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Cameron stars as Giants roll on

A MANUKA Oval masterclass from Coleman medal frontrunner Jeremy Cameron has helped AFL premiership contenders GWS to defeat St Kilda by 44 points.

Cameron and the his team enhanced their impressive records on Saturday afternoon in the nation’s capital, where the key forward booted six goals as his side triumphed 18.6 (114) to 10.10 (70).

The foundation Giant has kicked a league-best 30 goals in 2019. He starred as reports emerged that Geelong were poised to offer him up to $1 million per season when he became eligible next year for free agency.

Cameron boasts an AFL-record 49 goals at Manuka Oval, while GWS have won 11 of their past 14 games at the venue.

The 26-year-old appeared bothered at times by a sore shoulder but it was going to take more than that to stop a best-on-ground performance. It will likely fuel discussion he could kick 100 goals this season.

No forward has brought up the century since Lance Franklin in marching Hawthorn to the 2008 premiership.

Aside from a mid-game lapse that gave St Kilda a sniff, GWS coach Leon Cameron’s most-pressing concern was Adam Kennedy’s head knock and Aidan Corr’s ankle injury.

Kennedy was able to walk from the field during the second term, when the motorised stretcher was driven onto the ground, but played no further part in the match.

Corr landed awkwardly in a fourth-quarter marking contest and was unable to put any weight on his right leg.

The Giants stormed to a 43-point lead when Jeremy Cameron slotted the opening goal of the second quarter but their frighteningly good start was followed by a gutsy fightback from the visitors.

The Saints would have trimmed the margin to 10 points in the third term if Matthew Parker’s straightforward set shot didn’t hit the post.

Cameron kicked the next two goals to ensure the Giants shored up their top-four spot.

The Victorian’s fifth goal was suitable reward for a remarkable solo effort that was arguably the highlight of the game.

Cameron marked the ball on the wing, passed to a teammate in the middle, sprinted into the forward line and ran back with the flight of the ball to hold a stunning mark.

“He has no regard for his own body,” Bob Murphy said in commentary for SEN radio.

GWS wrecking ball Shane Mumford helped himself to 49 hit-outs but gave away nine free kicks, with the lowlight an attempt to slow down counterpart Rowan Marshall after a 50m penalty that only resulted in another 50m penalty and a gifted goal.

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GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 8.2 9.4 13.6 18.6 (114)

ST KILDA 2.1 5.4 7.8 10.10 (70)

Goals: Greater Western Sydney: J Cameron 6 H Himmelberg 2 J Finlayson 2 T Greene 2 A Tomlinson D Lloyd M De Boer S Coniglio S Reid T Taranto. St Kilda: D Kent 2 M Parker 2 R Marshall 2 B Acres J Marsh J Sinclair T Membrey.

Official Crowd: 12,633 at Manuka Oval.