Daniel Lloyd celebrates a goal during Greater Western Sydney's clash against Hawthorn in round 17, 2023. Picture: Getty Images

JESSE Hogan and Stephen Coniglio have fired for Greater Western Sydney as the Giants survived a scare against Hawthorn and gave their finals hopes a huge boost with a 13-point victory.

The Giants were unable to shake off a dogged Hawks outfit until Hogan earned a free kick and goaled with less than two minutes remaining to seal a 12.13 (85) to 10.12 (72) triumph at Giants Stadium.

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The goal was Hogan's fourth as the outstanding forward on the field while Coniglio stood out with 30 disposals and three goals in a hard-fought contest.


Former captain Coniglio continued his stirring return to form as Finn Maginness restricted last week's matchwinner Josh Kelly to six disposals and Blake Hardwick kept Toby Greene goalless for the first time this season.

Another former GWS skipper Callan Ward (19 disposals) also stepped up in the midfield along with Finn Callaghan and Harry Perryman, while Kieren Briggs impressed in the ruck.


Onballer Tom Green (17, one goal) battled hard despite the Hawks finding an advantage at the stoppages, while Hogan and Jake Riccardi (three goals) made the most of the Giants' opportunities in the forward half.

A fifth win in six matches takes the Giants (8-8) to the brink of the top eight, while the Hawks (4-12) have now lost their past three matches despite being more competitive after back-to-back beltings.


While Maginness and Hardwick clamped down on the Giants' major weapons, Jai Newcombe (28 disposals, nine clearances), Conor Nash (27, five) and Will Day (26, three) made their mark in the midfield.

The brave Hawks threatened deep into the final term as they regularly found a way to burst away from the centre bounces and dominated those stoppages 17-6 throughout the contest.

Chad Wingard, Fergus Greene and Josh Ward each booted two goals for the Hawks, while their prized pick from the 2020 draft Denver Grainger-Barras spent plenty of time forward and kicked his first AFL goal.


GWS will be on the road to face Adelaide on Saturday, while Hawthorn will look to snap its three-match losing streak against North Melbourne on Sunday.

Giants gun well held
Giants coach Adam Kingsley talked up Josh Kelly as an All-Australian contender ahead of the clash against the Hawks and the in-form 28-year-old was tagged by Finn Maginness during Sunday's encounter. Maginness did a tremendous job, limiting Kelly to just six disposals – his lowest since 2015 – while having 15 touches himself.

Forward duo step up for Giants
As the Giants' defence stood tall at one end to keep Mitch Lewis goalless and Denver Grainger-Barras to just one major, Jesse Hogan and Jake Riccardi stepped up at the other. They combined for 7.4, and it could have been even more, and took seven marks inside 50.


Grainger-Barras makes the switch
Coming off a four-goal haul in the VFL, Denver Grainger-Barras was recalled by the Hawks and played forward at Giants Stadium. The No.6 pick in the 2020 draft, Grainger-Barras finished with four disposals and kicked his first career goal after being awarded a free kick just before half-time, but the Hawks' forward line was beaten.


GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY         5.3     7.9     9.13     12.13 (85)
HAWTHORN                                    3.4     7.7      8.8      10.12 (72)

Greater Western Sydney: Hogan 4, Riccardi 3, Coniglio 3, Lloyd, Green
Wingard 2, Ward 2, Greene 2, Worpel, Moore, Macdonald, Grainger-Barras

Greater Western Sydney: Coniglio, Taylor, Hogan, Briggs, Riccardi, Perryman
Hawthorn: Newcombe, Day, Amon, Hardwick, Maginness

Greater Western Sydney: Keeffe (hamstring), O'Halloran (thumb)

Greater Western Sydney: Nick Haynes (replaced Lachlan Keeffe in second quarter)
Harry Morrison (replaced Jarman Impey in fourth quarter)

Crowd: TBC at Giants Stadium