June 23, 2024

Callan Ward made a triumphant return to the football field, showcasing his enduring skills as he played a pivotal role in guiding the Orange Tsunami to a commanding victory over Sandringham. The VFL match, held at Manuka Oval on Saturday morning as a prelude to the GIANTS’ AFL fixture against the Saints, saw the GIANTS dominate the game from the outset. Despite facing a spirited challenge from the Zebras, the GIANTS ultimately emerged victorious with a convincing scoreline of 19.11 (125) to 12.7 (79) in ideal weather conditions in Canberra.

After a tight first quarter where they held a slim one-point lead, the GIANTS pulled away from Sandringham with an impressive seven-goal to two second quarter, establishing a commanding 29-point halftime advantage that set the stage for their dominant victory.

Led by the stellar performances of Callan Ward and Harry Rowston in the midfield, with Josh Fahey excelling across half back and emerging forward Max Gruzewski contributing four goals in the first half, the GIANTS asserted their dominance early and never looked back.

Returning to action after a 35-day absence due to a shoulder injury sustained in the Opening Round, Ward wasted no time making an impact, showcasing his trademark agility and skill as he led the charge with 33 disposals and 12 clearances, putting himself in contention for the AFL clash against the Blues next week.

Supported by strong performances from Rowston and Fahey, the GIANTS overwhelmed the Zebras with their relentless pressure and attacking prowess, with forwards like Gruzewski, Darcy Jones, and Conor Stone capitalizing on numerous scoring opportunities.

Additionally, contributions from newcomers like Phoenix Gothard, who scored two goals in his first official game of the season, and solid performances from players like Ryan Angwin and Ethan Williams, highlighted the depth and talent of the GIANTS’ squad.

With momentum on their side, the GIANTS will aim to continue their winning streak when they take on Werribee next Saturday.

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