Jesse Hogan celebrates a goal during the round 13 clash between North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney at Blundstone Arena on June 11, 2023. Picture: Getty Images

TOBY Greene has produced some magical touches to fire Greater Western Sydney to a valuable 28-point win over a plucky North Melbourne in Hobart.

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The skipper stepped up in the third quarter with the game on the line, kicking a brace of goals including a soccer-style volley in the square, off a Stephen Coniglio kick.

Ahead 47-42 at half-time, the Giants put on a five-goal-to-two third term before finishing 15.13 (103) to 11.9 (75) winners at Blundstone Arena on Sunday.


After several close losses this season, the result moves GWS to 5-8 for and two wins outside the top eight.

Greene, who had 24 disposals and five clearances, slotted three goals for the second week in a row after almost lifting his side over Richmond last round.


"It's just stock Toby isn't it? Run of the mill," GWS coach Adam Kingsley said of Greene's second goal.

"To be able to think his way through that situation. He's wrapped up in a contest and toe-pokes a goal from a metre.

"You need those match winners in your front half to be able to turn half chances into goals and that’s what he did a couple of times."


Kinglsey said the injured Sam Taylor, Isaac Cumming, Josh Kelly and Jacob Wehr would likely be available for selection against Fremantle next round ahead of the club's round 15 bye.

"It's an opportunity to start building the season and see if we can make a play for the pointy end," he said.

"We’re a little way off that at the moment but if we can generate a win next week through playing the right way. Who knows?"

Callum Brown also had three goals, including two late in the first quarter to put a dampener on a positive North Melbourne start.


Jake Riccardi picked up a crucial goal for the Giants from a 50-metre penalty in the third quarter after North Melbourne's Ben McKay batted the ball away following a mark.

The Kangaroos, without co-captain Jy Simpkin and experienced midfielder Hugh Greenwood, were right in the contest in the first two quarters.

They've now lost 11 straight but have been more competitive in their four games under caretaker coach Brett Ratten.


"Post-half-time we were a little bit flat. We didn't have the same energy we did in the first half," Ratten said. 


Nick Larkey was among their best with a game-high four goals, while George Wardlaw had some more eye-catching moments in just his fourth game.

The tenacious 19-year-old kicked his first career goal, topped the tackle count with nine, and had 22 disposals.

North Melbourne's Tarryn Thomas had some nice involvements in the second quarter, picking up two goals to eat into the Giants' lead before finishing with three for the match. 

Jack Ziebell topped the possession count with 30. 


By George, he's good
If there's one thing that North fans can be excited about right now, it's George Wardlaw. With just four games under his belt, last year's No.4 draft pick has had a scintillating start to AFL life and this week's game was probably his best yet. While he had a career-high 22 disposals (10 contested), an equal career-best nine tackles, and kicked his first AFL goal, it was the 19-year-old's ability to win the ball at the coalface that has him standing out from the pack. Wardlaw generated six clearances against the Giants, taking his four-game career tally to 23.


Tassie Tarryn turns it on
Tasmanian product Tarryn Thomas enjoyed a day out on his home deck, and although it wasn't enough to see his side over the line, the 23-year-old was strong at Blundstone Arena in just his second game this season. Thomas' career hung in the balance when he was stood down by the club in March amid concerns over his behaviour towards women, however he returned to the senior side last week and is gradually building back to form. Thomas was on fire early with nine disposals, three inside 50s, and 201m gained by quarter-time, and finished with three goals to go with his 19 touches (eight contested), seven score involvements and five clearances.



NORTH MELBOURNE                   2.4    6.6    8.7     11.9 (75)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY      4.3    7.5    12.9   15.13 (103)

North Melbourne:
Larkey 4, Thomas 3, Ford, Powell, Spicer, Wardlaw
Greater Western Sydney:
Brown 3, Greene 3, Bedford 2, Hogan 2, Riccardi 2, O'Halloran, Rowston, Ward

North Melbourne:
Larkey, Wardlaw, Hall, Ziebell, Shiels, Thomas
Greater Western Sydney:
Greene, Coniglio, Hogan, Ward, Briggs, Riccardi

North Melbourne:
Greater Western Sydney:

North Melbourne: 
Aidan Corr (replaced Miller Bergman at three-quarter time)
Greater Western Sydney: Harry Rowston (replaced Ryan Angwin in the fourth quarter)

Crowd: 5,025 at Blundstone Arena