A GWS win to stir the soul

Round 7 GWS Giants versus GC  Suns
Manuka Oval, Saturday, May 12.

What better place for the two newest teams in the national competition to play each other than in Canberra, the nation’s capital.

Neither team has won a game this season so today’s game will be keenly contested. The season may be just cranking into gear, but no-one wants to sit near the bottom of the ladder for too long. The Suns almost upset Freo last week and the Giants managed to annoy the Blues. Today both teams will be  measuring how far they’ve come.

In a fortnight the weather has turned. It’ s a cool 13 degrees today. Perfect weather for wearing my new Giants scarf and beanie. My scarf is a nice tartan one, quite fashionable.  The range of gear they have at the merchandise van is amazing. And they’re selling loads of it.

The Giants burst out of the blocks in the first quarter and score four goals before the Suns answer with only one goal for the quarter. Being ahead at the first change is a promising start.

In the second quarter the Giants score first again but it’s their only goal for the quarter. The Suns snap into gear and reply with the next six goals to lead by 13 points at half time.

In the third quarter the Giants manage to tighten their defence. Chad Cornes is like a troop commander on the backline. He keeps everyone sorted and in place. The Suns are restricted to two goals for the quarter whilst the Giants add three. Ablett looks to be playing hurt but is dangerous every time he gets near the ball. It’s marvellous to watch him at work.

The Suns lead by four points at the last break  but the Giants have weathered the storm, recovered and held steady. The crowd get set for  last quarter.

The Giants chant starts up in the crowd. We are in with a chance now.

Jonathan Giles imposes himself in the ruck contests and boots two goals in the quarter to finish with three for the day.

Every Giants effort is applauded. When Dylan Shiel snaps a goal to put the Giants in front the players get a real sniff of victory and then there is  no stopping. Like horses heading for home they charge down the straight and pile on four more goals for the quarter whilst the Suns cannot kick a goal.

When the siren sounds, the players are overjoyed and the crowd clap and chant. The newest song in the league is sung with gusto. It hasn’t taken supporters long to learn the words.

GWS  GIANTS- 4.2  5.8  8.13  13.16(94)

GC SUNS           1.3  7.9  9.11   9.13 (67)

Goals: GWS – Giles 3, Smith 2, Treloar, Ward,  Shiel, Tyson, Cameron, Townsend
SUNS- Caddy 2, Day 2, Swallow, Bennell, Horsley, Rischitelli, Iles

Best: GIANTS-Giles, Coniglio, Cornes, Shiel, Ward
SUNS   – Iles, Ablett, Bennell, Hunt, Warnock

CROWD- 8,603

Pamela Sherpa


  1. Andrew Starkie says

    you were present for a piece of football history Pam. Well done.

    I listened on the radio and cheered the Giants on.

    A great day for footy.

  2. Rocket Nguyen says

    It must have been fantastic to be there Pam!

    Great to see all theplayers on the Giants list plus trainers and officials join in the circle after the match to sing the club song! I see where the UWS Giants had a win in the 2nds over the Gold Coast Suns at Manuka as well so they were needed to help the seniors with the words to the song!!!!

  3. pamela sherpa says

    It was great to be there – At the after match function the reserves win was applauded as well. The reserve and senior players all came to it. When the Giants seniors sang the song with gusto they didn’t need any help with the words.

  4. Pamela,

    soothsayer Phantom predicted the win and was howled down by the great footy scribes. I thought they had been playing some good footy in parts and Sheeds would have them ready.

    I got the final score when watching the last bit of the Wynyard game at Smithton – howling wind and horizontal rain (ice just about) and thought of you. I just knew you would be there.

    I was very relieved to see the streaker was at Subi and not Manuka. The lock-up at Parliament house would be very cold this time of the year.

    See you in a couple of weeks.

    (On another matter that Sanderson is a great coach and well assistad by ‘Dasher’ Milburn. That’s my story and I am sticking to it)

  5. Tony Robb says

    The noise from 8 thousand was a vote of confidence from the Canberra folk Great win Great day for the capital

  6. Pamela – no mention of the mighty Bombers?

  7. pamela sherpa says

    Watched the Bombers later Dips – fantastic as well. .

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