Two Giants hurt in huge win over Suns
GREATER Western Sydney’s injury-cursed AFL season has continued, but Rory Lobb and Daniel Lloyd’s setbacks have failed to stop the Giants crushing Gold Coast by a record 108 points at Spotless Stadium.
Lobb was taken to hospital for scans after a nasty blow to his ribs in the second quarter, while Lloyd hurt his knee, also in the second term.
Key forward Jeremy Cameron booted six goals yesterday, with Callan Ward and Josh Kelly both magnificent in the engine room for the hosts.
GWS was inaccurate early, kicking two goals from nine shots in the first term, but busted the game open.
It is the Giants’ biggest win over any opposition, bettering last year’s 102-point belting of the Suns.
GWS, desperately out of form and down on confidence in May during a four-match losing streak, sit ninth on the ladder after backing up their breakthrough win over Adelaide in style.
The Suns trailed by 44 points at halftime and continued to fold meekly despite Lobb and Lloyd playing no part in the second half.
Gun midfielder Dylan Shiel was also helped off the field late in the second term after rolling his ankle, but he returned to help GWS smack the visitors.
The Giants next have a bye. It has come at a good time for Lobb and Lloyd, although both men might be set for long stints on the sidelines.
The absence of Lobb, who has been asked to step up as the club’s premier ruckman after Shane Mumford’s retirement, will be hard to cover. Gold Coast big man Jarrod Witts helped himself to 64 hitouts.
The club’s depth is already being tested by the injuryenforced absence of stars Brett Deledio (calf), Toby Greene (foot), Tom Scully (ankle) and Zac Williams (achilles).
GWS have a long way to go if they’re to live up to the mantle of premiership contenders, bestowed on Leon Cameron’s side during the off-season after preliminary final defeats in 2016 and 2017.
But there was a lot to like for Cameron, who continued to coach from the boundary.