|Brownlow Medal||3 Callan Ward (GWS)||2 Jeremy Cameron (GWS)||1 Isaac Smith (HAW)|
GWS has come from behind to defeat Hawthorn for the first time in its short history at the Sydney Showground on Sunday. The Hawks led for much of the match and at one stage in the second quarter were 27 points ahead. Bu the Giants kept chipping away to gain and lose the lead a couple of times after that before getting a run-on in the last term to record a ground-breaking 10-point win.
Hawthorn doiminated proceedings when the game began, the scores going all the Hawks way for the first 18 minutes. By the time the first quarter entered time on, Hawthorn led 2.4 to just two behinds, Isaac Smith having scored both of the Hawks' majors. Devon Smith sparked the Giants into action with goals at the 21 and 23-minute marks but goals to Jarryd Roughead and Billy Hartung to close out the term gave Hawthorn a 15-point lead at quarter time.
The Hawks opened the second quarter as they had closed the first, with two goals - to Sam Mitchell and Jack Gunston - to move to a 27-point lead and seemingly have a comfortable hold on the match. But GWS turned the match on its head from that point until half time. Led by Jeremy Cameron, the Giants kicked the next five goals (two of those to Cameron, the others to Toby Greene, Cam McCarthy and Adam Treloar) while restricting Hawthorn to just one behind, and at the long break GWS led by four points.
Fortunes fluctuated in the third term as Hawthorn and GWS took turns in controlling the play. The Hawks jumped out of the blocks after half time with goals to Paul Puopolo, Gunston and Luke Breust giving them a 15-point buffer. GWS then took its turn to score the next three majors, two to Cameron and one to Tom Scully to wrest back a two-point advantage. Hawthorn then regained the ascendency, finishing the third quarter off with three of the last four goals to take a 10-point lead into the final change.
When Billy Hartung kicked the first goal of the last quarter at the five-minute mark, the Hawks led by 17 points and looked to have finally broken the Giants' resistance. But that was far from the case. James Stewart goaled fir GWS at the seven-minute mark before Cameron booted his sixth four minutes later. At the 14-minute mark, former Bulldog captain Ryan Griffen kicked a beautiful long goal from the boundary line and scores were suddenly level. The Giants did not stop there. They had all the momentum and bombarded the goals but could muster only five behinds. Finally, as the term entered time on Cameron kicked his seventh to take the margin to 11 points and Devon Smith made sure of the result with a major two minutes later. Taylor Duryea scored a late one for the Hawks but GWS held on for a memorable 10-point victory.
Callan Ward (31 disposals, seven tackles) was magnificent for the Giants, as were Tom Scully (21 possessions, six tackles) and Jeremy Cameron (seven goals, eight marks), while Hawthorn's best included Smith (29 possessions, two goals), Peter Burgoyne (31 disposals and a goal) and Sam Mitchell (34 touches and four tackles).
The win lifts GWS back to sixth on the ladder, with the Giants likely to be very confident of a fifth win for 2015 when they take on Carlton at Docklands next Saturday night. Hawthorn, in eighth place with three wins, will meet Melbourne at the MCG earlier that day.
GWS: Cameron 7; D. Smith 3; McCarthy, Scully, Greene, Treloar, Stewart, Griffen
Hawthorn: Roughead, I. Smith, Gunston, Hartung 3; Shiels, Puopolo, Mitchell, Burgoyne, Breust, Duryea
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GWS: Scully, Cameron, Mumford, Griffen, Patfull
Hawthorn: Smith, Mitchell, Burgoyne, Hill, Gibson.
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GWS: Ward, Cameron, Shaw, Scully, Treloar, Shiel
Hawthorn: Burgoyne, Mitchell, Birchall, I. Smith, Suckling, Hill
GWS: Zac Williams replaced Will Hoskin-Elliott at three-quarter time
Hawthorn: Brendan Whitecross replaced in Ben McEvoy in the third quarter
UMPIRES: Nicholls, Hay, Jeffery
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy
COMMENTATORS: Matthew Campbell, Brad Johnson, Tony Shaw, Ben Dixon
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.
|Greater Western Sydney||Match Stats||Career|
|14||Bugg, Tomas||4||1||3||7||0||0||0||4||1||0||22y 34d||55||13|
|21||Buntine, Matt||5||4||3||8||0||0||0||4||1||0||21y 202d||17||0|
|18||Cameron, Jeremy||11||8||3||14||7||0||0||1||1||1||22y 38d||57||139|
|3||Coniglio, Stephen||7||1||16||23||0||0||0||8||2||0||21y 145d||50||16|
|1||Davis, Phil||5||4||3||8||0||0||0||2||1||3||24y 252d||70||6|
|4||Greene, Toby||13||6||11||24||1||3||0||4||0||2||21y 226d||59||23|
|32||Griffen, Ryan||9||5||15||24||1||0||1||4||1||1||28y 286d||208||132|
|19||Haynes, Nick||6||6||4||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||22y 356d||33||2|
|33||Hoskin-Elliott, Will||6||3||1||7||0||0||0||1||0||0||21y 249d||41||38|
|40||Kennedy, Adam||6||3||2||8||0||0||0||1||0||0||22y 301d||55||4|
|25||McCarthy, Cam||4||3||0||4||1||0||0||3||1||0||20y 38d||7||16|
|41||Mumford, Shane||2||1||12||14||0||1||37||8||2||3||28y 308d||123||44|
|24||Patfull, Joel||6||5||5||11||0||0||0||1||1||1||30y 153d||188||24|
|9||Scully, Tom||12||1||9||21||1||1||0||6||1||1||23y 359d||92||29|
|23||Shaw, Heath||22||5||0||22||0||1||0||5||2||4||29y 163d||197||37|
|5||Shiel, Dylan||8||2||19||27||0||0||0||5||4||0||22y 61d||56||30|
|10||Smith, Devon||15||5||5||20||3||1||0||3||1||1||21y 354d||65||59|
|36||Stewart, James||5||2||4||9||1||1||2||1||1||1||21y 66d||7||5|
|17||Treloar, Adam||12||6||16||28||1||0||0||4||0||0||22y 61d||64||39|
|8||Ward, Callan||16||5||15||31||0||0||3||7||1||0||25y 29d||127||61|
|6||Whitfield, Lachie||16||5||10||26||0||0||0||1||1||0||20y 295d||36||18|
|29||Williams, Zac||2||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||20y 231d||20||4|
|37||Anderson, Jed||7||2||7||14||0||1||2||7||0||1||21y 96d||10||4|
|14||Birchall, Grant||16||9||13||29||0||1||0||2||1||1||27y 101d||199||28|
|22||Breust, Luke||7||3||8||15||1||2||0||6||1||3||24y 179d||97||187|
|9||Burgoyne, Shaun||13||5||18||31||1||0||0||2||0||1||32y 200d||275||236|
|18||Ceglar, Jonathon||5||2||6||11||0||0||25||3||0||0||24y 84d||23||11|
|8||Duryea, Taylor||15||9||6||21||1||0||0||5||1||0||24y 15d||47||8|
|6||Gibson, Josh||10||10||14||24||0||1||0||1||0||0||31y 57d||170||2|
|19||Gunston, Jack||12||8||7||19||2||2||0||0||1||0||23y 205d||85||178|
|40||Hartung, Billy||11||6||11||22||2||0||0||0||2||0||20y 105d||11||7|
|10||Hill, Bradley||10||7||10||20||0||0||0||3||0||1||21y 304d||56||34|
|29||Langford, Will||13||1||11||24||0||0||5||3||0||3||22y 310d||26||9|
|7||McEvoy, Ben||2||2||6||8||0||0||8||1||1||0||25y 302d||110||36|
|5||Mitchell, Sam||14||2||20||34||1||0||0||4||2||1||32y 209d||266||65|
|28||Puopolo, Paul||6||4||7||13||1||0||0||5||3||1||27y 158d||93||77|
|33||Rioli, Cyril||9||6||5||14||0||1||2||4||1||1||25y 299d||139||185|
|2||Roughead, Jarryd||8||4||7||15||2||0||1||3||2||1||28y 106d||213||457|
|25||Schoenmakers, Ryan||7||2||6||13||0||0||0||1||0||3||24y 182d||81||13|
|26||Shiels, Liam||9||2||9||18||1||1||0||8||2||2||24y 10d||105||31|
|16||Smith, Isaac||20||4||9||29||2||2||2||5||0||1||26y 130d||92||85|
|24||Stratton, Ben||9||4||3||12||0||0||0||2||1||0||26y 69d||98||1|
|4||Suckling, Matt||13||7||10||23||0||0||0||3||0||1||26y 288d||83||36|
|11||Whitecross, Brendan||4||2||1||5||0||0||0||1||0||1||25y 104d||88||38|