After a strong opening half, the GIANTS – who finished the game with only five AFL listed players - were overrun by Werribee in round nine of the VFL.

Ryan Angwin (23 disposals, one goal), Cameron Fleeton (18 disposals, six marks) and Leek Aleer (five marks) impressed for the GIANTS, but it wasn't enough as the GIANTS fell to an 8.6 (54) to 16.11 (107) defeat at GIANTS Stadium. 

“Overall, I thought we were really solid," said GIANTS VFL coach Damian Truslove.

“We went in undermanned, with injuries and illness, but I was happy with how our VFL listed players fought out the game for the entire contest.”

Truslove shared his assessments of the AFL and VFL listed players who played in the match.

AFL Listed Players:

9 Ryan Angwin

23 disposals, 1 goal

His best game for the best part of a month. He played in the midfield and found plenty of the ball both on the inside and outside with his good running patterns.

21 Leek Aleer 

9 disposals, 5 marks 

Leek’s had two really good games in a row. His spoiling, jumping and contested marking was a big feature for us, and he got involved with our back half ball movement.

29 Cameron Fleeton

18 disposals, 6 marks

Another solid performance, we were pleased to see him involved with our ball movement and he really stood up as a leader with his communication.

34 Josh Fahey

12 disposals, 1 goal 

Injured his shoulder in the second quarter, but prior to that gave us a lot of offensive drive off the half back and used the ball well by foot.

35 Will Shaw 

15 disposals, 4 marks

Played his first game across half back this year and gave us great offensive drive. It’s going to be exciting to see how he performs in that new position.

43 Cooper Hamilton

10 disposals, 5 marks

It was a good effort from Cooper to play considering he wasn’t 100%, I thought he fought through the game really well.

46 Callum Brown

12 disposals, 6 marks

Another good performance, for the third game in a row. He attacked the ball well and backed his ability and leg speed to take on the opposition.

VFL Listed and Academy Players: 

47 Josh Green

18 disposals, 4 tackles

Outstanding job for four quarters in the ruck. He scraped and fought hard around the stoppages and contest and found plenty of the ball on the back of his work ethic.

48 Harry Grintell

6 disposals, 3 goals

He started on the wing before we moved him forward in the second quarter. He managed to kick three really important goals for us.

49 Sam Frost  

14 disposals, 5 marks

Hard and tough in the back line, playing with a corked thigh for the majority of the contest. I was pleased with his involvement with our ball movement.

50 Billy Clark  

14 disposals, 6 marks

Played most of the game on the wing and gave us good run and carry on the outside of the contest.

51 Ryan Hebron

15 disposals, 10 marks

Played a mixed role, half as a forward and half as a back. It was another solid performance from the captain, he really led the way with his communication. 

52 Brodie Romensky 

13 disposals, 7 tackles

Started up forward and then we moved him onto the ball in the second half. He was hard, tough and tackled with aggression.

53 Bailey Stewart  

18 disposals, 6 tackles

Played as an inside midfielder this week. He worked hard at stoppages and his gut run was impressive between contests.

54 Max Monaghan

10 disposals, 1 goal

Played up forward and led at the ball well. He put a lot of pressure on the opposition.

56 Cameron Edwards

8 disposals, 2 tackles

Played deep forward, led well at the ball and presented well when we entered the forward line. He’ll get better with more exposure at VFL level.

57 Sebastian Quirk

6 disposals, 2 marks 

Presented well at the ball as a forward and ran hard to apply pressure on the opposition.

58 Xavier Barry-Murphy

10 disposals, 6 marks 

Played as a back and it was a good lock-down defender performance. We were pleased with his involvement with our ball movement.

60 Leyton Chisholm

17 disposals, 1 goal

Played a combination of forward and midfield. He was hard and tough at the stoppages and spread hard to outnumber the opposition.

62 Wilson Mudge

4 disposals, 2 kicks

Played as a pressure forward and attacked the ball and opposition with aggression.

64 Ethan Grace

7 disposals, 1 goal

Has been in really good form in the GIANTS Academy. He gave us plenty of offensive drive through the middle of the ground.

66 Nick Eynaud

8 disposals, 3 tackles

Nick’s first game for the club on the back of some really strong local form. He was hard and tough around the stoppages and will continue to get better with more games at VFL level.

70 Josh Boag

3 disposals, 7 hit-outs

His first game for us this year, Josh played forward and in the ruck. He competed hard and brought the ball to ground in our forward half really well.

The GIANTS will look to bounce back when they clash with Geelong at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong on Sunday at 12:05pm.

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