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Giants beat Cats, stay in AFLW finals race

Giants beat Cats, stay in AFLW finals race

One other shiny show by onball leader Alyce Parker kept alive Better Western Sydney’s slim hopes of reaching the AFLW finals with a fighting win against Geelong on Saturday.

Parker ran up an spectacular 25 possessions because the left-footer was infrequently out of the motion in the Giants’ 2.4 (16) to the Cats’ 1.3 (9) win in a fancy scrap at GMHBA Stadium.

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She was neatly supported by Alicia Eva, with 18 touches, Elle Bennetts, 18, and Rebecca Beeson, 15, because the Giants withstood a sustained discipline from a Geelong outfit determined to fracture thru for the first win of the season.

“It was very finest a fancy struggle that was finished between the (50m) arcs and it was laborious to hit the scoreboard,” Parker said.

“I think in the first half we had been 2d to the ball and that’s definitely what the half-time chat was what was brought up.

“It is what we’re about and we finished subtle in the 2d half and had been first to the footy and that’s why we had been in a position to take hold of on.”

The Giants, who’re in truth 4-4 and mute in touch with the ladder’s top six, would delight in acquired by great more without the tall defence of Cats backs Maddy McMahon, Meg McDonald and Madeline Keryk.

GWS repeatedly regarded more at possibility of attain when advancing inside the forward 50, with Cora Staunton because the main marking target and posthaste, tiny forward Haneen Zreika repeatedly a threat.

It was Zreika who broke thru for the company’ first aim in the first quarter and Staunton kicked in truth from a label in the 2d timeframe to provide the indispensable scoreboard buffer.

The Cats belied their lowly ladder station with admirable intensity at some point of the sport that stifled the Giants’ potential to initiate up the play.

Nonetheless Geelong’s inability to usually sustain the scoreboard ticking over, a millstone for the entire season, was evident again despite controlling the ball in the home team’s forward half for excellent portions of the quarters.

Forward Phoebe Williams notched Geelong’s simplest aim halfway thru the first timeframe and, although the Cats kept GWS scoreless in the final quarter, they could perhaps per chance per chance no longer fracture thru themselves in what was the 2d lowest win in AFLW historical past.

Geelong’s merciless scuttle of injuries continued when experienced defender Denby Taylor suffered a upright shoulder injury from a crunching bump in the opening minutes that ruled her out for the remainder of the sport.

Giants beat Cats, stay in AFLW finals race