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Beginnings: 2012 - AFL Debut Season
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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

Hicks Picked for Sixers

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Dual-code athlete Jodie Hicks will play in both the WBBL and AFL Women's seasons.

The GIANTS’ first pick in the NAB AFL Women’s Draft, Jodie Hicks, has been signed by the Sydney Sixers for their upcoming WBBL03 campaign.

The talented athlete represented the Sixers for the past two WBBL campaigns, including being part of their Championship winning squad in 16/17.

The 20-year-old joined the GIANTS with pick five in the NAB AFL Women’s Draft on Wednesday.

“I always played footy when I was a young kid, I probably started playing AFL before I learned about cricket,” she said.

“Coming from a country town, I could only play until I was 14 so I started looking for other sports in Hay.

“I played netball, cricket, just played whatever I could. I still played rep footy every now and then and I’ve always liked it, every time at cricket I’ve had a footy in my hands so I’ve always wanted to...


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Hicks Picked for Sixers

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Dual-code athlete Jodie Hicks will play in both the WBBL and AFL Women's seasons.

The GIANTS’ first pick in the NAB AFL Women’s Draft, Jodie Hicks, has been signed by the Sydney Sixers for their upcoming WBBL03 campaign.

The talented athlete represented the Sixers for the past two WBBL campaigns, including being part of their Championship winning squad in 16/17.

The 20-year-old joined the GIANTS with pick five in the NAB AFL Women’s Draft on Wednesday.

“I always played footy when I was a young kid, I probably started playing AFL before I learned about cricket,” she said.

“Coming from a country town, I could only play until I was 14 so I started looking for other sports in Hay.

“I played netball, cricket, just played whatever I could. I still played rep footy every now and then and I’ve always liked it, every time at cricket I’ve had a footy in my hands so I’ve always wanted to...


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Mummy Reflects

The Best of Shane Mumford Take a look back at the best of Shane Mumford's career as he announces his retirement from the game.

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Shane Mumford crunches North Melbourne's Andrew Swallow with one of his trademark tackles.

Shane Mumford's retirement brings an end to one of the game's most colourful careers, with the ruckman's battered body unable to take him into an 11th season in 2018.

Mumford bows out after 10 seasons and 172 games with Geelong, the Swans and the GIANTS, a premiership and a best and fairest.

AFL.com.au was lucky enough to be given an exclusive insight into the moments that made Mumford after he announced his decision to hang up the boots on Friday, and he was as honest as ever in recalling his memories.

When he arrived at Geelong via the rookie draft in 2007, Mumford brought a legendary reputation with him, one of a man renowned for devouring a truckload of sausages...


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AFLW Draft Order Confirmed

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The second AFLW NAB AFL draft will take place on Wednesday in Melbourne.

The 2017 NAB AFL Women's Draft order has been confirmed ahead of Wednesday's draft, with 49 total picks available.

The number of picks allocated per club depends on the number of spots available on individual club lists.

Brisbane Lions has eight selections and the GIANTS seven, while Carlton and Melbourne have four each.

Clubs will have a primary list of 27, with another three rookie spots available. A rookie draft will be held on Friday October 20, although some clubs have already signed some rookies.

The initial draft order was based on a reverse ladder order before the trade period was completed.

Western Bulldogs hold the first pick after a trade deal involving the GIANTS and Collingwood.

The draft is state-based, with players nominating which state they wish to play in.

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Schneider Joins the GIANTS

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Former Saint and Swan Adam Schneider has joined the GIANTS as NEAFL coach.

Former Sydney and St Kilda forward Adam Schneider has joined the GIANTS’ coaching staff as NEAFL Coach.

The 33-year old retired from the AFL at the end of 2015 after 228 games including the Swan’s 2005 Premiership victory.

After being an important mentor at St Kilda late in his playing career, Schneider moved into coaching in 2017 coaching Beaumaris in the VAFA premier division. 

GIANTS General Manager Football Wayne Campbell said he’s delighted to have Schneider join the club.

“Adam has a sharp footy brain and a real passion for the game,” said Campbell.

“Having grown up in Wagga Wagga and having lived in Sydney during his playing career, Adam understands the challenges and opportunities for the GIANTS and we think he’ll be a good fit for our club.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Adam and his family to...


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Tomlinson Staying Put

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Defender Adam Tomlinson won't be leaving the GIANTS during the trade period.

Versatile GIANT Adam Tomlinson will remain at the club in 2018 despite speculation linking him to a number of Victorian clubs. 

Tomlinson is contracted to the club until the end of 2019 and GIANTS List Manager Craig Cameron ended all speculation of a move when speaking with SEN on Monday morning. 

“We’ve had conversations with Adam over the weekend and we won’t be trading Adam during this trade period,” Cameron said.

“He’s keen to stay, he’s contracted and we’re keen to keep him so he won’t be traded.” 

Tomlinson played 24 out of a possible 25 games in 2017 to take his career tally to 91 games for the GIANTS. 

The 24-year old was one of the GIANTS best in the Preliminary Final against Richmond, gathering a career high 26 possessions playing on the wing. 

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Tomlinson Staying Put

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Defender Adam Tomlinson won't be leaving the GIANTS during the trade period.

Versatile GIANT Adam Tomlinson will remain at the club in 2018 despite speculation linking him to a number of Victorian clubs. 

Tomlinson is contracted to the club until the end of 2019 and GIANTS List Manager Craig Cameron ended all speculation of a move when speaking with SEN on Monday morning. 

“We’ve had conversations with Adam over the weekend and we won’t be trading Adam during this trade period,” Cameron said.

“He’s keen to stay, he’s contracted and we’re keen to keep him so he won’t be traded.” 

Tomlinson played 24 out of a possible 25 games in 2017 to take his career tally to 91 games for the GIANTS. 

The 24-year old was one of the GIANTS best in the Preliminary Final against Richmond, gathering a career high 26 possessions playing on the wing. 

Originally selected by the GIANTS with pick nine in...


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Born to be a GIANT?

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Haneen Zreika at last week's AFLW Combine in Melbourne.

She was born to be a GIANT. She just didn't know it. 

Growing up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Haneen Zreika didn't understand the rules of AFL.

The NSW/ACT under-18 representative, who is aiming to be picked at the NAB AFL Women’s Draft in Melbourne on October 18, played rugby league with boys until she was 12. 

With no youth girls’ rugby league competition at the time, Zreika was limited playing sport at school. 

A chance run-in with a teacher in the corridor at Strathmore South High School in Sydney's inner west, while an AFL clinic identifying multicultural talent was being held outside, was Zreika's first introduction to the game. 

"I told my teacher I didn't know what AFL was, and he said, 'Just catch and kick and tackle and you'll be fine,'" Zreika said. 

"I was the only girl out there, and when I told the organiser...


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Born to be a GIANT?

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Haneen Zreika at last week's AFLW Combine in Melbourne.

She was born to be a GIANT. She just didn't know it. 

Growing up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Haneen Zreika didn't understand the rules of AFL.

The NSW/ACT under-18 representative, who is aiming to be picked at the NAB AFL Women’s Draft in Melbourne on October 18, played rugby league with boys until she was 12. 

With no youth girls’ rugby league competition at the time, Zreika was limited playing sport at school. 

A chance run-in with a teacher in the corridor at Strathmore South High School in Sydney's inner west, while an AFL clinic identifying multicultural talent was being held outside, was Zreika's first introduction to the game. 

"I told my teacher I didn't know what AFL was, and he said, 'Just catch and kick and tackle and you'll be fine,'" Zreika said. 

"I was the only girl out there, and when I told the organiser...


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Smith a Bomber as GIANTS Move into First Round

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Forward Devon Smith will become a Bomber as the GIANTS complete a trade with Essendon.

The GIANTS have moved into the first round of the 2017 NAB AFL Draft after a trade with Essendon that sees Devon Smith become a Bomber.

The GIANTS have received Essendon’s pick 11 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft and a future third round selection in exchange for Smith, selection 24 in the 2017 Draft and a future second round pick.

An inaugural GIANT, Smith played 109 games across six seasons after being drafted with pick 14 of the 2011 NAB AFL Draft.

GIANTS List Manager Craig Cameron said: “We’re delighted to be able to move into the first round of the upcoming NAB AFL Draft.

“This improves our position to be able to add some of the best young talent to our list next month.

“Devon has been a part of our club for a number of years and we wish him all the best in the next stage of his career at...


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Smith a Bomber as GIANTS Move into First Round

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Forward Devon Smith will become a Bomber as the GIANTS complete a trade with Essendon.

The GIANTS have moved into the first round of the 2017 NAB AFL Draft after a trade with Essendon that sees Devon Smith become a Bomber.

The GIANTS have received Essendon’s pick 11 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft and a future third round selection in exchange for Smith, selection 24 in the 2017 Draft and a future second round pick.

An inaugural GIANT, Smith played 109 games across six seasons after being drafted with pick 14 of the 2011 NAB AFL Draft.

GIANTS List Manager Craig Cameron said: “We’re delighted to be able to move into the first round of the upcoming NAB AFL Draft.

“This improves our position to be able to add some of the best young talent to our list next month.

“Devon has been a part of our club for a number of years and we wish him all the best in the next stage of his career at...


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Greene Named in International Rules Squad

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Toby Greene is set to become just the second GIANT to play in a Virgin Australia International Rules series.

GIANTS forward Toby Greene has been selected in the Australian squad for the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules Series to be played in Adelaide and Perth next month.

Greene becomes just the second GIANT to be selected in the prestigious series that pits some of the AFL’s highest profile players against the best Irish Gaelic Footballers. 

International Rules is a hybrid game that combines elements of both AFL and Gaelic football, and has been played sporadically since the first series in 1984.

An obstacle for many AFL players in the past is getting used to playing with a round Gaelic football, however Greene will have some familiarity with the round ball given his passion for soccer.

The 24-year-old can also draw on the experience of GIANTS teammate Brett Deledio and...


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Greene Named in International Rules Squad

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Toby Greene is set to become just the second GIANT to play in a Virgin Australia International Rules series.

GIANTS forward Toby Greene has been selected in the Australian squad for the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules Series to be played in Adelaide and Perth next month.

Greene becomes just the second GIANT to be selected in the prestigious series that pits some of the AFL’s highest profile players against the best Irish Gaelic Footballers. 

International Rules is a hybrid game that combines elements of both AFL and Gaelic football, and has been played sporadically since the first series in 1984.

An obstacle for many AFL players in the past is getting used to playing with a round Gaelic football, however Greene will have some familiarity with the round ball given his passion for soccer.

The 24-year-old can also draw on the experience of GIANTS teammate Brett Deledio and...


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A Quick Introduction to International Rules

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Australia and Ireland will fight for the Cormac McAnallen Cup in the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules series next month.

As GIANT Toby Greene gets ready to make his debut for Australia in the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules series, get up to speed on the history of the series and what makes it so different.

International Rules is a hybrid game that combines rules and elements from both Australian Rules Football and Gaelic Football.

The rectangular field, round ball and soccer-like uniforms are all taken directly from Gaelic Football, the rules and the goals are an amalgamation of the two codes, while the scoring is unique to the game.  

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If the ball goes under the crossbar and into the goal net the scoring team is awarded six points, a ball over the crossbar and between the goal posts is worth three points and the ball going between the behind and goal posts are...


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A Quick Introduction to International Rules

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Australia and Ireland will fight for the Cormac McAnallen Cup in the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules series next month.

As GIANT Toby Greene gets ready to make his debut for Australia in the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules series, get up to speed on the history of the series and what makes it so different.

International Rules is a hybrid game that combines rules and elements from both Australian Rules Football and Gaelic Football.

The rectangular field, round ball and soccer-like uniforms are all taken directly from Gaelic Football, the rules and the goals are an amalgamation of the two codes, while the scoring is unique to the game.  

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If the ball goes under the crossbar and into the goal net the scoring team is awarded six points, a ball over the crossbar and between the goal posts is worth three points and the ball going between the behind and goal posts are...


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Harry Happy Anywhere

Season Review: Harry Himmelberg We sit down with second-year GIANT Harry Himmelberg as he reflects on the 2017 season.

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Harry Himmelberg celebrates one of his four goals in the preliminary final.

Most young players have plenty to learn in their second season of AFL but for Harry Himmelberg that task grew exponentially as he played in virtually every position on the ground across his 12 games in 2017.

Recruited as a forward with pick 16 in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft from the GIANTS Academy, Himmelberg spent his first season learning to become a defender and broke through for four AFL games in 2016.

That versatility held Himmelberg in good stead across 2017 as he added to his games tally playing back, forward and sometimes even in the middle.

“It was definitely a little bit harder moving between lines throughout the year and throughout games sometimes but I’m just happy to be playing AFL...


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2017 Sheedy Medal Preview

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Co-captain Callan Ward and fellow midfielder Dylan Shiel are expected to poll well at Friday night's Sheedy Medal count.

2016 saw Toby Greene take home his first Sheedy Medal in one of the closest counts to date, just three votes ahead of running machine Tom Scully.

With the 2017 Sheedy Medallist to be announced on Friday night we look to answer the following questions; can Greene go back to back, will it be another close count and who could win this year’s Sheedy Medal?

As for Greene, the All Australian forward backed up his impressive 2016 with 45 goals in 2017 and again featured amongst the GIANTS best players in the games he played.

Consistency is the key when it comes to polling strongly in the Sheedy Medal and this might count against Greene on Friday, with the dynamic forward missing six games due to injury and suspension.

If you’re looking at consistency then look no further...


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Watch Now: 2017 Kevin Sheedy Medal Live Stream

Live Stream key timings (approx):

7:15pm - Live Stream commences with hosts Leigh Meyrick and Alison Zell

7:28pm - 2017 Kevin Sheedy Medal begins live from The Waterview with Jim Wilson and Melissa Doyle

7:38pm - Chairman Tony Shepherd’s address

7:47pm - 2017 GIANTS Community Award, presented by GIANTS Care

7:57pm - 2017 Rising Star Award, presented by FlexiGroup

8:02pm - 2017 Academy Player of the Year

8:10pm - Adam Tomlinson and Adam Kennedy on the Live Stream

8:20pm - Tim Taranto on the Live Stream

8:28pm - Amanda Farrugia (AFLW) and Kim Green (GIANTS Netball) on the Live Stream

8:45pm - CEO David Matthews' address

8:50pm - 2017 GIANTS Standards Defensive Award, presented by ACT Government

9:00pm - 2017 NEAFL Development Award, presented by ACT Government

9:05pm - 2017 Members and Fans Most Valuable Player, Presented by Toyo Tires

9:15pm - 2017 Virgin Australia Mark of the...


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Kelly Claims Sheedy Medal after Stellar Season

Young star midfielder Josh Kelly has tonight capped off an outstanding 2017 season, taking home the Kevin Sheedy Medal as the GIANTS’ 2017 Club Champion.

Following his first Virgin Australia All Australian selection last month, the recently re-signed 22-year-old has earned the GIANTS’ highest individual honour in just his fourth season.

Inaugural coach Kevin Sheedy was on hand at The Waterview in Sydney Olympic Park on Friday night to present the award named after him. 

Kelly led the count after round 12 and never relinquished his lead, finishing with a club-record 198 votes. The young star scored votes in every game he played with the highlight coming in round 22 when he polled 16 votes - the maximum possible under the voting system.

Kelly finished 26 ahead of co-captain and 2012 Kevin Sheedy Medallist Callan Ward on 172 votes. Fellow co-captain Phil Davis (153 votes), 2017 Virgin...


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AFL Draft Combine preview

The season is done, but that doesn't mean footy has stopped. 

On Tuesday, 85 AFL hopefuls will gather at Etihad Stadium for the start of the NAB AFL Draft Combine, which will run through to Friday. 

Across the four days the players from around the country will take part in physical and psychological testing and be interviewed by clubs for what may be the final time before November's draft. 

This year's combine looks a little different to previous years, with the famed beep test shuttle run replaced by the 'yo-yo' test, and the 3km time trial shortened to a 2km run.

Kicking assessment
Test to be held Wednesday night

The handball test has been cut from the combine schedule, but the kicking test remains, where players take six kicks of various distances and angles and on both feet. This test is best for players who are good on their non-preferred foot, meaning Hunter Clark looms as a...


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