Late Stevie J show breaks Pies’ hearts
GWS GIANTS 15.12 102 COLLINGWOOD 15.9 99
SUGGESTIONS Steve Johnson is past it appear to be premature after the veteran stole a thrilling and courageous threepoint win over Collingwood last night.
With the Giants trailing by three points and just 38 seconds left on the clock, the 33-year old roved brilliantly off a pack to boot the winning goal.
While Johnson pinched the winner it was Jeremy Cameron’s six goals that put him in a position to do it by keeping GWS in the match after the Magpies led for a large part of the contest.
It was the Giants’ first win over Collingwood and one of the gutsiest in their short history as they did it with serious injuries to three players.
“It was a good character-building win,” Giants coach Leon Cameron said.
“We are going through a patch with injuries, that’s our lot at the moment but we just have to deal with it.
“I thought the guys showed a lot of courage to get the game back on our terms midway through the second term then it was just an arm wrestle.”
The Giants lost Aidan Corr and Sam Reid to concussion and Steve Coniglio in the last quarter.
Corr fell in the opening seconds of the match, forcing the Giants to play a man down for virtually the entire match and two down for nearly three quarters.
The defender fell awkwardly in a marking contest in the first play of the match, smashing his head into the turf.
It was friendly fire as he tripped over teammate Phil Davis and tumbled backwards.
He lay motionless for more than a minute as medicos assessed the level of injury before helping him off the field.
Reid was added to the casualty list early in the second quarter when he put his head in the wrong spot making a tackle on Levi Greenwood. He, too, left the ground assisted by trainers and was ruled out of the game 20 minutes later.
Coniglio was the last to fall midway through the final quarter with what looked to be a worrying recurrence of an ankle injury which kept him out for the first five rounds. Josh Kelly was enormous for the Giants with 36 possessions, including 17 contested.
Dylan Shiel, Tom Scully and Lachie Whitfield were also big contributors.
Whitfield was playing in his first game back after a six-month suspension and didn’t miss a beat.
“It was an enormous effort for Lachie Whitfield to stay on the ground,” Cameron said.
“We know what he can do but for him to stay on the ground while others rotated was outstanding. Jon Patton’s flexibility to play forward and back shone through tonight as well.”
Taylor Adams again produced against his old team finishing with 30 possessions, including 15 contested and 10 clearances.
The Magpies’ small forward line caused plenty of headaches for Giants defenders and Heath Shaw
in particular, who found himself in plenty of one-onone contests deep inside the defensive 50.
“We were good enough, but not for long enough,” Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said.
“We got the gap on the scoreboard early in the game, but we had a really poor second quarter. We gave them incentive and kept the Giants interested and paid the price.”
Jeremy Cameron celebrates with Stephen Coniglio after kicking his fifth goal yesterday. Picture: Phil Hillyard