The GIANTS have taken on the Fremantle Dockers in a scratch match on Friday in Perth.
The GIANTS ran out winners by a couple of goals but the result wasn't the important part with the GIANTS' non-AFL playing players getting to play their first practice match since arriving in Western Australia.
The two sides played two 20-minute terms with the GIANTS completing an extra training session after the match. With 17 healthy players, the GIANTS also lent two players to the Dockers, switching a few players through the purple across the afternoon.
GIANTS Assistant Coach Luke Kelly was pleased to get the opportunity for another hit-out in blustery conditions.
"It was great to get a hit-out here in Perth before we head back to Queensland," Kelly said.
"It was a short, sharp hit-out for both teams on short turnarounds. All these games have been played in great spirit and at a great competitive level too so any chance we get to compete is a great opportunity."
Player Summaries by Luke Kelly
"Jacko had another strong game inside. He gives us good contest around the ball and is able to help us with his hands around it. He runs all day and it was a solid performance from Jacko."
"It was a funny day where we had to ruck our two rucks against each other. Sauce got first hands to it for the majority of the day which gave our mids (and their mids) good first use. It was a good performance."
"Tommy started well and was amongst it against the old mob but unfortunately his day was cut short with a hamstring injury mid-way through the second."
"He is continuing to develop as a strong inside-mid for us. We know he's clean and he brought that today. His work inside was really good and he continues to learn his patterns away from the contest defensively and offensively."
"It was a good return from Cheese. Again, a credit to our rehab guys that every guy that comes back hits the ground running. Cheese was really good early, he gives us great drive off half-back so it was an exciting return."
"Zac was lively up forward for us and nailed some big tackles early. He brings what we know he can to give him a shot at AFL level."
"Bunts was really good. The backs had to deal with a bit of a wind early and they were really organised and he led the way in terms of his aerial work. Another solid performance."
"Sprouley kicked four, he doesn't miss. He takes his chances when he gets given them. He works hard all day and it was good to see him get some reward at the end of it."
"Flynny was good. He continues to develop in his ruck craft and his ability to get involved around the ground is really growing which is pleasing to see. For a big man, he's able to throw his weight around which is really pleasing."
"He responded really well. He obviously missed out last week and had a chance to respond today and did so in the right manner. He was lively forward, competed really strongly in the air and defensively he created turnovers for us which was a real highlight today."
"X continues to develop on the execution part of the game. He gets plenty of the ball and he outworks his opponent to get there. He's continuing to develop on putting in a complete performance across all aspects of the game so it was another positive step in his journey."
"He's adding some real strengths able to play multiple roles at half-back and wing for us and wherever we throw him he's played to a good level. He continues to keep growing in his use of the football and today he took some positive steps. We know he runs hard and competes all day and today was no different."
"He had a really good match-up against Jesse Hogan who is obviously an AFL-calibre forward. He was courageous in the air, he competes strongly in the air and on the ground and he keeps getting better and better every week. He's turning himself into a hard defender to play against."
"Each game he keeps raising the bar in his performances. Today in the air he was as strong as he ever has been, which we know is a real strength of his. Him and Connor have got a really good partnership down there at the moment which is helping both of them."
"Bucks was superb after an interrupted last two weeks and the first chance at some footy, he was outstanding. His work-rate never drops, his tackling at the moment is first-class and he puts his name straight back up there for AFL."
"Browny was really pleasing. Due to numbers and circumstances, this week he found himself at half-forward. He just finds the footy and he just goes to where the footy is. Thankfully with his speed, he gets there a bit quicker than anyone else. He was really pleasing today and he used it incredibly well. A great step for him."
"Another one returning off a long rehab stint who just covered the ground all day. It's hard to replicate the contact and change of speed in rehab and today he got that and completed it at an elite level so I'm sure he'll put his hand up over the next couple of weeks."