The rise of GWS in the AFL

by Chris Traficante Featured 13 Comments 8 Votes 879 Views 14/05/2012 Back to Articles

The Greater Western Sydney Giants are not bound to make huge inroads in 2012, their inaugural AFL season. That being said, they have showed promising signs so far.

They claimed their first victory as an AFL club on Saturday against the Gold Coast Suns at Manuka Oval, winning 13.16.94 to 9.13.67. In addition, they kept up with the premiership-promising Carlton side last week for three-quarters, but, unfortunately, were beaten handsomely in the end. The Giants have, without exaggeration, come of age in their short life in the AFL.

Sure, the Giants have had their share of hidings so far. The Sydney Swans smacked them to the tune of 63 points in the season’s opening round, losing 5.7.37 to 14.16.100 at Stadium Australia. In the second round, North Melbourne annihilated the newcomers by 129 points down at Bellerive Oval, winning 28.15.183 to 8.6.54.

Then, in the season’s third round, the Giants went down to West Coast by 81 points, with the score reading 10.9.69 to 23.12.150. Since then, however, they have been competitive, despite managing only one victory.

Against the Adelaide Crows in round four, they only went down by 46 points in the city of churches, losing 7.8.50 to 13.18.96. They were just as competitive the week after, losing to the Western Bulldogs, at home, by 42 points, with the scoreboard saying 9.8.62 to 15.14.104 at the end.

Their loss to Carlton, despite being to the tune of 67 points, was nowhere near disastrous for GWS, despite what the 15.20.110 to 6.7.43 score-line might suggest. They kept up with the highly fancied Carlton outfit, despite the odds.

GWS will not win the AFL premiership this year, but they certainly have won the hearts of AFL enthusiasts. Despite the small build and fumbling skills of some players in the Giants’s line-up, the boys from Blacktown are showing some promising signs early in AFL life.

By Chris Traficante

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They are definitely performing better than many thought, and better than GC in their first 7 rounds.

They are also miles ahead of Melbourne, which is more indicative of where Melbourne's at, rather than where GWS is at.
Didn't watch the match, but pretty surprised they won.

Chad Cornes just ensuring that Port don't get the record for first team to lose to GC and GWS (since he admitted played the worst game of his career against them last time). :P
I hate them, because the future home ground is like 5 minutes walk from my house and I can tell it's going to inconvenience me at some point
Where is their future home ground? Aren't they playing in Canberra currently?
Isn't their homeground already up and running? [Shifty]
According to wikipedia, they already moved from where I thought it was going to be.

I have no problems with them now [MOG]
They are playing great footy for such a young squad and they have a much better list than Gold Coast.

When selecting they seemed to learn fro GC's mistakes. GC are lacking real experience, apart from Ablett, and they also have a very poor forwardline. GWS learnt from this and got some champion veterans and some great key forward. Cameron and Patton are going to be a formidable duo in the coming years.

Milky said: They are playing great footy for such a young squad and they have a much better list than Gold Coast.
When selecting they seemed to learn fro GC's mistakes. GC are lacking real experience, apart from Ablett, and they also have a very poor forwardline. GWS learnt from this and got some champion veterans and some great key forward. Cameron and Patton are going to be a formidable duo in the coming years.



Melbourne has the same issue, but lacks Ablett.

Funny that McDonald is now at GWS, and they now seem ahead on the development front.

They have lots of experience, no real scrubs, plenty of talent. They'll be OK.

GC might be down the bottom for a while imo.
LMA0
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People in western Sydney didn't know about this or have no interest.
A few people predicted that wouldn't win a game at this year and would perform poorly for the next 3 years. I think they have been doing quite well and use this year as experience for the next season.
I'm far more interested in the western sydney football club coming to the a-league next season. Horrible strip I have to say but I'd go for them over sydney swans any day.

Beta said: GC might be down the bottom for a while imo.

Definitely agree. They have a potential epic midfield but that is it. And the potential will never get a game cause they'll just keep running Ablett, Rischetteli, Brennan, Swallow and Bennell through there. Why recruit all these gun mids if they can't get a game.

GWS are extremely even and whilst their midfield may not be as deep as GC, they will ultimately go a lot farther due to their balance. They will definitely make finals before GC do.
This article seems a little.. I don't know, out of place? Just a random 7-game scoreline recap of GWS.

Anyway, I think any AFL enthusiast can see GWS are miles ahead of where GC were at the same stage last year. I think it was against the Crows that they really started to show how good they were, and continued that against the Bulldogs and Blues. It was no surprise whatsoever to see them win on the weekend.

They have a well-rounded game plan, they spread extremely well from the contest (something Melbourne, GC, Port and Brisbane have all failed to show this year) and run and carry the ball confidently. Interested to see their stadium when the play their first true home game in a couple of weeks.

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