Giants too strong for Swans

March 3, 2019 8:40 am in by

OLD stagers Stephen Coniglio and Jeremy Cameron and young Tim Taranto have shone for GWS as they trumped local rivals Sydney by 22 points in an AFL pre-season game in western Sydney.

The Giants led by 36 points early in Saturday’s second quarter after kicking the first six goals and never trailed, going on to win 12.9 (81) to 8.11 (59).

Midfielder Coniglio goaled after just 22 seconds and finished with a game-high 34 touches and nine tackles in a typical all-action performance.

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Forward Cameron was busy all round the ground, notching 23 touches and 10 marks in a very lively effort.

Taranto was a bull in midfield, logging 33 touches, 10 marks and seven tackles.

The Swans showed some resolve after the Giants’ early onslaught, kicking six goals to one to slash the deficit to just three points in the third quarter.

But GWS kicked the last three of the third term to end the quarter with a 25-point buffer and then rode their advantage home.

“We couldn’t have been more happy with our first quarter and then we knew they were going to step up – they’re not a side that let you do that for four quarters,” Giants assistant coach Matthew Nicks said.

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“I thought the strength from there was the way we held on, we got challenged four or five times.”

Daniel Lloyd led the Giants’ goalkickers with three and young midfielder Jye Caldwell booted two and added 14 possessions, with Nicks saying the first-round draft pick was a chance of making his AFL debut in round one.

Isaac Heeney was outstanding for Sydney, racking up 24 possessions and was the only Swan to kick two goals.

Irish defender Colin O’Riordan and former North Melbourne midfielder Ryan Clarke were other solid contributors for Sydney.

Swans forward Sam Reid, who was playing his first senior game since round three last year, was instrumental in the Swans’ fightback after not registering his first stat until 17 minutes into the second quarter.

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“We really only played in spurts,” Swans coach John Longmire said.

“We cut down a few of the things they were doing well in the second half but then they got some easy goals.”

Neither team reported any injury issues from the game.

© AAP 2019

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 5.2 7.3 10.7 12.9 (81)

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SYDNEY 0.2 3.4 6.6 8.11 (59)

Goals: Greater Western Sydney: D Lloyd 3 J Caldwell 2 B Daniels C Ward H Perryman J Cameron J Hately P Davis S Coniglio. Sydney: I Heeney 2 C Sinclair G Hewett J Kennedy J McInerney L Parker N Blakey. Umpires: Robert Findlay, Andrew Stephens, Eleni Glouftsis.

Official Crowd: 2,636 at Blacktown Olympic Park.


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