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Jonathon Patton injured as Greater Western Sydney Giants crush Melbourne Demons

Dylan Shiel of the Giants celebrates a goal with Will Hoskin-Elliott.

Dylan Shiel of the Giants celebrates a goal with Will Hoskin-Elliott. Photo: Getty Images

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 2.1 6.4 10.7 15.8 (98) MELBOURNE 2.4 2.9 2.11 3.16 (34)
GOALS Greater Western Sydney: Palmer 4, Hoskin-Elliott 3, Smith 2, Kelly 2, Treloar, Shiel, Mumford, Boyd. Melbourne: Garland, Kent, Watts.
BEST Greater Western Sydney: Smith, Bugg, Mumford, Hoskin-Elliott, Palmer, Shiel, Tomlinson, Treloar, Kelly. Melbourne: Jones, Jetta, Vince, Tyson.
Injuries: Greater Western Sydney: C Ward (calf) J Patton (knee) P Davis (concussion). Melbourne: J Grimes (hamstring).
UMPIRES Wenn, Meredith, Fleer.
CROWD 17,218 at MCG.

Greater Western Sydney lost its co-captains before half-time and its star big man Jonathon Patton to a second serious knee injury of his short career, but scored a famous first-ever victory in Victoria over a woefully inept Melbourne on Sunday.

A pall fell over the lowest MCG crowd of the season as Patton lay face down on the wing two minutes into the second quarter, but the hush was replaced by jeers by the end of a game in which the muddling Demons had three goals to show for 345 possessions and 45 forward entries.

Jonathon Patton holds his knee after landing awkwardly.

Jonathon Patton holds his knee after landing awkwardly. Photo: Getty Images

Time
FT
Team
MFC
Score
3.16.34
Team
GWS
Score
15.8.98
Melbourne versus Greater Western Sydney
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Players Kent (1.2), Garland (1.1), Watts (1.1), Dunn (0.2), Jamar (0.2), Tyson (0.2), Barry (0.1), Cross (0.1), Salem (0.1), Vince (0.1) Scorers Palmer (4.2), Hoskin-Elliott (3.1), Smith (2.1), Kelly (2.0), Treloar (1.1), Boyd (1.0), Mumford (1.0), Shiel (1.0), Stewart (0.2), Wilson (0.1)

Exasperated a fortnight earlier after his team’s loss to Brisbane Lions, coach Paul Roos said it was a sub-AFL standard performance that left him embarrassed.

‘‘I’m embarrassed, the players can speak for themselves, but I mean you have to be,’’ Roos said. ‘‘Taking nothing away from the Giants, but they had three down. Whether guys are tired, throw the towel in, wave the white flag ...’’

Roos said it was fair to say his players looked like a group who wanted the season to finish. ‘‘I reckon you’re right, it’s a good assessment – today they let themselves down, they let the supporters down in particular, and I reckon they put the cue in the rack.’’

Will Hoskin-Elliott of the Giants marks the ball against James Frawley of the Demons.

Will Hoskin-Elliott of the Giants marks the ball against James Frawley of the Demons. Photo: Getty Images

The Giants lost Phil Davis to concussion midway through the first quarter and his co-captain Callan Ward to a calf injury just before half-time. Only 19 players ran out after half-time, but a run of nine unanswered goals made a mockery of their manpower crisis. ‘‘They outran us, no question,’’ Roos said. ‘‘I think that tells you about their mentality compared to our mentality. They outran us and outworked us with 19 players. They [only] had 60-something interchanges. That tells you about where they’re at, which is a big tick for them.’’

After the three-quarter time siren sounded as the Demons fluffed another attack in the middle of the ground, Rhys Palmer sealed it with a dribbled major two minutes into the last before Colin Garland, swung forward with Lynden Dunn as James Frawley went back, kicked Melbourne’s first goal since the 24-minute mark of the first term.

Already missing prime movers Tom Scully, Lachie Whitfield, Jeremy Cameron and Stephen Coniglio, the Giants displayed a bravery their coach said you experience rarely in a career, overcoming a dire situation which he admitted left his coaching panel planning how to hold back the tide in five-minute blocks throughout the last half.

‘‘It’s a significant win – to win at the MCG, but to win the way we did with 19 fit men was phenomenal,’’ Cameron said. ‘‘We attacked and played really bold footy when we sensed the moment, and we held it up when we had to. There were times when we were thinking, ‘are we going to stop and are Melbourne going to come?’’’

The blight on an historic day came with the sight of Patton, his face a picture of woe, thumping his fist into the turf on the members’ wing. He limped off, unassisted but with head bowed, attempted some run-throughs along the boundary a few minutes later, but returned to the changerooms. He was taken to hospital for scans. The Giants later confirmed he had suffered a torn ACL. Cameron had been clinging to the hope that testing would not reveal the need for a second reconstruction.

‘‘You have this sinking feeling for the first 15 seconds. I actually didn’t know ... then all of a sudden you look and see him down there and he’s obviously under a fair bit of stress,’’ Cameron said. 

‘‘Our thoughts go out to him and his family ... he’s had such a bad run with injuries, and this year he’s been so good for us. Cross fingers.’’

The 21-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in his 10th game last April, having missed the first half of 2012 after surgery in Sweden for patella tendonitis, a complaint that pre-dated his selection as the first pick of the 2011 draft. 

He had been living up to his huge promise this season and entered Sunday’s clash having kicked 25 goals from 18 games.

8 comments so far

  • Coach Roos seems to have a lot of mates in the media and so is immune from criticism. Melbourne have made little progress since they sacked the coach last year. Is he a highly paid koala bear?

    Commenter
    Peter
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 17, 2014, 6:51PM
    • Well done Giants, but I feel so bad for Patton. Three knee injuries and his career has barely started. I hope it isn't too bad.

      Commenter
      cmon
      Date and time
      August 17, 2014, 7:02PM
      • Yes unfortunately for the young man his career may be cut short. Very sorry as he is a great player.

        Commenter
        Catherine
        Date and time
        August 17, 2014, 9:18PM
    • Great effort . Season's not over yet though .

      Commenter
      David
      Location
      NSW
      Date and time
      August 17, 2014, 11:10PM
      • I guess the Swans won't bother poaching Patton now.

        Commenter
        Brendan
        Location
        Forest Hill
        Date and time
        August 18, 2014, 7:26AM
        • MFC may not had played well, the Giants win was full of merit, considering the quality on the side lines with long term injury, and of course during the game, courageous stuff. Then you look at what the Lions did to another side who had similar injury issues on the weekend. Injuries not seen in 20 years in the caper! What codswollop! A young developing side having the spirit to have a crack, as apposed to an entitled side having a whinge. Go find a coach pies, not a politician.

          Commenter
          Pat
          Location
          Bakka
          Date and time
          August 18, 2014, 9:31AM
          • Probably the Giants greatest win in their three year career. To win by that much with only 19 players after half time is extraordinary. Especially considering four gun first choice players were already out with season ending injuries. Sure it's only Melbourne, but how many teams can win games with only one guy on the bench for an entire half of footy.
            The Giants are basically an Under 21 side. What a humiliating loss for Melbourne.
            Should be an interesting game between the Giants and Magpies this weekend when you consider how the injury hit Collingwood lay down against Brisbane. Maybe Buckley should show his team a video of the Giants second half against Melbourne.

            Commenter
            Simon L
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            August 18, 2014, 11:29AM
            • Simon if Buckley heeds your advice, it would be his best coaching move thus far!

              Commenter
              You Should
              Location
              Coach
              Date and time
              August 18, 2014, 12:00PM

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