Dees under siege

May 29, 2019 by
Filed under: NSW Demons 

Round 10 – Melbourne Vs GWS Giants – Under Siege

Liam Chambers

Considering the amount of time the Giants spent in Melbourne’s half it was a ScoMo miracle that it took them almost twenty minutes to score their first goal. At times it seemed that the Dee’s skill set had been misplaced by the baggage handlers at Perth Airport. The side that had stunned the Eagles for the first three quarters last week looked out of their depth as they struggled against wave after wave of GWS onslaught.

By half time, the Giants led inside 50s by 33-16, disposals by 204-136 and contested possessions by 72-55. Melbourne only managed one goal for the entire first half, albeit a brilliant effort by Jayden Hunt.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Dees though. Marty Hore had an outstanding game. His efforts probably prevented the Giants from adding another four or five goals on Saturday afternoon. His work rate was superb. He is a potential champion of the game and has been improving week on week. Max Gawn proved yet again that he is the best ruck man in the AFL. There were moments of brilliance from Jack Viney and Sam Frost and Cory Wagner was consistently good. The new kid on the block Oskar Baker scored twice in only his second game for Melbourne, showing he wasn’t over awed to be playing at the MCG. Oskar also impressed with his kicking ability. His father would be justifiably proud.

The fourth quarter showed how well the Dees can play with seven goals to the Giants one. Tom McDonald scored two back to back after earlier missed attempts. You could feel the belief returning to Melbourne’s game but unfortunately the mountain was too high to climb. I also think we missed the calm and focused presence of Christian Salem who is still injured after last week’s game against West Coast. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Next week will see a multitude of players back from injury and available to play. It will be interesting to see who gets picked and who’s left out.

The Round 11 match against the Adelaide Crows in Darwin will be a great game. We will have to ensure that we don’t let the Crows dominate early on. Also Adelaide are a dangerous side right down to the last second and can never be written off until the siren sounds. The atmosphere will be electric and the Darwin crowd will make their feelings felt. Also the great Eddie Betts will be there and that alone is worth the price of admission.

Go the Mighty Dees!!!

MELBOURNE  1.1       1.3       3.6       10.8 (68)
GWS GIANTS  2.5       6.8       12.9     14.10 (94)

Baker 2, T.McDonald 2, Hunt, Garlett, Petracca, Lockhart, Stretch, Spargo
GWS Giants: Himmelberg 5, Cameron 3, Whitfield 2, Taylor, Finlayson, Coniglio, Kelly

Gawn, Hore, C.Wagner
GWS Giants: Kelly, Hopper, de Boer, Taranto, Himmelberg, Haynes


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