Friday 7 February
    Completed Match between Richmond and Carlton
    Saturday 8 February
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 8 February
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Kangaroos
    Saturday 8 February
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Adelaide Crows
    Sunday 9 February
    Completed Match between Collingwood and West Coast Eagles
    Sunday 9 February
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 9 February
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Geelong Cats
    Friday 14 February
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Melbourne
    Saturday 15 February
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and GWS Giants
    Saturday 15 February
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Richmond
    Saturday 15 February
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Fremantle
    Sunday 16 February
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Brisbane Lions
    Sunday 16 February
    Completed Match between Carlton and Collingwood
    Sunday 16 February
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and St Kilda
    Friday 21 February
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Melbourne
    Saturday 22 February
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Carlton
    Saturday 22 February
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions
    Saturday 22 February
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Collingwood
    Sunday 23 February
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and West Coast Eagles
    Sunday 23 February
    Completed Match between Richmond and Kangaroos
    Sunday 23 February
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Adelaide Crows
    Friday 28 February
    Completed Match between Collingwood and Melbourne
    Saturday 29 February
    Completed Match between Richmond and Geelong Cats
    Saturday 29 February
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 29 February
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 1 March
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and Carlton
    Sunday 1 March
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Fremantle
    Sunday 1 March
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and GWS Giants
    Friday 6 March
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Geelong Cats
    Saturday 7 March
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Adelaide Crows
    Saturday 7 March
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Richmond
    Saturday 7 March
    Completed Match between Carlton and St Kilda
    Sunday 8 March
    Completed Match between Collingwood and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 8 March
    Completed Match between Melbourne and West Coast Eagles
    Sunday 8 March
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Brisbane Lions
    Friday 13 March
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Kangaroos
    Saturday 14 March
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Collingwood
    Saturday 14 March
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Richmond
    Saturday 14 March
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Carlton
    Sunday 15 March
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Fremantle
    Sunday 15 March
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and GWS Giants
    Sunday 15 March
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 21 March
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Collingwood
    Saturday 21 March
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Melbourne
    Saturday 21 March
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Gold Coast Suns
    Sunday 22 March
    Completed Match between Carlton and Brisbane Lions

Round 7 Friday 15 March

UNSW Canberra Oval
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    Match report: Giants end season on a high, Cats left in limbo

    GREATER Western Sydney has ended its disappointing season on a positive note with an upset 31-point win over Geelong at UNSW Canberra Oval on Friday night. 

    The Cats had everything to play for with a win assuring them of a finals berth, but it was the struggling Giants who played with more intensity, with the home side's attack on the footy and the opposition superior from the opening bounce.

    Geelong must now hope that Brisbane loses to Collingwood on Sunday to retain second place on the Conference B ladder and qualify for the finals, after the 6.5 (41) to 1.4 (10) loss. 

    AFLW Match Highlights: GWS v Geelong

    03:30 Mar 15. 2019. 9:06 PM

    The Giants and Cats clash in Round 7 of the AFLW

    The Giants were inspired by first-year star Alyce Parker who was outstanding through the midfield alongside Alicia Eva, and livewire forward Christina Bernardi, who kicked two goals. 

    Veteran Courtney Gum was also a big contributor for the Giants in what was her retirement match.

    Despite the obvious rewards on offer for the Cats it was the home side that started with more intensity around the contest in the opening quarter, with Parker and Eva influential, and the Giants' ability to move the ball from defence into attack also hurt the Cats. 

    Bernardi kicked the opening goal of the game when she was on the end of a Gum assist, while Haneen Zreika provided a feelgood moment when she nailed her first AFLW goal minutes later from another quality passage of play that started deep in the Giants' backline. 

    Both teams wore black armbands and stood for a minute's silence before the first bounce to honour those killed in Friday's horrific attack on mosques in Christchurch, and Zreika, the first Muslim to play AFLW, was determined to play well despite a challenging build-up to the game.

     

    Parker continued her dominance in the second term and racked up 10 possessions in the first half, and while the Giants couldn't capitalise inside 50, it mattered little.

    Geelong failed to find the goals for the fourth consecutive quarter and trailed by 13 points at the main break.

    The third term was another dour affair with both sides struggling with their efficiency going forward, but back to back goals from the goal square to Bernardi – after a soft free kick – and Yvonne Bonner, gave GWS a 25-point advantage.

    Mia-Rae Clifford then answered quickly to finally break the Cats' goal scoring drought less than five minutes before three-quarter-time to give the visitors some hope, but despite seizing control of the game, they still trailed by 17 points with a quarter to play. 

    The Cats needed a fast start to have any chance of a comeback in the final term but as they had done all night, the Giants proved too good. 

    Cora Staunton booted her first to give GWS another handy break, and when Eva bobbed up with a brilliant left foot snap from deep in the left forward pocket, the contest was over.

    The moment

    GWS coach Alan McConnell addressed the tragic events of Christchurch pre-match and when Zreika kicked truly for the Giants' second goal, it was clear how highly her teammates thought of her when she was mobbed. After an incredibly sad day for the Muslim community, Zreika's performance was phenomenal.

    It was over when...

    Eva's influence on the match had been mainly through the midfield for most of the night, but her first goal and the last of the night capped a great win for the Giants. The Giants led by 24 points when the vice-captain received a slick handball from Bernardi and slotted it from near the boundary on her opposite foot with less than six minutes on the clock. 

     

    The game-changer

    Parker came into her first AFLW season with plenty of hype and she delivered in a major way. The tough midfielder excelled in tight against the Cats when the game was up for grabs and should be favourite to win the Rising Star award.

    The ladder now

    The Cats had two hands on second spot when they ran onto the ground on Friday night, but walked off with maybe a couple of fingers clinging on. If the Lions beat the winless Pies on Saturday, Geelong's finals hopes are dashed.

    Farewell to a star

    Rumours were circulating pre-match that Giants midfielder Courtney Gum was set to retire, and she confirmed the talk after helping her side to a second win for the year. Last year's AFLW Players' MVP and All Australian only played for two seasons, but her impact on the League was enormous.

    Say what?

    "After what happened in New Zealand the girls really got around me, they wore black arm bands which was really beautiful, and I'm so happy to be part of a club like this." - Giants midfielder Haneen Zreika 

    What's next?

    The Cats have a nervous wait to see if they make it through to the preliminary final in their inaugural season after a woeful performance, while the Giants head into the off-season on a high.

    GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY     2.1     2.3    4.3    6.5 (41)
    GEELONG                                      0.1     0.2    1.4    1.4 (10) 

    GOALS
    Giants: Bernardi 2, Zreika, Bonner, Staunton, Eva
    Geelong: Clifford 

    BEST
    Giants: Parker, Eva, Gum, Bernardi, Hetherington, Zreika
    Geelong: Crockett-Grills, Blakeway, Hickey, McMahon, McDonald 

    INJURIES
    Giants: Nicola Barr (hamstring) replaced in selected side by Maddy Collier
    Geelong: Nil

    Reports: Nil

    Umpires: Toner, Gibson, McGinness

    Estimated crowd: 4524 at UNSW Canberra Oval

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