The GIANTS - with 14 listed players - were defeated by Casey in the VFL on Sunday afternoon.  

Matt Flynn was a standout for the orange and charcoal, but it wasn't enough as the GIANTS fell to a 20.14 (134) to 4.14 (38) defeat at Casey Fields.

“To be quite frank I was disappointed in the performance,” GIANTS VFL Coach Wayne Cripps said post-match.

“It was a frustrating day but I think it’ll be a great learning curve for our group moving forward.”

Cripps shared his assessments of the AFL listed players who played in the match.

AFL Listed Players: 

1. Phil Davis

24 disposals, 4 marks 

It was great to have Phil back. It was a tough day for all defenders, but I thought he defended really well. He was the general down back and his leadership is invaluable at VFL level.

5. Aaron Cadman

16 disposals, 4 marks

Aaron competed hard all afternoon. We didn’t help our key forwards with our ball movement, but he competed well in the air and his follow up work was great. His pressure was a real stand out.

10. Jacob Wehr

15 disposals, 4 marks 

I thought he was super throughout the entire contest. He was one of the few that played to our system and his effort and attitude was of the highest standard.

18. Conor Stone  

17 disposals, 1 goal 

Conor’s starting to get some real continuity in his game at VFL level. His speed and power continue to be at the forefront and he’s close to having a really big impact.

20. James Peatling  

27 disposals, 6 tackles, 9 clearances 

Offensively he gave us great spread from the contest, and he competed hard. Like all our midfielders, the ability to want to defend and transition defensively wasn’t there for the majority of the afternoon.

21. Leek Aleer  

7 disposals, 4 marks 

We were really happy with Leek; he came up against some great AFL key forwards in Josh Schache and Jacob van Rooyen. He did a great job and we can see his confidence building each week.

24. Harry Rowston  

18 disposals, 7 clearances, 1 goal

Similar to James (Peatling) he was fantastic offensively but wasn’t at his best defensively and the Demons were able to capitalise on that. It was a great learning experience for him.

29. Cameron Fleeton  

21 disposals, 8 marks 

He does everything right every week and stood up down back again. He defended well and joined in on our offensive ball movement which has been a real growth for him. He’s developed into a genuine leader and you can’t question his intent.

30. Matt Flynn

1 goal, 19 disposals, 33 hit-outs

Similar to Jacob (Wehr) I thought his attitude was super. He competed hard all afternoon and won the battle in the ruck. His follow up work across the ground was a highlight and he’s having a big impact at VFL level.

31. Toby McMullin

13 disposals, 6 tackles

We were really happy with him. He’s playing with the speed we know he has, and he seems to be really enjoying his football. For a first year he’s tracking in the right direction.

35. Max Gruzewski

10 disposals, 1 goals

Similar to Aaron, it was a tough day in terms of the way the ball was moving forward. He competed hard all day and was good in the air. His follow up work has been a real growth of his this year but unfortunately his opportunities were limited.

41. Nick Madden

19 hit-outs, 12 disposals 

Competed hard. His follow up work was great and he’s continuing to learn with his craft and positioning around the ground.

42. Jason Gillbee

18 disposals, 6 marks

It was a tough day for him. He played in a new position across half-back and he’ll gain a lot from that experience. His drive out of the back half was a real strength and we want to see more of that moving forward.

45. Wade Derksen

12 disposals, 4 marks

Wade will be the first to admit it wasn’t his best performance of the year. He’s been fantastic for us this season and has kicked some big goals at VFL level. Similar to Aaron and Max, he had limited opportunity as a key forward.

VFL Listed Players Stats:  

47. Ryan Hebron (c)

5 disposals, 2 marks

48. Jaelen Pavlidis

8 disposals, 2 marks

50. Darcy Edmends

9 disposals, 2 tackles

51. Jakob Anderson

17 disposals, 7 marks

52. Barry O’Connor

21 disposals, 6 clearances  

54. James Creighton 

11 disposals, 2 marks

55. Will Shaw

14 disposals, 4 marks

56. Billy Clark

16 disposals, 8 marks

67. Dayne Posthuma

9 disposals, 2 marks