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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

Taranto's Terrific Time Trial

Taranto hits the track The GIANTS' 2018 pre-season has begun and Tim Taranto was part of the first to four year players that hit the track for the first time.

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Taranto finished fastest in the first 3km time trial of the 2018 preseason.

A dozen GIANTS youngsters were welcomed back to preseason training at the WestConnex Centre on Monday as the preparations for the 2018 season begun. 

After eight weeks away from the club, the players got straight to work with a three kilometre time trial and skills session. 

Second year midfielder Tim Taranto was a standout in the time trial, crossing the finish line first.

“I was pretty pumped to get started and get back into it,” said Taranto. 

“It’s a pretty dreadful day but once you get over the 3Ks, it’s just good to be around the boys again and I’m glad it’s over.

“A fair few boys looked in really good shape.

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Taranto's Terrific Time Trial

Taranto hits the track The GIANTS' 2018 pre-season has begun and Tim Taranto was part of the first to four year players that hit the track for the first time.

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Taranto finished fastest in the first 3km time trial of the 2018 preseason.

A dozen GIANTS youngsters were welcomed back to preseason training at the WestConnex Centre on Monday as the preparations for the 2018 season begun. 

After eight weeks away from the club, the players got straight to work with a three kilometre time trial and skills session. 

Second year midfielder Tim Taranto was a standout in the time trial, crossing the finish line first.

“I was pretty pumped to get started and get back into it,” said Taranto. 

“It’s a pretty dreadful day but once you get over the 3Ks, it’s just good to be around the boys again and I’m glad it’s over.

“A fair few boys looked in really good shape.

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Then and Now: Toby Greene

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Toby Greene celebrates a goal for Wesley College in 2011; months later he would be drafted by the GIANTS with pick 11.

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.

Toby Greene

Pick 11, 2011 NAB AFL Draft

Then: “The Lions need new blood for most parts of the ground. At pick eight, they need to pick the best player on offer.” – Emma Quayle, The Age (Predicting Greene to be selected with pick 8).

“Blue-collar onballer is a clearance master. Builds GIANTS' midfield pack.” - Jay Clark and Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun (Predicted Greene to be selected with pick 11).

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The day he walked into the club

"He walked into the club in that big group that we drafted that year and you could see straight away that he was going to enjoy life, and right from day one he has embraced...


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Then and Now: Stephen Coniglio

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Stephen Coniglio with Swan Districts coach Brian Dawson after kicking four goals in the 2010 WAFL Grand Final as a 16-year-old.

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.

Stephen Coniglio

Pick 2, 2011 NAB AFL Draft

Before the draft

“Bouncy, spirited onballer with great pace and goal sense. One of the best two players on offer. Can create play like few others.” – Emma Quayle, The Age

“Versatile midfielder has been likened to Gold Coast's David Swallow. Hard at it and runs.” – Jay Clark and Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun

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The day he walked into the club 

"From the first time he walked into the footy club, Cogs would always come up and shake your hand and introduce himself." 

"He still does it to all new coaches, staff and players. He’s a thorough gentleman and is...


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AFLX to Debut in February

The GIANTS will play the League's high-octane version of the sport at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on February 17.

The modified game will be played in three cities across three nights, with six AFL clubs represented in each competition. 

Adelaide will host the first round-robin at Hindmarsh Stadium on a Thursday night, the week before the JLT Community Series begins. 

The Crows and Port Adelaide will be joined by Collingwood, West Coast, Fremantle and Geelong in the first ever AFLX tournament.

The fast-paced game will then head to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on February 16, where the Demons, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton, Hawthorn and Essendon will compete under Friday night lights.

The action then heads north to Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, February 17 when the Swans, GIANTS, Brisbane Lions, Western Bulldogs, Richmond and Gold Coast will face off.

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AFLX to Debut in February

The GIANTS will play the League's high-octane version of the sport at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on February 17.

The modified game will be played in three cities across three nights, with six AFL clubs represented in each competition. 

Adelaide will host the first round-robin at Hindmarsh Stadium on a Thursday night, the week before the JLT Community Series begins. 

The Crows and Port Adelaide will be joined by Collingwood, West Coast, Fremantle and Geelong in the first ever AFLX tournament.

The fast-paced game will then head to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on February 16, where the Demons, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton, Hawthorn and Essendon will compete under Friday night lights.

The action then heads north to Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, February 17 when the Swans, GIANTS, Brisbane Lions, Western Bulldogs, Richmond and Gold Coast will face off.

AFLX pre-season...


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AFLX to Debut in February

The GIANTS will play the League's high-octane version of the sport at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on February 17.

The modified game will be played in three cities across three nights, with six AFL clubs represented in each competition. 

Adelaide will host the first round-robin at Hindmarsh Stadium on a Thursday night, the week before the JLT Community Series begins. 

The Crows and Port Adelaide will be joined by Collingwood, West Coast, Fremantle and Geelong in the first ever AFLX tournament.

The fast-paced game will then head to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on February 16, where the Demons, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton, Hawthorn and Essendon will compete under Friday night lights.

The action then heads north to Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, February 17 when the Swans, GIANTS, Brisbane Lions, Western Bulldogs, Richmond and Gold Coast will face off.

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Then and Now: Zac Williams

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A skinny Zac Williams ahead of the 2012 NAB AFL U18 Championships.

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.

Zac Williams, Pick 55, 2013 Rookie Draft 

Before the draft

“Williams can go forward or back. Very good at winning contested ball with his clean hands and strong clearances. He uses the ball extremely well by both hand and foot and can be even more dangerous through his ability to kick goals.” - AFL National Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan.

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The day he walked into the club

"He had played some NEAFL footy for us as an Academy boy before he was drafted and he wasn’t in the best condition when he turned up."

"He didn’t know what AFL football was about but he had elite talent and his decision making skills and ability to get through traffic were something...


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Then and Now: Zac Williams

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A skinny Zac Williams ahead of the 2012 NAB AFL U18 Championships.

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.

Zac Williams, Pick 55, 2013 Rookie Draft 

Before the draft

“Williams can go forward or back. Very good at winning contested ball with his clean hands and strong clearances. He uses the ball extremely well by both hand and foot and can be even more dangerous through his ability to kick goals.” - AFL National Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan.

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The day he walked into the club

"He had played some NEAFL footy for us as an Academy boy before he was drafted and he wasn’t in the best condition when he turned up."

"He didn’t know what AFL football was about but he had elite talent and his decision making skills and ability to get through traffic were something...


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Then and Now: Rory Lobb

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Rory Lobb in the black and white of Swan Districts battles Peel Thunder's Craig Moller in the ruck during a WAFL league game in 2013.

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.

Rory Lobb

Pick 29, 2013 NAB AFL Draft

Before the Draft: “With a basketball background, Lobb is a late addition to the footy ranks but has some talent. He's raw, but a huge guy and can be an imposing target in attack when he moves down there.” - Callum Twomey, AFL.com.au

“Developing ruckman has been a late-season sensation in the WAFL. Bombers need a third big man. Comes from basketball background and can take a grab up forward.” - Jay Clark and Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun (Predicted Lobb to be selected by Essendon with pick 26).

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The day he walked into the club

"He was a big man, with...


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Schneider Right at Home

Adam Schneider Joins the GIANTS Hear from the GIANTS' new NEAFL coach and former Saint and Swan Adam Schneider.

Adam Schneider has gone full circle by joining the GIANTS coaching staff as NEAFL coach.

Not only has he returned to the city where he won a premiership in 2005 with the Swans, but he’s revealed to GIANTS TV a special link he has to one of the club’s brightest young stars.

“I’ve got a bit of a connection having come from the Riverina and understanding what it’s like for a country boy like Harry Perryman - I played footy with his old man growing up so that shows my age for one,” said Schneider during his first week at the club.  

“I was the same as guys like Harry. I came from a population of 10 people to move to Sydney so it’s  a big jump. I’m looking forward to helping out the young guys and passing on what I’ve learnt in my time.”

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GIANTS Hit 10k Members in Record Time

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The GIANTS have already smashed a membership record ahead of the 2018 season.

The GIANTS have smashed yet another membership record with the club quickly reaching 10,000 members for the 2018 season already; a 30% increase on the same time last year.

The club officially reached the milestone on Friday morning with 10,066 members signed up, five weeks faster than last year and 129 days before the GIANTS play the Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval in round one.

The GIANTS have recorded year-on-year membership growth with a record 20,944 members signing up in 2017. 

1223 people have already signed up as GIANTS AFLW Supporter members in 2018, with the 2017 league record of 1881 within sight.

GIANTS Chief Executive David Matthews said the club is excited by the growth already recorded ahead of the 2018 season.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people re-signing and joining for the first...


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Win the Ultimate Member Experience

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Now's the time to renew or join up for the 2018 season.

Renew or join as a 2018 GIANTS member today on GIANTS Easy Pay and you will go into the draw to win the Ultimate Member Experience!

For one lucky AFL member and their guest, you will receive a once in a lifetime experience. Watch the players warm up pre-match in the change room, spend a nail-biting quarter in the coaches box, enjoy the rest of the game in the Sky Deck and celebrate with the team in the change rooms post-match! You will also walk away with a piece of merchandise signed by your favourite player. 

AFLW Members will also get the chance to win the ultimate prize. Watch the players warm up pre-match, celebrate with the team in the change rooms post-match, receive your very own signed piece of AFLW history and tour the GIANTS AFLW facilities with an AFLW player! 

To go into the draw to win of the amazing prizes,...


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Then And Now: Josh Kelly

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Kelly starred for Vic Metro at the 2013 NAB AFL U18 Championships.

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.

Josh Kelly

Pick 2, 2013 NAB AFL Draft 

Pre-Draft: “Over the past two seasons Kelly has proved himself to be a professional, damaging, classy midfielder right at the top end of this draft. A brilliant left-foot kick and an extraordinary runner” – Callum Twomey, AFL.com.au

“Is it too big a call to say he's a future Brownlow medallist? Some recruiters think not. Elite kick on both sides who runs all day.” – Jay Clark and Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun

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The day he walked into the club

“He knew what he wanted, he was very driven and he was a smart young fella. He was quiet to start with. His first week, you wouldn’t have known he was here.

"He probably took...


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From the Sidelines to Centre Stage

This article first appeared on aflplayers.com.au

“I’m going to get you up for the Grand Final this weekend.”

Those were the words uttered to Tanya Hetherington as she prepared to take her Diamond Creek side to the 2015 VWFL premiership.

The only problem was that minutes later the news came through that her ACL was gone.

At the time, the Vermont South native was 30 years old and a potential draftee in the national competition the AFL weren’t far from announcing.

In that sense, Hetherington couldn’t have timed her injury any worse — the week before a Grand Final and on the precipice of the AFLW. Given her age, Hetherington knew it was going to be an arduous task to play in the inaugural season.

“I felt like I belonged there with them,” Hetherington told AFLPlayers.com.au.

“Watching the AFLW came with a lot of envy. I always had belief in my ability and as long as I had that belief, the...


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De Boer Re-Signs

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Matt de Boer has re-signed with the club for a further two years.

Forward Matt de Boer has signed a new two-year contract extension with the GIANTS on the eve of his 10th season in the competition.

Originally drafted to Fremantle in the 2009 Rookie Draft, the 27-year-old joined the GIANTS ahead of the 2017 season and played 15 games this year, including the club’s three finals.

GIANTS General Manager of Football Wayne Campbell said he was pleased to secure the signature of De Boer ahead of the 2018 pre-season. 

“Matt has been an outstanding contributor to our football club since his arrival 12 months ago,” Campbell said.

“He was a valuable player both on and off field in 2017 and he sets an incredibly high standard around the club. 

“A consummate professional, the way he prepares and trains leaves us with no doubt he can continue to play a high standard of football for at least...


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Coniglio's Season of Learning

Season Review: Stephen Coniglio Stephen Coniglio sits down to reflect on a season full of learning for the GIANTS' vice captain.

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GIANTS vice captain Stephen Coniglio in action during the 2017 preliminary final.

2017 was a season of learning for the GIANTS and Stephen Coniglio. 

The 23-year-old was named vice-captain at the start of the season but had to show his leadership from the sidelines for most of the year as ankle injuries saw him miss 15 games.

After an impressive pre-season, Coniglio suffered his first ankle injury in the final JLT Community Series game in Canberra. He returned in round seven but reinjured the same ankle and would not play again until round 19. 

“It was frustrating to do the same injury and knowing the second time the process you had to go through to get back the first time,” he said.

“With a thing like that another opportunity comes and for me it was...


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One Year On

GIANTS draftees reflect on the year Emma Quayle sits down the the GIANTS most recent draftees to talk about adjusting to life in professional AFL.

It has been almost 12 months since nine new GIANTS joined the club during the 2016 NAB AFL National and Rookie drafts.

We reflected on the progress made by those players in their first year in orange and charcoal.

Pick 2: Tim Taranto 

Lived up to the hype after an outstanding pre-season saw him debut in round one. Taranto played 12 of the first 13 games before suffering a serious ankle injury, but is held in such high regard by the GIANTS, he was recalled for two finals. Played mainly as a forward this year but should see more midfield time next year. Taranto sat down with GIANTS TV to discuss his first year at the club and what it was like to play a final at the MCG.

Pick 5 (Academy selection): Will Setterfield 

The midfielder went down...


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One Year On

GIANTS draftees reflect on the year Emma Quayle sits down the the GIANTS most recent draftees to talk about adjusting to life in professional AFL.

It has been almost 12 months since nine new GIANTS joined the club during the 2016 NAB AFL National and Rookie drafts.

We reflected on the progress made by those players in their first year in orange and charcoal.

Pick 2: Tim Taranto 

Lived up to the hype after an outstanding pre-season saw him debut in round one. Taranto played 12 of the first 13 games before suffering a serious ankle injury, but is held in such high regard by the GIANTS, he was recalled for two finals. Played mainly as a forward this year but should see more midfield time next year. Taranto sat down with GIANTS TV to discuss his first year at the club and what it was like to play a final at the MCG.

Pick 5 (Academy selection): Will Setterfield 

The midfielder went down...


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Home Blockbusters Headline 2018 Fixture

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The fixture for the upcoming 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership season has been released.

Home blockbusters – in Western Sydney and Canberra - against Grand Finalists Richmond and Adelaide as well as big Victorian clubs Essendon and Hawthorn headline the GIANTS’ 2018 Toyota AFL Fixture.

GIANTS supporters in NSW and the ACT will enjoy games against some of the biggest clubs in the AFL across a range of time slots next year, while the GIANTS will also play games in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane and Perth. 

The GIANTS will open the 2018 AFL Premiership Season at UNSW Canberra Oval for the first time, taking on 2016 Premiers and fierce rivals the Western Bulldogs on Sunday March 25, with Brisbane opening the GIANTS’ season at Spotless Stadium in round six on Saturday, April 28.

VIEW THE FULL 2018 FIXTURE

Highlights of the 2018 fixture for the GIANTS include:

- Saturday night...


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