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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

Future NSW Stars on Show

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Nick Shipley is one of three GIANTS Academy members to attend the NAB AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne.

The next generation of AFL and AFLW players have descended upon Melbourne for the 2017 NAB AFL and AFLW Draft Combines.

With the 2017 NAB AFLW Draft happening on October 18 and the 2017 NAB AFL Draft on November 24 it’s the last chance club recruiters will have to meet their potential recruits and watch them in action. 

Four NSW/ACT players will take part in the AFLW Draft Combine beginning on Tuesday, October 3 while five NSW/ACT players including three GIANTS Academy members will undergo testing in the AFL Draft Combine beginning on Wednesday. 

NAB AFLW Draft Combine October 3-4

Chloe Arndt (East Coast Eagles)

A forward from Stanhope Gardens in Western Sydney, Ardnt can also run through the midfield and spends time on the wing for the East Coast Eagles in AFL NSW’s Division one...


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Future NSW Stars on Show

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Nick Shipley is one of three GIANTS Academy members to attend the NAB AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne.

The next generation of AFL and AFLW players have descended upon Melbourne for the 2017 NAB AFL and AFLW Draft Combines.

With the 2017 NAB AFLW Draft happening on October 18 and the 2017 NAB AFL Draft on November 24 it’s the last chance club recruiters will have to meet their potential recruits and watch them in action. 

Four NSW/ACT players will take part in the AFLW Draft Combine beginning on Tuesday, October 3 while five NSW/ACT players including three GIANTS Academy members will undergo testing in the AFL Draft Combine beginning on Wednesday. 

NAB AFLW Draft Combine October 3-4

Chloe Arndt (East Coast Eagles)

A forward from Stanhope Gardens in Western Sydney, Ardnt can also run through the midfield and spends time on the wing for the East Coast Eagles in AFL NSW’s Division one...


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Future NSW Stars on Show

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Nick Shipley is one of three GIANTS Academy members to attend the NAB AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne.

The next generation of AFL and AFLW players have descended upon Melbourne for the 2017 NAB AFL and AFLW Draft Combines.

With the 2017 NAB AFLW Draft happening on October 18 and the 2017 NAB AFL Draft on November 24 it’s the last chance club recruiters will have to meet their potential recruits and watch them in action. 

Four NSW/ACT players will take part in the AFLW Draft Combine beginning on Tuesday, October 3 while five NSW/ACT players including three GIANTS Academy members will undergo testing in the AFL Draft Combine beginning on Wednesday. 

NAB AFLW Draft Combine October 3-4

Chloe Arndt (East Coast Eagles)

A forward from Stanhope Gardens in Western Sydney, Ardnt can also run through the midfield and spends time on the wing for the East Coast Eagles in AFL NSW’s Division one...


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GIANTS Punt on Troubled Teens

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GIANTS rookie Jake Stein and GIANTS Academy Director John Quinn with Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre inmates.

The GIANTS continue to strengthen ties with communities across Western Sydney with the club running a talent search at Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre in Werrington.

Through the GIANTS Academy program, GIANTS staff are running weekly training sessions with the young inmates who could one day represent the club. 

Led by GIANTS Academy Director John Quinn, the program was intended to get inmates interested in sport but it soon uncovered a group of young men with incredible athletic potential.

Each visit sees Quinn and his academy staff run drills and test the inmates’ football and athletic abilities with a spot at the GIANTS Academy up for grabs. 

A recent visit saw Penrith product and GIANTS defender Jake Stein pass on some of his knowledge to the teenagers. 

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Quinn told the...


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GIANTS Player Movements

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Defender Nathan Wilson during the GIANTS' preliminary final against the Tigers.

The GIANTS wish to advise that defender Nathan Wilson has requested a trade home to Western Australia due to family reasons, while Devon Smith and Matthew Kennedy have notified the club they will look to explore trade opportunities during the upcoming trade period.

Wilson is seeking a move to Western Australia to be closer to family and despite being contracted to the GIANTS until the end of 2018, the club has agreed to use best endeavours to facilitate a trade for the 24-year-old, in addition Smith and Kennedy, who are both out of contract.

"We are sympathetic to Nathan’s situation and we understand Devon and Matt’s wish to explore opportunities during the trade period,” said GIANTS General Manager Football Wayne Campbell.

"We’ll now work with the respective players and their managers to arrive at the...


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2017 Sheedy Medal Live Stream

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Toby Greene took home the 2016 Sheedy Medal. Watch it live to see who wins it this year via gwsgiants.com.au.

Catch all the action from the 2017 Kevin Sheedy Medal this Friday night live on gwsgiants.com.au, proudly presented by Virgin Australia.

Held at the Waterview in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, the Kevin Sheedy Medal is one of the highlights of the GIANTS’ calendar and there will be plenty of intrigue when it comes to crowning the Club Champion for this season. 

Last year’s count saw forward Toby Greene take home the Sheedy Medal by just three votes ahead of Tom Scully. The reigning club champion could take home the medal again this year after an outstanding season that saw him finish as the GIANTS’ leading goalkicker for the first time.

Midfielders Josh Kelly and Dylan Shiel could feature prominently in the vote count after they were both named in the 2017 Virgin...


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Mzungu Leaves His Mark

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Tendai Mzungu has announced his retirement.

Despite his short time at the GIANTS, midfielder Tendai Mzungu leaves having made his mark at the club.

The 31-year-old announced his retirement this week after a distinguished career at Fremantle and the GIANTS.

Mzungu joined the GIANTS in the 2017 Rookie Draft and played four games this season to add to his 102 games for the Dockers across six seasons. 

"Despite only being at the GIANTS for a short period of time, the acceptance into the GIANTS family that my partner Jess and I received has been overwhelming,” Mzungu said.

"I've consistently seen a playing and coaching group who are eager to learn and improve and I am excited to watch from a distance and see that development continue over the next few years.”

Mzungu arrived at the GIANTS in November and immediately impressed, finishing in the top 10 of the 3km time trial.

His approach to...


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Brogan Moves On

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Assistant coach Dean Brogan will depart the GIANTS.

GIANTS Assistant Coach Dean Brogan will depart the club as he moves away from the football industry to return to Adelaide.

Brogan joined the GIANTS for their inaugural season as a player-coach and represented the club for two seasons on-field before transitioning into an Assistant Coaching role.

Since 2014 Brogan has had responsibility for the coaching of the GIANTS’ stoppages and the development of the ruckmen on the club’s list.

Brogan will relocate with his young family back to his home town of Adelaide to take up a role with the GIANTS’ technology partner Efex.

GIANTS General Manager of Football Wayne Campbell paid tribute to Brogan and wished him well in the next phase of his career.

“Dean has been here from the start and as a player provided much-needed support to our young list,” Campbell said.

“His move into coaching was...


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Mzungu Leaves His Mark

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Tendai Mzungu has announced his retirement.

Despite his short time at the GIANTS, midfielder Tendai Mzungu leaves having made his mark at the club.

The 31-year-old announced his retirement this week after a distinguished career at Fremantle and the GIANTS.

Mzungu joined the GIANTS in the 2017 Rookie Draft and played four games this season to add to his 102 games for the Dockers across six seasons. 

"Despite only being at the GIANTS for a short period of time, the acceptance into the GIANTS family that my partner Jess and I received has been overwhelming,” Mzungu said.

"I've consistently seen a playing and coaching group who are eager to learn and improve and I am excited to watch from a distance and see that development continue over the next few years.”

Mzungu arrived at the GIANTS in November and immediately impressed, finishing in the top 10 of the 3km time trial.

His approach to...


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Kelly and Taranto set for a busy Grand Final day

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Tim Taranto will get the chance to show off his speed in the Gatorade Grand Final sprint on Saturday.

Two of the GIANTS’ brightest young stars are set for a busy weekend despite not lining up for the season decider at the MCG. 

Josh Kelly is set to show the competition that he’s got the biggest kick as he takes part in the Fox Footy Longest Kick, while Tim Taranto will put his pace to the test in the Gatorade Grand Final Sprint. 

Kelly – who finished sixth in Tuesday’s Brownlow Medal and was named in the 2017 Virgin Australia All Australian side – is known for his precise kicking but the smooth moving midfielder will have to wind up his trusty left leg to show he’s also got one of the biggest boots in the game.

The Fox Footy Longest Kick will see Kelly and the likes of Bryce Gibbs, Josh Kennedy, Matt Suckling, Brendan Fevola, Jason Dunstall and Danny Frawley attempt to kick across...


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Mzungu Leaves His Mark

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Tendai Mzungu has announced his retirement.

Despite his short time at the GIANTS, midfielder Tendai Mzungu leaves having made his mark at the club.

The 31-year-old announced his retirement this week after a distinguished career at Fremantle and the GIANTS.

Mzungu joined the GIANTS in the 2017 Rookie Draft and played four games this season to add to his 102 games for the Dockers across six seasons. 

"Despite only being at the GIANTS for a short period of time, the acceptance into the GIANTS family that my partner Jess and I received has been overwhelming,” Mzungu said.

"I've consistently seen a playing and coaching group who are eager to learn and improve and I am excited to watch from a distance and see that development continue over the next few years.”

Mzungu arrived at the GIANTS in November and immediately impressed, finishing in the top 10 of the 3km time trial.

His approach to...


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Kelly and Taranto set for a busy Grand Final day

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Tim Taranto will get the chance to show off his speed in the Gatorade Grand Final sprint on Saturday.

Two of the GIANTS’ brightest young stars are set for a busy weekend despite not lining up for the season decider at the MCG. 

Josh Kelly is set to show the competition that he’s got the biggest kick as he takes part in the Fox Footy Longest Kick, while Tim Taranto will put his pace to the test in the Gatorade Grand Final Sprint. 

Kelly – who finished sixth in Tuesday’s Brownlow Medal and was named in the 2017 Virgin Australia All Australian side – is known for his precise kicking but the smooth moving midfielder will have to wind up his trusty left leg to show he’s also got one of the biggest boots in the game.

The Fox Footy Longest Kick will see Kelly and the likes of Bryce Gibbs, Josh Kennedy, Matt Suckling, Brendan Fevola, Jason Dunstall and Danny Frawley attempt to kick across...


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Next Generation GIANTS on Show

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The GIANTS next generation of footballers were on show in Albury.

When Lachlan McNamara started playing football in his western Sydney suburb it didn’t take long to work out that he liked it more than soccer, league and the other sports he had tried. 

He knew he wanted to keep playing, to be as good as he could be and to go as far as he could, but he wasn’t sure how kids moved from a small team like his all the way up to an AFL club. 

“I was only 11 when I started and I loved footy but I had no idea. I didn’t know anything about how it all worked and what we had to do to go up the ranks and improve our footy,” he said. 

“Now we get told and we have a clear idea of where we need to be at 16, 17, 18. Not all of us are going to be good enough to play in the AFL but now we all know what we have to do.”

McNamara found out even more in the past week, when he spent three days in Albury...


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Kelly and Taranto set for a busy Grand Final day

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Tim Taranto will get the chance to show off his speed in the Gatorade Grand Final sprint on Saturday.

Two of the GIANTS’ brightest young stars are set for a busy weekend despite not lining up for the season decider at the MCG. 

Josh Kelly is set to show the competition that he’s got the biggest kick as he takes part in the Fox Footy Longest Kick, while Tim Taranto will put his pace to the test in the Gatorade Grand Final Sprint. 

Kelly – who finished sixth in Tuesday’s Brownlow Medal and was named in the 2017 Virgin Australia All Australian side – is known for his precise kicking but the smooth moving midfielder will have to wind up his trusty left leg to show he’s also got one of the biggest boots in the game.

The Fox Footy Longest Kick will see Kelly and the likes of Bryce Gibbs, Josh Kennedy, Matt Suckling, Brendan Fevola, Jason Dunstall and Danny Frawley attempt to kick across...


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Read more: Kelly and Taranto set for a busy Grand Final day

Next Generation GIANTS on Show

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The GIANTS next generation of footballers were on show in Albury.

When Lachlan McNamara started playing football in his western Sydney suburb it didn’t take long to work out that he liked it more than soccer, league and the other sports he had tried. 

He knew he wanted to keep playing, to be as good as he could be and to go as far as he could, but he wasn’t sure how kids moved from a small team like his all the way up to an AFL club. 

“I was only 11 when I started and I loved footy but I had no idea. I didn’t know anything about how it all worked and what we had to do to go up the ranks and improve our footy,” he said. 

“Now we get told and we have a clear idea of where we need to be at 16, 17, 18. Not all of us are going to be good enough to play in the AFL but now we all know what we have to do.”

McNamara found out even more in the past week, when he spent three days in Albury...


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Next Generation GIANTS on Show

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The GIANTS next generation of footballers were on show in Albury.

When Lachlan McNamara started playing football in his western Sydney suburb it didn’t take long to work out that he liked it more than soccer, league and the other sports he had tried. 

He knew he wanted to keep playing, to be as good as he could be and to go as far as he could, but he wasn’t sure how kids moved from a small team like his all the way up to an AFL club. 

“I was only 11 when I started and I loved footy but I had no idea. I didn’t know anything about how it all worked and what we had to do to go up the ranks and improve our footy,” he said. 

“Now we get told and we have a clear idea of where we need to be at 16, 17, 18. Not all of us are going to be good enough to play in the AFL but now we all know what we have to do.”

McNamara found out even more in the past week, when he spent three days in Albury...


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2017 Season Review

The 2017 Wash Up Damian Barrett, Garry Lyon and Matthew Lloyd from AFL.com.au dissect the highs and lows of the GIANTS' 2017 in The Wash-Up.

In a nutshell

The GIANTS rebounded from a terrible season opener to win nine of the next 10 games, but won just one of the next six as key injuries took a toll. They recovered again, but a disappointing finals series will make it a long summer. 

What we said in the pre-season  

We tipped the GIANTS to make the season's biggest match but they fell one game short for the second year running. We nailed Josh Kelly as a surprise All Australian, but while teammate Dylan Shiel joined him alongside Sydney's Lance Franklin, the predicted NSW domination wasn't quite there. 

What worked 

The GIANTS were ranked first for clearances and stoppages, and second for centre clearances, so their midfield unit led by Callan Ward, Kelly and Shiel continued to be...


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Brownlow Medal Wrap

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Jeremy Cameron and Josh Kelly on the red carpet at the Brownlow Medal in Melbourne.

All Australian midfielder Josh Kelly has added another accolade to his stellar season, picking up a club-record 21 votes in the 2017 Brownlow Medal.

Kelly finished sixth in Monday night’s count, which saw Tiger Dustin Martin poll a record 36 votes to be awarded the Brownlow Medal ahead of Patrick Dangerfield (33 votes).

Kelly averaged 30 touches and six tackles per game in his incredible breakout season to finish first for the GIANTS, ahead of fellow All Australian ball-winner Dylan Shiel and co-captain Callan Ward who both finished with 11 votes.

Power forward Jonny Patton and rebounding defender Zac Williams each collected six votes with the club polling 81 votes across the season.

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Co-captain Callan Ward with partner Ruby Keddie on the red carpet

Coming into the count with six votes to his name...


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Stevie J says farewell to footy

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Jonny Patton consoles Steve Johnson post-match.

Steve Johnson couldn't produce his trademark September heroics against Richmond in what turned out to be his last match, but he's content with the way he exited the game.

The GIANTS matched the Tigers and took on the wave of home crowd support in the first half of Saturday's preliminary final, but couldn't sustain its efforts for long enough and eventually went down by 36 points.

So often the man for the occasion in massive games at the MCG as a triple premiership Cat and 2007 Norm Smith medallist, Johnson couldn't repeat his six-goal effort against West Coast and struggled to make an impact in his 293rd appearance.

The 34-year-old failed to hit the scoreboard and made some poor decisions at times, but after battling a lingering knee injury to fight his way back into the team after being dropped for the GIANTS' first final, Johnson...


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Brownlow Medal Preview

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Midfielder Josh Kelly is expected to be the GIANTS leading vote getter at the 2017 Brownlow Medal count.

Josh Kelly is set to break the GIANTS’ record for most Brownlow Medal votes according to AFL.com.au’s Brownlow Medal Predictor. 

The midfielder, who recently signed a two-year contract extension, is predicted to poll 25 votes at tonight’s event, which would see him surpass Callan Ward’s record of 19 votes polled in the 2015 count.

Kelly’s outstanding 2017 season - that saw him named on the wing in the 2017 Virgin Australia All Australian team and finish third in the 2017 AFL Players’ Association MVP - is likely to catch the eye of the umpires, but he faces an uphill battle to surpass runaway favourite Dustin Martin.

The 22-year-old is predicted to poll top votes in seven games and finish 14 votes ahead of fellow All Australian Dylan Shiel.

The AFL’s Brownlow Predictor indicates...


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