The Greater Western Sydney Giants are on the verge of creating AFL history – they just need some luck with injuries.
The league’s newest club entered the competition in 2012, one season after the Gold Coast Suns, and immediately went about showing up its fellow expansion franchise.
After exiting at the preliminary finals in 2016 and 2018, the Giants reached their first AFL Grand Final in 2019. They fell short on the big stage, however, as Richmond romped to victory.
With even more of their big names seeking pastures new in the off-season, this year is shaping as one of GWS’s biggest challenges to date. Can they keep pushing for that elusive first flag, or have Leon Cameron and his charges missed their chance?
With contenders for all the major medals and interesting premiership and future odds, the Giants offer some real value for punters across the board.
About the GWS Giants
|Home ground:||Spotless Stadium|
|Captains:||Phil Davis, Callan Ward|
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Updated GWS Giants futures betting
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$9||$1.80||$2.10||S Coniglio $26||L Ash $15||J Cameron $4|
|Feb||$9||$1.80||$2.10||S Coniglio $26||L Ash $15||J Cameron $4|
|Mar||$8||$1.36||$2.10||J Kelly $21||L Ash $15||J Cameron $4.50|
Best GWS Giants bets for the 2020 AFL season
Where are the best Greater Western Sydney bets in the AFL futures markets for 2020?
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- Can Greater Western Sydney go one better in 2020? The Giants overcame a heap of injury woes to reach the big dance last year, so there is no telling what they might achieve with a healthy list. The flag is a realistic goal for GWS.
- GWS made the decider from sixth on the ladder last year. As good as their run home was, they would like to finish a little higher this time around. Competition for spots at the top end will be fierce this year, but the Giants are as good a chance as any of the challengers.
- Despite losing so many star players in recent years, the Giants still have plenty who are capable of catching the umpires’ attention. The pick of those is Josh Kelly when fit and firing, but will he ever enjoy an injury-free season? Stephen Coniglio and Lachie Whitfield are the other ones to watch in this year’s Brownlow Medal betting.
- The Giants have a few young bucks who are capable of winning a Rising Star nomination. Lachlan Ash and Jye Caldwell are both solid chances, while Jackson Hateley is still eligible as well.
- Jeremy Cameron has been a constant in Coleman Medal betting calculations since he first entered the league in 2012. He is the main man in a gifted GWS attack and the best chance by far to challenge the likes of Tom Lynch and Ben Brown for the goalkicking award.
GWS Giants 2020 AFL fixture
|1||Geelong Cats||Giants Stadium||Saturday, March 21||7:25pm|
|2||Melbourne Demons||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Saturday, March 28||1:45pm|
|3||Western Bulldogs||UNSW Canberra Oval||Friday, April 3||7:50pm|
|4||Essendon Bombers||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, April 11||7:25pm|
|5||Sydney Swans||Sydney Cricket Ground||Saturday, April 18||7:10pm|
|6||Gold Coast Suns||UNSW Canberra Oval||Sunday, April 26||1:10pm|
|7||Richmond Tigers||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Saturday, May 2||1:45pm|
|8||Collingwood Magpies||Giants Stadium||Saturday, May 9||7:25pm|
|9||St Kilda Saints||Giants Stadium||Saturday, May 26||4:35pm|
|10||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||Sunday, May 24||5:20pm|
|11||Adelaide Crows||Giants Stadium||Saturday, May 30||4:35pm|
|12||Carlton Blues||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, June 6||7:25pm|
|13||Western Bulldogs||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, June 13||7:25pm|
|15||Richmond Tigers||Giants Stadium||Saturday, June 27||7:25pm|
|16||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, July 5||3:20pm|
|17||Essendon Bombers||Giants Stadium||Saturday, July 11||4:35pm|
|18||Hawthorn Hawks||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Saturday, July 18||1:45pm|
|19||Sydney Swans||Giants Stadium||Saturday, July 25||5:10pm|
|20||Brisbane Lions||UNSW Canberra Oval||Saturday, August 1||2:10pm|
|21||Geelong Cats||GMHBA Stadium||Friday, August 7||7:20pm|
|22||Fremantle Dockers||Giants Stadium||Saturday, August 15||4:35pm|
|23||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||TBA||TBA|
Giants players to watch in 2020
If this guy played his footy in Melbourne, he might well be touted as the best player in the country. Injuries kept the no.22 out of Brownlow Medal contention again last year, but there are very few players capable of out-polling an in-form Kelly over 22 rounds.
It has taken only three seasons of senior footy for Taranto to become an established figure in one of the competition’s most talented midfield units. The Sandringham Dragons product won the Kevin Sheedy Medal last year and can go to another level in 2020.
In a team full of polished young stars, Ward is the rough diamond that shines brightest when it matters most. An ACL injury ruined his 2019 campaign, so it will be interesting to see how the co-captain slots back into a side that reached the GF last year.
GWS Giants records
Most matches: Callan Ward – 157 (2012-present)
Most goals kicked in one match: Jeremy Cameron – 9.5 (Rd 23, 2019)
Most Best & Fairest awards: no multiple winners
Most matches as coach: Leon Cameron – 143 (2014-present)
Most goals in a season: Jeremy Cameron – 76 (2019)
Most career goals: Jeremy Cameron – 403 (2012-present)
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