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|
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- Make no mistake, the Giants will be up to their eye balls in the 2018 premiership race. A spate of injuries ruined their home and away season in 2017, robbing the club of a crucial home final. If the Giants stay fit in 2018, get more natural improvement from guns like Josh Kelly, Jeremy Cameron, John Patton, Toby Greene and Dylan Shiel and then finish inside the top two with guaranteed home finals, the $7.50 at Sportsbet for the flag is going to look like an absolute gift.
- Lock them in. Even with a serious injury curse, the Giants have enough talent across their list to win the 12 games required to make finals. The real question is if they can win the 16 or 17 required to finish inside the top four. Take the odds on them finishing in the top eight as bank interest for 2018.
- After going to a new level last season and being touted as a million-dollar player, Josh Kelly is a huge candidate for the Brownlow this year. Kelly ticks all of the Brownlow boxes – he plays in the midfield, uses the football well, kicks goals, stands out among his competition and plays in a team that’s going to win a lot of games. While he’s at $12, Kelly is absolute value for Brownlow punters looking for a mid-range price before the start of the season.
- While the GWS Giants have always had first-round talent feature prominently in Rising Star betting, 2018 could prove to be a leaner year for the club as they focus less on youth and more on chasing their first flag. Will Setterfield is a young Giants midfielder who got a taste of the big time in 2017 and has raps coming into this season. While he may not currently be in the club’s best 22, if he gets his opportunity early, the $17 at Sportsbet will come in sharply.
- Giants spearhead Jeremy Cameron has been a constant Coleman Medal betting calculations since he first entered the league in 2012. Cameron was once a lone hand in the Giants attack and dominated as a result because of his strength in the air and at ground level. While he’s had to share some of the goal-kicking duty with fellow forward John Patton in recent times, Cameron is still capable of having an incredible season and could be value at $14 if he is played closer to goal in 2018.
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|
GWS Giants 2018 playing list
|No||Player Name||Ht||Wt||DoB||Debut||Recruited From||2018||Career||2018||Career|
|1||Phil Davis||197||96||30.08.90||Rd 4,2010||St Peter's College (SA)/North Adelaide (SANFL)/Adelaide||–||121||–||6|
|2||Jacob Hopper||187||87||06.02.97||Rd 8,2016||Leeton-Whitton United (NSW)/North Ballarat U18||–||23||–||9|
|3||Stephen Coniglio||182||85||15.12.93||Rd 1,2012||Upper Swan (WA)/Swan Districts (WAFL)||–||95||–||39|
|4||Toby Greene||182||82||25.09.93||Rd 1,2012||Ashburton (Vic)/Wesley College(Vic)/Oakleigh U18||–||117||–||123|
|5||Dylan Shiel||182||82||09.03.93||Rd 1,2012||Edithvale-Aspendale (Vic)/Caulfield Grammar (Vic)/Dandenong U18||–||112||–||58|
|6||Lachie Whitfield||187||81||18.07.94||Rd 1,2013||Mornington (Vic)/Dandenong U18||–||90||–||43|
|7||Brett Deledio||188||86||18.04.87||Rd 1,2005||Kyabram (Vic)/Murray U18/Richmond||–||250||–||187|
|8||Callan Ward||187||84||10.04.90||Rd 11,2008||Spotswood (Vic)/Western U18/Western Bulldogs||–||192||–||99|
|9||Tom Scully||181||79||15.05.91||Rd 1,2010||Narre Warren (Vic)/Haileybury College (Vic)/Dandenong U18/Melb||–||151||–||72|
|10||Aiden Bonar||189||86||08.03.99||Seaford (Vic)/Haileybury College (Vic)/Dandenong U18||–||0||–||0|
|11||Will Setterfield||190||82||05.02.98||Albury (NSW)/Scots School (NSW)/Sandringham U18||–||2||–||0|
|12||Jonathon Patton||198||101||20.05.93||Rd 12,2012||St Simon's (Vic)/Eastern U18||–||77||–||120|
|13||Isaac Cumming||184||74||11.08.98||North Broken Hill (NSW)||–||0||–||0|
|14||Tim Taranto||186||83||28.01.98||Rd 1,2017||Mordialloc Braeside (Vic)/St Kevin's/Sandringham U18||–||14||–||7|
|15||Sam Taylor||196||87||05.05.99||Upper Swan (WA)/Guilford Grammar (WA)/Swan Districts (WAFL)||–||0||–||0|
|16||Brent Daniels||171||70||09.03.99||Nyah-Nyah West United (Vic)/Geelong Grammar (Vic)/Bendigo U18||–||0||–||0|
|17||Zac Langdon||175||75||13.11.95||Dampier (WA)/Claremont (WAFL)||–||0||–||0|
|18||Jeremy Cameron||196||94||01.04.93||Rd 1,2012||Dartmoor (Vic)/North Ballarat U18||–||112||–||281|
|19||Nick Haynes||193||89||18.05.92||Rd 10,2012||Frankston Bombers (Vic)/Dandenong U18||–||81||–||8|
|20||Adam Tomlinson||194||97||10.08.93||Rd 1,2012||Canterbury (Vic)/Trinity Grammar (Vic)/Oakleigh U18||–||91||–||19|
|21||Matt Buntine||189||84||19.10.93||Rd 8,2012||Berwick (Vic)/Dandenong U18||–||41||–||1|
|22||Josh Kelly||184||82||12.02.95||Rd 2,2014||East Brighton (Vic)/Sandringham U18||–||84||–||53|
|23||Heath Shaw||183||86||27.11.85||Rd 17,2005||Diamond Creek (Vic)/Northern U18/Collingwood||–||262||–||39|
|24||Matt de Boer||189||86||10.03.90||Rd 6,2009||Swanbourne (WA)/Claremont (WAFL)/Fremantle||–||153||–||56|
|25||Lachlan Keeffe||204||101||14.04.90||Rd 16,2011||Marist College, Brisbane (Qld)/Collingwood||–||40||–||7|
|26||Dawson Simpson||210||109||17.02.89||Rd 3,2010||Barnawartha (Vic)/Murray U18/Geelong||–||30||–||4|
|27||Harry Himmelberg||194||92||08.05.96||Rd 17,2016||Mangoplah-CUE (NSW)/NSW-ACT U18/Eastlake (NEAFL)||–||16||–||9|
|29||Zac Williams||185||84||20.09.94||Rd 5,2013||Narrandera (NSW)/NSW-ACT U18||–||76||–||20|
|30||Matthew Flynn||200||101||13.09.97||Narrandera (NSW)/NSW-ACT U18||–||0||–||0|
|31||Jeremy Finlayson||196||91||09.02.96||Rd 15,2017||Culcairn (NSW)/Sydney Hills (NEAFL)/NSW-ACT U18||–||1||–||0|
|32||Ryan Griffen||192||88||27.07.86||Rd 4,2005||Goolwa (SA)/South Adelaide (SANFL)/Western Bulldogs||–||241||–||146|
|33||Lachie Tiziani||189||79||13.03.97||North Broken Hill (NSW)/Albury (NSW)/Murray U18||–||0||–||0|
|34||Nicholas Shipley||188||93||25.06.99||St George (NSW)||–||0||–||0|
|35||Aidan Corr||195||94||17.05.94||Rd 6,2013||Macleod (Vic)/Northern U18||–||59||–||1|
|36||Harry Perryman||184||77||19.12.98||Rd 9,2017||Collingullie-Glenfield Park (NSW)||–||8||–||1|
|37||Rory Lobb||207||104||09.02.93||Rd 12,2014||Bassendean (WA)/Swan Districts (WAFL)||–||55||–||53|
|39||Tim Mohr||196||104||19.10.88||Rd 1,2012||Launceston (Tas)/Tasmania U18/Tasmania (VFL)/Casey (VFL)||–||46||–||1|
|40||Adam Kennedy||182||80||12.07.92||Rd 1,2012||Melton (Vic)/Western U18||–||83||–||6|
GWS Giants records
Most matches: Callan Ward – 156 (2012-present)
Most goals kicked in one match: Jeremy Cameron – 7 goals (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)
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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