The new babies of the AFL certainly showed they weren’t complete slouches. The Gold Coast Suns lost their first match in 2011 to Carlton by 119 points: GWS lost by just 63. And while their first season has netted just two wins, we have seen talent aplenty run onto the field.
Under the hugely experienced eye of former Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy, the Giants have shown that they can match it with the best of teams, only young legs and inexperience stopping the Giants from keeping up in all four quarters of games.
Although the club’s first ever win was against the Suns, it still blatantly stated that the Giants were here to play. The youth brigade of Toby Greene, Adam Treloar, Dom Tyson and Jeremy Cameron just a small part of that group. The determination of the young blokes, ably supported and mentored by veterans like James McDonald and Luke Power, GWS showed that they weren’t about to become the the team which was easy prey. Having watched them play Carlton back in May, I was extremely impressed with how they kept the margin within grasp to half time.
Looking at the players, one of the biggest standouts is mature-age pickup Jonathan Giles. Previously listed at Port Adelaide, GWS have found their number one ruckman. Toby Greene has probably been the most “all-round” player. Jeremy Cameron is a gun. Oakleigh Chargers pair Dom Tyson and Adam Tomlinson have shown their stuff, though Tyson has had a bigger crack.
Luke Power, a former Brisbane Lion, has been essential in providing leadership and support for the young group. My biggest annoyance is Israel Folau. Paid squillions, and while we saw some great moments, he didn’t deliver consistent big performances.
In 2013, I’m wanting to see GWS really try and attack some top eight teams from 2012, like Collingwood and Hawthorn. A premiership is probably a few years off, but is quite doable. Port Adelaide won their first in their 8th season, I believe the Giants can possibly do the same, if not quicker. By that time, the majority of the group would have 100+ games under their belt.