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Luke Cullen  July 22, 2017 6:42 PM


Stephen Coniglio made a successful return after ankle surgery.

They have had to fight against a fair bit throughout the year but it was really good to see the smiles on the boys faces.

Stephen Coniglio and Brett Deledio have made successful returns from injury in the GIANTS Reserves' 13-point win over Sydney University at Blacktown International SportsPark on Saturday.

GIANTS NEAFL coach Brad Miller was quick to recognise the importance of the team’s 12.12 (84) to 11.5 (71) win - just their second for the season - over one of the top NEAFL sides.

“It was great to see the side get some reward from their effort,” Miller said.

“They have had to fight against a fair bit throughout the year but it was really good to see the smiles on the boys' faces.

“Seeing those experienced guys come back and enjoy the win is an uplifting feeling.”

Coniglio hadn’t played since re-injuring his ankle in round eight against Collingwood and the GIANTS vice-captain produced a standout performance, finishing with 36 disposals and a goal. 

“Cogs was just outstanding,” Miller said.

“The way he was organising the guys and showing his leadership throughout was just terrific.

“You could clearly see the influence he had on a lot of the younger players.”

Deledio made an impressive GIANTS debut, showing no signs of the calf injury that has kept him off the field since Round 17 last season. 

The two-time Richmond Best and Fairest played the entire second half and finished with 17 disposals.

“It’s just great to see Brett back on the field,” Miller said.

“He’s had a long stint out of the game so for him to be able to get through is just fantastic for both himself and the club. I’m rapt for him.”

Defender Harry Himmelberg played a starring role down back finishing with 12 marks, while his versatility showed when he kicked a goal in the second quarter.

“Harry was probably our best player today,” Miller said.

“He just reads the ball so well and is really physical with his body work so having him down back fills us with a lot of confidence.” 

The GIANTS Reserves travel to the Gold Coast to take on Suns Reserves at Metricon Stadium next Saturday.