Toby Greene fly kick takes gloss off Giants’ huge win over Bulldogs

AFL: Toby Greene catches Luke Dahlhaus with a nasty
kick to the face during GWS’ clash with the
Bulldogs.

Players wrestle after the Greene incident.

THE Giants have taken a strong grip on a top two
finish with a 48 point win over the Western Bulldogs at
Etihad Stadium. But the victory has been overshadowed by
another incident involving controversy magnet Toby Greene who
was reported for rough play.

In his first game back from a two week suspension Greene raised
his foot in a contest where he jumped for the ball against
Bulldog midfielder Luke Dahlhaus and collected him in the face.

Dahlhaus cops Greene’s studs.

Dahlhaus cops Greene’s
studs.
Source:Supplied

The incident instantly divided expert opinions with Wayne Carey
confident the young Giant would be exonerated.

“He hasn’t got anything to worry about,” Carey said in
commentary.

“You are allowed to jump at the footy and put your foot up. I
think there is a lot of hysteria surrounding Toby Greene.”

Essendon great Tim Watson said Greene would be in danger of
copping his third suspension of the year.

“I think he’s in trouble,” Watson said.

“It is all about intent.”

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury tweeted. “A foot to the
head is a free kick but if it was knee would it have been?
Never seen that before, initial thought was play-on.”

Greene was already in the bad books with Bulldogs supporters
after he was suspended for a week for striking Caleb Daniel in
the Giants round six win in Canberra. They booed him every time
he went near the ball and cranked it up even louder after the
clash.

The clash did little to put him off his game as he looked
dangerous every time he went near the ball. He finished with
two goals for the match with his first an important one from
outside 50 to put the brakes on the opposition who were surging
in the second quarter.

Players wrestle after the Greene incident.

Players wrestle after the
Greene incident.
Source:Getty Images

The Bulldogs will look to waisted use of the ball in the second
quarter when they dominated possession and territory in the
second but couldn’t convert. They produced just three goals
from 22 inside 50s while the Giants created the same amount
from just four. Jake Stringer was the main offender missing
three shots during the term.

The Bulldogs were without all but one of their grand final
defence and Jonathon Patton took full advantage kicking three
of the first four goals of the match with two of the coming
from contested marks. He finished with a game high four for the
match.

AFL: Western Bulldogs skipper Robert Murphy wound back
the years to kick this incredible goal against GWS
Giants.

The recent returns of Stephen Coniglio and Jacob Hopper from
injury were again pivotal as they opened the game up for the
outside runners Dylan Shiel, Lachie Whitfield, Tom Scully and
Josh Kelly. Defenders Nick Haynes and Phil Davis were also in
good touch conceding just seven goals for the match.

The win was a significant one for the Giants who have lost all
three games in Melbourne this year including their last two at
Etihad against St Kilda (R7) and Carlton (R12). They also lost
their round 18 match against Richmond at the MCG.

Originally published as
Video: Greene fly kick sours Giant win

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