On ropes early but Giants score win

BREATHING new life into their campaign, the GWS Giants overcame a slow start to defeat Port Adelaide by 22 points on Sunday at Engie Stadium.

Now sitting in fifth place, the Giants had lost five of their past seven matches and were on the ropes early as they struggled to hit the scoreboard but gradually edged past the Power for a 9.19 (73) to 6.15 (51) triumph.
The Giants were failing to put the Power away until skipper Toby Greene booted five behinds before a late goal that all but sealed the game.
Josh Kelly (27 disposals, one goal) put the finishing touches on the victory with a major in the last two minutes after a superb performance in his return from a calf injury.
The Giants’ zippy forward Toby Bedford (16, one) was outstanding in a shock tagging role, clamping down to limit the Power vice-captain to only 17 touches and little impact on the game.
Lachie Whitfield (28) added dash out of defence, while Tom Green (30) and Callan Ward (23) were immense around the stoppages as the Giants rediscovered their touch to climb up to fifth spot.
The Giants took a while to get going with only their second goalless opening term under coach Adam Kingsley and were at risk of paying the price for wasteful kicking with seven behinds before Callum Brown booted their first major, taking a seven-point lead into the main break.
Toby Bedford was a surprise starter at the opening bounce and added a goal in the third term, gathering 16 disposals in an outstanding all-round display.
Giants next take on the Sydney Swans on Saturday, June 22, from 4.35pm at Engie Stadium.