Gympie star enjoys golden AFL moment
GYMPIE AFL product Lachlan Keeffe celebrated his first win in GWS Giants colours against the Port Adelaide Power on Sunday.
Keeffe was tasked with a negating role on Power star Justin Westhoff and collected seven disposals in his fourth game for the season as the Giants earned an important 22-point win at the Adelaide Oval.
Originally selected as an emergency, Keeffe was called up to replace an injured Sam Taylor in the selected side.
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He had previously fronted up for the Giants in losses to Geelong, West Coast and North Melbourne.
Speaking with Giants TV after the game, the 28-year-old said he was relieved to be in a winning side after the previous defeats.
"It was great to get the win, I thought I was a bit of an omen there for the boys for a little while, I played three earlier in the year and lost all three,” he said.
"Sam's been playing a great role for us ... I just wanted to come in and try to replicate that.
"It was great to get the win interstate against a tough opposition.”
Keeffe said manning Westhoff had presented a formidable challenge.
"He was up and back in a couple of positions so I was just trying to keep a close eye on him and not give him any room, (he's a) quality player.
"I'm just trying to do my job for the team and hopefully I was able to achieve that.”
GWS surged to sixth spot on the AFL ladder with the win, setting them up for a big chance at playing finals with five home-and-away games left this season.
Keeffe will be hoping he can retain his spot in the lineup when the Giants take on St Kilda at Spotless Stadium this Saturday.