20/04/2024

Adam Kingsley speaks to the media (Photo: Phil Hillyard)

Admitting ‘I didn’t know what to expect’, it’s safe to say Adam Kingsley would be happy following a 32-point victory over Collingwood in the Opening Round.

Despite a convincing win against the team they lost by one point to in last year’s preliminary final, Kingsley has taken away positives and things to consider from the Opening Round clash.

“The most pleasing part was our ability to withstand their pressure and put a score on the board. It’s traditionally hard to score against the Pies,” he said.

GWS’s emphatic victory came partly from their forward craft, with Jesse Hogan, Brent Daniels and Callum Brown combining for 13 goals.

“We didn’t rely on one or two players, we spread the load, it was great to see,” Kingsley said.

“He’s (Hogan) a terrific mark, his contest down the line was really important for us.”

Hogan was arguably the best of the three, with his ability to push up the ground and link the defensive and forward 50s crucial in a competitive second quarter.

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GWS didn’t leave the game unscathed, with Callan Ward suffering an AC joint injury late in the second quarter. When asked on a predicted timetable Kingsley suggested the outlook wasn’t great.

“He’ll be out of the game for a while, it’ll be a couple of months I think,” he said.

Kingsley is now facing the conundrum of having to replace a player nearing 300 games, yet he remains confident in the strength of his team.

“We back the depth, we’ll work out those answers… In the short term I expect him (Xavier O’Halloran) to be the replacement,” he said.

“We’ll cover it however he can in his absence.”

Additionally, concerns were flagged by Kingsley about how many inside 50s the Magpies had, he praised his defenders for managing the task,

“That’s unsustainable… if we’re conceding 60 entries a week,” he said.

GWS lost the Inside 50 count 53-60, and registered fewer scoring shots, 24-27, despite winning by 32 points.

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