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Bittersweet break for Giants

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GEELONG West coach Mitch Wight has labelled the COVID-enforced pause to the GDFL season a “Catch-22” for his club.

The Giants started to build momentum following victory over Corio and their first win over Thomson since 2014.

However, Wight concedes after seven rounds, his players were keen for a week off.

“Part of us needed a break to freshen our bodies up,” he said.

“But part of us wanted to keep riding that wave of momentum after two wins in a row and a couple of winnable ones in the next couple of weeks.

“We’re happy to give some of our guys rest, but at the same time, we’re keen to get back into it as soon as we get the chance.”

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After pulling away from the Devils in the second half of a night game on May 15, West played some of its best football of the season in beating the Tigers by 15 points.

It was the Giants first win over Thomson in nine meetings dating back to the final round of 2014.

“We came out and played a really good brand of footy,” Wight said. “I thought our contested style was great.

“I think it’s taken 6-7 weeks to get used to playing together.

“A lot of our guys had never played together; I think in of our starting 22 in Round 1, we had 15 new players,

“So, it has taken a little bit of time for guys to understand how everyone else plays, but, also, as a coaching staff, to find their best positions.

“We’re really confident that we’ll start to see some really good footy in the second half of the season.”

West will face the winless Anakie and Winchelsea whenever the season resumes, with reigning premier Bannockburn to follow in Round 10.

After Barwon Heads premiership player Chris Martin made his first senior appearance in the win over Thomson, the Giants will be further boosted against the Roos by the return of Kelly Williams.

The former Ocean Grove star hasn’t played a senior level since the Round 1 loss to Werribee Centrals.

“He’s had a few soft-tissue injuries to his hamstrings,” Wight said.

“He’s had a couple of weeks in the twos to get himself through.

“He’s played some good footy there, so he’ll slot straight back in as soon as he’s available again.”

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