Coach Leon Cameron has hailed GWS’ character in bouncing again from a rough originate to the AFL season to grind out a 30-level win over Collingwood.
Stand-in captain Toby Greene booted five targets to inspire the injury-hit Giants to a unbelievable 14.6 (90) to 9.6 (60) victory and discover their marketing and marketing and marketing campaign off the imprint.
The Giants were 0-3 heading into Saturday evening’s recreation, and reeling from injuries – earlier than Greene, who Cameron lauded as a “special player” and his inexperienced teammates condemned Collingwood to their 2d-straight loss.
“Truly proud win because we could maybe’ve doubtlessly rolled in here and had a very upright, stable efficiency with an extremely young crew,” Cameron acknowledged.
“We have not had a crew non-public that since 2015 – so extremely young.
“Most frequently it is a threat – you discover to halftime or half of-attain via the third and that you just would possibly receive had a upright crack nonetheless you then fizzle out and you develop no longer discover the job carried out.
“Factual extremely proud for them to derive a gear, in particular after we were below the pump halfway via the final – after which we kick away.
“I thought the depth of the evening from all 22 was once first class.
“… It was once an improbable effort, clearly, offensively, to discontinue what (Greene) did, nonetheless to to marshal the troops after we were below the pump, I thought was once unbelievable.”
It was once a grimy evening for Collingwood who slipped to 1-3 and had vice-captain Taylor Adams limp off with an MCL injury within the third quarter, whereas Brayden Sier (gastro) was once substituted out for Levi Greenwood earlier that term.
In his first recreation for the season, dilapidated ruckman Shane Mumford restricted the influence of Magpies star Brodie Grundy, whereas Callan Ward pushed via a most predominant-quarter hand injury to rack up 37 touches and 7 clearances.
The Giants burst out of the blocks when Bobby Hill soccered via the opener – nonetheless Collingwood responded via debutant Beau McCreery’s toe fling.
In a cagey first quarter there was once no more scoring action till Finlayson nailed a lengthy-range place shot after the siren.
Greene snared three targets within the 2d quarter, then two after halftime to help stretch GWS’ lead past four targets within the teeming rain – earlier than a previously insensible Collingwood struck again.
Jordan De Goey and Josh Daicos offered a spark, with Will Hoskin-Elliott in conjunction with one other goal earlier than Harry Himmelberg’s strike gave the Giants breathing place on the rest alternate.
From there, the Giants held agency, then kicked away behind – leaving Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley to rue the Magpies being “belted up at contested ball.”
“We appropriate did no longer win sufficient contests – appropriate did no longer win sufficient contests,” he acknowledged.
“It looked non-public within the third quarter there that we had our recreation going and it sought for all intents and functions that we were going so that you just have to grind the consequence out.
“But after we encountered some resistance there, via the center portion of the final quarter, then we ran out of puff.”