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Beginnings: 2012 - AFL Debut Season
GWS Giants Inaugural Banner, March 24, 2012
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

Injury Update

All the latest injury news ahead of the GiANTS' clash with Fremantle on Saturday at Spotless Stadium.

All the latest injury news ahead of the GiANTS' clash with Fremantle on Saturday at Spotless Stadium.

GIANTS defender Adam Kennedy is a chance to line up against Fremantle this week after suffering a concussion against West Coast.

Kennedy completed the GIANTS’ light training session on Tuesday and is set to take part in Wednesday’s main training session.

Exciting forward Will Hoskin-Elliott missed the WSU GIANTS’ big NEAFL win over Redland due to a minor groin injury and could also return to the field this Saturday.

Young defender Harry Himmelberg was managed last round but is expected to be available for selection this week.

With Kennedy and Hoskin-Elliott a chance to prove their fitness this week, the long term injured trio of Caleb Marchbank (shoulder), Jarrod Pickett (foot) and Paul Ahern (knee) are the only players certain to be sidelined for the second last round of the...


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WSU GIANTS Dominate Redland

Nathan Wilson in action for the WSU GIANTS in their big win over Redland on Saturday at Spotless Stadium.

Nathan Wilson in action for the WSU GIANTS in their big win over Redland on Saturday at Spotless Stadium.

A number of players put their hand up for a recall to the senior side in the WSU GIANTS’ blowout win over Redland on Saturday at Spotless Stadium.

NEAFL coach Brad Miller found it hard to pick his best players from a GIANTS side that featured 16 AFL listed players, but he took plenty of positives from the 26.18 (174) to 3.6 (24) victory.

“The most pleasing aspect was their selfless attitude,” Miller said.

“When you’re beating a team by a lot it’s easy for guys to put themselves before the team but I don’t think they did that at any stage.

“We probably had 10 to 13 guys put their hand up to be considered for senior selection and that’s really positive.”

Jack Steele, Rhys Palmer and Jacob Hopper did their chances no harm with all three playing a key role throughout the match....


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Match Day Information: Round 22 v Fremantle

GWS GIANTS vs Fremantle
Saturday August 20, 4.35pm
Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

Gate Opening:

12.45pm - Gates Open
12.55pm - NEAFL round 21: WSU GIANTS v Brisbane Lions Reserves
4.35pm - GWS GIANTS v Fremantle 

Tickets:

Be there for a big Saturday afternoon clash as the GIANTS take on Fremantle in round 22 of the 2016 Toyota AFL Premiership season at Spotless Stadium.

Family tickets start from just $48 for two adults and two children with adult tickets from just $24, concessions $16 and juniors $5.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets for the game now.

You can also call 136 100 or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. The ticket office at Spotless Stadium will be open from 9.50am and is located next to Gate D.

200 Club:

Join the team behind the team as a member of the GIANTS 200 Club and be a part of the GIANTS' first-ever finals series.

As a GIANTS 200 Club member you will receive an...


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Athlete Search Uncovers NWL Talent

The NWL Search Begins The GIANTS held it's first ever Athlete Talent Search at Tom Wills Oval in the lead up to the inaugural National Women's League competition.

Jessica Bibby testing her skills out on Saturday.

Jessica Bibby testing her skills out on Saturday.

This article first appeared in the Canberra Times

Canberra Capitals club legend Jessica Bibby is throwing her hat in the ring to join the GWS GIANTS for the National Women's League foundation season.

Bibby had been one of the more prolific basketballers in WNBL history. The games record holder's career has included five league championships, national representation, and even a stint in the WNBA.

But the creation of the NWL has the now retired star basketballer aiming to play the sport she truly loves by taking part in one of a series of athlete search programs hosted by the GIANTS.

"I've grown up playing footy, it's probably been my first love my whole life having grown...


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Heartbreak at Spotless

Nic Naitanui has stunned Greater Western Sydney with a goal in the dying seconds to help West Coast pinch a heart-stopping one-point win at Spotless Stadium on Saturday evening.  

A goal to Rory Lobb with just over a minute to play put the GIANTS six points ahead and looked to have sealed the win, before a desperate kick from Josh Hill with 54 seconds left sailed wide to bring the Eagles within five points.

A desperate tussle ensued before the Eagles' ruckman snapped a sensational goal from a stoppage deep in the forward pocket that sailed through to put West Coast in front. The siren sounded just two seconds later.

GWS had led the game at every change but the narrow loss could prove extremely costly for its top-four chances, while for the Eagles, their hopes for a double chance remain well and truly alive after the 14.13 (97) to 14.12 (96) win.

Midfielder Luke Shuey was outstanding...


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Talking Points: Round 21 v Eagles

The GIANTS went down by a point in the dying stages of the clash at Spotless Stadium.

The GIANTS went down by a point in the dying stages of the clash at Spotless Stadium.

1. GIANTS’ top-four hopes take a hit

GWS looked set to move closer to securing a top-four berth and a double chance in the finals when it led by 17 points in time-on of the final term. However, Nic Naitanui's last quarter heroics have left the GIANTS at 14 wins and six losses with two rounds remaining. The league's newest club trails ladder-leaders Hawthorn by two games and could be as low as seventh when the weekend is over, should the Sydney Swans, Adelaide and Geelong all win.

2. Naitanui the match-winner as big man building back towards his best

Playing just his second game since missing two months due to a heel injury that required surgery, Nic Naitanui looked to be building towards his best form. Naitanui had an entertaining duel with veteran ruckman Shane Mumford at the stoppages and looked...


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Battle of the Big Men

Presser: Mumford's challenge against Eagles Shane Mumford speaks to the media ahead of the big challenge against the West Coast Eagles in round 21.

Shane Mumford and Nic Naitanui will go head to head at Spotless Stadium on Saturday.

Shane Mumford and Nic Naitanui will go head to head at Spotless Stadium on Saturday.

Greater Western Sydney star Shane Mumford has no fear taking on the freakish athletic talents of West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui. 

Mumford and Naitanui will meet when the GIANTS host the Eagles at Spotless Stadium on Saturday, and while the pair is equally as important to their respective sides, they're polar opposites when it comes to what makes them such outstanding ruckmen.

Naitanui uses his enormous leap to give his midfielders plenty of footy from centre bounces, and has the capacity to run opposition players off their feet in general play, while Mumford is the most physical big man in the competition and does is best work at stoppages. 

The 2014...


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Get Your Ward Bobble Head

Get yours at the game on Saturday!

Get yours at the game on Saturday!

Make sure you get your hands on an exclusive, limited edition Callan Ward bobble head at this week’s game thanks to Toyo Tires.

It's the first time the GIANTS have manufactured bobble heads with the very first one of big ruckman Shane Mumford released ahead of Sydney Derby X.

After joining the club as an un-contracted player from the Western Bulldogs, Callan Ward became one of the inaugural co-captains of the GIANTS in 2012.

A hard-running midfielder from Spotswood in the western suburbs of Melbourne, his grandfather, Bill Gunn, played for South Melbourne from 1952 to 1959 and captained the team in 1955.

Ward was drafted to the Bulldogs with pick 19 in the 2007 NAB AFL Draft. Ward won the inaugural Kevin Sheedy Medal for the GIANTS’ Best and Fairest in 2012.

Grab your very own Ward bobble head for $19.99 RRP, available at all merchandise outlets at...


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GIANTS Celebrate the NWL

GIANTS Celebrate Successful NWL Bid The GWS GIANTS will celebrate the successful bid to field a team in the inaugural National Women's League at the round 21 match against West Coast.

During this week’s round the GIANTS are proud to celebrate the club’s successful bid to field a team in the new National Women’s League, to begin in 2017. 

Saturday’s match will feature a host of celebrations after the GIANTS were one of eight clubs awarded a licence in the new League.

In July the GIANTS announced former Swans player Tim Schmidt as head coach and West Australian pair Renee Forth and Emma Swanson as the club’s marquee signings.

On Saturday the GIANTS will take on the West Coast Eagles in the club’s second-last home game of the season at Spotless Stadium at 4.35pm.

Prior to the game there will be a lap of honour with more than 400 local female juniors from clubs across Western...


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Opposition Watch: Round 21

The GIANTS will be looking to stop Coleman Medal front runner Josh Kennedy when they meet on Saturday afternoon.

The GIANTS will be looking to stop Coleman Medal front runner Josh Kennedy when they meet on Saturday afternoon.

As the GIANTS get set to host the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium on Saturday afternoon, we’ve been keeping a close eye on all the news coming from the west this week.  

The return of star ruckman Nic Naitanui has sparked hope West Coast can push for a spot in the top four.

The Eagles face a tough challenge though, taking on Hawthorn and Adelaide after their clash with the GIANTS.

Naitanui was solid against Fremantle last weekend, but he’ll come up against in-form GIANTS ruckman Shane Mumford.

West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson said on Thursday the outcome of the game will be heavily influenced by the ruck duel.

“It’s becoming a really fierce battle every week in the ruck,” Simpson said.

“Anyone who suggests that ruckmen aren’t important these days, just look at...


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Be Part of History

This is your only chance to be a Foundation Members of the GIANTS' new women's team.

This is your only chance to be a Foundation Members of the GIANTS' new women's team.

Get in quick, this is your opportunity to be part of history and become a Foundation Member of the GIANTS’ National Women’s League team. 

If you’re already a foundation member of the GIANTS men’s team from 2011, this is a unique opportunity to be part of the formation of both the men’s and women’s teams from the very beginning. 

Even if you’re not a previous foundation member, this is your one shot to be part of this exciting new step for the AFL.

The GIANTS are one of eight clubs to field a side in the inaugural National Women’s League, to begin in 2017. 

In July the GIANTS announced former Swans player Tim Schmidt as head coach and West Australian pair Renee Forth and Emma Swanson as the club’s marquee signings.

As a Foundation Member you’ll receive:

- Status as a Foundation Member of the GIANTS...


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A Double Dose of Kennedys

Team: Round 21 v Eagles All the team news ahead of the important clash between the GIANTS and the Eagles at Spotless Stadium.

Defender Adam Kennedy and midfielder Matt Kennedy return to the line up along with young leader Dylan Shiel as the GIANTS get set to take on the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

The trio are three big inclusions for the clash, which could have a huge say in the make up of the 2016 finals series with the GIANTS currently sitting in fourth position on the AFL ladder and the Eagles in sixth. 

Shiel returns to the side after missing last week’s hard-fought win over the Suns with a groin complaint. Coach Leon Cameron said Shiel trained strongly all week and is looking forward to running out at Spotless Stadium on Saturday.

“The main day was Wednesday, he trained really well and now today he’s pulled up from that training,” Cameron...


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GIANTS 200 Club

Be part of the GIANTS journey in 2016 as we head towards our maiden finals series.

Be part of the GIANTS journey in 2016 as we head towards our maiden finals series.

Join the team behind the team as a member of the GIANTS 200 Club and be a part of the GIANTS' first-ever finals series.

This is your exclusive opportunity to be a part of GIANTS history with only 200 membership upgrades available.

As a GIANTS 200 Club member you will receive an exclusive invitation to connect with the GIANTS coaches and guarantee final and Grand Final tickets via the clubs internal allocation

You will also be invited to attend a function at GIANTS HQ to spend an evening with some of the GIANTS coaching staff in the lead up to our inaugural finals series and exclusive insights into each week of our finals campaign.

The private function is your chance to hear what it takes to prepare a team for the AFL Finals, ask the coaches questions and be a part of the GIANTS inner sanctum as we...


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A GIANT Boost?

Presser: Leon Cameron on West Coast All the latest as the coach fronts the media from training at Spotless Stadium ahead of the GIANTS' clash with the Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Dylan Shiel could return for the GIANTS on Saturday.

Dylan Shiel could return for the GIANTS on Saturday.

GIANTS star Dylan Shiel could be a massive inclusion for this week's vital top-eight clash with West Coast after moving well at training on Wednesday.

Shiel missed last week's win over Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium with a groin injury, one that coach Leon Cameron said the midfielder had been struggling with for the past two to three weeks.

The 23-year-old is ranked second at the GIANTS for disposals and metres gained and third for clearances this season, but was hindered in his side's round 19 win over Richmond in Canberra.

Cameron said Shiel trained on Monday without issue, and provided he pulls up well from the team's main mid-week session at...


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Match Preview: GIANTS v Eagles

The GIANTS host the Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Spotless Stadium.

The GIANTS host the Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Spotless Stadium.

SUMMARY

If ever West Coast needs to step up and shake the tag of 'flat-track bullies', it's this week against the GIANTS in Sydney, a match that could have a massive bearing on the rest of their season.

The GIANTS scraped over the line with an ugly, yet extremely important win over Gold Coast last week, but are a very different side at Spotless Stadium, and have been in outstanding form at home this season apart from their round 16 shocker against Collingwood.

The Eagles will struggle to match GWS for midfield depth but star ruckman Nic Naitanui will give them the edge over Shane Mumford in the air, so he should provide plenty of opportunities for Matt Priddis, who looks set for a battle with fellow West Aussie and hard nut Stephen Coniglio in the middle of the ground.

Phil Davis will have his hands full against Josh...


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GIANTS Partner With Groupon

Groupon gets to know Heath Shaw Groupon gets to know Heath Shaw and is giving you a chance to win the ultimate GIANTS fan experience.

The Greater Western Sydney GIANTS have partnered with Australia’s leading online marketplace, Groupon Australia, for an exciting new campaign that will give fans the chance to win the ultimate GIANTS experience and live the life of their favourite AFL player for a day.

The campaign highlights the GWS GIANTS’ connection with their local community by promoting a range of places to eat, drink and have fun in Western Sydney, all hand-picked by members of the GIANTS team.

The once-in-a-lifetime prize, which is open to all customers who purchase a Groupon deal endorsed by the GIANTS players in the GWS GIANTS shop, includes the chance to attend a training session on 19th August with the GIANTS where the winner and a friend will meet the players, watch them...


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Waiting on Shiel

The GIANTS will give midfielder Dylan Shiel until Wednesday to prove his fitness ahead of their clash with West Coast.

The GIANTS will give midfielder Dylan Shiel until Wednesday to prove his fitness ahead of their clash with West Coast.

Midfielder Dylan Shiel will have to prove his fitness ahead of the GIANTS clash with the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium on Saturday.

The midfielder missed the GIANTS’ eight point win over the Suns due to groin soreness and will be looking to prove he’s fit and firing at training on Wednesday.

Speaking to Fox Sports News on Tuesday morning, GIANTS Coach Leon Cameron said Shiel will be given until the main training session to prove his fitness.

“He’s had a really good start to the week, but he has to get through training on Wednesday,” Cameron said.

“It’s one of those things that you don’t want hanging around at the back end of the year.

“We’re hoping that he will train on Wednesday and put his hand up to play on Saturday.”

Defender Tim Mohr picked up a corked...


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Match Day Information: Round 21 v West Coast Eagles

All the information you need for the big round 21 clash against the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium

All the information you need for the big round 21 clash against the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium

GWS GIANTS vs West Coast Eagles
Saturday August 13, 4.35pm
Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
 

Gate Opening: 

12.45pm - Gates Open
12.55pm - NEAFL: WSU GIANTS v Redland
4.15pm - Lap of honour by AFL Women Youth Clubs
4.35pm - GWS GIANTS v West Coast Eagles 

Tickets:

Be there for a big Saturday afternoon clash as the GIANTS take on the Eagles in round 21 of the 2016 Toyota AFL Premiership season at Spotless Stadium. 

Family tickets start from just $48 for two adults and two children with adult tickets from just $24, concessions $16 and juniors $5.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets for the game now.

You can also call 136 100 or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. The ticket office at Spotless Stadium will be open from 9.50am and is located next to Gate D.

GIANTS 200 Club: 

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Are You Faster Than an AFL Player?

You could be running alongside the AFL's fastest on Grand Final day thanks to 13CABS.

You could be running alongside the AFL's fastest on Grand Final day thanks to 13CABS.

Running onto the MCG on Grand Final day with 100 thousand screaming fans in the stands is every footballer’s dream.

But thanks to 13CABS it’s no longer just a dream.                              

For the first time ever, state league and community footballers will be able to race in the 13CABS AFL Grand Final Sprint.

The sprint event is raced over 100 metres, with each AFL club nominating one representative from their playing list to compete.

In addition to the fastest state league and community footballer joining the field, the event will again see 13CABS’ #FastestCabbie race against AFL players.

The fastest footballer and 13CABS’ #FastestCabbie will be determined through a series of heats and a semi-final in the lead up to the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final Day.

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NEAFL: A GIANT Goal Frenzy

Matt Kennedy was one of the many standouts for the WSU GIANTS in their 111-point win over the Gold Coast Suns.

Matt Kennedy was one of the many standouts for the WSU GIANTS in their 111-point win over the Gold Coast Suns.

The WSU GIANTS have continued their fine form with a resounding 111-point win over Gold Coast’s reserves at Metricon Stadium.

13 GIANTS made it onto the goal scorers list as they defeated the Suns 27.8(170) to 8.11(59).

Will Hoskin-Elliott, Jacob Hopper, Jack Steele and Matt Kennedy all stood out in the win, putting pressure on the AFL selection panel ahead of round 21.

“Jacob was on limited game time… but he was really, really good,” WSU GIANTS NEAFL coach Brad Miller said.

“Jack’s coming back from a hand injury so it was really great for him to be able to play unrestricted.

“Matt Kennedy was really good around the ball, he collected a lot of the footy and was really hard and tough at the contest as well.”

Midfielder Jake Barrett continues to impress in the NEAFL,...


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