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Match Report

GIANTS Headed to Maiden Grand Final

By Marc McGowan, AFL Media September 21, 2019 7:45 PM

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The GIANTS have withstood a furious Collingwood fightback – and a score review controversy – to win by four points and qualify for a historic maiden AFL Grand Final.

The underdog GIANTS led by a match-high 33 points almost six minutes into the final term, were dominating proceedings and would have thought the game was well in their keeping. 

At that stage, the Magpies had kicked three goals in more than three quarters of football, yet somehow they almost conjured one of the most remarkable comebacks in finals history.

A Jaidyn Stephenson goal kick-started the drama, but it was Josh Thomas' major at the nine-minute mark – the second of four straight from Collingwood – that provided the talking point.

Thomas' shot appeared to be clearly touched, but play resumed in the middle after a short delay, meaning the Pies were awarded maximum points.

The AFL's new ARC set-up, which was supposed to avoid these situations, will come under intense pressure in the wake of this error, which could have cost the GIANTS a Grand Final spot.

Fortunately for the AFL, the GIANTS narrowly hung on by an 8.8 (56) to 7.10 (52) scoreline in a classic encounter in front of a black and white-dominated MCG crowd of 77,828.

Richmond, the 2017 premier, awaits at the same venue in a week's time.

There were still 19 points the difference at the time of Thomas' goal, but Collingwood never stopped coming and had a series of chances to gobble up its deficit.

A mid-air strike from Chris Mayne slashed the GIANTS' advantage to 13, then Thomas snapped a brilliant goal to make it only six points.

That was the game's final major, but the Pies will rue Ben Reid's errant set shot, a Mayne attempt that was initially called a goal then correctly ruled a behind on review, and a heartbreaking Taylor Adams poster.

The Sherrin was parked almost permanently in Collingwood's attacking 50 in the dying minutes, and the last opportunity came via Brayden Maynard.

Maynard blasted the ball to the top of the goalsquare, only for GIANT Sam Taylor to elevate and fist the ball away rather than try to mark.

Time eventually ran out for the Magpies, whose bid for back-to-back Grand Final appearances and a sixth since 2002 fell agonisingly short.

Earlier, the GIANTS trailed Collingwood by three points at the main break in what was its third preliminary final in four seasons despite leading in most of the key categories.

The combined half-time tally of 37 points – the Pies led 3.2 to 2.5 – was the lowest in a VFL/AFL final since the 1928 semi-final between Collingwood and Melbourne.

Either the Magpies were about to make the GIANTS pay, or the men in orange were finally going to break the shackles.

The game-turning moment came in a hurry.

Jeremy Cameron chipped the Sherrin inside 50, then Bobby Hill – in his eight AFL match – hunted it to the boundary, and a series of slick handballs ended with Brent Daniels curling his kick in for a goal.

That was Daniels' second touch in the chain and came via a quick-thinking Jacob Hopper dish that released him.

Barely four minutes had passed in the second half, but the GIANTS were in front for the first time since the 18-minute mark of the opening quarter in what had been an MCG cliffhanger to that point.

The GIANTS never surrendered the lead from there, going on to kick five goals to none in the third term.

It was their second straight win on the road, after upsetting Brisbane by three points at the Gabba a week ago.

Daniels' major was the first of four for the GIANTS before the third term reached its halfway mark, before a costly Jack Crisp turnover seemed to have sealed Collingwood's fate.

Crisp elected to go sideways into the corridor and gifted the ball to Daniel Lloyd – and in a matter of seconds Cameron was lining up for, then kicking, his second goal.

Cameron was excellent in what was an engrossing battle with Darcy Moore, with his two magnificent set shots from not far inside the boundary at the city end proving incredibly valuable.

The GIANTS may have almost blown it, but ultimately richly deserved this result.

Nick Haynes and Taylor were resolute down back, especially with co-captain Phil Davis (calf) going down in the first quarter and spending most of the game up forward thereafter.

Josh Kelly came up big in the second half – important in the absence of Stephen Coniglio, Lachie Whitfield, Callan Ward and Greene – and Zac Williams was great from the get-go.

Young GIANT Harry Perryman played arguably the game of his life, too.

There will be reinforcements next week, including Greene, Whitfield and maybe Coniglio, but this team has proven beyond doubt its character is every bit as valuable as its star power.

COLLINGWOOD     2.0     3.2     3.5     7.10     (52)
GIANTS    1.3     2.5     7.7     8.8     (56)

GOALS
Collingwood: 
Stephenson 2, Thomas 2, Reid, Elliott, Mayne
GIANTS: 
Cameron 3, Finlayson 2, Taranto, Williams, Daniels

BEST
Collingwood: Crisp, Grundy, Pendlebury, Maynard, Wills, Howe, Treloar
GIANTS: 
Williams, Taranto, Haynes, Perryman, Cameron, Kelly, Finlayson

INJURIES
Collingwood: 
Nil
GIANTS: 
Davis (calf)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stevic, Stephens, Meredith 

Official crowd: 77,828 at the MCG

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Nick Haynes
    Nick Haynes
    30
  • Collingwood
    Jeremy Howe
    28
  • GWS Giants
    Josh Kelly
    27
  • Collingwood
    Jack Crisp
    26
  • GWS Giants
    Tim Taranto
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Brodie Grundy
    Brodie Grundy
    164
  • Collingwood
    Jack Crisp
    126
  • GWS Giants
    Tim Taranto
    122
  • GWS Giants
    Nick Haynes
    118
  • GWS Giants
    Zac Williams
    116
Scoring Leaders
  • Jeremy Cameron
    Jeremy Cameron
    3.1
  • GWS Giants
    Jeremy Finlayson
    2.1
  • Collingwood
    Jaidyn Stephenson
    2.0
  • Collingwood
    Josh Thomas
    2.0
  • Collingwood
    Jamie Elliott
    1.1

Match Stats

  • 337 Disposals 338
  • 65.6 Disposal Eff 63.3
  • 148 Contested Pos 164
  • 71 Marks 80
  • 24 Free Kicks 17
  • 35 Clearances 54
  • 53 Inside 50s 49
  • 41 Rebound 50s 44
  • 95 Tackles 88
  • 78 Hit-outs 16
  • 83 Interchanges 75

Breakdown

  • 2.0 (12)
    1.3 (9)
  • 3.2 (20)
    2.5 (17)
  • 3.5 (23)
    7.7 (49)
  • 7.10 (52)
    8.8 (56)

Player Stats

Collingwood

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Brodie Grundy 11 14 25 3 73 5 0 4 0 0 164
2Jack Crisp 16 10 26 7 0 0 0 9 0 1 126
3Jeremy Howe 20 8 28 7 0 2 0 2 0 0 107
4Brayden Maynard 14 9 23 3 0 2 0 8 0 0 103
5Scott Pendlebury 12 6 18 2 0 3 0 9 0 1 94
6Rupert Wills 3 13 16 1 0 1 1 12 0 0 84
7Jamie Elliott 9 4 13 6 0 2 0 4 1 1 78
8Jaidyn Stephenson 10 6 16 5 0 0 0 2 2 0 77
9Josh Thomas 9 5 14 4 0 0 0 4 2 0 77
10Adam Treloar 7 15 22 0 0 0 3 8 0 0 74
11Tom Phillips 12 6 18 4 0 2 0 3 0 0 74
12Steele Sidebottom 9 7 16 4 0 0 2 5 0 0 67
13Darcy Moore 10 7 17 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 66
14Taylor Adams 20 0 20 1 0 1 6 4 0 2 64
15John Noble 11 5 16 5 0 0 1 1 0 1 60
16Chris Mayne 4 5 9 3 0 0 0 4 1 0 53
17James Aish 5 3 8 2 0 0 1 6 0 0 48
18Callum L. Brown 8 2 10 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 47
19Will Hoskin-Elliott 7 1 8 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 42
20Jordan Roughead 7 1 8 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 28
21Ben Reid 3 1 4 2 5 2 2 0 1 1 25
22Brody Mihocek 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 18

GWS Giants

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Tim Taranto 23 3 26 5 0 2 0 6 1 0 122
2Nick Haynes 21 9 30 9 0 1 1 3 0 0 118
3Zac Williams 22 3 25 6 0 2 2 6 1 0 116
4Josh Kelly 20 7 27 2 0 2 1 8 0 0 111
5Harry Perryman 14 9 23 6 0 1 0 8 0 0 111
6Heath Shaw 12 4 16 5 0 0 1 5 0 0 76
7Jacob Hopper 13 9 22 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 74
8Adam Tomlinson 13 2 15 7 1 1 2 3 0 1 73
9Daniel Lloyd 12 7 19 3 0 1 0 2 0 2 70
10Jeremy Cameron 10 2 12 6 0 0 3 1 3 1 66
11Sam Taylor 8 6 14 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 66
12Aidan Corr 12 7 19 5 0 0 3 2 0 0 64
13Brent Daniels 6 8 14 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 56
14Matt de Boer 4 5 9 1 0 1 1 8 0 0 55
15Adam Kennedy 10 3 13 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 55
16Sam J. Reid 5 3 8 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 54
17Jeremy Finlayson 10 2 12 2 0 0 2 1 2 1 51
18Shane Mumford 5 3 8 0 14 1 6 8 0 0 50
19Harry Himmelberg 4 4 8 2 1 0 0 4 0 0 43
20Ian Hill 5 2 7 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 37
21Lachlan Keeffe 6 1 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 30
22Phil Davis 3 1 4 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 24

Team Lineups

Collingwood

B

  • John Noble,
  • Jordan Roughead,
  • Jeremy Howe

HB

  • Jack Crisp,
  • Darcy Moore,
  • Brayden Maynard

C

  • Tom Phillips,
  • Scott Pendlebury,
  • Steele Sidebottom

HF

  • Josh Thomas,
  • Brody Mihocek,
  • Will Hoskin-Elliott

F

  • Jamie Elliott,
  • Ben Reid,
  • Jaidyn Stephenson

Fol

  • Brodie Grundy,
  • Adam Treloar,
  • Taylor Adams

I/C

  • James Aish,
  • Chris Mayne,
  • Callum L. Brown,
  • Rupert Wills

No Late Change

In

  • Ben Reid,
  • James Aish

Out

  • Jordan De Goey (Injured),
  • Levi Greenwood (Injured)

Milestones:

  • Ben Reid  - Played 150th game

Last updated: 7:35PM Saturday, September 21, 2019