GWS' Toby Greene celebrates victory against the Adelaide Crows in round 18 at the Adelaide Oval on July 15. Image: James Elsby

Giants Make Statement Against Frustrated Crows

The GWS Giants defeated the Adelaide Crows on Saturday night at Adelaide Oval by 14 points keeping their eyes on sight for a late finals push.

The Giants have won their past five matches to suddenly be in contention for finals. A major achievement under first-year coach Adam Kingsley. The defeat over Adelaide adds to the impressive victories over Melbourne and Geelong.

The Giants trailed at every quarter-time break before kicking five goals to none in the final term snatching the lead to defeat the Crows.

The Giants feared the worse heading into the week when young gun Tom Green injured his hamstring Thursday morning; further stress was added when Finn Callaghan was a late out due to a hip injury. The Giants were always going to struggle being down two of their key midfielders.

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GWS coach Adam Kingsley addressed the media on Friday ahead of the clash against the Crows, backing the confidence within his playing group.

"We'll back ourselves in; we'll go over there, have a crack see where it takes us," Kingsley said.

Stephen Coniglio stood firm, collecting 23 touches to his name along with nine tackles backing continuing from last week's 30 disposals and three goals.

"It's his stuff on defence that I really value the most, it's his ability to pressure the opposition to get tackles and creates turnovers, and that's where his real value this year for us has lied," Kingsley expressed.

Josh Kelly was back to his best with 28 touches and nine clearances after being held to six touches from Hawthorn's Finn Maginness last week. Captain Toby Greene, too was enormous with his 20 touches and three goals.

Sam Taylor held the backline with 21 disposals and 16 intercept possessions; Lachie Whitfield was brilliant, collecting 28 touches in his 200th game milestone, making him just the third Giant apart from Callan Wand and Toby Greene.

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The Giants, place ninth at the end of round 18. However, they are still set to play three top-eight sides within the last six matches of the home and away season. With 11 teams having only two wins difference, percentage, as well as every win, is crucial for the Giants in their run home.