License article

GWS Giants win in Canberra

GWS Giants have won their first ever AFL match.

Show comments

There’s a big, big sound from Canberra town, it’s the sound of the mighty Giants.
The AFL’s newest team Greater Western Sydney brought up its first ever win with a blistering last quarter to run away 27-point winners, 13.1 6 (94) to 9.13 (67), over Gold Coast at Manuka Oval yesterday.
GWS should seriously re-consider their three-games a year in the nation's capital and move here permanently – they clearly love it.
And they’ve developed a permanent link with the ACT – their first goal kicked at Manuka was by Canberra product Josh Bruce and now they’ve won their first game.
It wasn’t the prettiest win but the crowd of 8603 was treated to a nail-biter.
Adam Treloar, Jonathan Giles and then Jeremy Cameron sealed the win with three goals in three minutes in the final quarter, and Giles added another to start the party.
The Giants had burst out of the blocks as their midfield got on top of the much-heralded Suns engine room.
Gary Ablett, Karmichael Hunt and Harley Bennell had no answers to the pressure of their GWS counterparts.
Devon Smith got the home team off to a perfect start, running into an open goal to open the scoring.
The pressure that Callan Ward, Treloar and Taylor Adams were able to apply continued throughout the opening stanza and it took the Suns until the 18th minute to get their first major.
The Giants went into the opening break in front – just like they did against the Western Bulldogs at Manuka two weeks ago – this time with a 17-point advantage.
The second quarter was all Gold Coast as Harley Bennell broke lose to provide plenty of run off the wing, and he was involved in wave after wave of Suns pressure.
To their credit the Giants turned things around, with Josh Caddy (two goals) instrumental, kicking two goals in two minutes, as the Suns went into the main break with a 13-point lead.

It was all the Giants in the final quarter though as they ran down the Suns to have the GWS song played for the first time in AFL history.