GWS obtain locked in an AFL elimination last derby clash with Sydney after sealing their top-eight space with a 14-point choose over Carlton.
The Blues, certain to ship off Eddie Betts and Levi Casboult on a excessive stamp amid uncertainty over coach David Teague’s future, flew out of the blocks however the Giants pegged them wait on then prevailed 12.17 (89) to 11.9 (75).
As a result, GWS pulled six aspects particular of Essendon and Fremantle to verbalize a finals space and seventh space – and a date with the sixth-positioned Swans.
“In actual fact proud, 0-3 and clearly the season now now not going the model we wished to initiate and tons of injuries,” coach Leon Cameron said.
“Our younger fellas obtain if truth be told stood up in the wait on half of of the year and we get to play yet any other finals series.”
Giants’ midfield quartet Josh Kelly, Tim Taranto Jacob Hopper and Callan Ward were necessary to the game turning in their favour.
Ed Curnow used to be sensational for the Blues, kicking four aims and racking up 25 disposals, while captain Patrick Cripps dominated early sooner than being substituted out with a foot damage for Paddy Dow in the third term.
Betts used to be taking half in his 350th and last AFL game after a decorated career, while Casboult, who wasn’t equipped a contract for 2022, used to be signing off for the Blues in his 154th game, with the pair kicking two aims apiece.
The Blues were aggressive early and dominated clearances and contested possession – however finest led by seven aspects at quarter-time.
Hopper sparked the Giants in the second quarter when he received a loose ball and sidestepped three Blues in succession sooner than snapping a suave map.
From there, GWS cranked up the warmth, drawing internal a level at halftime, then hitting the entrance early in the third quarter.
The Giants nudged their lead beyond three aims early in the fourth term and held on through a boring Blues fightback.
“The last game with nothing on the line, it is now now not continuously easy,” Teague said.
“However whether or now now not it used to be for Levi, whether or now now not it used to be for Eddie, whether or now now not it used to be appropriate pride in placing this jumper on, I believed the fellows cracked in even boring.
“After they kicked a pair, they kept coming to ranking and I used to be very satisfied with them tonight.”
Betts used to be chaired off by Casboult and Mitch McGovern and given a guard of honour.
GWS wore their Indigenous guernsey on the night as a tribute and equipped Betts with a guernsey submit-match.
“Moderately emotional. 350 video games however it absolutely’s been a prolonged breeze, a appropriate breeze,” Betts told Fox Footy.
“What attain you attain – appropriate revel in taking half in footy, admire placing smiles on faces.
“Couldn’t get the choose however what attain you attain?”
GWS captain Stephen Coniglio used to be substituted into the game in the fourth quarter, replacing Xavier O’Halloran (calf tightness).
Carlton ruckman Tom De Koning used to be taken from the self-discipline on a stretcher boring after hitting his head on the bottom in an ungainly landing from a spectacular sign.
Teague said De Koning used to be concussed however okay after the match.