Sat August 18, 2012 7:20pm
POTENTIAL has long been the buzzword accompanying Greater Western Sydney's maiden AFL campaign but worm may have turned in Canberra today.
Melbourne coach Mark Neeld was the one spruiking his team with high hopes of a bright future.
The Demons recorded their first win away from Melbourne in over a year, a 25-point triumph over GWS at Manuka Oval.
It was a match that failed to hit great heights - with the exception of high-flying Demon Jeremy Howe, who clutched a trademark screamer in the third term and kicked 3.3.
But the Demons did what they had to, securing a 11.18 (84) to 9.5 (59) win and souring Luke Power's 300th game.
Neeld lamented the way his side allowed GWS to make the margin more respectable in the last quarter.
But overall, he rated the Demons' fourth win of the year as one for the believers - and pleasingly a result driven by the club's youth stocks.
“The majority of our players (today) ... were averaging 60 games per player. Which is extremely inexperienced,” Neeld said.
“I think some of the tough times - there's a lot of alarmist media reporting that goes on.
“We're aware that a lot of people that watch the game have seven-day goggles on, and writing about long-term plans is clearly not sexy.
“But we've certainly made some gains in the second half of the year, there's no doubt.
“Our ball movement, our work at the clearances is improving - as is the way that we're defending.”
The Giants trailed by only two points when young gun Toby Greene goalled in the fifth minute of the second quarter.
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