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  • Goals 15
  • Behinds 16
  • Total 106

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  • Behinds 14
  • Total 92
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Match Report

Match Report: Round 21

By Oliver Caffrey, AAP August 11, 2018 10:02 PM

Highlights: R21 v GWS

The Giants and Crows clash in round 21

Greater Western Sydney has consolidated its spot in the top four while ending Adelaide's season in Canberra by 14 points.

The Giants' 13th victory of the season was hard-fought as the Crows' slim finals hopes were on the line, but Leon Cameron's men held on to win 15.16 (106) to 13.14 (92).

But GWS’s cursed run with injury has continued as veteran defender Heath Shaw (knee), All Australian midfielder Josh Kelly (concussion) and Sam Reid (hamstring) all failed to see out the match.

Kelly was knocked out after a heavy tackle from Crows skipper Taylor Walker in the third quarter that is certain to draw attention from the match review officer.

READ NEXT: Taylor Walker suspended for two matches

But Shaw's injury appears to be the worst of the lot.

Shaw went down midway through the final quarter and was taken from Manuka Oval on a medicab in a concerning sign for the 32-year-old.

Despite being down to one fit player on the bench, GWS was able to hold out a determined Crows team, desperate to avoid missing the top eight following a Grand Final appearance last year.

Nothing separated the sides in the first half, but a Jacob Hopper goal just before three-quarter time saw the Giants take an 11-point lead into the final change.

After a tense final term, Hopper again popped up to kick the sealer with five minutes to go, taking the Giants to a 21-point lead.

Former No.1 draft pick Lachie Whitfield (30 possessions) and co-captain Callan Ward were shining lights for the Giants, while Jeremy Cameron, Harry Himmelberg, Aiden Bonar, Stephen Coniglio and Hopper booted two goals each.

Giants coach Leon Cameron called it an "outstanding" win considering their growing injury toll.

"Our first half was a little bit off and Adelaide were playing some great footy," Cameron said.

"We were lucky they didn't punish us a bit more ... going in four points down at half-time probably didn't tell the full tale."

A major positive for the Crows was the performance of Brodie Smith, who collected 29 touches in his second game back from ACL surgery, while spearhead Josh Jenkins finished with three goals.

"We ran into a really good team tonight, who play a strong brand of footy but in some of the key moments we lost those and the Giants were able to capitalise," Adelaide coach Don Pyke said.

"We've got a couple of games to go so really important we focus on those games and get ourselves hopefully a couple of wins."

MEDICAL ROOM
Greater Western Sydney: Sam Reid came from the ground early in the third term with a hamstring issue and played no further part in the game. Josh Kelly was knocked out by a Taylor Walker tackle in the third quarter and spent the rest of the match on the bench. Heath Shaw was stretchered off in the last quarter with a left knee injury and will be sweating on scans in the coming days.

Adelaide: The Crows got through without any injury worries.

NEXT UP
The Giants head back to Spotless Stadium to host the Swans in what will be a massive Sydney derby on Saturday, while the Crows are in Adelaide to face North Melbourne in the Sunday twilight fixture.

More to come

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY      4.4    6.9    11.14    15.16 (106)
ADELAIDE                                       4.3    7.7     10.9      13.14 (92)

GOALS
Greater Western Sydney: Bonar 2, Himmelberg 2, Cameron 2, Hopper 2, Coniglio 2, Lobb, Whitfield, Griffen, Shiel, Kelly
Adelaide: Jenkins 3, Murphy 2, Lynch 2, Gibbs 2, Douglas, Mackay, Betts, Walker

BEST 
Greater Western Sydney: Whitfield, Ward, Himmelberg, Lobb, Shiel, Davis
Adelaide: Smith, Sloane, Crouch, Lynch, Keath, Gibbs

INJURIES 
Greater Western Sydney: Matt de Boer (hamstring) replaced in selected side by Lachie Keeffe, Sam Reid (hamstring), Josh Kelly (concussion), Heath Shaw (knee) 
Adelaide: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stephens, Chamberlain, McInerney

Official crowd: 13,249 at UNSW Canberra Oval

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Lachie Whitfield
    Lachie Whitfield
    30
  • Adelaide Crows
    Matt Crouch
    30
  • Adelaide Crows
    Brodie Smith
    29
  • GWS Giants
    Callan Ward
    27
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Laird
    25
Fantasy Leaders
  • Lachie Whitfield
    Lachie Whitfield
    135
  • GWS Giants
    Rory Lobb
    131
  • Adelaide Crows
    Matt Crouch
    106
  • GWS Giants
    Dylan Shiel
    102
  • GWS Giants
    Harry Himmelberg
    101
Scoring Leaders
  • Josh Jenkins
    Josh Jenkins
    3.2
  • GWS Giants
    Harry Himmelberg
    2.2
  • GWS Giants
    Aiden Bonar
    2.2
  • GWS Giants
    Jeremy Cameron
    2.1
  • Adelaide Crows
    Tom Lynch
    2.1

Match Stats

  • 346 Disposals 340
  • 70.8 Disposal Eff 69.4
  • 148 Contested Pos 146
  • 81 Marks 79
  • 17 Free Kicks 20
  • 39 Clearances 41
  • 50 Inside 50s 51
  • 37 Rebound 50s 34
  • 82 Tackles 65
  • 44 Hit-outs 63
  • 79 Interchanges 89

Breakdown

  • 4.4 (28)
    4.3 (27)
  • 6.9 (45)
    7.7 (49)
  • 11.14 (80)
    10.9 (69)
  • 15.16 (106)
    13.14 (92)

Player Stats

GWS Giants

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Lachie Whitfield 23 7 30 11 0 0 0 3 1 1 135
2Rory Lobb 12 3 15 3 40 1 0 8 1 1 131
3Dylan Shiel 18 6 24 3 0 1 0 5 1 0 102
4Harry Himmelberg 10 8 18 6 1 2 0 5 2 2 101
5Tim Taranto 11 5 16 2 0 1 0 10 0 1 91
6Nick Haynes 16 6 22 8 0 2 0 1 0 0 90
7Jacob Hopper 12 5 17 2 0 1 2 6 2 0 83
8Callan Ward 12 15 27 1 0 2 2 4 0 0 81
9Phil Davis 8 9 17 9 0 2 0 2 0 0 79
10Heath Shaw 15 5 20 7 0 0 2 2 0 0 78
11Stephen Coniglio 12 7 19 1 0 1 4 5 2 0 74
12Josh Kelly 10 7 17 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 67
13Jeremy Cameron 11 4 15 5 0 1 1 0 2 1 67
14Aiden Bonar 6 3 9 5 0 1 1 4 2 2 67
15Zac Langdon 5 8 13 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 64
16Brent Daniels 5 6 11 2 0 0 0 5 0 1 54
17Adam Tomlinson 8 4 12 1 3 0 0 4 0 0 54
18Ryan Griffen 7 3 10 2 0 0 2 4 1 2 51
19Adam Kennedy 9 4 13 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 51
20Lachlan Keeffe 4 6 10 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 34
21Sam J. Reid 5 2 7 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 22
22Matt Buntine 3 1 4 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 12

Adelaide Crows

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Matt Crouch 18 12 30 5 0 1 0 3 0 0 106
2Brodie Smith 12 17 29 6 0 0 1 4 0 0 101
3Tom Lynch 12 10 22 10 0 1 0 0 2 1 100
4Rory Sloane 16 8 24 3 0 4 1 6 0 1 99
5Rory Laird 16 9 25 6 0 3 0 3 0 0 99
6Sam Jacobs 6 7 13 4 55 0 2 1 0 1 98
7Bryce Gibbs 13 7 20 2 0 2 2 7 2 1 96
8Josh Jenkins 8 3 11 4 8 0 2 7 3 2 92
9Wayne Milera 12 5 17 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 76
10David Mackay 12 5 17 2 0 3 0 2 1 1 70
11Richard Douglas 9 7 16 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 62
12Tom Doedee 5 7 12 7 0 1 3 5 0 0 62
13Jordan Gallucci 10 1 11 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 53
14Luke Brown 10 2 12 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 52
15Lachlan Murphy 5 2 7 2 0 1 0 3 2 1 51
16Kyle Cheney 7 6 13 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 47
17Taylor Walker 5 1 6 4 0 0 1 3 1 1 45
18Cameron Ellis-Yolmen 4 11 15 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 45
19Hugh Greenwood 5 5 10 0 0 1 1 4 0 1 40
20Alex Keath 6 5 11 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 39
21Rory Atkins 7 3 10 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 38
22Eddie Betts 6 3 9 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 32

Team Lineups

GWS Giants

B

  • Nick Haynes,
  • Phil Davis,
  • Adam Kennedy

HB

  • Heath Shaw,
  • Adam Tomlinson,
  • Lachlan Keeffe

C

  • Lachie Whitfield,
  • Callan Ward,
  • Josh Kelly

HF

  • Tim Taranto,
  • Harry Himmelberg,
  • Jacob Hopper

F

  • Zac Langdon,
  • Jeremy Cameron,
  • Ryan Griffen

Fol

  • Rory Lobb,
  • Stephen Coniglio,
  • Dylan Shiel

I/C

  • Aiden Bonar,
  • Brent Daniels,
  • Matt Buntine,
  • Sam J. Reid

No Late Change

In

  • Lachlan Keeffe,
  • Tim Taranto,
  • Ryan Griffen,
  • Dylan Shiel,
  • Sam J. Reid

Out

  • Brett Deledio (Injured),
  • Dawson Simpson (Injured),
  • Sam Taylor (Injured),
  • Toby Greene (Injured),
  • Matt de Boer (Injured)

Last updated: 10:37PM Saturday, August 11, 2018