The GWS Giants have claimed their second win over the Sydney Swans on Sunday evening, racking up an impressive 105 (15.15) – 63 (9.9) scoreline.
A sell-out crowd of 21, 541 fans at Spotless Stadium were treated to a fierce and closely fought encounter on Sunday evening before the Giants ran away with the result in the final quarter.
Sydney’s key forward Kurt Tippett suffered a hamstring injury late in the second quarter, ending his night early and putting the Swans into trouble as the Giants headed to the sheds with a 12-point lead. The Giants added four goals in the third quarter before the tiring Swans outfit managed to just keep themselves in touch with 20 consecutive points to go into three-quarter time still trailing by 20.
The Swans’ injury woes continued as goalscorer Gary Rohan’s hamstring problems forced him off in the final quarter. Greater Western Sydney midfielder Toby Greene stepped up in the final term to extend the lead with his fourth goal for the night, on top of his handy tally of 21 disposals. Lance Franklin’s second goal gave the Swans brief respite before the Giants’ Sam Reid, Lachie Whitfield, Jonathan Patton and Steven Johnson sealed a memorable result in the Giants’ 100th AFL match.
Former Collingwood defender Heath Shaw won the Brett Kirk Medal for best player on field, making 10 marks, 25 disposals, 18 uncontested possessions and 88 per cent effective disposal.
The Giants will look to continue their stellar season in a clash with Essendon next Sunday. The Swans should be desperate to return to winning ways at home to the Melbourne Demons. – Patrick Staveley
Photo of Toby Greene receiving the crowd’s acclaim from the Greater Western Sydney Giants’ Twitter feed.