AFL Live GWS Giants vs Geelong Cats Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 02 Match will be kick off at Manuka Oval Stadium, Canberra, Australia, Sunday 03 April 2016 online, 01.10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Dangerfield Cats couldn’t have been any more impressive in defeating Hawthorn first-up, while the Giants were bitterly disappointing in not putting away Melbourne after a 21 point three-quarter time lead.
James Stewart is the only player to have definitely lost his place in the GWS side, but Jack Steele and Toby Greene will be under pressure after being forced to train with the NEAFL side earlier in the week, as Stephen Coniglio is likely to come in. Jonathon Patton kicked five in the two’s and will come in. Geelong is yet to announce any changes to the line-up that so convincingly beat Hawthorn, but has the talented Daniel Menzel waiting in the wings, itching to play senior footy again after a small taste last year.
GWS were carrying winning NAB Challenge form into Round 1, but they couldn’t get the job done against Melbourne at the MCG despite being the best part of four goals to the good at three quarter-time. It was a flat performance, and smacked of a team that thought a win would just happen. It doesn’t get much better than opening the season with a win against the team that has won the last three premierships, and this is what Geelong did against Hawthorn, withstanding a spirited comeback from the Hawks, before pulling away to a comfortable five goal win.
GWS has never beaten Geelong, losing all four matches at three different stadiums, but the games have been more competitive in the last two seasons as the Giants have matured.
Steven Motlop has only played GWS twice, in 2014 and 2015, for possession tallies of 28 and 31. He didn’t have any impact against Hawthorn in Round 1, but rarely does against that opposition. In 10 of 11 games against the Hawks he’s had 18 touches or less.
In tennis, there’s no point breaking serve if you can’t hold your own service game next. Geelong took the points against Hawthorn, but can’t afford to follow that up with a loss here. They played some brilliant football when the game was on their terms, kicking seven goals in each of the second and fourth quarters. But they could only manage three behinds in the third term.
GWS have high hopes of finals this season, and must be expecting to win most of their home games, including against strong opposition. Callan Ward and Dylan Shiel will look forward to taking on Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood, but do the Giants bat deep enough through the middle?
B Heath Shaw, Aidan Corr, Caleb Marchbank
HB Nathan Wilson, Phil Davis, Adam Kennedy
C Lachie Whitfield, Callan Ward, Will Hoskin-Elliott
HF Rhys Palmer, Rory Lobb, Tom Scully
F Stephen Coniglio, Steve Johnson, Devon Smith
FOL Shane Mumford, Ryan Griffen, Dylan Shiel
I/C Matt Buntine, Josh Kelly, Toby Greene, Jonathon Patton
EMG Jack Steele, Zac Williams, Adam Tomlinson
IN: Will Hoskin-Elliott, Stephen Coniglio, Jonathon Patton
OUT: James Stewart (Omitted), Jack Steele (Omitted), Adam Tomlinson (Omitted)
B Harry Taylor, Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright
HB Andrew Mackie, Lachie Henderson, Jake Kolodjashnij
C Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan
HF Josh Caddy, Rhys Stanley, Lincoln McCarthy
F Darcy Lang, Tom Hawkins, Jimmy Bartel
FOL Zac Smith, Cameron Guthrie, Patrick Dangerfield
I/C Cory Gregson, Shane Kersten, Steven Motlop, Jordan Murdoch
EMG Josh Cowan, George Horlin-Smith, Daniel Menzel