Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

Giants have 'got to fix it' to stay in hunt

Jennifer Phelan  September 8, 2017 12:31 AM

Cameron confident Giants can 'fix it' Despite the loss, GWS coach Leon Cameron was happy with how his side 'responded' in the second half
AFL 2017 First Qualifying Final - Adelaide v GWS Giants

Brett Deledio's cursed run with finals has continued

You can't serve up that sort of footy in finals

A QUICK fix is possible for Greater Western Sydney says coach Leon Cameron, with just one quarter costing his team its qualifying final against Adelaide on Thursday night.

The Crows kicked 5.3 to 0.1 in the second term to open up a half-time lead of 32 points, from which the Giants never recovered.

Cameron said the fact his players reacted after the main break gave him optimism they could turn things around in a do-or-die semi-final clash with Port Adelaide or West Coast next weekend.

Click here for full match details and stats 

"I challenged our guys at half-time – you can't serve up that sort of footy in finals - and they responded," Cameron said.

"You'd love to have your time over again in that second quarter and just say, 'Boys, how did you perform well in the third and fourth, and halve the contest in the second?'"

"Then we'd have a ball game.

"I couldn't sit here and say we'd bounce back if we had a really poor second half, but I was really pleased with our second half."

Every Giant rated from the first qualifying final

The Giants won the contested ball count (160 to 159) and broke even in clearances (42 apiece) and inside 50s (52 each), with 13 more entries than the Crows after half-time.

Cameron was happy with the level of pressure his players applied, but stressed their disposal needed to improve if they were to turn things around.

Five things we learned: Adelaide v Greater Western Sydney

"We let ourselves down defensively in the second quarter, but throughout the entire game we need to be better with our ball use," he said.

"In saying that, we've had 108 tackles and 32 in our forward 50.

"We haven't done that all year, so the effort is there.

"But we didn't give good supply to our forwards, nor did our forwards take some opportunities when they needed to.

"We hung in there, but we've got to fix it, because if you don't play four quarters in this game you'll get beaten, especially in finals."

While Cameron said they would prefer to have won the right to another week off, he conceded the opportunity to play another game straight away could end up being a positive.

WATCH: Leon Cameron's full media conference

"You finish top four for a reason and you get a second chance, and that's what we've got," he said.

"We'll bounce back, we look forward to the challenge.

"Time will tell, but we look forward to continuity, we play again next Saturday and we get a chance to resurrect the disappointment of playing three quarters of footy and letting ourselves down on one of those.

"Port or West Coast, we can't get there quick enough."