Caught up: St Kilda's Nathan Wright is tackled during the NAB Challenge match against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
Greater Western Sydney booted a remarkable five supergoals in the second quarter to set up a 68-point thrashing of St Kilda in the NAB Challenge match at Wagga Wagga on Saturday.
It was one of the best days in the fledgling club's three-year history and no one enjoyed it more than midfielder Dylan Shiel, who kicked three nine-pointers in the 7.11.10 (139) to 0.10.11 (71) victory.
The major beneficiary of Shiel's long-range goalkicking was his junior club Edithvale-Aspendale, who picked up $1500 worth of new footballs from the competition sponsor.
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|Players||Shiel (3.0.0), Cameron (1.4.2), Patton (1.1.0), Haynes (1.0.0), Hoskin-Elliott (1.0.0), Lamb (0.1.4), Smith (0.1.2), Addison (0.1.0), Bugg (0.1.0), Frost (0.1.0), Palmer (0.1.0), Hampton (0.0.1), Ward (0.0.1)||Scorers||Lee (0.2.0), Riewoldt (0.2.0), Curren (0.1.1), Dunstan (0.1.0), Geary (0.1.0), Montagna (0.1.0), Saunders (0.1.0), Weller (0.1.0), Hayes (0.0.2), Billings (0.0.1), Maister (0.0.1), Newnes (0.0.1), Ray (0.0.1), Schneider (0.0.1), Webster (0.0.1)|
After an even first term, the Saints took a six-point lead early in the second quarter after a goal from impressive youngster Josh Saunders.
But that proved to be the high point of a low day for St Kilda.
Key forward Jonathon Patton got the Giants going with a nine-pointer from a set shot and they didn't look back.
With the aid of a stiff breeze they kicked 64 unanswered points, with Shiel, Nick Haynes, Will Hoskin-Elliott and Jeremy Cameron also kicking supergoals.
The Giants held a 58-point lead at half-time.
St Kilda was more competitive after the long break but the Giants were able to push the final margin out to 68 points, thanks to Shiel's second and third supergoals in the final term. Cameron, who became the Giants' first All-Australian last year, kicked a game-high five goals.
GWS midfielder Stephen Coniglio was subbed out of the match in the first quarter after failing a concussion test.
The Saints lost gun onballer Lenny Hayes to a suspected hamstring injury late in the third term.