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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Retiring Giant's incredible act of courage in win


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Retiring GWS Giants star Brett Deledio has broken down into tears after a recurrence of a calf injury forced him into a premature farewell from AFL football.

Following the Giants' dominant 16. 17. (113) to 8. 7. (55) win at GIANTS Stadium, Deledio raised eyebrows when he was seen shedding tears with his teammates.

According to reports, Deledio re-injured his calf in the second quarter but incredibly soldiered on to run out the match, knowing that his AFL career would come to an end.

After notifying his teammates of the injury, the 32-year-old former No.1 pick was carried off by the Giants as he received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance.

The injury to Deledio was the only sour note for Leon Cameron's men in what was an astounding performance against the AFL's most in-form side.

Brett Deledio

The Bulldogs stormed into the finals, winning seven of nine games, but GWS were primed for a fight.

Marcus Bontempelli was often the target of a physical approach by the home side, master tagger Matt de Boer receiving plenty of help from his teammates as the Bulldogs' superstar was held to 13 possessions.

The Giants led by 10 points at halftime but broke the tense encounter open with a six-goals-to-two third quarter and finished right over the top of the Bulldogs with 39 more inside-50 entries for the match.

There was plenty of class to go with the GWS grunt, with Lachie Whitfield (29 touches), Toby Greene (20 and three goals) and Jacob Hopper (30) leading the way.

Matt Suckling bounced through a long goal in the opening 30 seconds but the combative Giants quickly managed to get on top, Greene booting two goals as they edged to an 11-point lead at the first break.

Jeremy Cameron

The Bulldogs' back six held up bravely in the face of repeated attacks early in the second quarter, but Harry Himmelberg made it a 24-point game with his first goal.

It was starting to look like it wouldn't be the Dogs' day when Toby McLean pounced on a Zac Williams howler from a kick-in to spark a three-goal burst that slashed the margin to three points.

The match was delicately poised with GWS up by 10 points entering the second half.

Josh Kelly was quiet in the first half but he was a key factor as the Giants made their move, booting the last four goals of the quarter to lead by 35 points at three-quarter time.

It was a tall order for the Dogs to launch another comeback from there and it proved too big a task, their resistance crumbling as the Giants celebrated a resounding victory.

- With AAP

Retiring GWS Giants star Brett Deledio has broken down into tears after a recurrence of a calf injury forced him into a premature farewell from AFL football.

Following the Giants' dominant 16. 17. (113) to 8. 7. (55) win at GIANTS Stadium, Deledio raised eyebrows when he was seen shedding tears with his teammates.

According to reports, Deledio re-injured his calf in the second quarter but incredibly soldiered on to run out the match, knowing that his AFL career would come to an end.

After notifying his teammates of the injury, the 32-year-old former No.1 pick was carried off by the Giants as he received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance.

The injury to Deledio was the only sour note for Leon Cameron's men in what was an astounding performance against the AFL's most in-form side.

Brett Deledio

The Bulldogs stormed into the finals, winning seven of nine games, but GWS were primed for a fight.

Marcus Bontempelli was often the target of a physical approach by the home side, master tagger Matt de Boer receiving plenty of help from his teammates as the Bulldogs' superstar was held to 13 possessions.

The Giants led by 10 points at halftime but broke the tense encounter open with a six-goals-to-two third quarter and finished right over the top of the Bulldogs with 39 more inside-50 entries for the match.

There was plenty of class to go with the GWS grunt, with Lachie Whitfield (29 touches), Toby Greene (20 and three goals) and Jacob Hopper (30) leading the way.

Matt Suckling bounced through a long goal in the opening 30 seconds but the combative Giants quickly managed to get on top, Greene booting two goals as they edged to an 11-point lead at the first break.

Jeremy Cameron

The Bulldogs' back six held up bravely in the face of repeated attacks early in the second quarter, but Harry Himmelberg made it a 24-point game with his first goal.

It was starting to look like it wouldn't be the Dogs' day when Toby McLean pounced on a Zac Williams howler from a kick-in to spark a three-goal burst that slashed the margin to three points.

The match was delicately poised with GWS up by 10 points entering the second half.

Josh Kelly was quiet in the first half but he was a key factor as the Giants made their move, booting the last four goals of the quarter to lead by 35 points at three-quarter time.

It was a tall order for the Dogs to launch another comeback from there and it proved too big a task, their resistance crumbling as the Giants celebrated a resounding victory.

- With AAP

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