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Giants crushed as Kennedy kicks 11 goals

West Coast smashes the GWS Giants by 111 points as key forward Josh Kennedy boots 11 goals.

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Leon Cameron said that Greater Western Sydney took a step back on Sunday after being thrashed by West Coast by 111 points at Patersons Stadium.

The Giants had shown promising signs in the early stages of this season, with a win against Sydney in round one and then solid performances, albeit in losses, against Port Adelaide (35 points) and the Western Bulldogs (27).

GWS coach Leon Cameron speaks to his players at three-quarter-time during the match against West Coast on Sunday.

GWS coach Leon Cameron speaks to his players at three-quarter-time during the match against West Coast on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

But there weren’t too many positives to come out of the 30 goal to 12 flogging at the hands of the Eagles, spearheaded by Josh Kennedy and his 11 goals.

West Coast booted 19.3 after half-time.

“After half-time we became a bit non-competitive,” Cameron said.

“We all have our bad games. We've been there and done that before. But it was just disappointing the way the game ended.
“I thought we lost a bit of ground today.

“We're all disappointed. We're not going to shy away from that. We accept total responsibility - coaching staff and players - for that sort of performance after half-time.

“We've got to be able to resurrect that and get back to that competitive first four or five weeks we had at the start of the season.

“It's a tough season. We understand where we're at. We're a developing side.

“We are going to fluctuate. But we fluctuated too far today. We need to be better than that.”

The return of Shane Mumford, Jeremy Cameron, Adam Treloar and Curtly Hampton will provide some of the automatic improvement that Cameron is looking for.

The Giants have a bye in round nine before playing their first game at their home ground for the season in round 10 against Richmond.

GWS will be hoping Nick Haynes will be available, after he was subbed out after limping from the ground after just two minutes of Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.

He has been solid in defence this season – a defence that is already missing Phil Davis. The Giants need Haynes on the ground – and clearly missed him against the Eagles on Sunday.

The Giants were stretched, with Kennedy, Jack Darling (three goals), Dean Cox (two) and Mark LeCras (four) proving too much to cover by an inexperienced side that included a first gamer, Aidan Corr (who was pretty good early on Darling before moving on to Kennedy).

“But it's not just about those players (returning from injury), it's about the guys who played today. They need to find a way to respond and fight through these situations,” Cameron said.

“We're not just going to wipe the game under the carpet. We're going to have a look at it when the boys get back on Friday because our guys have got to learn that regardless if you're away from home or have injuries, you've got to be able to hang tough in these sorts of games.”

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