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.
The Giants have reached the preliminary finals twice, on both occasions coming painfully close to making it to the big dance. They fell short again in 2018, exiting at the semis to eventual grand finalists Collingwood.
With a number of their star players 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
|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$12||$1.47||$2.40||J Kelly $16||–||J Cameron $18|
|Feb||$17||$1.65||$4||J Kelly $14||A Bonar $13||J Cameron $21|
|Mar||$18||$1.75||$4||J Kelly $14||A Bonar $15||J Cameron $18|
|Apr||$6.50||$1.05||$1.40||L Whitfield $26||S Taylor $21||J Cameron $3.25|
|May||$7||$1.04||$1.60||S Coniglio $13||S Taylor $26||J Cameron $2.25|
|Jun||$5.50||SUS||$1.20||S Coniglio $15||J Hateley $51||J Cameron $1.90|
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- Injuries played a part, but GWS were a long way off the pace in 2018. Another leaky trade period has left them with a few difficult questions to answer this season. The Giants are still flush with young talent, but it looks like they have missed their premiership window.
- It is absolutely vital that the Giants make the top eight this year. Otherwise, they run the risk of losing more top-end talent at the trade table and slipping into Gold Coast Suns territory. If they can keep something like their best 22 on the park, GWS should do enough to seal a spot in the finals.
- 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, regarded by many as the best midfielder in the competition. If he avoids injury, he will be there or thereabouts in the Brownlow Medal count.
- The Giants have a few young bucks who are capable of winning a Rising Star nomination. The bookies have both Aiden Bonar and Sam Taylor among the top 10 prospects, while Brent Daniels, Jye Caldwell, Ian Hill and Jackson Hately are all worth a look at odds.
- Jeremy Cameron has been a constant in Coleman Medal betting calculations since he first entered the league in 2012. His stock has fallen a little in recent years, but he is still the main man in the GWS attack and the best chance by far to challenge the likes of Jack Riewoldt, Ben Brown and Josh Kennedy for the goalkicking award.
GWS Giants 2019 AFL fixture
|1||Essendon Bombers||Sydney Showground||Sunday, March 24||3:20pm AEDT|
|2||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||Saturday, March 30||5:10pm AWST|
|3||Richmond Tigers||Sydney Showground||Saturday, April 6||4:35pm AEDT|
|4||Geelong Cats||GMHBA Stadium||Saturday, April 13||1:45pm AEST|
|5||Fremantle Dockers||UNSW Canberra||Saturday, April 20||1:45pm AEST|
|6||Sydney Swans||SCG||Saturday, April 27||7:25pm AEST|
|7||St Kilda Saints||UNSW Canberra||Saturday, May 4||1:45pm AEST|
|8||Hawthorn Hawks||MCG||Sunday, May 12||3:20pm AEST|
|9||Carlton Blues||Sydney Showground||Sunday, May 19||4:40pm AEST|
|10||Melbourne Demons||MCG||Sunday, May 26||1:10pm AEST|
|11||Gold Coast Suns||Sydney Showground||Saturday, June 1||1:45pm AEST|
|12||Adelaide Crows||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, June 8||7:10pm ACST|
|13||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Blundstone Arena||Sunday, June 16||3:20pm AEST|
|15||Essendon Bombers||Marvel Stadium||Thursday, June 27||7:20pm AEST|
|16||Brisbane Lions||Sydney Showground||Sunday, July 7||4:40pm AEST|
|17||Richmond Tigers||MCG||Sunday, July 14||1:10pm AEST|
|18||Collingwood Magpies||Sydney Showground||Saturday, July 20||4:35pm AEST|
|19||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, July 27||7:10pm ACST|
|20||Sydney Swans||Sydney Showground||Saturday, August 3||2:10pm AEST|
|21||Hawthorn Hawks||UNSW Canberra||Friday, August 9||7:50pm AEST|
|22||Western Bulldogs||Sydney Showground||Sunday, August 18||3:20pm AEST|
|23||Gold Coast Suns||Metricon Stadium||TBA||TBA|
Giants players to watch in 2019
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 last year, but there are very few players capable of out-polling an in-form Kelly over 22 rounds.
It has taken only two seasons for Taranto to become an established figure in one of the competition’s most talented midfield units. With Tom Scully and Dylan Shiel both gone, this is shaping up as a big year for the Sandringham Dragons product.
Although Greene is not the most popular player in the AFL, there is no denying that he is one of the most gifted. The Giants are always a more dangerous proposition when their no.4 is fit and eligible to play – and therein lies the challenge.
GWS Giants records
Most matches: Callan Ward – 156 (2012-present)
Most goals kicked in one match: Jeremy Cameron – seven (Rd 22, 2015)
Most Best & Fairest awards: Callan Ward (2012), Jeremy Cameron (2013), Shane Mumford (2014), Heath Shaw (2015), Toby Greene (2016), Josh Kelly (2017), Lachie Whitfield (2018) – one each
Most matches as coach: Leon Cameron – 117 (2014-present)
Most goals in a season: Jeremy Cameron – 63 (2015)
Most career goals: Jeremy Cameron – 313 (2012-present)
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