Women's Footy AFLW 2022 - Round 6 GWS v Carlton 1 October

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AFLW S7 Rd 6 v Carlton New

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The GIANTS have made two changes ahead of a critical clash with Carlton on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia Garnett will return to the squad while Grace Hill will make her AFLW debut. Hill signed with the GIANTS on the eve of round one as a replacement player for second round pick Fleur Davies.

The 24-year-old is relatively new to the game, joining the UTS Bats in the AFL Sydney Women’s competition in 2019. She has been a part of the GIANTS’ train on program since May this year and has thrived in the elite training environment. The netball cross-coder is naturally athletic and is expected to bring power and work rate in the backline this weekend.

Georgia Garnett has been cleared to play following her hamstring injury last week, with the pair set to replace Georgie Fowler and Meghan Gaffney who have been omitted.

Saturday’s match is the first home game at Henson Park for season seven.
 

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Giant Strides

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Better start this week, but need to keep it up. 2 goals to Em Pease in 1Q.

But boy, the umpiring is *ed. One of our girls took a mark, clearly, but smashed into the ground, called no mark but should have been 50. And so many balls in dispute are being called frees to Carlton.

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Withstood a huge amount of pressure repelling repeated I50s by Carlton, then applied some of our own and got the only goal of that quarter.

Fingers crossed that we can keep in up in the second half.

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GREATER Western Sydney emphatically responded to last week's 96-point loss with an assured 17-point victory over Carlton on Saturday afternoon. The 4.5 (29) to 1.6 (12) win keeps the Giants' finals hopes alive, while the Blues' campaign continues to stutter.

Alyce Parker (18 disposals, five clearances) and Georgia Garnett (17 disposals, 12 marks) led a host of Giants ballwinners, including Jodie Hicks (14 disposables), Nicola Barr and Alicia Eva (13 disposals each). Emily Goodsir made an emphatic return from maternity leave with a game-high nine tackles. Cora Staunton kicked two goals for the Giants, including a fourth quarter major which broke the back of the Blues, while Emily Pease also booted two.

The Giants' intent to draw a line under their embarrassing defeat to Adelaide was obvious as they tackled ferociously all game, especially inside their own attacking 50. They matched their aggression with tactical nous as Carlton often struggled to move the ball out of its defensive 50 due to the positioning and discipline of the Giants' defenders behind the ball. Conversely, the Giants looked relatively free-flowing as they moved the ball on rebound through the centre of the ground finding free players.

GWS had likely conceded pre-match that it would not win the ruck contest (Carlton was +35 in hitouts) and the resulting clearances (+12 to the Blues). However, they more than made up for this by winning around the ground contests thanks to Parker, Hicks, Barr and Eva. Carlton had long periods where they controlled possession and had repeat entries into their attacking 50, especially early in the first and third quarters. But on each occasion, the Giants' defence of Annalyse Lister, Tarni Evans and Tanya Hetherington bent but did not break as they absorbed the Blues' attacks.

GWS’s composure was also on display late in the second and third terms where it chipped the ball across half back and the wing in the final two minutes of each quarter. The time-killing tactic invited embarrassment if Carlton had been able to intercept and break quickly, but the Giants' short game was superb and assured as they ran out the game with confidence and breathed life into their season.

Injuries brings opportunities

Pepa Randall’s cruel ACL injury created an opportunity for Goodsir to return to the Giants' list. Goodsir missed season six and the start of season seven after the birth of her son, Cruz, in February. With Brìd Stack’s a late out with a calf injury, Goodsir returned to the Giants' side for the first time in two seasons. She did not waste her opportunity, racking up the most tackles on the ground and providing outside run.

Staunton prevails in spearhead shootout

The AFLW’s two historical leading goalkickers took to the same field at Henson Park. Carlton’s Darcy Vescio (55 AFLW goals prior to this match) and the Giants' Cora Staunton (52) battled it out at opposite ends of the ground but the Irishwoman clearly had the better day. In addition to her two goals, Staunton was a physical presence in marking contests and took on some ruck battles against the Blues' Moody. Vescio could not increase their tally, being well held by Annalyse Lister.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 2.2 3.4 3.4 4.5 (29)
CARLTON 1.2 1.3 1.5 1.6 (12)

GOALS
Greater Western Sydney:
Pease 2, Staunton 2
Carlton: Pound

BEST
Greater Western Sydney:
Parker, Garnett, Staunton, Pease, Hicks
Carlton: Laloifi, McKay, Hill, Moody
 

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