Greater Western Sydney Giants turn 29-point deficit into four-point AFL win over Essendon on Gold Coast

Greater Western Sydney has fought back from a 29-point deficit to beat Essendon by less than a goal in their round-10 AFL match in wet conditions in Carrara.

The Giants and Bombers managed just four points between them in the first quarter on the Gold Coast in the lowest-scoring opening term since 1965.

But the Bombers broke the contest open with five straight second-quarter goals, stretching that lead again early in the third term before their attack slowly disappeared in an 8.11 (59) to 8.7 (55) loss to the Giants.

The Giants kicked just two first-half goals but Essendon managed just 16 points in the second half.

Leon Cameron’s troops overcame a 16-point margin against the Bombers in the final quarter thanks to two Jeremy Cameron majors and Heath Shaw’s first two-goal bag in eight years.

Callan Ward then goaled from a penalty, the insurance they needed when Adam Saad launched a long-range goal with just seconds remaining.

The Giants stay in seventh place on the AFL ladder with the win, while the Bombers missed a chance to leapfrog them into the same position.

Giants veteran Shaw provided the talking point of a dour first quarter when his bump on Jacob Townsend ended the Bomber’s evening in sickening fashion.

The pair clashed in the goal square, Townsend then thudding to the ground to end his night inside the first few minutes of the contest.

A pumped Sam Draper kicked his first AFL goal for the Bombers, before Giants defender Phil Davis was thrown forward and helped set up a Jeremy Finlayson goal.

Davis was soon hopping off with a knee injury, but was able to return as they went about their recovery.

Cameron lobbed up with two crucial goals, his second set up brilliantly by Harry Himmelberg’s dash down the right wing.


Kyle Langford was the only multiple goal kicker for the Bombers with two for the match.

The Bombers next play on Wednesday against Gold Coast in Carrara, while the Giants have a bye.


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Port Adelaide’s Xavier Duursma’s ugly hamstring injury mars 29-point win over Fremantle

Port Adelaide’s Xavier Duursma has suffered a major setback in his side’s 29-point win over Fremantle at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.

In cruise control in the third quarter on the way to the 10.10 (70) to 6.5 (41) win, Duursma was running towards the 50 and kicked to a free man.

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While a smooth looking play, the next step saw Duursma immediately clutching his hamstring.

The 19-year-old was quickly ruled out for the match, while Fremantle’s Sam Sturt quickly followed with a lower leg injury.

Sturt did return to the field but came off due to the injury in the fourth quarter.

Duursma’s setback looked more serious however with the young gun struggling to walk to the bench to watch the end of the game.

Fox Footy commentator Gerard Healy said it looked pretty bad.

“It’s only a matter of how bad, that’s all,” Healy said. “Clearly it’s bad, but the question is how bad.

“It could be a tear, it could be his first one … but it looks significant.

“The real concern is whether he’s snapped a tendon or not. If he has, he’ll face surgery.

Nick Dal Santo added: “When you’re running at high speed like that and kicking and extending, you’d have to think it’s a bit more on the severe side rather than ‘wear and tear’.”

It was a tough moment in a good night for the Power under horrendous conditions with plenty of rain on the Gold Coast.

Port become the first non-Queensland team to win in the quarantine hub in the win, playing their first match since arriving in the Gold Coast hub.

Port’s win was established through a dominant second-quarter. Despite taking a six-point lead into the first break, the Dockers were washed away by the Power as a heavy shower lashed the ground.

Port kicked 5.4 to 0.0 to open up a 28-point halftime advantage, recording 22 inside 50s to just two by the Dockers in the second term.

Travis Boak was best on ground for the Power, with 26 disposals and a goal while Scott Lycett dominated the ruck with 37 hit-outs.

Ollie Wines marked his return from a suspension for breaching COVID-19 protocols with 25 disposals and a late fourth-quarter goal.

with AAP

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