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Jackson Hately in action for GIANTS. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL.

GIANTS move in to top four with comfortable win over Gold Coast

The GIANTS have returned to the winners list with a 43-point victory over the Gold Coast SUNS at GIANTS Stadium on Saturday.

The GIANTS led the contest for the majority of the match to secure their fourth win of the 2019 NEAFL season, winning 11.19 (85) to 6.6 (42).

GIANTS NEAFL coach Adam Schneider said that he was delighted with the performance of his side which saw them play quality football for the full four quarters.

“I think that we are in good form as a group. The most pleasing this is the way we are going about our footy, how the boys are competing and trying to play at an AFL standard which is what we ask for each week,” he told

“We know how contested and strong Gold Coast are in the contest so we wanted to match that.

“It was a great game for our boys to fire through and really challenge themselves with the high standard of contested footy. I was really happy with the way that we adapted to that.”

The GIANTS came out firing with massive pressure acts and tackles that put the Gold Coast SUNS under pressure when gaining possessions.

Jack Buckley kicked a six pointer in the third minute of the opening term to lead the way for the GIANTS on the scoreboard, with Daniel Lloyd, Jackson Hately and Matthew Flynn all following suit.

As the GIANTS kept the SUNS scoreless, early bragging rights were theirs as they took a 28-point lead heading into quarter time.

The SUNS gathered themselves to find some momentum in the second term with Sam Day and Josh Gore kicking a goal each to put points on the scoreboard.

However, the GIANTS reign continued with their impressive form allowing them to head into halftime and three quarter time with a lead of more than 30 points.

The GIANTS class was on display with the likes of Jackson Hately who amounted 30 disposals, eight tackles, three clearances, five inside 50’s and a goal.

Dawson Simpson and Matthew Flynn were also outstanding with 24 and 38 hit outs respectively, the GIANTS winning that statistic 64 to 42.

For the SUNS, Will Brodie was impressive with 26 disposals, 11 clearances, four inside 50’s and a goal whilst Tom Nicholls was also a standout with 31 hit outs and a goal.

But in the end, the GIANTS class and early lead proved to be too much for the SUNS to come back from.

Heading into the NEAFL Round 10, the GIANTS will take on the Sydney Swans at Blacktown International Sportspark at 10:30am on Sunday.

Schneider said that the match-up against the Sydney Swans is one that they are looking forward to.

“Sydney have beaten us pretty easily the last few times so hopefully we’re ready for that.”

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast SUNS will take on the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium 11:55am on Saturday.

GIANTS v Gold Coast at GIANTS Stadium

GIANTS 4.4 7.9 9.15 11.19 (85)
GOLD COAST 0.0 2.3 5.4 6.6 (42)

GOALS - GIANTS: D Buckley 3 D Lloyd 3 M Flynn J Hately K Briggs T Green
M Buntine. Gold Coast: S Day 2 W Brodie T Nicholls J Gore F Greenwool.
BEST - GIANTS: M Flynn M Buntine J Hately J Peatling X O'Halloran D Lloyd. Gold Coast: C Ah Chee S Day W Brodie J Leslie R Buckland J Heron.

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