Homebush, Sydney Australia The Greater Western Sydney Giants winning form continues when they defeated the Adelaide Crows by 24 points. The win is the team’s third in a row and is another record smashed for season 2015. The Giants got off to a flying start booting five goals in the first 14 minutes, with Shane Mumford dominating the ruck against a quality opponent in Sam Jacobs. Adelaide steadied and were able to respond by kicking three goals for the quarter. Dylan Shiel, Ryan Griffen and Stephen Cogniglio were outstanding early for the Giants providing plenty of drive off the superb tap work of Mumford. The defense of the GWS Giants also effectively nullified the Crows potentially potent forward line, with solid work by Joel Patfull, Heath Shaw and Nick Haynes. The only bright lights for the Adelaide were Rory Laird and Patrick Dangerfield who worked hard in the midfield to supply the ball to their key forwards in Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts. As they game wore on, Adelaide fought hard for the ball and we inching closer to the Giants lead, getting as close a 5 points. But as is the case when good sides have challenged the Giants, they were able to respond and they maintained their lead.
Misfortune would disrupt the Adelaide team when they suffered two key injuries. Firstly Sam Kerridge suffered a nasty leg injury and then Crows main disposal getter in Rory Laird suffered concussion from “friendly fire” by accidentally clashing with another teammate mid-way through the 3rd Quarter. As good sides do, the GWS Giants exploited the opportunity and poured on 8 goals to virtually seal the match.
To the Crows credit it could have been a total shellacking, but they were able to post 3 goals and finish on a respectable note. Despite not scoring a goal in the final term the Greater Western Sydney Giants won the game in fine style and their winning ways continued.
Leon Cameron wasn’t too perturbed about the final quarter goalless effort citing the overall effort as the standout. He was full of praise for all his players, considering the quality of the Adleaide opposition.
For the Crows, Phil Walsh was loathe to blame the loss on the two injuries that left his side down to two interchange players. He thought the team needed to kick straighter when they had their chances and in his opinion it was one of the main reasons why his team lost.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants play the Western Bulldogs next week in Melbourne, whilst the Crows head home to face the AFL competition leaders in Fremantle at the Adelaide Oval.
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 6.4 8.7 16.10 16.12 (108) ADELAIDE 3.3 5.5 9.6 12.12 (84)
GOALS Greater Western Sydney: McCarthy 4, Greene 3, Cameron 2, Ward, Stewart, Smith, Shiel, Kelly, Buntine, Bugg Adelaide: Walker 4, Betts 3, Jenkins 2, Lynch, Dangerfield, Jacobs
BEST Greater Western Sydney: Shiel, Scully, McCarthy Adelaide: Dangerfield, Laird, Betts
Reports: Jeremy Cameron reported for forceful front-on contract on Kyle Cheney during the first quarter
Umpires: Donlon, Ryan, Nicholls
Official crowd: 9,481 at Spotless Stadium