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Challenges to come for Giants

Geelong West coach Mitch Wight speaks with his players during the win over the Belmont Lions. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Darren Phillips)

GEELONG West coach Mitch Wight is embracing what the next three weeks hold for his club after a clinical 74-point win over Belmont Lions left the Giants as the only unbeaten team in the GDFL.

A seven-goal-to-two opening quarter gave West the upper hand on the Lions, and only inaccuracy cost the Giants a better result than the 16.21 (117) to 6.7 (43) victory at Winter Reserve.

However, Wight knows more significant challenges are afoot, with Bell Post Hill, East Geelong and Inverleigh to come between now and the Queen’s Birthday weekend bye.

“We’re really excited about the challenge over the next three weeks, as we’ve been excited by every challenge that’s been thrown our way this year,” he said.

“We don’t shy away from the fact that they’re the benchmark teams.

“We’re super excited to test ourselves against those types of sides and see where we sit.”

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Lachie Turner won rave reviews from his coach for his work on Brent Jacques, keeping the Lions’ sharpshooter to one goal.

“To keep him to one goal -one of the most dangerous forwards in the competition – he did a fantastic job,” Wight said.

“He’s probably been one of our most consistent performers this year.

“The pressure coming from our midfield on those kicks into him (Jacques) meant that Lachie was able to go and get a fist to most opportunities that came his way.

“I don’t think he got beaten one-on-one all day.”

At the other end of the ground, Blake Dye made it consecutive five-goal hauls to take his tally for the season to 21.

“If only he’d kicked straighter,” Wight said. “I think he kicked 5.8 last week and 5.6 yesterday.

“Blake’s a fantastic young player, and I guess without Blairy (Alex Blair) in the side, we’ve become a lot more dynamic.

“We’ve got four or five different options that we can go through; it’s been Blake’s opportunity the last two weeks.”

Wight could have up to five players returning for the clash with Bell Post Hill at West Oval, with captain Ryan Ganz, Matt Ianelli, Jye Bohm, Sam Edwards and Adam Leamer all missing the win over the Lions.

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