A humiliating loss but Giants will be back
GWS players admitted they were last night struggling to cope with the “embarrassment” of delivering the lowest score in the club’s history on the biggest day of their lives.
Midfield star Tim Taranto summed up the mood of a distraught playing group who lived through a nightmare at the MCG which will be difficult to erase.
“Shit. Worst case scenario today,” Taranto said.
“It was a dream for four weeks and then probably ended the worst way possible. I just wish (we played) a game for all the world to see. For our fans. (Instead) it was a bit embarrassing but we definitely take a lot out of (the finals).”
The 25 points mustered by GWS in the 89-point thrashing was their lowest ever output.
Coach Leon Cameron admitted his players came into halftime “stunned” but not without hope.
He declared one of the heaviest defeats in grand final history would not “tarnish” the achievement of making the club’s first ever grand final.
“I don’t think it tarnishes it. It’s just disappointing because it’s not the end you want to have to a year that has had some really good moments,” said Cameron.
“We are only eight years old and we understand we are in the most interesting part of Australia to grow Australian rules footy in western Sydney with all the codes that are operating out of there.
“But we’re on the right track so I don’t think it tarnishes our brand.”