Mas­ter for­ward bags six

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - ROB FORSAITH

A MANUKA Oval master­class from Cole­man medal fron­trun­ner Jeremy Cameron has helped AFL pre­mier­ship con­tenders GWS to de­feat St Kilda by 44 points.

Cameron and his team en­hanced their im­pres­sive records yes­ter­day in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, where the key for­ward booted six goals as his side tri­umphed 18.6 (114) to 10.10 (70).

The foun­da­tion Giant has kicked a league-best 30 goals in 2019. He starred as re­ports emerged that Gee­long were poised to of­fer him up to $1 mil­lion a sea­son when he be­came el­i­gi­ble next year for free agency.

Cameron boasts an AFL-record 49 goals at Manuka Oval, while GWS have won 11 of their past 14 games there.

The 26-year-old ap­peared to be both­ered at times by a sore shoul­der but it was go­ing to take more than that nig­gle to stop a best-on-ground per­for­mance.

It will likely fuel dis­cus­sion he could kick 100 goals this sea­son. No for­ward has brought up the cen­tury since Lance Franklin in Hawthorn’s 2008 pre­mier­ship side.

Aside from a mid-game lapse that gave St Kilda a sniff, GWS coach Leon Cameron’s most-press­ing con­cern was Adam Kennedy’s head knock and Aidan Corr’s an­kle in­jury.

Kennedy was able to walk from the field dur­ing the sec­ond term, when the mo­torised stretcher was driven on to the ground, but played no fur­ther part in the match.

Corr landed awk­wardly in a fourth-quar­ter mark­ing con­test and was un­able to put any weight on his right leg.

The Gi­ants stormed to a 43point lead when Jeremy Cameron slot­ted the open­ing goal of the sec­ond quar­ter but their fright­en­ingly good start was fol­lowed by a gutsy fight­back from the visi­tors.

The Saints would have trimmed the mar­gin to 10 points in the third term if Matthew Parker’s straight­for­ward set shot didn’t hit the post.

Cameron kicked the next two goals to en­sure the Gi­ants shored up their top-four spot on the AFL lad­der.

The Vic­to­rian’s fifth goal was suit­able re­ward for a re­mark­able solo ef­fort that was ar­guably the high­light of the game. SAINTS

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