Main content

Match Report: Round 12

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09:  Jonathon Patton of the Giants competes for the ball against Jarrod Witts of the Suns during the round 12 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Gold Coast Suns at Spotless Stadium on June 9, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images/AFL Media)

JEREMY Cameron helped himself to six goals as Greater Western Sydney continued its mid-season resurgence with a 108-point win over Gold Coast on Saturday night.

But the 20.14 (134) to 4.2 (26) triumph at Spotless Stadium could come at a cost for the Giants, whose lengthy injury list received some new additions.

Big man Rory Lobb (ribs) and forward Daniel Lloyd (knee) did not play the second half, with the latter facing a nervous wait after receiving a nasty knock in a contest on the wing.

Lobb was taken to hospital, joining a Giants casualty ward which already includes stars Stephen Coniglio (concussion), Tom Scully (ankle), Brett Deledio (calf) and Toby Greene (foot).

Jarrod Harbrow and Touk Miller never stopped trying for the visitors.

Gold Coast went down by 102 points in the corresponding fixture last year, and the warning signs of another route were there early.

The Suns lost the inside-50s 17-7 in the opening term, and were lucky to be only 12 points down at quarter-time.

At that stage they were in the game on the scoreboard at least, but the floodgates soon opened.

Led by Cameron, who kicked three goals in the second stanza, GWS began to make its dominance count and opened up a 44-point lead at the long break.

Things only got worse for the visitors from there.

GWS booted 11 goals to one in the second and third terms, with Matt de Boer cashing in on his return from a hamstring injury with three majors.

Lachie Whitfield (knee) and Dylan Shiel (ankle) both needed treatment during the game. But their injuries did not seem to restrict them, with the duo both dominant on the ball.

Gold Coast’s Jarrod Witts dominated the hit-outs with 64, but his side lost the clearances 54-36.

Greater Western Sydney: Second-year player Lloyd (knee) looks set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after going down in the second term. Lobb (ribs), who missed four games earlier this season with a knee injury, finished the night in hospital. Lachie Whitfield (knee) and Dylan Shiel (ankle) both needed treatment but both had big nights.

Gold Coast: The Suns appear to have emerged from the game with a clean bill of health.

The Suns return to Metricon Stadium where they will host St Kilda in a Saturday twilight fixture. GWS have a bye in round 13, before a clash against the Lions at the Gabba.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY      2.6    9.9    17.12   20.14 (134)
GOLD COAST                                  1.0    3.1      4.1         4.2 (26)          

Greater Western Sydney: Cameron 6, de Boer 3, Kelly 2, Ward 2, Himmelberg 2, Reid 2, Patton, Langdon, Lloyd
Gold Coast: Young 2, Harbrow, Brodie

Greater Western Sydney: Cameron, Kelly, Ward, Whitfield, Hopper, Davis, Shiel, de Boer
Gold Coast: Witts, Miller, Harbrow, Ainsworth

Greater Western Sydney: Lobb (rib), Lloyd (knee), Shiel (ankle)
Gold Coast: Ainsworth (hand)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stevic, Brown, Mollison

Official crowd: 7,131 at Spotless Stadium