The Western Crows have stormed home after a slow start to defeat the Central Giants by 62 points in round 6 of the AFL New Zealand Premiership.
Both sides have had an inconsistent season so far and it was quite an even first quarter with a high intensity around the contest.
The Giants welcomed back James McKenzie from injury and the former Golden Boot was in the action early kicking the first of his three goals in the opening quarter.
It was a quiet second term as the Giants and Crows struggled for attacking opportunities. Brendan Clark and Tevita Misiloi were strong in defence for the Crows while Giants defenders Troy Brown and Tristan Burnett were getting the better of their opponents.
The Crows came out motivated in the second half as they kicked 6 goals to 2 and take control of the game. Kris Wilder and Luke Dunning kicked 2 goals each while Shane Leat was terrorising the midfield.
The final term belong to Crows full forward Sam Anderson who kicked 4 goals for the quarter as the Crows flew home kicking 7 goals in total to notch up a 62 point victory and are now one win away from claiming a spot in the 2020 Grand Final.
Sam Anderson’s 6 goals helped the Crows score a big win and swung the momentum with 5 of the goals coming in the second half.
The support cast:
Shane Leat and Tevita Misiloi both had their best games of the season. The pair created multiple opportunities for the Crows and put in 100% effort all game.
The consolation effort:
Giants ruckman Kirk Murray was named best for the Giants and was superb around the contest. Murray continues to improve and has been one of the more consistent players for the Giants.
“I was really happy with the way with played in the second half. We have been working on our patience and composure and that showed today after halftime.” Matt Cawley, Western Crows.
“Tough game for us today but the Crows played tremendously well in that second half so they deserved the win.” Wayne Sullivan, Central Giants.
Western Crows: Sam Anderson 6, Kris Wilder 3, Luke Dunning 3, Joe Goto 2, Jay Johnson 1, Jay Green 1, Eugene Hanna 1
Central Giants: James McKenzie 3, Taonga Stanish-Murphy 1, Wayne Sullivan 1, Oliver Cline 1
Best on ground:
Western Crows: Sam Anderson
Central Giants: Kirk Murray