Round 10 Friday 11 March

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    Depleted Giants storm home to finish season on a high

    A DEPLETED Greater Western Sydney has produced a stunning second half to beat Geelong by 18 points in one of the most memorable wins in the club's short history.

    Missing midfield guns, Rebecca Beeson (concussion), Alyce Parker (concussion) and Chloe Dalton (suspended), the Giants overran the Cats to seal the 8.5 (53) to 5.5 (35) victory at GMHBA Stadium on Friday night.

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    Giants skipper Alicia Eva led a young onball brigade that provided enough opportunities for forward Cora Staunton to boot four goals, ably assisted by young Jess Doyle with two timely contributions late in the third term after an even first half.

    And Erin McKinnon set a new AFLW record with a whopping 47 hitouts – eight more than the previous best.

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    It was the Giants' highest score of the season and the ability to make the most of the inside 50 entries proved a decisive difference.

    Fittingly, it was Staunton who put the finishing touches to the win with two goals in the last quarter, the last one inside the final minute that propelled her to equal leader on the AFLW goalkicking list.

    With both teams out of finals contention, coaches Dan Lowther (Geelong) and Alan McConnell (GWS) made several radical positional changes from early in the game to experiment with players for next season.

    Geelong had every opportunity to finish a dismal season on a high on home turf as Amy McDonald and Georgie Prespakis controlled the midfield contests for most of the night.

    Webster weaves some magic to sneak this through

    00:36 Mar 11. 2022. 6:20 PM

    Rebecca Webster's dribble kick bounces at all sorts of angles to eventually trickle through for a crazy opening goal

    But the home team couldn't find a way to goal in the second half and failed to score in the last quarter when trailing by only five points at three-quarter time.

    Geelong would have been disappointed to take only a one-point lead into the main break after dominating all the crucial areas, such as centre clearances and contested possessions. But they just couldn't shake off the persistent Giants.

    Three times, Geelong looked poised to break open the game, setting up 13-point buffers, and each time GWS hit back hard to stay right in the fight.

    McWilliams makes any goal look flashy

    00:39 Mar 11. 2022. 6:30 PM

    Phoebe McWilliams juggles the hot footy before snaring an eye-catching goal once again

    The Cats paid a high price for undisciplined play late in the second quarter.

    A 50m penalty allowed the dangerous Staunton to boot a long goal after she ran past the opposition player on the mark.

    And another free kick allowed teammate Georgia Garnett to add another goal after the half-time siren.

    Doyle driving Giants on top with two gems

    00:47 Mar 11. 2022. 7:33 PM

    Jessica Doyle earns two goals in quick succession to give her side the lead

    GEELONG          3.1     4.3    5.3     5.5 (35)
    GWS GIANTS     2.0     4.2    6.4     8.5 (53)

    GOALS
    Geelong:
     Scheer 2, Webster, Darby, McWilliams,
    GWS Giants: Staunton 4, Doyle 2, Loynes, Garnett,

    BEST 
    Geelong:
     A.McDonald, Prespakis, Scheer, Morrison, Webster
    GWS Giants: Staunton, Eva, Barr, Doyle, McKinnon

    INJURIES 
    Geelong:
     McWilliams (back)
    GWS Giants: 

    LATE CHANGES 
    Geelong:
     Nil
    GWS Giants: Rebecca Beeson (concussion) replaced in selected side by Jasmine Grierson 

    Reports: Nil

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