Mark McVeigh GWS Giants press conference after loss to Sydney Swans, slams players, verified
The GWS Giants have been lambasted by caretaker manager Mark McVeigh who said the club were “embarrassed” by their 73 points in the Sydney Derby and questioned whether some of their players had “acquitted”.
The Sydney Swans victory came on the back of their highest margin in a derby since 2015 and brought further humiliation for a Giants side who have won just five games for the season and now sit in 16th place.
It’s a horrible situation for a roster still loaded with so much talent, which prompted McVeigh to lash out after the game.
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“We have embarrassed our club,” he said.
“It is extremely disappointing. It’s very different from the Giants. These are the games you have to stand up for and our club has been proud of them for a long time.
“They’re far superior to us at the moment, clearly, but there’s just an unfortunate part to whether the players have checked or not.
“I am extremely disappointed with our midfield as a whole today. It’s just pure work rate and effort. Wanting to defend, wanting to tackle. The motivation should be how proud you are of yourself as a player and how proud you are to play for the Giants. »
McVeigh said 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 until the end of the match.
The former Essendon great said he spent a lot of time in the halls with the players after the game and sat in silence to see what responses were elicited from the group of players.
He added that there needed to be a change of direction in the club’s squad.
“Without going into too much detail, we’ve had some good, honest feedback from our peers and players, which is good,” he said. “Some players have said that you don’t often hear about what we need from this club in the future.
McVeigh singled out two players as the club’s future leaders in Harry Perryman, who did a great job tagging Swans jet Chad Warner, and Sam Taylor, who was once again supreme at the back as he pushed for a Guernsey All-Australian and Premier Best and Fairest Award.
“He severely dominates games. I would hate to think if he didn’t play how many goals they would have scored. He’s a star, an absolute star,” McVeigh said.
— NCA Newswire