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Cameron Stars in Record-breaking Win

Riley Stuart, AFL Media  June 9, 2018 7:59 PM

Match Highlights: Round 12 All the highlights from the record breaking win over the Gold Coast Suns in round 12.
Jeremy Cameron was on fire with six goals against the Suns on Saturday night. - GWS Giants,AFL,Spotless Stadium,Jeremy Cameron,Gold Coast Suns

Jeremy Cameron was on fire with six goals against the Suns on Saturday night.

Jeremy Cameron helped himself to six goals as the GIANTS continued its mid-season resurgence with a 108-point demolition of Gold Coast at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

But the 20.14 (134) to 4.2 (26) triumph - the club's biggest winning margin in its short AFL history - could come at a cost for the GIANTS, whose lengthy injury list received some new additions.

Big man Rory Lobb (ribs) and forward Daniel Lloyd (knee) did not play the second half, with the latter facing a nervous wait after receiving a nasty knock in a contest on the wing.

Lobb was taken to hospital, joining a GIANTS casualty ward which already includes stars Stephen Coniglio (concussion), Tom Scully (ankle), Brett Deledio (calf) and Toby Greene (foot).

The haul was Cameron's biggest since round one, and provided a bright spot in an otherwise unremarkable fixture that looked over midway through the second term.

Cameron also gathered 26 possessions, while teammate Ryan Griffen celebrated his 250th AFL appearance with two goals.

GIANTS skipper Callan Ward had 34 touches – including 16 in contests – and 10 clearances, while Jacob Hopper (29 disposals, 12 clearances) and Josh Kelly (38 possessions) also shone.

Jarrod Harbrow and Touk Miller never stopped trying for the visitors.

The GIANTS – which lost four straight games between rounds seven and 11 – head into the bye just two points outside the top eight after back-to-back wins.

Gold Coast went down by 102 points in the corresponding fixture last year, and the warning signs of another route were there early.

The Suns lost the inside-50s 17-7 in the opening term, and were lucky to be only 12 points down at quarter-time.

At that stage they were in the game on the scoreboard at least, but the floodgates soon opened.

Led by Cameron, who kicked three goals in the second stanza, the GIANTS began to make its dominance count and opened up a 44-point lead at the long break.

Things only got worse for the visitors from there.

The GIANTS booted 11 goals to one in the second and third terms, with Matt de Boer cashing in on his return from a hamstring injury with three majors.

Lachie Whitfield (knee) and Dylan Shiel (ankle) both needed treatment during the game. But their injuries did not seem to restrict them, with the duo both dominant on the ball.

Gold Coast’s Jarrod Witts dominated the hit-outs with 64, but his side lost the clearances 54-36.

MEDICAL ROOM
GIANTS: Lloyd (knee) looks set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after going down in the second term. Lobb (ribs), who missed four games earlier this season with a knee injury, finished the night in hospital. Lachie Whitfield (knee) and Dylan Shiel (ankle) both needed treatment but both had big nights.

Gold Coast: The Suns appear to have emerged from the game with a clean bill of health.

NEXT UP
The Suns return to Metricon Stadium where they will host St Kilda in a Saturday twilight fixture. The GIANTS have a bye in round 13, before a clash against the Lions at the Gabba.

GIANTS  2.6    9.9    17.12   20.14 (134)
GOLD COAST 1.0    3.1      4.1         4.2 (26)          

GOALS
GIANTS: Cameron 6, de Boer 3, Kelly 2, Ward 2, Himmelberg 2, Reid 2, Patton, Langdon, Lloyd
Gold Coast: Young 2, Harbrow, Brodie

BEST 
GIANTS: Cameron, Kelly, Ward, Whitfield, Hopper, Davis, Shiel, de Boer
Gold Coast: Witts, Miller, Harbrow, Ainsworth

INJURIES 
GIANTS: Lobb (rib), Lloyd (knee), Shiel (ankle)
Gold Coast: Ainsworth (hand)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stevic, Brown, Mollison

Official crowd: 7,131 at Spotless Stadium