‘We embarrassed our club’: Interim coach Mark McVeigh SAVAGES the Giants after copping 73-point hammering by arch rivals Sydney
- Mark McVeigh has lambasted his GWS side after their hammering v Sydney
- The Giants suffered a 73-point defeat by their arch rivals on Saturday
- McVeigh said the performance ’embarrassed’ the club in a huge spray
- He added that only eight players ‘went to the wall’ for the club
Mark McVeigh has unleashed a huge spray on his GWS side after the Giants copped a 73-point lashing by cross-town rivals Sydney on Saturday night.
The Swans secured their biggest victory over the Giants since 2015, inflicting further humiliation on McVeigh’s side, who have won only five games this season and languish in 16th on the ladder.
Blessed with a list brimming with talent and boasting a strong record of making finals in recent years, it is a woeful predicament for the club and it comes as no surprise that they are strongly pursuing Alastair Clarkson.
Mark McVeigh launched a huge spray on his GWS Giants side after their defeat to Sydney
But McVeigh insists that the players can offer more and lambasted his side after their huge defeat this weekend.
‘We embarrassed our club,’ he said.
‘It’s extremely disappointing. It’s very unlike the Giants. These are the games you’ve got to get up for and our club has prided ourselves on that for a long period of time.
‘They’re far superior to us at the moment, clearly, but there’s just an unfortunate part of dealing with whether players have checked out or not.
The Giants suffered their biggest defeat by their local rivals since 2015, losing by 73 points
McVeigh said that only eight players ‘went to the wall’ in a performance that ’embarrassed’ him
‘I’m extremely disappointed with our midfield as a whole today. It’s just pure workrate and effort. Wanting to defend, wanting to tackle. The motivation should be how proud you are of you as a player and how proud you are of playing for the Giants.’
He added that only eight players — Sam Taylor, Harry Perryman, Josh Kelly, Callan Ward, Adam Kennedy, Lachie Whitfield, Jesse Hogan and Toby Greene — ‘went to the wall’ and fought for their side until the final siren.
‘Without going too much into it we got some good honest feedback from our peers and players which is good,’ he said. ‘Some players spoke up that you don’t often hear from which is what we need from this club going forward.’
McVeigh said there are two players whom he sees as future leaders of the club – Harry Perryman and Sam Taylor.
‘He [Taylor] is severely dominating games. I’d hate to think if he wasn’t playing how many goals they would have kicked. He’s a star, absolute star,’ McVeigh said.
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