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Beginnings: 2012 - AFL Debut Season
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The Banner at the Inaugural GWS Game v Sydney Swans.

The club played its first game in the Australian Football League on 24 March 2012 at ANZ Stadium in the inaugural Sydney Derby against the Sydney Swans which they lost by 63 points. On 12 May 2012 the club recorded its first win, defeating the Gold Coast Suns in a Round 7 match by 13.16 (94) to 9.13 (67). The only other victory of the team's inaugural season was a 34 point win over Port Adelaide. Records:
  • * Highest score: Greater Western Sydney 16.11 (107) v Port Adelaide 10.13 (73), Round 19, 2012, Sydney Showground Stadium
  • * Lowest score: Greater Western Sydney 4.7 (31) v Hawthorn 28.25 (193), Round 15, 2012, Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • * Highest losing score: Greater Western Sydney 16.8 (104) v Gold Coast 21.22 (148), Round 5, 2013, Manuka Oval
  • * Lowest winning score: Greater Western Sydney 13.16 (94) v Gold Coast 9.13 (67), Round 7, 2012, Manuka Oval
  • * Greatest winning margin: 34 points – Greater Western Sydney 16.11 (107) v Port Adelaide 10.13 (73), Round 19, 2012, Sydney Showground Stadium
  • * Greatest losing margin: 162 points – Greater Western Sydney 4.7 (31) v Hawthorn 28.25 (193), Round 15, 2012, Melbourne Cricket Ground
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
4 Greater Western Sydney 22 16 6 0 2380 1663 143.1 64

A Short History Of... GIANTS v Swans

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The GIANTS are looking for four wins in a row over the Swans, a feat that seemed unlikely back in 2013.

As we inch towards the 13th edition of the Sydney Derby, it’s worth taking a moment to understand the story so far between the GIANTS and the Swans.

When the GIANTS entered the competition in 2012, the Swans were already at the top of the tree and went on to win the premiership that year, upsetting Hawthorn in one of the best Grand Finals of the modern era.

While the GIANTS languished at the bottom of the ladder, winning just three games in the first two season, the Swans were the toast of the town (and the football world) as they went from strength to strength.

The GIANTS were bashed every time they took on the Swans and round 16, 2013 was a low point as the Swans piled on 24 goals to defeat the GIANTS by 129-points in the expansion club’s first ever outing at the SCG.

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Crucial Training Test

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Zac Williams is one of several GIANTS who could return this Saturday at Spotless.

Up to five GIANTS will be put through their paces during Wednesday’s main training session in a bid to be fit to for Sydney Derby XIII at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

Three time premiership veteran Steve Johnson (knee), reigning club champion Toby Greene (ankle), star half-back Zac Williams (hamstring) and journeyman Sam Reid (ankle) will all need to complete training to put their hands up for selection.

Young draftee Lachie Tiziani (knee) is the other player set to return to the field, should he get through the session.

Saturday shapes as a crucial match for both sides with the Swans sitting in the eight for the first time this season and the GIANTS coming off back-to-back draws.

In good news on the injury front, several players are edging closer to returning with vice-captain Stephen Coniglio...


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The Army is Building

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Get your orange on and get to Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

The Swans are heading west - well some of them anyway - so get your orange on and get to Spotless Stadium for one of the biggest Sydney Derbies in history.

GIANTS fans know how important Derbies are. We did it tough over the first few years until that fateful day that the Swans visited Spotless Stadium for the first time in 2014.

The Swans shook down the thunder from the sky but it did them no good as fearless leader Phil Davis and his lacerated kidney kept new Swan Buddy Franklin to just one goal with hulking ruckman Shane Mumford immense against his old team.

Make no mistake, there’s no love lost between these two sides. The GIANTS are coming. We started small but now we’re standing tall. 

In just our sixth season we have more than 20,000 members and it’s not too late to join the hottest ticket in town.  

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Join the March to Spotless

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Head on down to the WestConnex Centre to be part of the action ahead of our crucial clash against the Swans.

Beat the crowds and head to the WestConnex Centre at GIANTS HQ early for all the build-up to one of the biggest games in history between the GIANTS and Swans.

We’re hosting a pre-match function ahead of Sydney Derby XIII with all members and fans invited to come along before we march together to Spotless Stadium.

The event will run from 3pm at 1 Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park, just a short walk down Olympic Boulevard from the train station.

Come along for:

  • Player appearances
  • Face painting
  • Inflatables
  • Table tennis
  • AFL Evolution
  • Toyo Tires Kick for Cash practice
  • Photo booth
  • Caricature drawings
  • Exclusive merchandise in the GIANTS Shop

At 5pm we’ll lead a march to Spotless Stadium for Sydney Derby XIII with plenty of fun and activities upon arrival.

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Star Boost for Sydney Derby

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Toby Greene is one of three GIANTS who could return for the crucial Sydney Derby XIII on Saturday night.

Both the GIANTS and the Swans could be boosted by an influx of star power for this week's crucial Sydney Derby at Spotless Stadium.

Sydney captain Josh Kennedy (quad) is likely to be fit after being a late withdrawal from his team's big win over Gold Coast on Saturday, while GIANTS trio Toby Greene (ankle), Steve Johnson (knee) and Zac Williams (hamstring) could also be included for the 13th edition of the crosstown rivalry.

Kennedy said he was yet to decide what his training program would look like for this week, with the Swans main session to be held on Tuesday, but didn't expect to have any more problems with his quad tightness.

"It's pretty good, I was close to playing on Saturday so I'm pretty confident of coming up this week," he said.

"The fear of doing a bit more damage...


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Simpson Stands Tall in NEAFL Loss

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Dawson Simpson continues to impress for the GIANTS Reserves, dominating the ruck against the Southport Sharks on Saturday.

A GIANTS Reserves’ side featuring just four AFL listed players lost to Southport by 70 points at Fankhauser Reserve on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Despite a solid second half, the GIANTS Reserves couldn’t reel in the fast-starting Sharks, losing 7.6 (49) to 18.10 (118).

Ruckman Dawson Simpson was again amongst the GIANTS’ best performers on the day, dominating the ruck while collecting 14 disposals and taking five marks.

NEAFL Coach Brad Miller said the 28-year-old has shown through consistent performances that should an AFL call up come, Simpson would be ready.

“He hasn’t put a foot wrong in any game we’ve played in the NEAFL this year,” Miller said.

“Once the ball hits the ground, for a guy his size, he plays like a midfielder, he hunts the ball and lays...


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Match Day Info: Round 17 v Swans

ROUND 17

GIANTS v Swans
Saturday July 15, 7:25pm
Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
 

Gate Opening:

3.30pm: Gates Open
3.45pm: NEAFL Round 16 - GIANTS Reserves v Swans Reserves
7.25pm: Sydney Derby XIII - GIANTS v Swans

Tickets:

Be there as the GIANTS take on cross-town rivals the Swans in the latest instalment in the Sydney Derby in a blockbuster Saturday night clash at Spotless Stadium. 

Tickets are selling fast but there are still great seats available. Family tickets start from just $48 for two adults and two children with adult tickets from just $24 and concessions $19.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets for the game now.

You can also call 136 100 or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. The ticket office at Spotless Stadium will be open from 3.30pm and is located near Gate D.  

Membership:

It’s your last chance to get on board and sign up as a 2017 GIANTS member! The Sydney Derby 3 game...


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Draw Déjà vu

R16 v Hawks: Last Two Minutes A late surge by the GIANTS looked like getting the points but it came down to the last seconds to decide this thriller.

The GIANTS and Hawthorn have played out a thrilling draw in Launceston, with a late goal from the Hawks' Will Langford giving the GIANTS their second stalemate in a row.

The GIANTS trailed by 15 points heading into the final term and looked to be on track for a comeback win with a six-goal fourth quarter at University of Tasmania Stadium on Saturday.

But the Hawks had other ideas, rallying late to steal a 14.13 (97) to 15.7 (97) at the death.

Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson was in good spirits after the match, no doubt pleased by the resilience his side had shown to bounce back so strongly after looking like being overrun by the GIANTS in a frantic final term.

"(It’s) the old Maxwell Smart, isn’t it? Missed it by that much," he...


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Cameron Laments Inconsistency

R16 Post Match: Leon Cameron Leon Cameron spoke to the media following the draw with Hawthorn in round 16.

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Leon Cameron wants his side to be more consistent.

GIANTS coach Leon Cameron appeared despondent following his side's second consecutive draw, ruing the fact they had let a seemingly match-winning 13-point fourth-quarter lead slip through their fingers against Hawthorn in Launceston.

In a match that really heated up after half time and saw both sides finish with 97 points on the scoreboard, Cameron lamented his team's inconsistency and suggested they are 'just going' after 16 rounds.

"We're just going at the moment, for whatever reason, whether it's a number of players not playing to the level they need to be playing at, to the injuries we've obviously had throughout the year, the end result is when you play inconsistently like we are at the moment… you're going to be in...


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Five Talking Points: Round 16

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Jonny Patton continued his career best form kicking five goals.

1. Second 'siren gate' in Launceston?
For the second week in a row the GIANTS were held to a nail-biting draw, this time in scenes reminiscent of the infamous 'siren gate' scenario played out between St Kilda and Fremantle in Launceston back in 2006. With the Hawks rushing the ball over their own line during the frantic final seconds, the University of Tasmania Stadium crowd all-but drowned out the final siren and there was confusion around the ground for several moments as the dust settled on a remarkable contest that will leave both sides scratching their heads as to how they let four points turn into two.

2. There’s no stopping Tom
From the moment Tom Mitchell registered the first disposal of the game, Hawthorn’s star recruit looked on track to break the 30-disposal barrier for a record 12th consecutive occasion....


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Patton in Career-Best Form: Buchanan

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Jonny Patton has kicked eight goals in his past two games.

GIANTS forwards coach Amon Buchanan beileves Jon Patton is in career-best form and will continue to improve.

The 198-cm power forward has kicked eight goals in his last two games and Buchanan told reporters in Launceston on Friday that the 24-year-old has clicked into gear after a few lean weeks before the bye.

“He was probably down a little bit but he has gone away and worked on his game, and now he’s reaping his rewards,” he said.

“His last two weeks have been up there with his best football, so hopefully he continues down that track.”

Patton’s four goal haul in last weekend’s draw with Geelong saw him push past 100 career goals, an achievement that seemed so far away in 2014 when he suffered the second season ending knee injury of his career.

“On the ground and in the air, he’s moving well and he has confidence in his...


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The Old and the New

Team: Round 16 v Hawks All the latest team selection news ahead of the round 16 match against Hawthorn in Launceston.

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Harry Perryman returns to play his fifth game of AFL footy.

The GIANTS have made two changes to the side that drew with Geelong, recalling a defender and a midfielder for Saturday’s clash with the Hawks in Launceston. 

Young defender Harry Perryman and experienced midfielder Tendai Mzungu return to the GIANTS line up for the round 16 clash.

18-year-old Perryman was a little unlucky to go out of the team in the first place but after 29 touches and two goals in the NEAFL, he’s back in to play the fifth game of his career.

“We were impressed with Harry’s form over his first few games and he was just squeezed out a couple of weeks ago,” said coach Leon Cameron. 

“But to his credit he’s gone back to the NEAFL and put in two strong performances to earn his spot for...


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GIANTS Academy Player a NEAFL Rising Star

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Brendan Myers has been nominated for the NEAFL Rising Star award after a stellar performance against the NT Thunder.

GIANTS Academy member Brendan Myers has been awarded the Round 14 NEAFL Rising Star nomination for his superb performance against NT Thunder at Spotless Stadium.

The Wagga Tigers product was the leading possession winner on the ground with 32 disposals, plus nine marks, seven clearances, and six inside 50s in the GIANTS Reserves' four-point loss.

The 18-year-old’s impressive effort saw Myers recalled to the Allies side for the final match of the NAB AFL National Under-18 Championships against Victoria Metro in Geelong on Wednesday.

Myers, who won Wagga’s senior best-and-fairest award when he was 17, said his return to form in the NEAFL at the weekend gave him a lot of confidence.

“It was a bit unfortunate to be dropped from the Allies, but I wanted to move on and have...


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Match Preview: Hawks v GIANTS

Last Time We Met: Round 6, 2016 Take a look at the memorable last time the GIANTS took on Hawthorn at Spotless Stadium in round 6, 2016.

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Jonny Patton is the form GIANTS forward.

SUMMARY

The Hawks will be happy to have this game on their 'other' home deck after visits to Spotless Stadium in both 2015 and 2016 resulted in heavy defeats.

And their confidence is up after a couple of wins that suggest the nightmare start to the season is now a distant memory. Their kids are demonstrating they can play a bit, but the loss of Grant Birchall to injury is a blow, because Hawthorn's best footy for the season has been with him in the side.

The GIANTS will again be without Toby Greene and will miss Steve Johnson and Zac Williams as well, but overall, they still appear to have the edge in talent and they will surely be stung into action after leaving their run against Geelong too late last week...


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Local Rookies Upgraded

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Zach Sproule in action for the GIANTS Reserves in the NEAFL.

New South Wales products Jake Stein and Zach Sproule have been elevated to the GIANTS’ senior list.

Stein, from Penrith in Sydney’s west, has been upgraded to the senior list as a mid-season rookie elevation.

Stein’s path to the GIANTS has been unconventional, with the 23-year-old signing on as a Category B Rookie late last year following a promising career as a decathlete.

The 195cm defender has shown off his athletic capabilities in 11 NEAFL games this year, taking one of the competition’s marks of the year against the Swans’ Reserves in April. 

Meanwhile, 19-year old key forward Sproule from Albury replaces Adam Kennedy who has now been placed on the long-term injury list.

Sproule joined the GIANTS as an Academy Selection in the 2017 AFL Rookie Draft and has impressed in the NEAFL this year, kicking 22 goals in 12...


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Kassem Awarded Coaching Internship

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Lael Kassen (centre) at training on Wednesday with Development Coach Roger Moten and Jeremy Cameron.

Local female player and aspiring coach Lael Kassem has been awarded the Jesaulenko Internship and will be embedded in the GIANTS’ coaching department for the next 10 weeks.

A program piloted by the GIANTS last season, the Jesaulenko Internship seeks to enable people who have also migrated to Australia to follow his lead by becoming engaged in the country’s favourite sport: Australian Rules Football.

Kassem plays for the Auburn-Penrith GIANTS in the AFL Sydney Women’s Premier Division, works with the Under-18s Auburn GIANTS Youth Girls and is completing a PH.D with the GIANTS Academy.

“I started playing in 2011 with the establishment of the Auburn Tigers - now the Auburn GIANTS,” she said.

“All my brothers played footy growing up and I fell in love with the game at a young age with my...


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Trio in Doubt for Tassie Trip

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Sam Reid training at Spotless Stadium on Wednesday.

The GIANTS could be without star forwards Toby Greene and Steve Johnson, plus defender Zac Williams for this week's clash with Hawthorn in Launceston.

Greene, a late withdrawal from the GIANTS’ draw with Geelong last week with an ankle problem, and Johnson (knee), both failed to take part in the main training session at Spotless Stadium on Wednesday. 

Johnson has a recurring knee issue that caused him to be managed earlier this season, and could see him miss more games between now and the finals. 

Williams (hamstring) was also a late withdrawal from the Cats clash and failed to join the main group on the track, instead being restricted to rehab running. 

The GIANTS will train again on Friday but unless the trio made some significant improvements, coach Leon Cameron said it was unlikely they'll make the trip. 

"Toby's ankle has...


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Opposition Watch: Round 16

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Ben McEvoy in action the last time we took on the Hawks in round six last season.

It’s been a big couple of weeks for Hawthorn, who are coming off two wins in a row, and there's plenty of news out of the Hawks nest ahead of Saturday’s big clash.

The tide has turned for the Hawks through the middle part of the season with their poor form in the opening rounds a distant memory as they’ve gone on to knock off Adelaide at home and then Collingwood over the past fortnight.

They’re also the only team to beat the Swans in the past eight weeks as the GIANTS’ cross-town rivals have gone on to have a resurgence of their own.

There was plenty of positivity coming out of the Hawks’ camp this week with external suggestions they may still make finals, despite sitting in 13th on the AFL ladder at 6-8.

"The reality is we're still fairly close to the bottom of the ladder," said ruckman Ben McEvoy in...


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Debutant Sidelined

R15 v Cats: Finlayson injured in debut First-gamer Jeremy Finlayson will take no further part after hurting his left knee

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Jeremy Finlayson receiving his jumper in the rooms pre-game.

Debutant Jeremy Finlayson will be sidelined for at least six weeks after suffering a knee injury in his first AFL game.

Finlayson hurt his knee in a tackle during the second quarter and was unable to play out the game. Scans on Sunday confirmed a medial ligament sprain which will still give him an opportunity to return to the field this season.

“He’s a young kid who over two and a half years has got better and better every week he’s gone and then to go down half through the second quarter, it’s disappointing,” said coach Leon Cameron after the game.

“But he’ll learn from those 40-50 minutes of AFL footy, put his head down and bum up again, rehab really well and get another opportunity.”

Sam Reid also...


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Member Registration for Sydney Derby Closing

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Don't miss out on being at the Sydney Derby, register for tickets now!

The deadline is fast approaching for GIANTS three game, members reserve and Interstate members to register for tickets to the Sydney Derby on Saturday July 15.

Members have until Thursday, July 6th at 5pm (EST) to ensure they get a seat at Spotless Stadium for what is set to be an epic round 17 clash with the Swans.

This is a fully ticketed game so members who don’t register, won’t be able to enter with their membership card on the night.

To register for tickets to the thirteenth Sydney Derby, follow these steps: 

Note: Sydney Derby members do not need to reserve a seat as they will be allocated a reserved seat as part of their membership closer to the game. Reserves seat members (Ultimate Members and Sydney GIANTS) will continue to use their same seat they’ve had for the season.

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