Easybeats Look For Giant Upset

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Setanta O'hAilpin adds height to the Giants' forward line. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Getty Images
Last Match

Round 5, 2012 – Western Bulldogs 104 d GWS 62 at Manuka Oval


Form

     Rd 10       Rd 11       Rd 12       Rd 13       Rd 14   
GWS Giants 

 L

 L

 L

 B

 L

Western Bulldogs  

 W

 B

 L

 L

 L


It’s hard to believe, but Melbourne’s pressure (yes, Melbourne) actually threw the Bulldogs off their game on Saturday night. When the game was there to be won, it was the Demons going hammer and tong, not the Bulldogs, and the late charge to bring it back to a three-point margin didn’t reflect the stranglehold the Dees had for most of the contest. It was a disappointing effort from a team which had beaten St Kilda and Port Adelaide (prior to their resurgence) before the bye.

Looking at the draw, you would think there are only a couple of realistic chances the GWS Giants have to record their first win of the 2013 season, and surely this is one of them. Kevin Sheedy’s men were unceremoniously thrashed again by North Melbourne on Sunday. The 86-point belting was the seventh straight occasion the losing margin has been over 50 points.

The Bulldogs have been dealt a massive blow with Matthew Boyd out with a cheekbone fracture. They do regain mature-age backman Brett Goodes, though. The Giants have added experience and talent this week with with forme Rising Star winner Rhys Palmer back, along with young guns Stephen Coniglio and star forward Jeremy Cameron.


Key Men

(Giants) Setanta O’hAilpin – Rarely this season have the Giants had two legitimate marking targets in the forward line. Injuries to Jonathon Patton and Setanta O’hAilpin have left Jeremy Cameron to carry a big load, a job he has done magnificently. As a team, though, GWS is short on firepower up front and O’hAilpin needs to start repaying the club that brought him over from Carlton. The Irishman has 11 goals from five games this year, which is an ok return, but they need more in a winnable match like this.

(Bulldogs) Tom Liberatore – You simply won’t see too many better efforts in a well beaten side than Tom Liberatore produced on Saturday night. Yes, he was playing Melbourne, but he got very little response from his teammates, so that adds extra lustre to his numbers. He finished with 36 possessions, 12 clearances, 11 inside 50s and he laid nine tackles. Ryan Griffen aside, the rest of the ‘Dogs could take a look at how this young man goes about his business. He’s not the most skilled going around, but his bullocking work is just fantastic. The Giants players the same age might just get a lesson on Saturday, too.


Prediction

Right now it is impossible to back the Giants with any level of confidence, at all. They are a bunch of 19-year-olds getting flogged on a weekly basis, which can’t be doing any of the kids much good. Former Bulldog Callan Ward really needs to pull out a massive game against his old team, but the Doggies probably have too many ball-winners to stop the Giants from ever gaining the ascendancy. The Dogs’ forward line can be ineffective, at times, but the way the Giants have been going, they won’t have to kick more than 10 goals to win this. Western Bulldogs by 32 points

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