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Giants ease to comfortable win over Dees

Giants ease to comfortable win over Dees

THEY haven’t quite consigned their MCG woes but GWS have showed that winning comfortably at the ground is possible after their 26 point AFL victory over the Demons.

The Giants registered a 14.10 (94) to 10.8 (68) result on Sunday, and dominated for three quarters of the match in what looked like a glorified training run.

But a seven-goal splash by the home side in the final quarter narrowed the margin as the Giants eased to only their third win in 17 trips to the MCG.

It was their first at the ground since a 16 point victory against Collingwood in round two last season.

Josh Kelly (31 possessions) and Harry Himmelberg (a career-best five goals) were the standouts as Nick Haynes marshalled a defence that limited the Demons to just one goal in the first half.

Melbourne fans could only ponder the extent of the damage and their dismal 3-7 record, ruckman Max Gawn a rare bright light in centre bounce duels and some timely marks.

The Giants effectively had the contest wrapped up by half-time, such was their control of the ball and lack of opposition pressure. They led the inside 50 entries by more than double in the first half, 34-16, and the return of only six goals was more their own wastefulness.

Their 35 point margin ballooned to 57 by the end of the third quarter, leaving the Demons only left to save some face in the final term.

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GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 2.5 6.8 12.9 14.10 (94)

MELBOURNE 1.1 1.3 3.6 10.8 (68)

Goals: Greater Western Sydney: H Himmelberg 5 J Cameron 3 L Whitfield 2 J Finlayson J Kelly S Coniglio S Taylor. Melbourne: O Baker 2 T McDonald 2 B Stretch C Petracca C Spargo J Garlett J Hunt J Lockhart.

Best: Greater Western Sydney: N Haynes H Himmelberg J Kelly T Taranto H Shaw M De Boer. Melbourne: M Gawn J Harmes J Viney O Baker J Wagner.

Umpires: Ray Chamberlain, Leigh Haussen, Hayden Gavine.

Venue: MCG.