Dylan Shiel of the Giants offloads the ball.
Dylan Shiel of the Giants offloads the ball. GLENN HUNT

No Kelly, no worries for Giants against Lions

WITH all the focus on Heath Shaw, you might have missed the other milestone man this weekend.

But midfield gun Dylan Shiel ensured you didn't miss him on Saturday night, enjoying one of the most productive matches of his career in his 100th game.

In the absence of Josh Kelly, Shiel racked up 24 disposals in the first half alone - finishing with 38 touches to go with eight clearances and a goal in a 60-point win over Brisbane.

It was just one disposal short of his career high, not that the 24-year-old seemed to mind.

"He's first class," Nick Dal Santo said of Shiel on Fox Footy's coverage.

"His ability to start inside a stoppage, then use his power running to get outside ... if you're leading to him, you know you're going to get the ball in space.

"His ability to run outside, handball it off, run and get it again - and his understanding with his forwards - is outstanding."

Shiel's contribution helped the Giants overrun a depleted Lions midfield, which was forced to endure the loss of Dayne Beams to a shoulder injury in the opening seconds of the match.

Beams was taken out by a big Shane Mumford bump and never returned to the field, with fellow gun Dayne Zorko unable to break a Sam Reid tag in the 10-goal loss.

Talked up as one of the competition's most in-form midfielders after a best on ground outing last week, Zorko had only five disposals for the game and didn't win a single disposal in the second half.

However, he still worked hard and finished with a game-high nine tackles.


AT quarter-time, GWS was thumping the Lions in the inside-50 count.

Unfortunately for Leon Cameron's side, they were struggling to make it count on the scoreboard - with just three goals to their name at the first break - courtesy of Shiel, Jeremy Cameron and Harrison Himmelberg.

Heath Shaw of the Giants celebrates his 250th game.
Heath Shaw of the Giants celebrates his 250th game. GLENN HUNT

Cameron aside, none of the Giants' forwards had made the most of those forward 50 entries.

That all changed after quarter time.

In the second term, Jonathon Patton, Toby Greene and Reid all struck in succession - and sure enough, the Giants started to open the game up.

Soon, the Giants' forward-line triple threat - Cameron, Greene and Patton - started to seize control of the game and pull it away from their young opponents.

Crucially, the trio were able to both find the ball up the field and make their mark closer to goal.

Patton recorded 23 disposals, took 13 marks - six contested and five inside 50 - and booted four goals in an impressive showing.


A melee between Brett Deledio of the Giants and Archie Smith of the Lions.
A melee between Brett Deledio of the Giants and Archie Smith of the Lions. GLENN HUNT

Meanwhile, Cameron took 11 marks and booted four goals from his 21 disposals, while Greene also chipped in with four majors and 20 disposals.

Aside from that triple-threat, Steve Johnson was plagued with inaccuracy and finished with 2.4, while Sam Reid also had two goals to his name.


HOSTING GWS the week after a bye is no easy task.

Especially when you're a young, inconsistent side sitting at the opposite end of the ladder.

There's no doubt Brisbane was up against it coming into their Round 14 clash with the Giants at the Gabba.

When Beams was ruled out of the match, its task looked even more difficult.

But instead of folding in the face of difficulty early in the match, the young Lions stepped up.

Led by Tom Rockliff in the centre of the park, the Lions thumped the Giants at the stoppages, to lead the clearances 13-7 at the first break.

The ever-reliable Rockliff had eight touches and five clearances at the first break, while a collection of young Lions also impressed.

Rhys Mathieson had 11 disposals, while the smooth-moving Hugh McCluggage had six touches and debutant Alex Witherden had five touches and two rebound-50s. Meanwhile, fellow exciting youngster Eric Hipwood had five touches and a goal to his name at the first break.

Meanwhile, despite giving up 16 inside-50s, the Lions defence was able to restrict GWS' ball movement, keeping the Giants to just 21 points in the first term.

"Coach Fagan has said 'we will not be bullied' and they're standing up for themselves," Dermott Brereton said on Fox Footy's coverage.

The Lions may have been outgunned by their more experienced opponents later on, but there were at least some signs to take out of this game.

Mathieson - given an extended run in the midfield in Beams' absence - recorded 32 disposals, 16 contested possessions, six clearances and six tackles.

The classy McCluggage finished his night with 19 disposals, while Witherden could leave his debut with his head held high - recording 20 disposals and seven rebound-50s.

Meanwhile, fellow youngster Jarrod Berry had 18 disposals and a fine snapped goal to his name.

It may have been a tough night for the Lions, but there were enough signs to give Brisbane supporters - and their coach - heart going forward.

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