Greater Western Sydney might be trying to ship departing coach Leon Cameron out on a excessive as he coaches his one hundred and eightieth and closing recreation for the membership.
The Giants (2-6, 79.9%) confirmed this week Cameron and the membership had mutually determined to half methods following spherical 9, after which assistant coach Mark McVeigh will step in as caretaker.
Carlton (6-2, 111.4%) might end the spherical a recreation away from fifth with a win, however have misplaced the final 5 video games towards the Giants and are with out star ahead Harry McKay as a result of damage.
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Cameron delivered an emotional pre-game tackle to his gamers.
“I don’t have any regrets boys. What has happened is you guys,” Cameron instructed his Giants gamers pre-game.
“I’ve got relationships here, from coaches, staff and players, that will last a long time – that will last a lifetime.
“What you‘ve done for me – I know it’s my last game, it’s hard not to make it about myself – is unbelievable. So today we play – play the game we love, play the game we’re supposed to play.”
There have been no late modifications for both facet, with Bobby Hill (GWS) and Matt Cottrell (Carlton) named the medical subs.
This match will get underway at 3:20pm AEST from GIANTS Stadium.
Watch it stay on Fox Footy (channel 504) from 3pm AEST.
QUARTER-BY-QUARTER MATCH REPORT
The Blues obtained the right begin, with Corey Durdin producing a sensational snap to kick the primary aim of the sport earlier than star midfielder Sam Walsh conjured the second aim minutes later.
And when Walsh snapped his second aim, the relentless Blues had shot out to a 20-point lead, with the Giants failing to have a disposal of their ahead half throughout the primary seven minutes.
Key ahead Tom De Koning then flew excessive inside 50 to take a towering mark earlier than changing a troublesome set-shot alternative to present the Blues a 26-point lead over the scoreless and shell-shocked Giants.
“This is not going to script in Leon Cameron’s final match,” Channel 7 commentator Alister Nicholson mentioned.
“This is so, so disappointing for the Giants.”
Brian Taylor added: “Carlton are blistering at the moment … This is an absolute mess at the moment for the Giants.”
The Giants then began win extra of the ball. Third-gamer Cooper Hamilton tried to set the tone for his facet with a brave contested mark, which led to his facet’s first main by Callan Ward.
The Giants’ pleasure was momentarily interrupted as Zac Fisher produced a superb particular person effort, baulking a number of Giants defenders then nailing a long-range left-foot aim.
But co-captain Toby Greene injected himself into the sport late within the first time period, kicking two stylish objectives to scale back the margin to 2 objectives on the first change.
There was a major bitter second late within the first time period, with Giant-turned-Blue Zac Williams limped off the bottom after innocuously falling to the bottom. It appeared Williams had injured his Achilles, sparking heartbreaking scenes.
Williams was subbed out of the sport at quarter-time and changed by Cottrell.
The Giants obtained the quick begin within the second time period, with Jake Riccardi taking a robust mark and kicking the Giants’ fourth aim to scale back the margin to a kick.
Carlton obtained the fast reply, with the Blues displaying nice link-up play and Durdin rewarded along with his second main. But Harry Himmelberg answered to chop Carlton’s lead once more.
While the Blues have been dominating on the within, the Giants have been getting on prime within the uncontested possession rely, permitting them to spend extra time inside their entrance half.
“Things are just unravelling a bit now for Carlton,” Nicholson mentioned.
It took a superb, particular particular person effort from Jack Silvagni for the Blues to interrupt by the Giants’ wall, shrugging off his opponent within the pocket then nailing a checkside snap to present the Blues a lot wanted respiration area.
But the Giants’ grinding comeback continued. Defender Adam Kennedy launched a protracted bomb to kick simply his 14th AFL profession aim, earlier than Josh Kelly added one other to attract scores stage at 47 apiece at half-time.
It was the Blues that, once more, began the subsequent quarter with terrific depth.
There was a beautiful second early, with Blues debutant Jesse Motlop kicking his first AFL aim from a set-shot — a lot to the delight of his household within the Giants Stadium grandstand.
Ex-Giant Matt Kennedy then transformed his set-shot try after the Giants gave away a 50m penalty, giving the Blues some respiration room.
Himmelberg briefly halted the Blues’ momentum and snapped his second main, earlier than Blues rookie Lochie O’Brien delivered an superior long-range strike to present Carlton ample momentum.
But Harry Perryman responded with a cultured crumbing aim to proceed the see-saw nature of the match.
“This looks like being tight and tense all the way to the finish of the Cameron era,” Nicholson mentioned in commentary.
Star Blues defender Jacob Weitering then gave away a free kick to Giant Finn Callaghan then was penalised for umpire dissent when he disagreed with the decsiion, resulting in a sure aim for Callaghan.
The main noticed Carlton’s lead lower to 6 factors at three quarter-time.
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