GUTSY is probably the best word to describe Melbourne’s five-point win over the Giants.
With the season on the line, the Demons fought back in the final term to run out winners, after giving up an early three-goal lead.
The clash at The Gabba had big swings in momentum, which shone through on the stat sheet.
Here are some of the figures which helped shape the contest in Round 17.
A game of momentum
Clearances: first quarter v second quarter:
Q1: Melbourne: 12 | GWS: 7
Q2: Melbourne: 5 | GWS: 11
Scores from turnovers:
Q1: Melbourne: 5.1
Q2: GWS: 5.0
Inside 50s: second and third quarter combined:
Melbourne: 17 | GWS: 31
Uncontested possessions: last quarter:
Melbourne: 38 | GWS: 27
Scores per inside 50:
Q1: Melbourne: 64% | GWS: 45%
Q4: Melbourne: 36% | GWS: 20%
Time in possession: last quarter:
Melbourne: 48% | GWS: 33%
Metres gained from midfield stoppages: last quarter:
Melbourne: 264m | GWS: 112m
The Demons owned the first and fourth terms, while it was all GWS for the second and third.
Around the ground
Melbourne: 71 | GWS: 39
Melbourne: 123 | GWS: 146
Inside 50 efficiency:
Melbourne: 59% (23 shots from 39 entries) | GWS: 44% (23 shots from 52 entries)
Centre bounce clearances:
Melbourne: 11 | GWS: 15
Uncontested possessions: 16 (game-high)
Marks: 9 (game-high)
Hit-outs: 44 (Mumford 18)
Clearances: 8 (game-high)
Intercept possessions: 7 (equal game-high)
Score involvements: 7 (equal game-high)
Disposals: 23 (team-high)
Tackles: 7 (game-high)
Pressure acts: 26 (game-high)