RIVERINA'S brightest Australian rules talent were still given an opportunity to showcase their skills despite the postponement of the latest NAB League round.
The Giants Academy were set to take on Murray Bushrangers in Albury last Saturday, but the game was abandoned due to the Victorian lockdown.
A game was then organised with Brisbane Lions Academy in Queensland, before a line was put through that also, due to the Giants' recent trip to Victoria.
It led to another game against the Sydney Swans Academy, where the Giants prevailed, 10.9 (69) to 9.9 (63). It was their second win in three games against the Swans.
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong young gun Matt Hamblin was the pick of the Riverina players with 27 disposals and a goal.
"Matty Hamblin was good again," GWS Giants Academy's Riverina coach Tim Sullivan said.
"He's finding the ball and his offence is really, really good."
Hamish Gilmore had 19 disposals, Luke Fellows kicked three goals from his 17 touches, while Harry Grintell again chimed in with a couple of goals.
"Luke Fellows through his hand up for Allies," Sullivan said.
"He kicked three goals from a wing and they were three important goals.
"Harry Grintell was lively up forward again. He kicked 2.1 and his pressure acts were again really important.
"Drew Beavan down back was just superb. He was strong, composed and set us up coming out of the back half."
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The Giants again gave an opportunity to a number of under 17s players, with Nick Madden, Angus Curry, Harry Rowston and Pat Voss all lining up.
Giants Academy officials are working on organising a couple more games, given their only remaining scheduled game, against Oakleigh Chargers this Saturday, has been cancelled.
The next major event is the selection of the Allies squad to compete at the national championships, which should be named in the next month.
"The Giants have about nine guys that have thrown their hand up for selection and we'll probably get five in, maybe six," Sullivan said.
"The boys have done well. They're two from two in the NAB League and also won the series against the Swans."
A number of the Giants Academy members have nominated for this week's mid-season AFL draft but are considered better chances at season's end.
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