A Giant leap: GWS notches first ever AFL win
Hard hit ... Israel Folau of the Giants tackles Trent McKenzie. Photo: Getty Images
Greater Western Sydney secured their historic first AFL victory, downing Gold Coast after kicking five goals to none in a blistering final quarter at Canberra's Manuka Oval.
In a closely fought battle, the match was in the balance entering the final term, with the Suns just four points ahead 9.11 (65) to 8.13 (61).
But it was the AFL's newest franchise that stood up to the challenge, young gun Dylan Shiel kicking the first goal in the 10th minute to re-take the lead they relinquished in the second quarter.
First win ... former NRL rivals Israel Folau competes with Karmichael Hunt. Photo: Getty Images
With 10 minutes to go, Adam Treloar snapped right in front of goal, sparking two more goals within as many minutes through Jonathan Giles and Jeremy Cameron.
It suddenly had the Giants 21 points ahead - with another goal to Giles cementing the 13.16 (94) 9.13 (67) victory in front of 8603 at the Giants' ACT home.
Giles - one of the Giants' best performers - finished with three goals, while Chad Cornes was solid in defence and Stephen Coniglio also influential.
For the Suns, captain Gary Ablett showed no signs of the knee injury that sidelined him for two weeks, but his match-high 33 possessions failed to spark his teammates.
The wooden-spoon derby was dubbed the "battle of the babies" by Giants coach Kevin Sheedy, who guided his men to their first win in the club's seventh AFL match.
It was the Giants who opened the match in better form, booting four goals to one to go up by 17 points at the first break.
But by halftime, the Suns had secured a 13-point lead after kicking six goals to one.
An even third quarter had the game up for grabs as the two hunkered down for the final term.