|Brownlow Medal||3 Callan Ward (GWS)||2 Lachie Whitfield (GWS)||1 Tom Scully (GWS)|
In a weekend that featured several upsets, the Giants produced one of them, finishing all over the Brisbane Lions to record their largest ever score and biggest ever win at the 'Gabba on Saturday night. And in a double blow for Brisbane, the Lions not only lost to GWS for the first time, they may have also lost champion Jonathan Brown for the last time. Brown received an accidental knock to the face that saw it swell up immediately and him concussed and immediately subbed out of the game. In a television interview the next day, Brown said he was not sure if he's played his last game of AFL football.
On the back of recent improved performances in narrow losses to Hawthorn and Essendon, the Giants started this match well with early goals to Jonathan Patton, Lachie Whitfield and Dylan Shiel putting them 17 points clear at the 10-minute mark. Brisbane recovered, though, and at quarter time GWS were just one point to the good. An even and free-flowing second term saw Brisbane hold a narrow advantage at various stages but the Giants answered each of the Lions' goals and the margin at the long break was the same as it had been at quarter time.
GWS had the better of the early stages of the second half, goals to Adam Tomlinson and Adam Treloar putting the Giants 14 points clear. They then kicked four of the next seven goals to lead by 21 at the final change of ends.
The Lions needed to kick the first of the last term to give themselves any chance but it was Jeremy Cameron of GWS who did so, putting the Giants ahead by 27 points. They added three further majors for the quarter, via Patton, Tomlinson and Rhys Palmer to win convincingly by 45 points, eclipsing the 37-point win over Melbourne late last year as their biggest winning margin.
The win also lifted the Giants from the bottom of the ladder. One of four teams on three wins and eight losses, they have a better percentage than Brisbane (17th) and St Kilda (18th). The Giants will look to make it four wins for the year when they host Carlton at the Sydney Showground next Sunday, while Brisbane face a huge task against Fremantle next Saturday night at Subiaco.
Brisbane: Zorko, Taylor 3; Brown, Close 2; Gardiner, Green
GWS: Cameron 4; Patton 3; Treloar, Tomlinson, Shiel 2; Palmer, Scully, Hoskin-Elliott, Hunt, Wilson, Whitfield
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Brisbane: Hanley, Taylor, Redden, Paparone, Zorko
GWS: Ward, Scully, Whitfield, Treloar, Shiel, Palmer, Cameron
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Brisbane: Taylor, Hanley, Zorko, Redden, Paparone
GWS: Whitfield, Shiel, Mumford, Treloar, Ward, Scully
Justin Leppitsch (Bris): There weren't many good players. Our scores from stoppages were really poor. They kicked five goals from forward-50 stoppages. That's a pretty general sign that you're general accountability and your ability to be switched on is not there.
Leon Cameron (GWS): To win on the road is a significant moment for our footy club. We've been obviously trying for two years and to win on the road in that style was really, really good. I think it was on the back end of the last two weeks. We were really competitive against Hawthorn, a top side, and Essendon as well.
Brisbane: Merrett (throat infection) replaced in selected side by Close, Brown (face).
GWS: Corr (shoulder) replaced in selection side by Bugg, Kennedy (shoulder) replaced in selected side by Wilson.
Brisbane: Zac O'Brien replaced Jonathan Brown (face) in the third quarter.
GWS: Stephen Coniglio replaced Jacob Townsend in the third quarter.
UMPIRES: Stephens, Nicholls, Harris
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy
COMMENTATORS: Matthew Campbell, Alastair Lynch, Mark Ricciuto
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of AFL Media.
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|4||Aish, James||5||1||3||8||0||2||0||3||0||0||18y 218d||12||3|
|17||Beams, Claye||9||5||5||14||0||2||1||1||0||0||22y 286d||19||15|
|8||Bewick, Rohan||8||3||6||14||0||0||0||1||0||0||24y 247d||53||43|
|16||Brown, Jonathan||5||3||3||8||2||0||0||2||1||3||32y 228d||256||594|
|42||Clarke, Justin||6||3||3||9||0||0||0||1||1||1||20y 208d||26||1|
|33||Close, Michael||4||3||0||4||2||0||6||3||0||0||19y 319d||5||4|
|27||Gardiner, Darcy||4||3||7||11||1||0||0||1||0||1||18y 265d||8||1|
|41||Golby, Mitchell||8||3||1||9||0||0||0||2||1||1||22y 254d||49||6|
|6||Green, Josh||4||1||4||8||1||0||0||0||1||0||21y 294d||44||54|
|11||Hanley, Pearce||18||9||10||28||0||0||1||3||2||1||25y 211d||86||31|
|2||Harwood, Ryan||13||5||9||22||0||1||0||2||0||0||22y 311d||47||4|
|36||Maguire, Matt||11||3||3||14||0||0||0||1||2||0||30y 15d||159||20|
|12||Martin, Stefan||9||4||7||16||0||0||28||4||3||0||27y 209d||64||27|
|32||Mayes, Sam||5||3||10||15||0||0||0||1||0||0||20y 25d||29||20|
|47||O'Brien, Zac||4||5||6||10||0||0||0||2||2||1||23y 230d||3||1|
|22||Paparone, Marco||16||7||8||24||0||0||0||2||0||1||19y 284d||17||12|
|24||Patfull, Joel||6||6||7||13||0||0||0||0||0||1||29y 189d||172||23|
|30||Redden, Jack||15||5||10||25||0||1||2||5||3||1||23y 187d||110||50|
|38||Rockliff, Tom||10||5||9||19||0||0||0||5||1||3||24y 112d||93||49|
|28||Taylor, Lewis||11||4||8||19||3||0||0||1||3||1||19y 117d||12||7|
|15||Zorko, Dayne||8||4||1||9||3||0||0||5||1||2||25y 125d||50||52|
|Greater Western Sydney||Match Stats||Career|
|14||Bugg, Tomas||9||6||8||17||0||0||0||3||3||1||21y 70d||39||9|
|18||Cameron, Jeremy||11||7||3||14||4||4||0||1||1||1||21y 74d||47||114|
|3||Coniglio, Stephen||7||3||0||7||0||0||0||2||0||0||20y 181d||41||12|
|1||Davis, Phil||5||6||5||10||0||0||0||2||0||1||23y 288d||55||6|
|48||Frost, Sam||8||5||4||12||0||0||0||1||0||0||20y 290d||16||2|
|33||Hoskin-Elliott, Will||7||4||6||13||1||2||0||4||1||0||20y 285d||29||22|
|32||Hunt, Josh||8||3||1||9||1||0||0||1||0||0||32y 92d||206||31|
|22||Kelly, Josh||8||2||10||18||0||1||1||5||0||2||19y 122d||8||7|
|39||Mohr, Tim||17||11||2||19||0||0||0||3||2||0||25y 238d||38||1|
|41||Mumford, Shane||4||2||9||13||0||0||36||5||0||3||27y 344d||107||41|
|7||Palmer, Rhys||12||3||14||26||1||0||0||5||1||1||25y 121d||86||50|
|12||Patton, Jonathon||9||5||2||11||3||1||5||4||1||1||21y 25d||22||25|
|9||Scully, Tom||18||6||12||30||1||0||0||4||1||1||23y 30d||83||26|
|23||Shaw, Heath||18||8||9||27||0||0||0||1||0||1||28y 199d||184||37|
|5||Shiel, Dylan||13||4||14||27||2||0||0||5||0||0||21y 97d||40||20|
|10||Smith, Devon||12||3||6||18||0||1||0||4||2||0||21y 25d||49||43|
|20||Tomlinson, Adam||9||7||9||18||2||0||0||3||1||1||20y 308d||35||13|
|31||Townsend, Jacob||2||0||3||5||0||1||0||4||1||2||20y 359d||26||3|
|17||Treloar, Adam||11||4||15||26||2||0||0||7||0||0||21y 97d||49||29|
|8||Ward, Callan||22||7||9||31||0||0||1||7||4||3||24y 65d||113||54|
|6||Whitfield, Lachie||16||5||16||32||1||1||0||1||0||1||19y 331d||26||11|
|16||Wilson, Nathan||7||3||2||9||1||0||0||1||0||2||21y 158d||14||7|