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GWS season over after 68-point loss

Rob Forsaith 04/09/2011 06:56:35 PM Comments (0)

Greater Western Sydney's inaugural season ended on Sunday in the first round of finals, with the Giants crashing to a 68-point loss in their elimination final against Eastlake at Canberra's Manuka Oval.

The Giants, missing star signing Israel Folau (personal leave) and a series of their most talented youngsters due to injury, had no answers in their North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) sudden-death final.

GWS trailed at every break in the20.16 (136) to 9.14 (68) loss, although coach Kevin Sheedy didn't feel the result was representative of his young side's maiden season.

"Our best 10 players didn't play. Maybe even our best dozen, so if every player we have on our list played, we'd be knocking on the door of beating the Sydney seconds, who are in the grand final. But we're not there, so that's it," Sheedy said.

"Considering all the players we had out of the team - I've got no doubt we would have won the final (today) and gone on - but it's just the way it is now with those players."

Sheedy lamented his side's inaccuracy early in the contest on Sunday.

"We kicked four points at the start of the second quarter, that would have had us within a goal or two at halftime but we just blew our chances," he said.

"... There was a stage in the game when we had as many shots at goal as they did."

Sheedy, a four-time AFL premiership coach in his 27 years with Essendon, was reasonably content with how his club had progressed at this embryonic stage, but knows the time ahead of this year's draft on November 24 will be crucial.

"In general it's been a good and testing season," he said.

"It's the first step ... and this side will take a couple of years to build.

"... This week we will give reports to every player on how we think their year has gone, where they've played well and where they've got to improve.

"Our focus will now be to watch a lot of games in the AFL finals as a coaching group.

"We have player announcements coming up in the next few weeks and that will be very important to the players that we've already got at the club."

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