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Giants pull away for big win

Geelong West veteran Justin Carey spoils Corio’s Destyn Burns. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG West has overcome a first-half challenge from Corio to register its eighth win of the season and keep its hope of a top-three GDFL finish alive with an 18.21 (129) to 5.7 (37) victory.

The Giants led by just 14 points at half-time of the clash at West Oval but kicked three goals to none in the third quarter to open up a 36-point lead at the final change.

A nine-goal fourth-quarter blitz extended the margin to 92 points to give West a handy percentage boost as it looks to keep pace with Inverleigh, East Geelong and Bannockburn.

“Full credit to Corio; they did a lot right in that first half,” stand-in coach Aaron O’Callaghan said.

“For us, there was definitely room for improvement. At half-time, we spoke about generating more intent and also creating a game that’s enjoyable to watch.

“We tried to stay clear of boring footy and take the game on a little bit more in the first half.

“The boys responded really well, and they only scored one goal in the second half.”

Blake Dye’s impressive season continued, with a six-goal haul taking his tally to 41.

“He’s a very hard match-up,” O’Callaghan said. “He’s quick, can take grabs in the air, and is good at ground level.

“Blake’s been really good for us this year; he’s providing a target up forward.

“But when it hits the ground, he’s also laying tackles and creating that forward pressure, which means he’s creating turnovers for his teammates and providing goal assists as well.”

Curtis Hoare and Tom Burke impressed for the Giants, while Corio co-coach Joel Bennett kicked two goals and won plenty of the ball in another stellar performance from the star midfielder.

West will host Thomson next week, while the Devils are at home to fellow winless team Anakie.

Elsewhere, a six-goal final-quarter burst from Bannockburn proved the difference in its clash with Bell Post Hill at Victoria Park.

Trailing by nine points at half-time after being held to just two goals, the Tigers claimed a six-point advantage at the final change.

With young gun Juanito Ramos kicking four goals and B.J. Harding adding three, Bannockburn stayed second on the ladder following an 11.17 (83) to 6.11 (47) victory.

In his 50th senior game, Jai Robinson was named the Tigers’ best.

Veteran duo Nick Costello and Dylan Witney kicked two goals apiece for the Panthers, who were again without suspended spearhead Will Ford.

In the club’s first outing since the death of reserves coach Craig Carey, East Geelong has held off a late surge from Winchelsea to claim its eighth win of the season.

The Eagles appeared headed for a comfortable win after opening up a 51-point lead at quarter-time at Eastern Reserve.

The Blues could not eat significantly into the margin, which sat at 44 points at the final change before storming home with a seven-goal to three last quarter.

It wasn’t enough, with East hanging on for an 18.10 (118) to 15.10 (100) victory.

In his return from injury, Zac Smith kicked four goals along with Brent McGrath and Ruben Vesikuru, with big man Tim McLennan again outstanding.

Leigh Ellis and David Tucker kicked five goals for Winchelsea.

Inverleigh playing coach Adam Donohue had his best outing of the season with an eight-goal return in a big win over Anakie.

The Hawks were never seriously threatened by the winless Roos at Anakie Reserve, kicking 18 goals to three after half-time to claim a percentage-boosting 143-point victory, 29.15 (189) to 6.10 (46).

Nathan Mayes (five goals), Paddy Bourke (four) and best-on-ground Matt Tyquin (four) were also busy in front of goals.

The only lowlight for Inverleigh was a hamstring injury suffered by the luckless Toby Manganelli.

Dale Collins and Anthony Harding kicked two goals for the Roos.

Thomson has replaced Bell Post Hill inside the top five with a 21-point win over Werribee Centrals at Godfrey Street.

On his return from suspension, star forward Daniel Freeman kicked five goals, while Mitch Hodgson and Andrew Mead-Harding contributed three apiece in 17.13 (115) to 14.10 (94) victory.

Zach Plant and Jordan Camm were standouts for Thomson.

Nic Bauld had his best day of the season in front of goals for the Centurions with four goals.

In his first senior game since 2014, Jordan Leggieri also kicked four goals.

Belmont Lions have used a five-goal to none third quarter to overcome North Geelong at Keith Barclay Oval by 21 points, 10.8 (68) to 7.5 (47).

Brent Jacques now has 35 goals for the season after kicking four for the Lions, with playing coach Nathan Bisset leading from the front.

Aaron Best and Mitch Habib kicked two goals apiece for the Magpies, who were best served by Jacob Bruns and Charlie Farrell.

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