AFL 2020: GWS v Brisbane – Round Seven Knee Jerk Reaction

The Lions finished their fortnight in Sydney with a victory over GWS that might have Leon Cameron thinking about updating his CV.

Should Leon Cameron begin updating his CV?

After the bevy of draft concessions afforded GWS since entering the competition there have been understandably high expectations. With one horror show of a Grand Final appearance to show for their embarrassment of riches to date, Leon Cameron cannot afford a mid-table result this year.

While many would point to their long injury list to explain their poor start to this season, the man himself does not share this view. “We’ve built a reputation where we’ve had to deal with injuries in the past and we’ve dealt with them pretty well … you can’t rely on one player,” he told reporters after the loss to Brisbane.

There is still time for the Giants to turn this season around, but not much. If their results don’t quickly match the high expectations, Cameron will no doubt come under intense scrutiny. We aren’t prepared to suggest they wont turn it around, it might still be an appropriate time for Cameron to update his CV just in case.

How the Game Was Won

Bouncing back from their disappointing loss to the Cats in Sydney last week, the Lions jumped out of the blocks early against the Giants. Their early dominance seeing them kick the first four goals of the match. Memories of their fade out a week earlier must have come to mind when after GWS kicked eight of the next 13, the margin was just seven points deep into time on in the third quarter.

Yet just as the Giants had themselves back in the contest, the Lions were able to roar back into action. With goals either side of three quarter time, Cam Rayner kicked the Lions clear once more. The next 11 minutes saw the ball moved from end to end but neither team was able to score until Zac Bailey landed the killer blow. Lincoln McCarthy added another shortly after to have the margin out to 30-points before Harry Himmelberg and Josh Kelly added a little respectability to the scoreboard with two late goals.

What the Coaches Said

GWS

Leon Cameron was less than impressed with his team’s performance after dropping their second consecutive game. “Frustrating and disappointing. Especially the first quarter,” he told reporters after the loss. “We’ve been beaten by three goals against the top two in the last fortnight and that shows we’re a rung off the top teams,” he said.

Despite falling to 11th on the ladder, Cameron was confident his team could turn it around. “The boys are a bit down in confidence but we’ll fight through this as a footy club. We’ve done it in the past and I’m backing in our guys to do it again,” he vowed.

Brisbane

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan suggested his side had perhaps caught the Giants at a good time, given the absence of key players such as Toby Greene and Callan Ward “It was good to have that game after last week, because when Geelong came at us, we didn’t respond. Today showed we’d learned a lot, we were able to respond each time GWS had a run at us,” Fagan said. “I thought our players showed good composure and dug in when they needed to.”


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GWS           2.3       4.4       8.5      10. 8 (68)
BRISBANE                                           4.4       7.5       10.6     13.10 (88)

GOALS
Greater Western Sydney:
 Himmelberg 3, Taranto 2, Cameron 2, Finlayson, De Boer 
Brisbane: Cameron 2, Rayner 2, Bailey 2, Zorko, Neale, McCarthy, Lyons, Hipwood, Martin, McCarthy

BEST
Greater Western Sydney: 
Coniglio, Whitfield, Perryman, Taranto, Kelly, Cameron
Brisbane: Andrews, Zorko, Bailey, Cameron, Neale, J.Berry

INJURIES
Greater Western Sydney: 
Nil
Brisbane: Nil

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