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SportGiant Mumford savours AFL finals return

02:10  08 september  2019
02:10  08 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Mumford will officially return to pre-season training on Monday. "I trained right up before I left on my holidays, so I'm not too far The Giants ' ruck stocks will be boosted by the addition of another one of Mumford 's former Geelong teammates, Dawson Simpson. "He's been in the ( AFL ) system now for

At his best Mumford was a regular in All Australian conversations and was widely regarded as the Giants ' most important player, with his fierce tackling around stoppages and fearless attack on opposition players. Shane Mumford celebrates the 2012 flag with the Swans. Picture: AFL Photos.

Giant Mumford savours AFL finals return© AAP Veteran ruckman Shane Mumford was a typically imposing force as GWS turned the tables on the Western Bulldogs in their 58-point AFL elimination final romp.

Shane Mumford's AFL finals return was one to savour but there was a moment the Greater Western Sydney big man would like to forget.

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Mumford was a typically imposing force in the Giants' 58-point elimination final thumping of the in-form Western Bulldogs.

In his first final since un-retiring and returning to the AFL this season, the 33-year-old only managed nine disposals but was key to setting the tone in the middle.

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The Giants will attempt to halt the Bulldogs' momentum at the first hurdle and avenge their painful preliminary final loss of three years ago. Greater Western Sydney has stumbled into the finals , where they'll face a red-hot Bulldogs outfit threatening to time their finals run as they did on the way

GWS ruckman Shane Mumford is free to resume his AFL career in round three after the AFL tribunal fined him 00 for a downgraded striking charge. Mumford was offered a one-match ban after he was charged with intentionally striking Sydney’s George Hewett during a practice match at Blacktown Oval

Critically, he had the better of Bulldogs counterpart Tim English in the hit-out department (39 to 30) and added four tackles for good measure.

But the young Dog made Mumford look his age in the second quarter, leaving the 33-year-old in his dust to run into an open goal after pouncing on a ball from over to the top.

The veteran Giant was still kicking himself post-match over his senior moment while savouring the victory with his young family in the rooms.

"I was just like 'why did I let him goal-side. You idiot. You're never catching him'," he joked.

Mumford was well aware 205cm English would have him covered in the air throughout the encounter but resolved to use his biggest asset - his imposing 100kg-plus frame.

"For me, it was just about being physical and trying to move him as much as possible and then getting my hand on it," he said.

In a reversal of their round-22 loss, the Giants monstered the Bulldogs 167 to 125 in contested ball.

Jacob Hopper (19 contested possessions) and Tim Taranto (11) were vital to the Giants winning the midfield battle over Marcus Bontempelli and co.

"They're massive," Mumford said of the young GWS duo.

"Contested ball's probably where the game's won or lost.

"Them two bulls in there just going at it, bashing heads ... it takes a little bit of a load off me."

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