GWS aim to bury Perth hoodoo in AFL

GWS coach Leon Cameron says the time for excuses are over, declaring he won’t accept another walloping in Perth.

The Giants will be fighting to claw their way back into the top eight when they take on Fremantle at Domain Stadium on Sunday.

The Perth venue has proven to be a graveyard for the Giants, who have lost all five of their AFL matches there by an average of 96.4 points.

In round five this year, GWS were being talked up as a top-four fancy before suffering a humiliating 87-point loss to the Eagles.

Cameron said his charges are still stinging from that defeat, and also the ones before it.

“It’s very hard to put it out of your mind, because it’s a bad experience,” Cameron said on Saturday.

“They’re very keen to atone for the experiences they’ve had here.

“I could understand the (big defeats) in the first couple of years, because of the infant stage of the club’s existence, and the youth.

“Most players were probably 18, 19 years old, and probably played 10 or 20 games. But now there’s no excuse.

“Guys like Heath Shaw, Ryan Griffen, Joel Patfull, Phil Davis really want to make a strong statement tomorrow that we’re here and we can play some really good footy against a top side.”

Fremantle’s hopes of finishing in the top two were given a major boost when Richmond stunned Hawthorn on Friday night.

If the Dockers win on Sunday, they will be three wins clear of third spot with just five games remaining.

Fremantle will be without star midfielder Nat Fyfe (groin) against the Giants, but David Mundy is expected to recover from a migraine in time to play.

Lachie Weller has been named for his AFL debut, while veteran defender Zac Dawson will play his first AFL game of the season after recovering from groin/thumb injuries.

GWS have been boosted by the return of co-captain Phil Davis, but Devon Smith (knee), Zac Williams (hamstring), Nick Haynes (groin), and Rhys Palmer (hamstring) are all injured.

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