AFL 2020 round 17 live updates: Melbourne Demons hang on for thrilling win against GWS Giants to keep finals hopes alive

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Melbourne youngster Trent Rivers kicked two crucial goals and he spoke to Channel Seven after the game…

Q: Congratulations. Keeping your team alive.A: Full team effort. Came down at three-quarter time, played the role and got the result in the end. It is awesome.

Q: You debuted earlier this year. 2020 as we know has been a really tricky time for everyone but you seem to be enjoying your footy. What have you made of your first year of senior AFL.A: I am loving it. Older boys have been getting around us an teaching us all the spoiling and stuff. My defence has not been the best but I have great coaches so we can improve that.

Q: We saw a sensational spoil for you late in the game. I know a fair bit has to go right for the Dees in terms of making the eight and firming up a top eight finish. How much belief does this group have that you can make the finals and perform well.A: We come out every week thinking we are going to be able to make the finals. We have to have a few results go our way. We do what we need to do. If we go home with two wins we finish the season on a high.

They ended up winning the disposals 288-286, clearances 36-32, marks 78-49, free kicks 16-15, hitouts 45-20.

GOALSGW Sydney: Daniels 3, Lloyd 2, Williams 2, Perryman, Finlayson, De Boer, CameronMelbourne: Baker 2, Spargo 2, Rivers 2, Neal-Bullen, Hunt, Petracca, Pickett, Salem, Fritsch

Meanwhile, that is a huge blow to the Giants’ finals hopes who will now have to rely on other results to finish in the top eight.

Whitfield’s hack ball forward to Shaw is spoiled by Rivers and goes out for a throw-in on the wing!

Daniels emerges from the heavy congestion with the ball and slots it home from 20m out!!

Whitfield, Green and Reid combine to get the ball forward and the ball eventually goes out for another boundary throw-in 25m around from GWS’ goal

Source: https://www.watoday.com.au/sport/afl/afl-2020-round-17-live-updates-north-melbourne-kangaroos-v-fremantle-dockers-port-adelaide-power-v-essendon-bombers-gws-giants-v-melbourne-demons-20200912-p55uzm.html

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