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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

Buckley's Chance

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After finding out he was a GIANT at 5pm on Monday, Dylan Buckley was up in Sydney in his new colours by Tuesday morning.

Dylan Buckley hopes he can be the small forward the GIANTS have been searching for after landing at the club in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

The 24-year-old played just 39 games in five seasons at Carlton, but the son of Blues great Jimmy Buckley says he feels invigorated by opportunity to kick-start his career at the GIANTS.

Buckley has been told by his new coach Leon Cameron the club sees him as a forward who applies plenty of pressure.

"I feel like with my attributes (the small forward role) suits me perfectly," Buckley told SEN on Tuesday.

"I think for me it is really just honing down on my craft and trying to fit a certain role, not just trying to get into a team.

"I've come up here to play a role for the team, but I'll do whatever they what me to do and do my...


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Buckley's Chance

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After finding out he was a GIANT at 5pm on Monday, Dylan Buckley was up in Sydney in his new colours by Tuesday morning.

Dylan Buckley hopes he can be the small forward the GIANTS have been searching for after landing at the club in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

The 24-year-old played just 39 games in five seasons at Carlton, but the son of Blues great Jimmy Buckley says he feels invigorated by opportunity to kick-start his career at the GIANTS.

Buckley has been told by his new coach Leon Cameron the club sees him as a forward who applies plenty of pressure.

"I feel like with my attributes (the small forward role) suits me perfectly," Buckley told SEN on Tuesday.

"I think for me it is really just honing down on my craft and trying to fit a certain role, not just trying to get into a team.

"I've come up here to play a role for the team, but I'll do whatever they what me to do and do my...


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Numbers Up for Newest GIANTS

The GIANTS’ new AFLW players have been given their jumper numbers ahead of the 2018 season.

With 14 new players amongst the squad of 30, there were plenty of vacant lockers ready for new tenants when the players arrived back for pre-season training.

High-profile recruit Alicia Eva - former Collingwood vice-captain and runner up in their Best and Fairest - retains the same jumper she wore for the Magpies, number 2.

Jodie Hicks, the GIANTS’ first selection in this year’s draft, will slot into the number 5 jumper while Gaelic champion Cora Staunton has picked number 13.

See below for the full list of jumper numbers for 2018.

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THE GIANTS' 2018 AFLW LIST

1 - Renee Tomkins
2 - Alicia Eva
3 - Phoebe McWilliams
4 - Alex Saundry
5 - Jodie Hicks
6 - Rebecca Beeson
7 - Jess Dal Pos
8 - Nicola Barr
9...


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Another Buckley Lands at the GIANTS

Rookie Selection: Dylan Buckley Check out some of the best from new recruit and former Blue Dylan Buckley who joined the GIANTS with pick 15 in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

The GIANTS have picked up former Blue Dylan Buckley as well as re-listing journeyman Sam Reid at Monday’s NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

Earlier in the day the club also signed local forward Jack Buckley (no relation) as a Category B rookie.

At pick 15, the GIANTS selected Dylan Buckley who played 39 games for Carlton over six seasons before being delisted last month.

Originally drafted to the Victorian club under the father-son rule, 24-year-old Buckley is the son of triple-premiership star Jim.

Buckley is an exciting prospect with his speed and willingness to take the game on.

GIANTS National Recruiting Manager Adrian Caruso said: “We think he can add to our depth predominantly as a small pressure forward but he also has...


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Local Product Buckley Joins the GIANTS

Rookie Selection: Jack Buckley Meet one of the newest GIANTS, Jack Buckley. The local product was listed as a Category B rookie and joins the club after being part of the Reserves side for five games in 2017.

The GIANTS have listed local forward Jack Buckley as a Category B rookie ahead of the NAB AFL Rookie Draft on Monday afternoon.

Buckley is a key forward who played the maximum five NEAFL games for the GIANTS Reserves as a top-up player this season.

He represents the UNSW-ES Bulldogs in the AFL Sydney competition and is a strong contested mark and has good athleticism for his size.

The 19-year-old won AFL Sydney’s Under-19s League Best and Fairest in 2016 and was a member of the Swans Academy in his teens.

Competitive and with a good work-rate, Buckley is the son of North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley.

The senior Buckley played 74 games between 1986 and 1993 for the Kangaroos...


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Local Product Buckley Joins the GIANTS

Rookie Selection: Jack Buckley Meet one of the newest GIANTS, Jack Buckley. The local product was listed as a Category B rookie and joins the club after being part of the Reserves side for five games in 2017.

The GIANTS have listed local forward Jack Buckley as a Category B rookie ahead of the NAB AFL Rookie Draft on Monday afternoon.

Buckley is a key forward who played the maximum five NEAFL games for the GIANTS Reserves as a top-up player this season.

He represents the UNSW-ES Bulldogs in the AFL Sydney competition and is a strong contested mark and has good athleticism for his size.

The 19-year-old won AFL Sydney’s Under-19s League Best and Fairest in 2016 and was a member of the Swans Academy in his teens.

Competitive and with a good work-rate, Buckley is the son of North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley.

The senior Buckley played 74 games between 1986 and 1993 for the Kangaroos...


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Bonar's Whirlwind Draft Night

Draft Night: Aiden Bonar With the 2017 NAB AFL Draft being held in Sydney Olympic Park, it was perfect for the GIANTS to immediately show Aiden Bonar his new home and let him choose his first AFL number.

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The newest GIANT Aiden Bonar on draft night.

Coming into the NAB AFL Draft on Friday night, like most other draftees, Aiden Bonar was just eagerly waiting to see where he would be beginning his AFL career.

By the end of the night he’d shared a meal with his new coach, toured his new home at the GIANTS and even chosen the number that will don his back when he runs out in the orange and charcoal.

Arriving at the NAB AFL Draft in Sydney Olympic Park, Bonar had an inkling it may be the GIANTS calling his name and was relieved when that was the case come pick 11.

“I’m stoked to be here. I wasn’t too sure sure where I’d actually go … I was just waiting out for pick 11 to hopefully be...


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Pick 11: Aiden Bonar

Pick 11: Aiden Bonar Highlights Meet your newest GIANT, Aiden Bonar - a powerfully built, versatile midfielder/forward

The GIANTS have used their first pick at the 2017 NAB AFL Draft to select Aiden Bonar with pick 11.

Boner is a powerfully built, versatile tall who excels at stoppages and has a burst of speed away from congestion.

He is strong overhead and very competitive and after overcoming two ACL injuries, he returned to school and club football late in the year.

GIANTS National Recruiting Manager Adrian Caruso said: "Aiden is a powerful player who had a strong end to 2017 after returning from injury.

"He is explosive, skilled and has the appetite to tackle. He’s the reason we traded up to pick 11."

Boner was All Australian at Under-15s level in 2014 and has massive upside. He impressed in the All Star game at the MCG on Grand Final day to be among the best players.

At the...


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Toby’s Top Draft Tips

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With his usual cheekiness, Toby Greene has shared his tips for our next incoming draftee.

With the GIANTS’ first pick coming at number 11 in Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft, the only other GIANT selected with pick 11 - Toby Greene - has shared some words of wisdom that will help one of our newest GIANTS settle into life as an AFL footballer. 

1. Be ready for pre-season! It was definitely an eye opener for me in the early weeks. I barley had the energy to stay awake past dinner in my first few weeks at the GIANTS. Your first pre-season will be the toughest one.  

2. Take note of how Aidan “Apples” Corr and Josh “Chook” Kelly talk to Head Coach Leon Cameron. Pay close attention and learn from this as it will help you get a game next year. 

3. Learn how to put sheets on your bed before you leave home. This was one of my biggest challenges when I moved away from home. It was something I...


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Then and Now: Harry Himmelberg

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Himmelberg in action for NSW/ACT during the 2015 AFL Under 18's.

In the lead up to the 2017 NAB AFL Draft being held in Sydney, we’re taking a look back at some of the GIANTS Then and Now ahead of the next batch walking into the club.

Harry Himmelberg

Pick 16, 2015 NAB AFL Draft

Before the draft

"He's a lovely, rangy-sized kid, about 192 [centimetres tall], but that ability to get off his man with a burst of speed, presents really well, got lovely soft hands. He's one that is capable of following Jack Steele and being a draftee at the end of the year. He's your best prospect on what he's shown this year, he's a genuine prospect." - AFL National Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan.

“A key forward with plenty of X-factor, Himmelberg loves to lead up at the ball and has fantastic mobility. Himmelberg played at under-18 level for NSW/ACT and was best on ground for the Allies against the NAB...


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Harry Perryman: A Letter to the Draftees

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Harry Perryman waits for his name to be called at the 2016 NAB AFL Draft in Sydney.

Draft night is an interesting and exciting one for people all over the country but it’s one only a handful of wannabe AFL players get to experience.

My memories from this time last year centre around being on the farm in the week leading into the draft. The farm in Collinguille was a great way to escape the hype of the draft and I’d recommend to any of the aspiring youngsters to find a distraction of their own — perhaps not on a farm because that type of work isn’t for everyone.

Finding a distraction is a good way of staying off the internet to see what is or isn’t being written about you on news websites. The ultimate goal is to stop overthinking what may occur on the night.

Flying to the draft with my parents was a great experience. They didn’t say too much to begin with, they were probably more...


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The GIANTS' New, Old Recruit

May The Forth Be With You It has been a long time coming but Renee Forth has joined the main group of the GIANTS AFLW team for the first time... and she couldn't be happier.

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Renee Forth training on Wednesday night.

Her smile says it all.

483 days after being announced as one of the GIANTS’ marquee players for the inaugural AFL Women’s season, Renee Forth finally got to train with her teammates for the first time on Monday night.

Forth and fellow West Australian Emma Swanson were the club’s first two signings back in July 2016.

Just weeks later, Forth suffered a torn ACL, medial collateral ligament and lateral meniscus, landing her on the sidelines for the historic first AFLW season.

But over 16 months later Forth was out running around with her GIANTS teammates in the orange and charcoal on Tom Wills Oval for the first time.

“I was a little bit anxious leading into it,” she...


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Keeffe: 'I'm Here to Play'

Keeffe Sets His Sights New GIANT Lachie Keeffe is adamant that a return to league football is what he is aiming for in 2018.

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Lachie Keeffe in his new colours.

New GIANTS recruit Lachie Keeffe is three days into his new career in the orange and charcoal and ready to return to AFL level for the first time since 2014. 

The 27-year-old versatile tall has played 40 games over seven seasons in the competition and joined the GIANTS as a delisted free agent this off-season.

“It’s going to be a tough team to crack into but I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could play AFL still so hopefully play some good footy and get a run relatively early,” he said on Wednesday.

Keeffe arrived at the WestConnex Centre on Monday for day one of pre-season training with the club’s first to fourth year players.

“It’s been real good, the boys have been awesome and helped me settle in,” he said.

“It’s...


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Monahan Off to a Flyer as AFLW Pre-season Begins

GIANTS' Pre-Season: Day One Both the AFL and AFLW teams hit the track for the first time with a gruelling time trial to kick off the 2018 pre-season.

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Phoebe Monahan impressed in her first session as a GIANT, finishing first in the 2km time trial.

The GIANTS’ AFLW pre-season got underway on Monday afternoon with the playing squad taking part in a training session at the WestConnex Centre.

Under the watchful eye of new Head Coach Alan McConnell the GIANTS completed a 2km time trail, skills session and gym session as preparations for the 2018 NAB AFLW competition clicked into gear. 

Midfielder Phoebe Monahan, the GIANTS’ fourth pick in last month’s NAB AFLW Draft, made a solid first impression, finishing first in the 2km time trial pipping last year’s fastest finisher Nicola Barr. 

New recruits Melissa Freckleton and Maddie Boyd finished equal third while inaugural GIANT Rebecca...


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Then and Now: Heath Shaw

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Heath Shaw playing for the Northern Knights in the 2003 TAC Cup competition.

In the lead up to the 2017 NAB AFL Draft being held in Sydney, we’re taking a look back at some of the GIANTS Then and Now ahead of the next batch walking into the club.

Heath Shaw

Pick 48 (Father and Son) 2003 NAB AFL Draft (Collingwood)

Before the draft

“Having come through Diamond Creek and the Northern Under-18s, Shaw is set to train with the senior side during the 2003 finals series.” – Collingwood website.

“Heath Shaw, younger brother of Rhyce, is on the verge of state under-18 selection. He is a midfielder and at 181 centimeters is a fine mark for his size.” – The Age

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His first day at the club

“There was a bit of apprehension externally about him joining the GIANTS but right from the first day Heath came to me and said he wanted to be involved with the young boys.” 

“He got involved with our first...


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Shipley Set to Sail

Nerves and excitement for Shipley Ahead of the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, local Western Sydney prospect Nick Shipley says he is starting to feel the nerves and excitement of becoming an AFL Footballer.

GIANTS draft prospect Nick Shipley has dispelled his self-doubt and believes he's ready to be a permanent part of the club.

The GIANTS Academy midfielder will likely join the GIANTS in Friday's NAB AFL Draft, but while he won't carry the same amount of media attention into the night as players such as Jacob Hopper, Matt Kennedy or Will Setterfield before him, he's seen as an exciting prospect.

If Shipley's name is called out he will become the first born-and-bred western Sydney AFL player from the GIANTS academy, having grown up in Campbelltown, a suburb 50km south-west of Sydney's CBD.

He grew up in rugby league heartland but dreamt of an A-League career after playing soccer through most...


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Tomlinson’s Movember Motivation

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Adam Tomlinson is raising awareness for men's health issues by taking part in Movember.

Adam Tomlinson is taking part in Movember, not that you’d know it by looking at him.

“Everyone who knows me knows that I shave once every couple of months so my mo has been a bit of joke,” he said.

While Tomlinson can laugh off the jibes about the lack of noticeable growth on his upper lip, his motivation for taking part in Movember is no laughing matter.

The GIANTS defender wanted to raise funds and awareness for men’s mental health issues after the passing of a family member earlier this year.

“For me Movember was about showing my support for my family in what was a difficult year for everyone involved,” he said.

“This was the perfect way to support something very serious but to do it in a fashion that is enjoyable and humorous.

“We also saw Tom Downie go through tough times and have to walk...


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Then and Now: Nick Haynes

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Nick Haynes gets a handball while playing for the Dandenong Stingrays in the 2011 TAC Cup.

In the lead up to the 2017 NAB AFL Draft being held in Sydney, we’re taking a look back at some of the GIANTS Then and Now ahead of the next batch walking into the club.

Nick Haynes

Pick 7, 2011 NAB AFL Draft

Before the draft

“Forward who loves a contested mark. The GIANTS are big fans, and could do with getting one more tall in.” – Emma Quayle, The Age

“Flexible flanker with a wildcard factor. Strong overhead and has a turn of speed.” – Jay Clark and Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun 

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The Day he walked into the club

“He was drafted as a forward and we weren’t sure what he was going to do. “

“Kevin Sheedy and Leon Cameron saw him not fulfilling his potential as a forward and we needed some people in the backline that could float across the pack like he could and read the game like he can.”

“The...


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Then and Now: Nick Haynes

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Nick Haynes gets a handball while playing for the Dandenong Stingrays in the 2011 TAC Cup.

In the lead up to the 2017 NAB AFL Draft being held in Sydney, we’re taking a look back at some of the GIANTS Then and Now ahead of the next batch walking into the club.

Nick Haynes

Pick 7, 2011 NAB AFL Draft

Before the draft

“Forward who loves a contested mark. The GIANTS are big fans, and could do with getting one more tall in.” – Emma Quayle, The Age

“Flexible flanker with a wildcard factor. Strong overhead and has a turn of speed.” – Jay Clark and Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun 

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The Day he walked into the club

“He was drafted as a forward and we weren’t sure what he was going to do. “

“Kevin Sheedy and Leon Cameron saw him not fulfilling his potential as a forward and we needed some people in the backline that could float across the pack like he could and read the game like he can.”

“The...


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Then and Now: Nick Haynes

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Nick Haynes gets a handball while playing for the Dandenong Stingrays in the 2011 TAC Cup.

In the lead up to the 2017 NAB AFL Draft being held in Sydney, we’re taking a look back at some of the GIANTS Then and Now ahead of the next batch walking into the club.

Nick Haynes

Pick 7, 2011 NAB AFL Draft

Before the draft

“Forward who loves a contested mark. The GIANTS are big fans, and could do with getting one more tall in.” – Emma Quayle, The Age

“Flexible flanker with a wildcard factor. Strong overhead and has a turn of speed.” – Jay Clark and Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun 

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The Day he walked into the club

“He was drafted as a forward and we weren’t sure what he was going to do. “

“Kevin Sheedy and Leon Cameron saw him not fulfilling his potential as a forward and we needed some people in the backline that could float across the pack like he could and read the game like he can.”

“The...


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