March 25, 2012
GREATER Western Sydney veteran Chad Cornes says if there's any such thing as a good 10-goal loss, the Giants had one in their historic first AFL hitout against cross-town rival Sydney at ANZ Stadium last night.
The former Port Adelaide stalwart felt the Giants' performance in their 63-point loss to Sydney proved they could match it with a successful and established club.
GWS outscored the Swans by one point in the final quarter but were only comprehensively outscored in the third quarter where Sydney built on a 31-point half-time lead by kicking 5.4 to 0.1.
''It was a 10-goal loss but if you can have a good 10-goal loss, that was what it was,'' Cornes said.
''If you told us that before the game I think we would have taken it.
''There's a good feeling down here even though it was a big loss.''
Cornes was one of the Giants' best performers, spending much of his time on Sydney co-captain Adam Goodes.
One of just five GWS players with prior AFL experience, Cornes felt the Giants supporters among the crowd of 38,203, could extract plenty from the fledgling club's first AFL outing.
''It was great the way the boys played, the aggression and the head over the footy type of footy,'' Cornes said.
''The attack on the game and how tough the boys were, we didn't give in and won the last quarter.''
Asked what lessons the many GWS youngsters had taken from the game Cornes said: ''The lesson learnt [is] the boys are up to it and they can match it with a really good footy team''.
''Sydney are a great team and to be in the game for three quarters is a good effort.''