Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron saw enough in his side’s second-half fightback against Adelaide to suggest the Giants’ premiership dream is still alive.
The rampant Crows kicked 5.3 to 0.1 in the second quarter at Adelaide Oval in a 12.12 (84) to 6.12 (48) qualifying final win on Thursday night.
GWS managed just one goal in the first half and now face a cut-throat semi-final against the winner of Saturday night’s elimination clash between Port Adelaide and West Coast.
“They’re a super side, they finished top for a reason and they’re hard to beat here, but I’d just love to have our time over again in that second quarter,” Cameron said.
“But we finished top four for a reason, we get a second chance, and we’ll bounce back.
“I couldn’t sit here and say that we’d bounce back if we had a really poor second half.
“But I was pleased with the second half … I think there’s a lot of light at the end of the tunnel for us.”
The Giants will be without star forward Jeremy Cameron for the Spotless Stadium encounter after he left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury.
Cameron missed four matches with hamstring problems in the second half of the season and could struggle to feature again this year.
“It’s his other hammy, it’s not the one that he had a few weeks ago, but we’ll scan it and see where it’s at,” Cameron said.
“It’s disappointing because his back half of the year with those hamstrings have worried him a bit.
“As disappointing as it is to lose one tonight there will be opportunities for boys to plead their case.”
Cameron also forecast more changes to the team, with Steve Johnson and Ryan Griffen to feature in a scratch match against Adelaide’s reserves on Friday.