The GWS Giants had a chance to advance to the AFL Finals Series, which is known as their version of the playoffs. While Round 24 of the 2023 Season served as the regular season finale. With so many other teams vying for the same postseason spots, the Giants had to work extremely hard to perform at their best. If the Giants defeat the Carlton Blues, they will earn the final space to play them in a rematch, however if they fail to do therefore, they could find themselves eliminated. Carlton coach Michael Voss has displayed confidence and bravery in the Blues to have a successful season and return to the top eight on the league. Carlton coach Michael Voss had displayed faith and bravery in the Blues to have a successful season, and returning to the top 8 ladder was an attainable reality to return to the AFL Finals. The Giants struggled in the first half of the season, but coach Adam Kingsley has given everything he has to help the squad turn it into something and have a winning run in the second half of the 2023 season. The Great Western Sydney Giants had never given up on themselves and held at least the final ticket to the 2023 AFL Finals Tournament because they had never lost hope in their ability to perform a miracle even the 7 game winning streak. The Giants had made their last journey in the AFL Finals Tournament in 2019, while the Carlton Blues were making their first appearance since 2013. The Giants needed to decide whether or not a victory would benefit the squad as a whole. The match was place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria.
The match began with Josh Kelly of the GWS Giants taking a behind, but Jack Carroll booted the ball into the goal, giving the Blues an early lead. Then Adam Saad booted it to two Carlton players and passed it to Charlie Curnow, who had the ball inside the 50-metre circle, to give Carlton another goal to increase their advantage. Following a brief period of victory, Callan Ward of the Giants booted the ball at the 50-metre line to score a goal for his team. It was short-lived after Charlie Curnow made a stunning catch from a long kick, allowing Carlton to seize control. Three Giants players made several rapid passes, and one of them found Lachlan Keeffe, who assisted the team in scoring another goal. In the meanwhile, Tom Green handed the ball to Jake Riccardi and dropped it, allowing Toby Greene to recover it and score a goal for the GWS Giants. With a behind, Toby Greene was able to narrow the gap to one point, but his effort was temporary since Carlton’s Matthew Owies scored a goal just before the first quarter’s conclude.
As the second quarter got underway, the Giants’ Toby Bedford rescued the ball by the Toyota logo before passing it to Harry Rowston, Lachie Whitfield, and Jesse Hogan, who were able to save it within the 50 yard line and score a goal to put the Giants within striking distance of the lead. Lachlan Keeffe was able to pass the ball to Toby Greene and give the Giants the lead when he was in possession of it. When Callum Brown sent the ball to Ryan Agwin, the latter spun and handed it to Stephen Coniglio, who scored a goal for the Giants to increase their advantage. Finally, Callan Ward booted the ball to Jesse Hogan on the other side of the center square, who then handed it to Toby Greene. Toby Greene, the captain, kicked it inside the 50 metre circle to give the Giants another goal. If they took the lead and increased their margins to get close to St. Kilda, they might have had a chance to play for a playoff spot against the Sydney Swans or another rematch against the Carlton Blues, but only if the game ended in a draw. The Blues didn’t give up and took command of the goals and behinds, with Isaac Cummings of the Giants getting the goal and Stephen Coniglio getting the behind, and it would conclude at halftime with the Giants leading by 5 points, 8.4 (52) to 7.5 (47).
When the third quarter began, the Giants were expecting to stay in the playoffs if they could extend their win or increase the margin of victory, depending on the outcome of the game. It started with the Giants rush behind but figuring out why. Sam Walsh of Carlton scored after more than 5 minutes had passed since the second half began. It was given to David Cuningham, who gave it to George Hewett, who took the kick from the 40 metre circle and went beyond to tie the game at 8.5 (53) to 8.5 (53). The entire crowd erupted in optimism that Carlton would retake the lead. When the referee tossed the ball to receive it first, Lachlan Keeffe used his hand to drop the ball and deliver it to Stephen Coniglio, who scored the goal for the GWS Giants. When Paddy Dow of the Blues raced the ball inside the centre square and kicked it to Charlie Curnow, the Giants players protested about two players collecting the ball at the same moment. Curnow eventually booted the ball and well headed to the goal, where they leveled it again. After a neck-and-neck battle with close results, Jesse Hogan was expecting to seize the lead, but ended up a behind with leading by one point to the Giants. The Giants then chose to seize control of the ball and refused to surrender or give up their position in order to go to the playoffs. A group of Giants protected the ball before giving it to Tom Green, who then caught it at the corner within 50 yards thanks to Jake Ricarddi. When Jake Ricarrdi took the corner kick, it was a tight strike that gave the Giants a goal and resurrected their chances of winning the game. Brent Daniels ran through the Carlton players and kicked it to Lachie Whitfield, who then passed it to Toby Bedford, who kicked it to Racarrdi, who landed inside the 50 yard circle and scored another goal for the Giants. When Harry Himmelberg kicked it to Daniel Lloyd, the referee called it off the boot from Brodie Kemp, which was unfortunate for Carlton, resulting in a 50-metre kick from Daniel Lloyd. When Lloyd booted the ball, it was straight up in the air as a goal, which the Giants refused to give up. The Giants have taken over 7th place in the playoffs by a little margin to move up to 6th place, taking over St Kilda, which now holds 6th place, and they might play against each other as the home team to host the AFL Finals Series for home advantage if the results hold. Coniglio booted the ball out of the center square after running the ball, and Callum Brown afterwards scored another goal for the Giants. Toby Greene finished the third quarter with a behind that indicated the goal was near.
Toby Beford took a behind for the Giants in the fourth quarter. Tom Green swiftly intercepted the ball, gave it to Brent Daniels, who threw a fly zone to Toby Greene, who quickly transferred it to Jake Riccardi, who quickly stopped inside the goal square and kicked it in by a meter line. The Giants were unbeatable, and they are confident of reaching the AFL Finals Tournament. While Keefee touched the ball, Brent Daniels raced the ball and kicked it into the goal square, scoring an incredible goal that earned him the match’s MVP. While Daniel Lloyd was running and dropping the ball, he swiftly passed it to Toby Greene, who was holding the ball. Then he booted it into the goal, giving the Giants an opportunity to finish sixth and secure home advantage against St.Kilda. As the GWS Giants gained complete control of the game, the Carlton players found ways to score a few of chances until Corey Durdin took over the Giants defense and allowed the Blues to score, relegating the Giants to seventh position on the AFL ladder. While the GWS Giants players tried their luck at taking advantage of the ball, Stephen Coniglio was about to kick to the goal but ended up behind when the ball went closer to the right. Carlton’s Zac Fisher grabbed the ball and booted it inside the 50-metre circle, scoring a goal for the Blues. It may be too late for Carlton to defeat the formidable Giants, against whom they had a large lead, but they can still put the Giants to finish in seventh and advance to the AFL Finals Series. While Adam Saad handed it to Matthew Owies, he felt it was going to be a goal, but it went short with less than 30 seconds left in the game. During the final 20 seconds of the match, The Blues had players passing the footy to each other until Zac Fisher kicked it out of the centre square and landed it to Harry McKay to Adam Saad, then Matthew Owies, and finally Corey Durdin who took the run and kicked it to hope for a goal before the buzzer, which it hit the post for a behind. It didn’t matter that the Western Bulldogs would not be able to compete in the Finals this year, since the Great Western Sydney Giants triumphed by a 32-point margin of 16.9 (105) to 11.7 (73). The Giants have won their ambitions and will never surrender their place in the AFL Finals. The Giants have earned their dreams and will never surrender their berth in the AFL Finals, which both Carlton and GWS Giants are pleased to make in September, although both teams are content to finish in the lower part of the Top 8 Ladder. The GWS Giants were close to have a home game against St. Kilda Saints which it was the opposite of what they wanted to finished the ladder but managed to play against them in Melbourne. The GWS Giants broke Carlton’s nine-game winning streak, but they are still in with a chance of reaching the AFL Finals Series.
The GWS Giants had played a terrific season with a major turnaround in the second half of the season. When they play against St. Kilda Saints in the Elimination Match which is the first round of the playoffs for the bottom half of the ladder, the Mighty Giants would hope to take a victory to play against either the losing teams of the Qualifying Finalists like Port Adelaide or the Brisbane Lions in the semifinals. The Great Western Sydney Giants can hope to win their first AFL Grand Final as Premiership Champions in order to win all of the Finals Tournament which it’s a big step forward for the Giants to become the best team in the league if they never surrender as a team. The Big Big Sound has prepared an orange splash as the Giants are looking forward to see what the future can hold for upcoming glory years ahead to upon their hopes and aspirations to bring young generations of AFL Fans to be a Giants fan.
CARTON FOOTBALL CLUB 4.3 7.5 9.5 11.7 (73)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS 3.2 8.4 13.7 16.9 (105)
Carlton: Curnow 3, Owies 2, Cottrell, Martin, De Koning, Hewett, Durdin, Fisher
Greater Western Sydney: Greene 4, Riccardi 3, Coniglio 2, Ward, Keeffe, Hogan, Cuming, Lloyd, Brown, Daniels
Carlton: Hewett, Curnow, Dow, Acres, Walsh
Greater Western Sydney: Greene, Green, Coniglio, Ward, Daniels
Carlton: Acres (collarbone)
Greater Western Sydney: Nil
Greater Western Sydney: Toby McMullin replaced Sam Taylor (hamstring)
Carlton: Caleb Marchbank (replaced Blake Acres in the third quarter)
Greater Western Sydney: Nick Haynes (replaced Toby McMullin in the third quarter)
Crowd: 44,354 at Marvel Stadium