It took a complete Alyce Parker performance and a Georgie Garnett masterclass in the final three minutes, but the Gianst sealed a one-point win over the Hawks in one of the best final quarters of footy this year.
Parker was dominant from the first siren, collecting 30 disposals and five clearances on the day, comfortably leading the field in the two statistics. She was monumental in the contest as the Giants finished with 22 contested possessions more than their opposition for the day.
It was a tight affair, however, the scoreboard flattered Hawthorn in the end. The Giants were unwavering in the contest and overwhelmed their opposition with running power on the outside, they were in control in all areas aside from the scoreboard.
Inaccurate kicking wasted the Giants’ dominance. Despite doubling the number of Hawks’ scoring shots inside 50s, the Giants only scraped a one-point win due to kicking four goals and 10 behinds.
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Giants Head Coach Cam Bernasconi hid no emotion as he spoke positively about several key performers on the day.
“It was a real four-quarter performance from Alyce today,” he said.
“Her ability to win the ball at the contest for us is huge and to stand up late in the game I thought was fantastic.
“The most pleasing part to me was seeing her have the composure in that final play to not blaze away, to settle and clear the handball to space.”
He also made a special mention of Georgia Garnett, who took the game into her own hands in the final three minutes to win the game for the Giants.
“Georgia’s just having a great season, she’s a great kid to coach,” Bernasconi explained.
“We’re looking at a player who is going to be a seriously good footballer for years to come.
“It’s a game of moments, we played really well today but we left it for the last 15 seconds to get it done.”
Down by a goal with three minutes left to go, the Giants needed a goal with the ball locked in their forward 50 but the Hawks’ defence meticulously dealt with any threat. A late smother came loose and found its way to Tarni Evans, who wasted no time getting the ball to the box to a waiting Garnett.
She wasted no time kicking the goal to tie the game once again, a tense two minutes made the draw look all but a certainty. Alyce Parker put her final touch on a phenomenal game, finding Nicola Barr with a weighted handball through traffic, Barr only needed to connect with the ball to send it through for the all-important behind with 3 seconds on the clock.
The Giants will look to make it two in a row when they take on Richmond at Mildura Sporting Precinct on Sunday while the Hawks will look to upset the Brisbane Lions at Skybus Stadium on Saturday.
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