THE Greater Western Sydney Giants slayed their rivals Sydney Swans by 32 points at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.
The Giants kicked 15.9 (99) to 9.13 (67). It was the first time the Giants had beaten the Swans.
Down by three points at three-quarter time, the Giants kicked six unanswered goals in the last quarter.
New coach Leon Cameron spoke about the Giants needing to stand tall this season and this is a positive start.
The second quarter was delayed by 25 minutes after storms and heavy rain struck the ground.
The crowd of 17,102 braved the heat, humidity, storms and lightning to see the historic win.
The Giants' chairman, Tony Shepherd, was thrilled with the victory. "It was also a special moment for the fans who've stuck with us over the past two years. We always said this was going to be a journey and there's still a long way to go," he said.
Jubilant coach Leon Cameron praised his players. "I want our guys to enjoy the win within reason because it's been tough for the first couple of years," he said. "An enormous amount has been put into this footy club. Starting up a club from scratch is tough. This is a good day for the footy club."
In round 2 the Giants play St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, March 29.
Their next home game is round 3 against Melbourne at Spotless Stadium on Sunday, April 6.