Giants brush aside Eagles
The Greater Western Sydney Giants have piled on the pain for the bottom of the ladder West Coast Eagles, winning by 52 points at Giants Stadium on Sunday.
The Giants slammed on 14 first half goals in an absolute domination from start to finish, their 21.12 (138) to 13.8 (86) win their third of the season and first under caretaker coach Mark McVeigh.
The home side kicked four goals in the first 9 minutes of the match, West Coast only able to have five disposals of the ball in that time span to be caught on the hop.
The Eagles kicked three quick majors to spark to life, Jamie Cripps with two goals in a handful of minutes in what became a free flowing contest.
The Giants would kick seven goals in the first term, backing it up in the second with seven more as the hapless Eagles trailed by 53 points at half time.
Josh Kelly and Stephen Coniglio were finding plenty of the ball for GWS, West Coast's inability to defend standing out the longer the match went on.
Isiah Winder kicked three second half goals for the Eagles to give them something to cheer about, Jake Waterman and Cripps with two while Greg Clark kicked his first AFL goal, able to limit the damage in winning the second half by a point.
Captain Luke Shuey failed to finish the match, Adam Simpson confirming post match he had avoided a recurrence of his hamstring injury but instead had hurt his back.
“It’s his back. Nothing with his hamstring.”
Simpson lamented a poor start.
“The start wasn’t great, beaten up around the ball, around the contest. They were really efficient in their front half.”
The Eagles return home to face Western Bulldogs next Sunday, GWS to head to the Gabba to face Brisbane in round 11.
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