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Beginnings: 2012 - AFL Debut Season
GWS Giants Inaugural Banner, March 24, 2012
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

2018 Community Camps

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Brett Deledio and his fellow GIANTS will get out and about in the community in February and March.

The GIANTS will spread across Western Sydney, Canberra and the Riverina in February and March as part of their 2018 AFL Community Camp. 

It’s the third year in a row the GIANTS will head into their local community in Western Sydney as well as visiting southern NSW and the ACT for the seventh year.

The GIANTS will spread far and wide across their own backyard of Western Sydney on Wednesday, February 14.

The regional visits to Wagga Wagga, Griffith, the far South Coast and Central West will be held on February 28 and March 1 before Canberra welcomes the GIANTS on March 2.

The ACT visits will be held the day after the GIANTS host Collingwood at UNSW Canberra Oval on Thursday, March 1 to kick off their JLT Community Series campaign. 

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2018 Community Camps

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Brett Deledio and his fellow GIANTS will get out and about in the community in February and March.

The GIANTS will spread across Western Sydney, Canberra and the Riverina in February and March as part of their 2018 AFL Community Camp. 

It’s the third year in a row the GIANTS will head into their local community in Western Sydney as well as visiting southern NSW and the ACT for the seventh year.

The GIANTS will spread far and wide across their own backyard of Western Sydney on Wednesday, February 14.

The regional visits to Wagga Wagga, Griffith, the far South Coast and Central West will be held on February 28 and March 1 before Canberra welcomes the GIANTS on March 2.

The ACT visits will be held the day after the GIANTS host Collingwood at UNSW Canberra Oval on Thursday, March 1 to kick off their JLT Community Series campaign. 

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Newest GIANTS Get Their Numbers

2018 Jumper Numbers Revealed Take a look at the numbers the GIANTS' eight new players will be wearing as they begin their GIANTS careers in the orange and charcoal.

Number 10 - Aiden Bonar 

The GIANTS’ top draft pick Aiden Bonar chose the number 10 jumper without hesitation. The strong-bodied midfielder, who has already overcome two knee reconstructions, chose the previous number of Devon Smith who departed the club at the end of season 2017.

Number 15 – Sam Taylor

Defender Sam Taylor will wear number 15 when he steps out onto the field. Taylor is a graduate of the NAB AFL Academy and earned All Australian honours after a very successful campaign with the Western Australian Under-18 squad. Only two players have worn number 15 at AFL level for the GIANTS with the most recent being now-Blue Matt Kennedy.

Number 16 – Brent Daniels

A quick and agile forward from Victoria, Brent...


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The Boys are Back

GIANTS Return to 3K Trial With the GIANTS back on the track this morning it was time for the tradition 3km time trial.

It was business as usual as the GIANTS’ full squad hit the track with a familiar face taking out the first 3km time trial of the 2018 pre-season on Monday morning.

It was no surprise when Tom Scully led home the field that also included renowned runners Adam Tomlinson, Josh Kelly and Lachie Whitfield.

The whole squad is back and they're off and running with a 3km time trial.

Who do you think crossed the line first?#NeverSurrender pic.twitter.com/nwAQ1qABJc

— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) December 3, 2017

A late-charging Tomlinson was unable to track down Scully who led early and never relinquished his lead.

The surprise packet from the first day back was star forward Jeremy Cameron who posted a career-best finish to cross the line seventh ahead of a number of impressive...


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The Boys are Back

GIANTS Return to 3K Trial With the GIANTS back on the track this morning it was time for the tradition 3km time trial.

It was business as usual as the GIANTS’ full squad hit the track with a familiar face taking out the first 3km time trial of the 2018 pre-season on Monday morning.

It was no surprise when Tom Scully led home the field that also included renowned runners Adam Tomlinson, Josh Kelly and Lachie Whitfield.

The whole squad is back and they're off and running with a 3km time trial.

Who do you think crossed the line first?#NeverSurrender pic.twitter.com/nwAQ1qABJc

— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) December 3, 2017

A late-charging Tomlinson was unable to track down Scully who led early and never relinquished his lead.

The surprise packet from the first day back was star forward Jeremy Cameron who posted a career-best finish to cross the line seventh ahead of a number of impressive...


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Camping in our Backyard

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The Three Sisters rock formation, one of the Blue Mountain's most spectacular sites. Photo: bluemts.com.au

The GIANTS will take their pre-season training camp to the Blue Mountains this year with the entire playing group heading to the town of Leura on Wednesday.
 
In previous years the GIANTS have headed north to Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast but have chosen to stay at home and use their own backyard to ramp up their preparations for the 2018 season.
 
The GIANTS players can expect to be tested both physically and mentally across the three day camp.
 
With the senior members of the playing group returning to the WestConnex Centre on Monday, the camp will be an opportunity to build relationships with the GIANTS’ new recruits including the seven draftees who arrived at the club last week.
 
Only an hour’s drive from Parramatta, Leura is considered one of the most picturesque towns in...


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Camping in our Backyard

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The Three Sisters rock formation, one of the Blue Mountain's most spectacular sites. Photo: bluemts.com.au

The GIANTS will take their pre-season training camp to the Blue Mountains this year with the entire playing group heading to the town of Leura on Wednesday.
 
In previous years the GIANTS have headed north to Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast but have chosen to stay at home and use their own backyard to ramp up their preparations for the 2018 season.
 
The GIANTS players can expect to be tested both physically and mentally across the three day camp.
 
With the senior members of the playing group returning to the WestConnex Centre on Monday, the camp will be an opportunity to build relationships with the GIANTS’ new recruits including the seven draftees who arrived at the club last week.
 
Only an hour’s drive from Parramatta, Leura is considered one of the most picturesque towns in...


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Staunton Celebrates Sixth All-Ireland Title

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Cora Staunton with yet another piece of silverware to add to her collection. Photo: lladiesgaelic.ie

Soon to be GIANTS AFLW forward Cora Staunton has finished up her duties with Carnacon in style by winning her sixth All-Ireland senior ladies club football title on Sunday night. 

Staunton became the GIANTS’ first international draftee when she was selected at pick 45 in the recent AFLW draft, but before coming over to join her new teammates for pre-season training, the Gaelic football star had the equivalent of an AFL Grand Final on her hands.

During the All-Ireland Women's Final, Staunton scored seven of her team’s 15 points to lead them to victory over Mourneabbey on a night that could not have gone better. 

As well as winning six All-Ireland titles, the 33-year-old has put together an impressive resume including nine All Star Awards, three Division One Titles and fifteen Mayo...


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Staunton Celebrates Sixth All-Ireland Title

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Cora Staunton with yet another piece of silverware to add to her collection. Photo: lladiesgaelic.ie

Soon to be GIANTS AFLW forward Cora Staunton has finished up her duties with Carnacon in style by winning her sixth All-Ireland senior ladies club football title on Sunday night. 

Staunton became the GIANTS’ first international draftee when she was selected at pick 45 in the recent AFLW draft, but before coming over to join her new teammates for pre-season training, the Gaelic football star had the equivalent of an AFL Grand Final on her hands.

During the All-Ireland Women's Final, Staunton scored seven of her team’s 15 points to lead them to victory over Mourneabbey on a night that could not have gone better. 

As well as winning six All-Ireland titles, the 33-year-old has put together an impressive resume including nine All Star Awards, three Division One Titles and fifteen Mayo...


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Don't Miss the 12 Days of Christmas!

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The only way to be part of the 12 Days of Christmas is to be a GIANTS member in 2018!

The 12 Days of Christmas is back and there’s never been a better time to Be GIANT in 2018 and grab your membership to be in the running to win a prize a day for 12 days thanks to our generous partners.

There’s more than 11,000 members already signed up for 2018 and every one is already in the draw for the 12 Days of Christmas.

If you’re not a member already, why not?! Become a member today by clicking here.

Today's prize is:

LG 55" UJ752 4K SUPER ULTRA HD LED LCD SMART TV – ($1595 RRP)

The prizes will revealed on the GIANTS Instagram Story daily

MORE PRIZES YOU COULD WIN:

  • Enjoy a coffee with a player and tour the GIANTS training facilities for you and a friend
  • $200 GIANTS Merchandise Vouchers
  • iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Space Grey  ($599 RRP)
  • Go Pro Hero 6 Black Edition ($744 RRP)
  • A GIANTS travel pack...

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Don't Miss the 12 Days of Christmas!

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The only way to be part of the 12 Days of Christmas is to be a GIANTS member in 2018!

The 12 Days of Christmas is back and there’s never been a better time to Be GIANT in 2018 and grab your membership to be in the running to win a prize a day for 12 days thanks to our generous partners.

There’s more than 11,000 members already signed up for 2018 and every one is already in the draw for the 12 Days of Christmas.

If you’re not a member already, why not?! Become a member today by clicking here.

Today's prize is:

LG 55" UJ752 4K SUPER ULTRA HD LED LCD SMART TV – ($1595 RRP)

The prizes will revealed on the GIANTS Instagram Story daily

MORE PRIZES YOU COULD WIN:

  • Enjoy a coffee with a player and tour the GIANTS training facilities for you and a friend
  • $200 GIANTS Merchandise Vouchers
  • iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Space Grey  ($599 RRP)
  • Go Pro Hero 6 Black Edition ($744 RRP)
  • A GIANTS travel pack...

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Happily Eva After Move

AFLW: Alicia Eva A move from Melbourne to Western Sydney was a tough decision but Alicia Eva believes it will benefit all aspects of her football.

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Alicia Eva at GIANTS training.

When the GIANTS traded for Alicia Eva in last season’s AFLW trade period, they weren’t just getting the Magpies’ vice-captain and club Best and Fairest runner-up but also an accomplished coach with eyes on reaching the highest level. 

26-year-old Eva hit the track with her new GIANTS teammates last week as the AFLW squad commenced pre-season training at the WestConnex Centre. 

While feeling like “the first week at a new school”, Eva said she was relishing her new opportunity in Sydney. 

“It’s been fantastic, I moved up to Sydney three and a half weeks ago and had our first training week last week so it was good to tick the legs over and meet all the girls and the coaching staff so I’m pretty happy to be...


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1500km move pays off for former sparky

Draftee: Zac Langdon In the space of two days, Zac Langdon moved his life from Western Australia to Western Sydney and started his career as a professional AFL player.

A brave decision to pack up his life and move 1500km from his home in far north Western Australia has paid dividends for GIANTS draftee Zac Langdon.

Langdon, 22, was a relative bolter when the Giants selected him with the first pick of the fourth round, and selection No.56 overall, in last week's NAB AFL Draft.

It was the culmination of a long journey to the AFL, literally.

In 2015, the small forward was an apprentice electrician playing local footy in Dampier, a coastal port in WA, when he realised he needed to change his approach to his footy career.

He was already thinking about a move to Perth to test himself in the WAFL but it was family friend Larry Kickett - a 227-game WAFL star in the 1970s and 80s - who...


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1500km move pays off for former sparky

Draftee: Zac Langdon In the space of two days, Zac Langdon moved his life from Western Australia to Western Sydney and started his career as a professional AFL player.

A brave decision to pack up his life and move 1500km from his home in far north Western Australia has paid dividends for GIANTS draftee Zac Langdon.

Langdon, 22, was a relative bolter when the Giants selected him with the first pick of the fourth round, and selection No.56 overall, in last week's NAB AFL Draft.

It was the culmination of a long journey to the AFL, literally.

In 2015, the small forward was an apprentice electrician playing local footy in Dampier, a coastal port in WA, when he realised he needed to change his approach to his footy career.

He was already thinking about a move to Perth to test himself in the WAFL but it was family friend Larry Kickett - a 227-game WAFL star in the 1970s and 80s - who...


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Read more: 1500km move pays off for former sparky

1500km move pays off for former sparky

Draftee: Zac Langdon In the space of two days, Zac Langdon moved his life from Western Australia to Western Sydney and started his career as a professional AFL player.

A brave decision to pack up his life and move 1500km from his home in far north Western Australia has paid dividends for GIANTS draftee Zac Langdon.

Langdon, 22, was a relative bolter when the Giants selected him with the first pick of the fourth round, and selection No.56 overall, in last week's NAB AFL Draft.

It was the culmination of a long journey to the AFL, literally.

In 2015, the small forward was an apprentice electrician playing local footy in Dampier, a coastal port in WA, when he realised he needed to change his approach to his footy career.

He was already thinking about a move to Perth to test himself in the WAFL but it was family friend Larry Kickett - a 227-game WAFL star in the 1970s and 80s - who...


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Juggling Bash and crash all fine for new GIANT

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Jodie Hicks in action at pre-season training.

Pre-season training can be a shock to the system for most draftees, but spare a thought for the GIANTS' top AFLW pick Jodie Hicks.

Hicks, a Riverina product who starred at representative level as a junior, plays professional cricket with the Sydney Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League.

That means the 19-year-old won't just have to navigate her first summer on the track in the NAB AFLW competition, she'll be combining footy training with her time in the nets with the Sixers.

The addition of Hicks continued the GIANTS' love affair with dual-code athletes, the youngster joining original GIANTS players Ellie Brush (soccer) and Jacinda Barclay (gridiron/softball), along with 2017 signings Cora Staunton (Gaelic football) and Elle Bennetts (netball).

WNBL legend Jess Bibby (basketball) was also part of the GIANTS' inaugural squad before...


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Female Footy Leads the Way

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The GIANTS' banner at the final game of their history-making inaugural AFL Women's season.

Women’s footy leads the way as female participation increases by 78 per cent in NSW and the ACT off the back of the GIANTS’ involvement in the inaugural AFL Women’s season.

The GIANTS are the only elite female team in the state and territory and while overall participation grew 8.2 per cent, it was the female space that saw the biggest increase.

30 new teams competed in the first under-12s competition for girls in 2017 and it set to be followed up by another new under-10s competition next year, off the back of the success of the first AFLW season.

In 2017, the total number of female participation across all levels of Australian Football increased by 22 per cent to 463,364. Female participation now reflects 30 per cent of all participation and has seen 1,690 female teams created in 2017, an...


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Inside the GIANTS' recruiting team

The GIANTS recruiting team had to work harder than ever to ensure they remained big players at the 2017 NAB AFL Draft. 

AFL.com.au's Adam Curley was given inside access to the GIANTS camp in the lead-up to the last Friday's event, to see how they went about securing their future stars. 

Since their inception the GIANTS have had handfuls of high draft picks and academy products to gorge on inside the first round, relieving some of the pressure on the GIANTS national recruiting manager Adrian Caruso and his offsiders.

But this year was a different story. With the GIANTS not poised to enter the draft until the second round, they knew moves had to be made.

There were also no academy standouts set to be amongst the early picks, with only Western Sydney product Nick Shipley penciled in for a late selection.

"Not having academy boys in the pool early in the draft means more work but it's...


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McCartney Appointed List Manager

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Jason McCartney has joined the GIANTS from the Western Bulldogs.

The GIANTS are pleased to announce that Jason McCartney has been appointed to the position of List Manager.

McCartney comes to the GIANTS after six years at the Western Bulldogs where he played a key role in shaping the playing group that won the 2016 AFL Premiership.

As a player, McCartney played 182 games for Collingwood, Adelaide and North Melbourne in a distinguished career over 13 seasons.

After retiring in 2003, McCartney has held a variety of roles throughout the league including AFL youth and high performance co-ordinator, high performance coach of the AIS/AFL program and development coach at Fremantle.  

In his role at the AIS/AFL Academy, McCartney coached a number of players who’ve go on to form the nucleus of the GIANTS’ side including Dylan Shiel, Jeremy Cameron, Jon Patton, Stephen Coniglio and Lachie...


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The New Kids on the Block

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L-R: Dylan Buckley, Jack Buckley, Nick Shipley, Leon Cameron, Aiden Bonar, Sam Taylor, Zac Langdon, Brent Daniels.

GIANTS coach Leon Cameron is confident his club's choice to target young talent in the off-season was the right decision.

The GIANTS lost years of AFL experience at the end of last season when Steve Johnson (293 games), Shane Mumford (172) and Tendai Mzungu (106) retired, and Devon Smith (109) and Nathan Wilson (77) were traded to other clubs.

The GIANTS did pick up former Collingwood big man Lachie Keeffe (40 games) during the NAB AFL trade period, and delisted Carlton utility Dylan Buckley (39 games) in Monday's rookie draft, giving them at least two players to have played at the highest level.

They also drafted mature-age forward Zac Langdon from the WAFL.

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Zac Langdon

Cameron said that while it was impossible to replace the exit of his five established stars, he was...


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