Greater Western Sydney Giants

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GWS Giants
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Names
Full nameWestern Sydney Football Club Ltd., trading as Greater Western Sydney Football Club [1]
Nickname(s)GWS, Giants
2018 season
After finals6th
Home-and-away season7th
Leading goalkicker Jeremy Cameron (46 goals)
Kevin Sheedy Medal Lachie Whitfield
Club details
Founded2009
Colours     Orange      charcoal      white
Competition Australian Football League (AFL)
Chairman Tony Shepherd
CEODavid Matthews
Coach Leon Cameron
Captain(s) Phil Davis (co-captain)
Callan Ward (co-captain)
PremiershipsNil
Ground(s) GIANTS Stadium (capacity: 24,000 [2] )
  UNSW Canberra Oval (capacity: 13,550)
Former ground(s) Blacktown ISP Oval (2010–2013)
  Stadium Australia (2012–2013)
 (2012–2013)
Training ground(s) WestConnex Centre
Uniforms
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Home
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Away
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Other information
Official website gwsgiants.com.au

The Greater Western Sydney Giants, nicknamed the GWS Giants or just Giants, is a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). Representing the Greater Western Sydney area and Canberra, [3] [4] the club is based at the Tom Wills Oval in Sydney Olympic Park. [5] [6] The team's primary home ground is Sydney Showground Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park. Four games a year are played at Manuka Oval in Canberra as part of a deal with the government of the Australian Capital Territory.

Australian rules football Contact sport invented in Melbourne

Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, or simply called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field, often a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between goal posts or between behind posts.

Australian Football League Australian rules football competition

The Australian Football League (AFL) is the pre-eminent professional competition of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport's governing body, and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game. The league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL) as a breakaway from the previous Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season commencing in 1897. Originally comprising only teams based in the Australian state of Victoria, the competition's name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, after expanding to other states throughout the 1980s.

Greater Western Sydney Region in New South Wales, Australia

Greater Western Sydney (GWS) is a large region of the metropolitan area of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia that generally embraces the north-west, south-west, central-west, and far western sub-regions within Sydney's metropolitan area and encompasses 13 local government areas: Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Camden, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hills Shire, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Wollondilly and the western portion of the City of Parramatta Council.

Contents

The club played its first game as a regular part of the AFL in March 2012.

A reserve team, the Western Sydney University Giants (formerly UWS Giants), participates in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL), as part of a partnership between the club and the university. [7] The reserve team was renamed in 2016 to reflect the rebranding of the university from University of Western Sydney. [8] A netball team, Giants Netball, operated by the club, competes in the National Netball League.

In sports, particularly association football, a reserve team is a team composed of players under contract to a club but who do not normally play in matches for the first team. Reserve teams often include back-up players from the first team, young players who need playing time to improve their skills, as well as members of the first team recovering from injury. In some countries, reserve or development teams compete in entirely separate competitions from first teams, while some countries allow reserve teams or farm teams to compete in the same league system as their club's first team, although usually in separate divisions.

North East Australian Football League

The North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) is an Australian rules football league in New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory in Australia. The league was formed in November 2010, and its inaugural competition was in 2011. It is a second division league, sitting below the national Australian Football League (AFL) and features the reserves teams of the region's four AFL clubs playing alongside six non-AFL affiliated NEAFL senior teams.

Western Sydney University university in Sydney, Australia

Western Sydney University, formerly the University of Western Sydney, is an Australian multi-campus university in the Greater Western region of Sydney. It is a provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher research degrees with campuses in Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, and Penrith. QS World University Rankings ranks the university 25th in Australia in 2019, coming 5th in Sydney. It is currently ranked in the top 400 in the world in the 2019 THE World University Rankings and 19th in Australia.

History

Early proposals

The idea of an AFL team from western Sydney originated from the AFL's plans in 1999 to make the North Melbourne Football Club Sydney's second team. Following the momentum of the relocated Swans Grand Final appearance, the AFL had backed the move for North Melbourne, a club which had then previously gained market exposure by defeating the Swans in their first re-location Grand Final appearance. However the venture was unsuccessful and after several games a season North Melbourne never managed to draw crowds of over 15,000 at the Sydney Cricket Ground before finally leaving the market and experimenting with Canberra and later the Gold Coast.[ citation needed ]

North Melbourne Football Club Australian rules football club

The North Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed the Kangaroos or less formally the Roos, the Kangas or North, is the fourth oldest Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Australia and the world. It is based at the Arden Street Oval in the inner Melbourne suburb of North Melbourne, Victoria, but plays its home matches at the nearby Docklands Stadium. It also plays matches at Blundstone Arena, in Bellerive, a suburb on the eastern shore of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

An expansion team is a new team in a sports league, usually from a city that has not hosted a team in that league before, formed with the intention of satisfying the demand for a local team from a population in a new area. Sporting leagues also hope that the expansion of their competition will grow the popularity of the sport generally. The term is most commonly used in reference to the North American major professional sports leagues but is applied to sports leagues in other countries with a closed franchise system of league membership. The term comes from the expansion of the sport into new areas. That sometimes results in the payment of an expansion fee to the league by the new team and an expansion draft to populate the new roster.

Sydney Swans Australian rules football club

The Sydney Swans are a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). Established in Melbourne as the South Melbourne Football Club in 1874, the Swans relocated to Sydney in 1982, thus making it the first club in the competition to be based outside Victoria.

The AFL's interest in the Western Sydney market appeared to be rekindled after the Sydney Swans' second, more successful Grand Final appearance in 2005, which started grassroots interest in the game in the highly populous region.[ citation needed ] In 2006, the AFL introduced the NSW Scholarships scheme, primarily aimed at juniors in West Sydney market to foster home grown talent and produce AFL players, a region which despite its large and growing population, had produced few professional Australian Footballers.[ citation needed ] The AFL was buoyed when it gained the support of then NSW premier Morris Iemma in late 2006, and the league became a partner in the Blacktown sporting facility in Rooty Hill, New South Wales. The facility was announced as the new home base for its team out of western Sydney in 2007; it announced that it had planned to grant its 18th licence in mid to late 2008. In January 2008, the AFL officially registered the business name Western Sydney Football Club Ltd with ASIC. [9] [10]

2005 AFL Grand Final grand final of the 2005 Australian Football League season

The 2005 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 24 September 2005. It was the 109th annual grand final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2005 AFL season. The match, attended by 91,898 spectators, was won by Sydney by a margin of four points, marking the club's fourth Premiership and their first since 1933.

Morris Iemma Australian politician and Premier of New South Wales

Morris Iemma is a former Australian politician who was the 40th Premier of New South Wales and was known by the people as "Premmy Iemmy". He served from 3 August 2005 to 5 September 2008. From Sydney, Iemma attended the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney. A member of the Labor Party, he was first elected to the Parliament of New South Wales at the 1991 state election, having previously worked as a trade union official. From 1999, Iemma was a minister in the third and fourth ministries led by Bob Carr. He replaced Carr as premier and Leader of the New South Wales Labor Party in 2005, following Carr's resignation. Iemma led Labor to victory at the 2007 state election, albeit with a slightly reduced majority. He resigned as premier in 2008, after losing the support of caucus, and left parliament shortly after, triggering a by-election. He was replaced as premier by Nathan Rees.

In March 2008, it was revealed by the media that the AFL had considered a radical proposal to launch an Irish-dominated team in Sydney's western suburbs, which would perform before an international audience under the "Celtic" brand name. The "Sydney Celtics" plan was first put to AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou in early 2007 by Gaelic Players Association executive Donal O'Neill. It was said that the proposal originated at the International Rules series in Ireland in late 2006 when O'Neill put forward a plan to purchase an AFL licence in Sydney. However, the idea never materialised and the AFL has since stated that this was never a serious option. [11] [12]

Andrew Demetriou Australian rules footballer

Andrew Demetriou is an Australian businessman, sports administrator, and former Australian rules football player who was chief executive officer (CEO) of the Australian Football League (AFL) up to June 2014. Demetriou played 103 games for the North Melbourne Football Club between 1981 and 1987, finishing his playing career with a three-game stint for Hawthorn in 1988. Chairing several companies after his retirement from playing, he was appointed CEO of the AFL Players Association in 1998, and was responsible for negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players. Demetriou was made CEO of the AFL in 2003, replacing Wayne Jackson. In his role as head of the AFL Commission, he was responsible for a number of changes, including the expansion of the league from 16 to 18 teams, the restructuring of the tribunal system, and the brokering of two new television rights deals.

Gaelic Players Association

The Gaelic Players Association, or GPA, is the officially recognised player representative body for inter county Gaelic footballers and hurlers in Ireland. The GPA's aim is to promote and protect all aspects of player welfare and to provide an independent voice for players.

Formation

Establishment support

In March 2008, the AFL won the support of the league's 16 club presidents to establish an eighteenth side in Western Sydney. [13] The Western Sydney working party devising player rules and draft concessions for the second Sydney team met on 22 July 2008.

During 2008, the AFL Commission, whose agenda was to make a final decision on the Western Sydney Football Club, delayed it on multiple occasions. During the same year, in November, the AFL announced a A$100 million venture for a boutique stadium at the Sydney Showground, in the city's west. [14]

After a third meeting in Sydney in November, the AFL cited the Economic crisis of 2008 as being a key factor in the delays. While the AFL reiterated its stance on the Western Sydney licence, the commission admitted that the delay in the decision was due to financial remodelling of the bid in response to the crisis, and conceded that the debut of the team in the AFL may eventuate one or more seasons later than initially suggested. The expansion licence drew increasing media scepticism and public criticism, particularly in the light of a poor finals attendance in Sydney, [15] declining Sydney Swans attendances and memberships, the economic crisis and the Tasmanian AFL Bid which had gained significant momentum and public support during 2008. An Australian Senate enquiry into the Tasmanian AFL Bid concluded that Sydney had "insurmountable cultural barriers" to the establishment of a second AFL team. [16]

In May 2009, AIS/AFL Academy coach Alan McConnell was appointed as the club's high performance manager. McConnell was the first full-time appointment for GWS and his new role commenced on 1 July 2009. Kevin Sheedy was appointed inaugural coach in November 2009, signing a three-year contract. [17] His role commenced on 2 February 2010. His first senior assistant coach was former premiership coach of Port Adelaide, Mark Williams. [18] Williams left the role at the conclusion of 2012, in order to become a development coach [19] at the Richmond Tigers.

In November 2010 Skoda Australia was announced as the team's first major sponsor, signing a three-year contract which included naming rights to the team's home ground at the Sydney Showground. [20] SpotJobs became a sponsor in March 2015. They featured on the back of the Giants’ playing guernseys for home matches in Sydney and Canberra and on the front of the guernseys for all the team's away games for that year only. [21] Currently, Virgin Australia, Toyo Tyres and St. George bank are the main sponsors, alongside with apparel partner, X Blades.

On 4 October 2012, Greater Western Sydney confirmed Leon Cameron as its new senior assistant coach for 2013. This role expanded to Senior Coach and he is contracted until 2020 in this role.

Establishment in Western Sydney

In 2007 the NSW government, Blacktown City Council, Cricket NSW and the AFL agreed to the development of an AFL/Cricket centre at Blacktown International Sportspark at a cost of $27.5 million. The agreement between Blacktown City Council and the AFL was an 84-year (21 x 4) agreement. The breakdown of contributors of funding was the NSW Government $15 million, Blacktown City Council $6.75m, Cricket NSW $2.875 million and AFL $2.875 million.

The development included;

Blacktown International Sports centre was officially opened on 22 August 2009.

On April 15, 2012, the Giants played their first and only regular season AFL premiership game against West Coast Eagles in front of a crowd of 6,875 at Blacktown International Sportspark. The final score being Giants 10-9-69 – Eagles 23-12-150.

In April 2013, an $11.6 million redevelopment of a former golf driving range into a new AFL training ground and multicultural community education centre commenced, signalling the relocation of GWS to the suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. Greater Western Sydney Giants presence at the complex from 2010 to 2014 was concluded with the movement of the senior team 27 km east to Sydney Olympic Park. This move was supported by the NSW Government which spent an additional $45 million to upgrade the Sydney Showground Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park providing a new home for the Western Sydney AFL team.

Concessions on entry into the AFL
YearDraft PicksSenior List SizeSalary Cap AllowanceZone AccessNotes
2011---4 NSW
2 NT
The club was allowed to sign up to twelve 17-year-olds born between 1 January and 30 April 1993. The club also received the first 8 picks in the rookie draft.
20121, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15
MD: 1,2
50$1,000,000 extra4 NSW
2 NT
At the conclusion of the 2011 season the club was able to sign up to 16 current AFL players who were uncontracted for the 2012 season.The club was also allowed to sign up to 10 players who had previously elected for the national draft and weren't selected.
2013MD: 1,250$1,000,000 extra4 NSW
2 NT
At the conclusion of the 2012 season the club was able to sign up to 16 current AFL players who were uncontracted for the 2013 season.The club was also allowed to sign up to 10 players who had previously elected for the national draft and weren't selected.
2014AFL Standard50$1,000,000 extraAFL Standard-
2015AFL Standard48$880,000 extraAFL Standard-
2016AFL Standard46$760,000 extraAFL Standard-
2017AFL Standard44AFL standardAFL Standard-
2018AFL Standard42AFL standardAFL Standard-
2019AFL StandardAFL standardAFL standardAFL standardAll concessions removed and the club operates like every other team in the AFL.

The entry concessions ended up being removed ahead of schedule at the end of the 2016 AFL season. [22]

Player recruitment

Israel Folau, a high-profile recruit by the club. The former professional rugby league footballer was from the Brisbane Broncos IsraelFolau.jpg
Israel Folau, a high-profile recruit by the club. The former professional rugby league footballer was from the Brisbane Broncos

Greater Western Sydney were provided with similar recruitment entitlements to the Gold Coast who had entered the AFL the year before the Giants. Key differences included that their access to an uncontracted player from each other AFL club was able to be acted on in either 2011 or 2012. The club was also allocated the ability to trade up to four selections in a "mini-draft" of players born between January and April 1994, that would otherwise not be eligible to be drafted until the 2012 AFL Draft. They also were given the first selection in each round of the 2011 AFL Draft as well as selections 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15 in the first round of the draft. [23]

The 2011 Trade Week saw the Giants take part in nine trades, involving two selections in the mini-draft as well trading away players who had previously nominated for the draft in return for additional early draft selections in the 2011 AFL Draft, that resulted in them holding the first five draft selections and 11 of the first 14. [24]

During the 2011 season, there was much speculation about which uncontracted players would sign with the Giants. In August 2011, Adelaide defender Phil Davis became the first player to announce that he would sign with the new club. [25] During 2011, four more AFL listed players announced they would be playing for the Giants in 2012 - Bulldogs midfielders Callan Ward and Sam Reid, Fremantle midfielder Rhys Palmer and Melbourne midfielder Tom Scully.

Former Melbourne Captain James McDonald, Brisbane veteran Luke Power and Port Adelaide ruckman Dean Brogan and midfielder Chad Cornes came out of retirement to play for the Giants in 2012. [26] McDonald and Power took on roles as playing Assistant Coaches.

Greater Western Sydney also recruited Israel Folau, a former professional rugby league footballer, from the Brisbane Broncos.

Player signings
PlayerFormer clubDate [N 1] Compensation [N 2]
Phil Davis Adelaide 2 August 2011 [25] One first-round draft pick. [27]
Callan Ward Western Bulldogs 5 September 2011 [28] One first-round draft pick. [27]
Rhys Palmer Fremantle 6 September 2011 [29] One end-of-first-round draft pick. [27]
Tom Scully Melbourne 12 September 2011 [30] Two first-round draft picks. [27]
Sam Reid Western Bulldogs 13 October 2011 [31] One third-round draft pick. [32]
  1. refers to the date the signing was announced, rather than the date on which the player actually signed.
  2. any club that loses an uncontracted player to Greater Western Sydney is eligible to at least one compensation pick in the AFL Draft, depending on the age and ability of the player concerned.

2012: Debut season

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Banner at the inaugural GWS game against the Sydney Swans

Before entering the AFL, the club played in the TAC Cup in 2010 and North East Australian Football League in 2011, as well as the 2011 and 2012 AFL pre-season tournaments, and the 2011 Foxtel Cup. [33] [34]

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.

The Giants were to have numerous big losses, including five by over 100 points, beating the previous record of four set by Fitzroy in their final season, the Brisbane Bears in 1991, St Kilda in 1985 and Footscray in 1982. They lost four other games by over eighty points and finished with a percentage of 46.17, the lowest by any club since St Kilda, in 1955, had a percentage of 45.4 and, before that, Melbourne in 1919 with 43.0.

2013: Second season

In their second season, Greater Western Sydney fared even worse than in their debut season. The Giants lost their first seventeen games, an ignominy suffered previously by Fremantle in 2001, St. Kilda in 1910 and seven teams who finished with an 0–18 record. The most recent of these VFL/AFL teams losing all eighteen games was Fitzroy in 1964. Greater Western Sydney's combined percentage for their first two seasons was indeed the lowest by any club since St. Kilda in 1901 and 1902. Furthermore, the Giants again lost five games by 100 points or more, repeating an ignominy from the debut season.

In Round 19, they avoided becoming the fourteenth club in VFL and AFL history to finish a season winless, winning their solitary game for the season against Melbourne to snap a 21-game losing streak. Leading into the final round of the home and away season, Jeremy Cameron kicked 62 goals this season and was equal third in the race for the Coleman Medal, two goals behind leader Jarryd Roughead.

At the end of the season, coach Kevin Sheedy stood aside for Leon Cameron, who had been assistant to Sheedy in 2013. [35] On Thursday 19 December 2013, it was announced that Sheedy had been appointed to the club's board. Club Chairman, Tony Shepherd, highlighted Sheedy's importance when he said, "In many ways Kevin Sheedy is the father of the Giants. He’s been here from the start and has helped build the Giants." [36] [37]

2014: Third season

Greater Western Sydney started their third season impressively winning two of their first three games, including beating their much-fancied cross-town rivals, the Sydney Swans 15.9 99 to 9.13 67 in their first round encounter at Spotless Stadium. [38] They would eventually finish 16th (6 wins / 16 losses), which was enough to avoid the Wooden Spoon for the first time. On 13 May 2014, Greater Western Sydney midfielder Toby Greene was charged with a number of offences including assault with a dangerous weapon and intentionally causing serious injury over an alleged assault in a Melbourne licensed venue the previous night. [39]

2015: Fourth season

Before the start of the 2015 AFL Season, the Giants managed to sign Ryan Griffen in addition to re-signing Jeremy Cameron. The club overall had a fairly successful season, finishing 11th with 11 Wins and 11 Losses, including a victory over eventual premiers, Hawthorn.

2016: Fifth season

The Giants' fifth season was their best yet, as they recorded their first positive win-loss ratio (16 wins, 6 losses), qualified for their first finals series and finished 4th out of 18 teams on the ladder. [40]

A major highlight of the Giants' 2016 season was their 75-point win over three-time reigning premiers Hawthorn in round 6. Although they had beaten the Hawks by ten points in 2015, and went into the rematch as favourites, [41] a margin of this size was unexpected. [42] They also recorded their largest average home crowd in a season so far (12,333), [43] and new recruit Steve Johnson kicked 43 goals in his first year at the Giants. [44] The Giants finished fourth on the ladder after round 23, which meant they secured a double chance for the upcoming finals series. With cross-town rivals the Sydney Swans finishing as minor premiers, the mechanics of the AFL finals system meant that the Giants would play their first final in their five-year history against the Swans in Sydney.

In their first final, the Swans hosted the Giants at Stadium Australia (ANZ Stadium), with 60,222 spectators attending the match. This was the largest ever crowd for a match involving the club. [43] The Giants only fielded six players who had previously played an AFL final, conversely, the Swans had six players who were making their finals debut. After a close first half, forward Jeremy Cameron kicked three goals in a five-minute period during the third quarter, as the Giants won by 36 points. The win was marred by an incident involving Steve Johnson, in which he collided with Swan Josh Kennedy and was subsequently suspended for one match; this meant he missed the preliminary final. [45]

Two weeks later, in the preliminary final, the Giants faced the Western Bulldogs at Spotless Stadium, competing for a place in the 2016 AFL Grand Final in only their fifth year. In a close affair, both physically and on the scoreboard, the Bulldogs were attempting to make their first Grand Final in 55 years, while the Giants were looking to capitalise on their recent strong form. The Bulldogs led for most of the first half and went into half-time with a nine-point lead. In the third quarter, the Giants kicked three goals to lead by 11 points, but by three-quarter-time their lead had been reduced to one point. Early in the fourth quarter, the Giants kicked two quick goals to lead by 14 points, but the Bulldogs would kick two goals in response to take the lead, and, after scores were level with five minutes of game time remaining, a goal from Jack Macrae saw the Bulldogs win the match by six points. [46] [47] After the match, coach Leon Cameron said that the pre-finals bye did not have any effect on the club's performance. [48]

2017 season

There was a lot of outside expectation on the club leading into 2017. A lot of the media were talking up the side as eventual premier, thanks to the clubs' run in the second half of 2016.

In the off season the club traded want-away player Cam McCarthy to Fremantle along with picks 7, 34 & 72 for pick 3 in the draft. Canberra academy player Jack Steele was traded to St Kilda for a future second round pick. Unlucky, but highly talented Paul Ahern was traded to North Melbourne for pick 69. Crowd favourite, Will Hoskin-Elliott, was traded to the Collingwood Football Club for a future second round pick. Continuing the clubs strong trading with Carlton Football Club, they offloaded, Caleb Marchbank, Jarrod Pickett (like Ahern a high draft pick who never played a game for the club) Rhys Palmer and the clubs' 2nd round pick in the 2017 draft for Geelong's first round pick in the 2017 draft and picks 45, 58 and 135. The club traded in Richmond player, and former first round draft pick, Brett Deledio using Geelong's first round pick acquired from Carlton and its own third round pick.

With its picks in the 2016 draft and the acquisition of Deledio via trade, the club added Tim Taranto, Will Setterfield (academy), Harry Perryman (academy), Isaac Cumming (academy), Lachlan Tiziani (academy) and Matt de Boer via the national draft, and another former de-listed Docker in Tendai M'Zungu in the Rookie Draft.

The club had an absolutely horrible run with injuries over the year yet somehow managed to scrape in to the Top 4. Josh Kelly had a breakout year, all the while weighing up a return to his fathers former club, North Melbourne, on a rumoured 7 year, $11,000,000 contract. He refused that offer and re-signed before the clubs' final series. The side yet again fell at the second last hurdle, once again losing to eventual premiers, Richmond Football Club in front of a crowd of 100,000, easily the biggest crowd the club has played in front of.

2018 season

A hit-and-miss 2018 season saw the Giants finish seventh on the AFL ladder with 13 wins, eight losses and one draw. Despite losing just once in their first six games, they would go on to suffer a four game losing streak which temporarily knocked them out of the top eight. [49] [50] They recovered brilliantly with nine wins in their next ten matches [51] [52] before losses to Sydney and Melbourne in the final two rounds of the regular season prevented them from finishing in the top four for a third consecutive year. [53] They dominated Sydney by 49 points in the second elimination final at the SCG [54] before losing to eventual runners-up Collingwood by ten points in the second semi-final. [55] [56]

At the conclusion of the season, foundation players Dylan Shiel and Tom Scully were traded, to Essendon and Hawthorn respectively. [57] [58] Two-gamer Will Setterfield was also traded to Carlton. [59]

Club symbols

The GWS Giants cheer squad. GWS Giants cheer squad.jpg
The GWS Giants cheer squad.

On 16 November 2010, Greater Western Sydney announced their club guernseys and their nickname of the "Giants". [60]

The team colours are orange, charcoal and white, with the club unveiling two prospective home jumpers for fans to be decided on for the inaugural 2012 season. One was orange with a large, stylised charcoal "G" in the centre and charcoal side panels on the sides, with the other featuring an orange yoke in the top half and a white "G" wrapped around charcoal colours in the bottom half. The colour of the team's shorts is charcoal and their socks are orange with charcoal fold-downs. During the 2011 season, a clash guernsey was unveiled. The jumper has a light grey background with a charcoal rendition of the home jumper's G on the chest. This was altered in the 2012 season for a white jumper with charcoal collar and cuffs, charcoal "G" symbol in the centre and orange and charcoal stylised shoulder pads.

The clash guernsey changed in 2014, to a white top with a G that was slightly smaller than the home jumper. Included on the guernsey was also a large diagonal section of charcoal from the players left cuff down towards the centre of the bottom hem. This is repeated on the back, with the orange "G" being replaced with an orange line next to the charcoal section. The guernsey featured charcoal cuffs, numbers and collar. [61]

The team motto is Think Big. Live Big. Play Big. Their mascot G-Man was unveiled on 18 February 2012 before the team took the ground for their first NAB Cup match of 2012. The club ran a competition for its members to name the AFLW mascot for the side during the 2017 AFLW Season. In the 2018 AFLW Season, the mascot Gigi was unveiled.

The team song There's A Big Big Sound was first unveiled to the foundation members and 2012 members on 16 February 2012 via a phone call, the following day the team song was released to the public. The song was written and produced by award-winning Australian artist Harry Angus of Australian band The Cat Empire. [62]

Supporter base

YearMembersAverage home crowd
during regular season
Ladder position [40]
(League standings)
Best final
2012
10,241
10,824 [lower-alpha 1] [43]
18/18
2013
12,681 [63]
9,701 [lower-alpha 2] [43]
18/18
2014
13,047 [63]
9,226 [lower-alpha 3] [43]
16/18
2015
13,115 [64]
10,786 [lower-alpha 4] [43]
11/18
2016
15,311 [65]
12,333 [lower-alpha 5] [43]
4/18
Preliminary final
2017
20,944 [66]
13,196 [43]
4/18
Preliminary final
2018
25,243 [67]
11,913 [43]
7/18
Semi-final

Facilities

The Giants' training ground is located at Sydney Olympic Park, and was named Tom Wills Oval in 2013 in honour of Australian football pioneer Tom Wills, who was born in New South Wales and has family connections to Western Sydney. [68] The club currently trains out of the West-Connex centre at this site. The clubs facilities are of the equal of the best in the competition.

Canberra

The Giants play four games a year at Manuka Oval (three regular season, one preseason) for the first 10 years after signing a deal with the ACT Government worth $23 million beginning in 2012. A Canberra logo is incorporated on its guernsey, with a separate Canberra guernsey being used for games at Manuka. The Giants also played in a special guernsey as part of the centenary of Canberra celebrations, stating that the team is "part of the Canberra community". [4] A GWS/ACT Academy has also been envisioned, and the territory has representation on the club's board. [69] [70]

Season summaries

P=Premiers, R=Runners-Up, M=Minor Premierships, F=Finals Appearance, W=Wooden Spoons
(brackets represent finals games)
SeasonGames
Played
Games
Won
Games
Drawn
Games
Lost
Ladder
Position
PRMFWCoachCaptainDetails
2012
22202018 / 18
Kevin Sheedy
Callan Ward / Phil Davis / Luke Power
Greater Western Sydney Giants 2012
2013
22102118 / 18
Callan Ward / Phil Davis
Greater Western Sydney Giants 2013
2014
22601616 / 18
Leon Cameron
Greater Western Sydney Giants 2014
2015
221101111 / 18
Greater Western Sydney Giants 2015
2016
2417074 / 18
Greater Western Sydney Giants 2016
2017
2515284 / 18
Greater Western Sydney Giants 2017
2018
2213187 / 18
Greater Western Sydney Giants 2018

Current squad

The inaugural co-captains of the club were Phil Davis, Luke Power and Callan Ward. Both Davis and Ward were retained as captains in 2013, whilst Tom Scully was added to the leadership group as a vice-captain.

Greater Western Sydney Giants
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Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • (B) Category B rookie
  • italics - Inactive player list
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury
  • (ret.) Retired

Updated: 21 June 2019
Source(s): Senior list, Coaching staff

Honour board

Greater Western Sydney Giants Honour Roll
TAC Cup
YearPosition

W-L-D

CoachCaptainBest and FairestLeading goalkicker (goals)
2010122-14-0Alan McConnell
North East AFL
YearPosition

W-L-D

CoachCaptainBest and FairestLeading goalkicker (goals)
2011 812-5-0Brett Hand
Australian Football League
YearPosition

W-L-D

CoachCaptainBest and FairestLeading goalkicker (goals)
2012 18 (Wooden Spoon)2-20-0 Kevin Sheedy Callan Ward
Luke Power
Phil Davis
Callan Ward Jeremy Cameron (29)
2013 18 (Wooden Spoon)1-21-0 Kevin Sheedy Callan Ward
Phil Davis
Jeremy Cameron Jeremy Cameron (62)
2014 166-16-0 Leon Cameron Callan Ward
Phil Davis
Shane Mumford Jeremy Cameron (29)
2015 1111-11-0 Leon Cameron Callan Ward
Phil Davis
Heath Shaw Jeremy Cameron (63)
2016 4 (Preliminary Finalists)16-6-0 Leon Cameron Callan Ward
Phil Davis
Toby Greene Jeremy Cameron (53)
2017 4 (Preliminary Finalists)14-6-2 Leon Cameron Callan Ward
Phil Davis
Josh Kelly Jeremy Cameron;

Jonathon Patton;

Toby Greene (45)

20187 (Semi-Finalists)13-8-1 Leon Cameron Callan Ward
Phil Davis
Jeremy Cameron (46)

AFL awards

All-Australian team

AFLCA Best Young Player

Match & ladder records

AFL finishing positions (2012–present)

Finishing PositionYear (Finals in Bold)Tally
Premiersnil0
Runner Upnil0
3rdnil0
4th2016, 20172
5thnil0
6thnil0
7th20181
8thnil0
9thnil0
10thnil0
11th20151
12thnil0
13thnil0
14thnil0
15thnil0
16th20141
17thnil0
18th2012, 20132

AFL Women's team

In April 2016, the Giants launched a bid to enter a team in the inaugural AFL Women's season in 2017. The club had previously partnered with the local Auburn Giants Football Club and run a female Academy program. [71] They were announced as a founding club in June, receiving one of eight licenses awarded at this time. [72]

Former AFL NSW/ACT Female Football High Performance coach Tim Schmidt was announced as the team's inaugural head coach in July 2016. [73] Days later the club announced its first two players, marquee signings Renee Forth and Emma Swanson. [74] As a result of the NSW/ACT talent pool's size and depth, the Giants were granted five priority signings prior to the draft, the most of any club in the league. [75] Prior to the draft, the club had recruited no NSW/ACT players, instead drawing three from Western Australia, three from Victoria and one more from South Australia.

In September the Giants won the first selection in the inaugural draft via lottery, and selected Sydney University player Nicola Barr. [76]

The team was sponsored by Harvey Norman, FlexiGroup and Sydney Airport in its inaugural season. [77]

In July 2017 it was announced Giants AFL director of coaching Alan McConnell would replace Tim Schmidt as coach of side. [78] The 2018 Giants AFLW Captain is Amanda Farrugia and the vice-captain is Alicia Eva.

Season summaries

P = premiers, R = runners-up, M = minor premierships, F = finals appearances, W = wooden spoons
(brackets represent finals games)
SeasonGames
Played
Games
Won
Games
Drawn
Games
Lost
Ladder
Position
PRMFWCoachCaptain
2017 71158 / 8 Tim Schmidt
Amanda Farrugia
2018 73134 / 8 Alan McConnell

Current squad

Greater Western Sydney Giants (AFL Women's)
Senior listberRookie listCoaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 21 June 2019
Source(s): Coaching staff, Playing list

Gabrielle Trainor Medal winners

SeasonRecipientRef.
2017 Jessica Dal Pos [79]
2018 Alicia Eva [80]

Notes

  1. Sydney Showground (6g) - 8,087. Manuka Oval (3g) - 8,431. ANZ (1g) - 38,203. Blacktown ISP (1g) - 6,875
  2. Sydney Showground (7g) - 8,281. Manuka Oval (3g) - 8,352. ANZ (1g) - 23,690.
  3. Sydney Showground (8g) - 9,609. Manuka Oval (3g) - 8,208.
  4. Sydney Showground (8g) - 11,032. Manuka Oval (3g) - 10,132.
  5. Sydney Showground (8g) - 12,126. Manuka Oval (3g) - 12,886.

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