The GIANTS - with eight listed players - were defeated by Geelong in the VFL on Sunday afternoon.
Ryan Hebron (16 disposals, four goals), Callum Brown (23 disposals) and Jake Stein (18 disposals) impressed for the GIANTS, but it wasn't enough as the GIANTS fell to an 8.8 (56) to 12.14 (86) defeat at GMHBA Stadium.
“Our preparation was really strong, but Geelong's skill execution and decision making was better," said GIANTS VFL coach Damian Truslove.
"Overall it was a disappointing result and we need to bounce back following the bye round."
Truslove shared his assessments of the AFL and VFL listed players who played in the match.
AFL Listed Players:
9 Ryan Angwin
17 disposals, 9 tackles
Another good game playing in the midfield. He was great at the stoppages and worked hard around the ground.
11 Braydon Preuss
11 disposals, 17 hit-outs
He's still recovering from illness, but his ruck work was really good.
21 Leek Aleer
11 disposals, 5 marks
Another solid performance down back. He attacked the ball and opposition with aggression and gave us some excitement in the air.
29 Cameron Fleeton
17 disposals, 5 marks
Defended really well in the back half. He got involved with our ball movement and fought hard around the ground.
32 Kieren Briggs
3 disposals, 7 hit-outs
He had a quiet day in the ruck and unfortunately went off with a bad cork in the third quarter.
35 Will Shaw
9 disposals, 1 goal
Played down back again this week. He was great offensively out of the back half and used the ball well by foot.
42 Jake Stein
18 disposals, 3 marks
Had a fantastic game playing down back. He showed a lot of courage and saved a lot of goals throughout the contest.
46 Callum Brown
23 disposals, 9 marks
Another really good performance. We love the way he’s attacking the ball at the moment.
VFL Listed and Academy Players:
47 Josh Green
12 disposals, 4 tackles
Played forward and bit in the ruck. He competed well and ran hard throughout the contest.
48 Harry Grintell
9 disposals, 1 goal
Was active down forward and kicked a really good goal.
49 Sam Frost
20 disposals, 9 marks
Played back and forward this week. He led at the ball well and competed hard.
50 Billy Clark
14 disposals, 4 marks
Played on the wing and helped with our ball movement through the middle of the ground.
51 Ryan Hebron
16 disposals, 4 goals
Presented well at the ball all day as a forward. He kept us in the game in the second half.
53 Bailey Stewart
15 disposals, 3 tackles
Played in the midfield and worked hard. He'll continue to improve his stoppage craft.
54 Max Monaghan
13 disposals, 2 goals
Played up forward and led at the ball really well. He competed aggressively and kicked two really important goals.
58 Xavier Barry-Murphy
10 disposals, 5 marks
Played down back and defended his direct opponent really well.
59 Angus Baker
28 disposals, 6 marks
Found plenty of the ball in the midfield. He used the ball really well by foot.
60 Leyton Chisholm
12 disposals, 4 marks
Played a combination of forward and midfield. He attacked the ball with aggression and fought hard.
61 Alex Smout
29 disposals, 5 marks
Found a lot of the ball in the midfield. He worked hard between the stoppages and was clean with the ball in hand.
63 Ricky Monti
8 disposals, 4 tackles
He provided some really good pressure in our forward half.
65 Billy Barnes
6 disposals, 3 kicks
Played as a pressure forward and worked hard up and down the ground.
66 Luke Fellows
11 disposals, 3 tackles
His first game for us this year, he worked hard and his confidence grew as the game went on.
70 Lachlan Wright
13 disposals, 2 marks
Also his first game for us this year, he played on the wing and supported the defence well. He'll get better with more exposure at VFL level.