suns to a 3-0 lead. Then when Pete Eley dropped a regulation pass, Ash Evans cashed in and Sydney were in a commanding 4-0 position.
A brace of goals to Masarei put Perth on the board and in some contention, but the Power could find no answers for Dawson as she nabbed her third goal and pushed Sydney out to a 6-2 lead with just five minutes left in the set.
Gan triple cannot halt Sydney’s surge
Sydney opened the second set the way they started, Ladomatos grabbing an early goal to push out to a 1-0 lead.
But a few wayward hammer throws and a Kya Wiya drop halted their run – momentarily.
Another Tom Rogacki hammer found Andrews, though, the veteran putting the young star over for a 2-0 lead.
The signs began to look ominous as Dani Alexander crossed to put Sydney three goals clear, but some controlled work from Perth put Alex Gan over for a much-needed goal to keep Perth in striking distance.
Gan would grab a hat-trick in the set, but it was mostly one-way traffic as Alexander, Perkins, Dawson and Evans romped in goals as the Suns claimed the match with a 7-3 set win.
Perth take something out of the match in final set
Perth opened the scoring in the final set in bizarre fashion, a Rogacki block only knocking the disc into the waiting hands of Ash McInnes.
Both sides traded goals as Perth found more possession than they had all match with errors creeping into Sydney’s game.
Timocles Copland celebrated in unique fashion as he crossed late to open up a 5-3 advantage for Perth in the final set.
Eunice Cheung and Masarei both turned the screws on the defensive end and Masarei helped himself to the icing on the cake with a goal in the final minute to secure the final set.