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2019 AFL Draft club review: GWS GIANTS

GIVEN the draft circumstances, Greater Western Sydney (GWS) GIANTS were able to make the most out of a hand they knew would be compromised with an elite talent coming into the club. Able to trade up to Pick 4 in order to avoid using their first pick on Northern Academy member Tom Green, the GIANTS instead nabbed the talented inside midfielder at Pick 10, and while they head into 2020 with a deficit, traded back into the 2019 National AFL Draft to snaffle up a couple of late selections. Like most sides that make a Grand Final, the GIANTS did not need to add too much, instead able to go best available, whilst adding some mature-age needs.


National Draft:
4. Lachlan Ash (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country) | 187cm | 83kg | Medium Defender
10. Tom Green (GWS GIANTS Academy/Allies) | 190cm | 89kg | Inside Midfielder
51. Jake Riccardi (Werribee) | 194cm | 96kg | Key Forward
65. Thomas Hutchesson (Adelaide SANFL) | 177cm | 75kg | Outside Midfielder

Rookie Draft:
15. Jake Stein (GWS Giants)
28. Tom Sheridan (GWS Giants)
36. Zachary Sproule (GWS Giants)

The GIANTS had already committed to redrafting their three players in Jake Stein, Tom Sheridan and Zach Sproule in the Rookie Draft, so the third day of action was nothing too exciting. Most of the GIANTS’ work was done on night one, with night two also featuring a couple of surprises. Knowing Green was all but safe from their first selection, the GIANTS would have been that bit more relieved when the Demons opted for Luke Jackson and not place a bid on the inside midfielder. It allowed the GIANTS to instead select Murray Bushrangers and Vic Country co-captain Lachlan Ash. He is a readymade talent with an elite right boot and great vision that can set up the play from half-back. By selecting Ash, GWS is able to hand Zac Williams more midfield minutes and continue the form he showed during the 2019 AFL Finals Series. Ash will rarely make too many mistakes by foot and takes the game on from half-back, able to slot straight into the GIANTS line-up.

When the bid for Green came in at Pick 10, the GIANTS did not need much time to think about it. In what could be akin to daylight robbery, the GIANTS picked up a genuine top five talent with a mid-first round selection. Like Ash, Green could slot in straight away if required, and even more so given he stands at 190cm and 89kg with deceptive athleticism. He is a hard man to bring down and bullocks his way around stoppages, allowing other midfielders to use their outside strengths. He has shown some signs he could also play as a leading forward if he was to rest there, and that would be another string to his bow and the team’s versatility.

With the final two picks in the AFL National Draft, the GIANTS scooped up a couple of mature agers, including Werribee’s key position forward Jake Riccardi after trading up to take him off Collingwood’s hands. While the Magpies were rumoured to be interested heading into the draft, the GIANTS were willing to pay up and took a punt on the forward to find a role in a strong front six that saw Jon Patton leave over the off-season. Along with Riccardi, the GIANTS liked what they saw with small but tough Adelaide midfielder, Thomas Hutchesson. The 177cm prospect is an outside player with neat skills, good decision making and most impressively, an eye for defensive pressure.

What the GIANTS achieved over the draft period was bringing in four talents of whom could all play in Round 1 if given the opportunity. Whilst there is no doubt that would be a tough feat given the strength of the side, it allows GWS to have extra depth at its disposal heading into a season where it has to be considered one of the premiership contenders.

Queensland weekly wrap: Suns, Lions go down; spirited Inclusion Carnival finish

THIS week in Queensland football was highlighted by the efforts of Queensland’s squad in the National Inclusion Carnival. Despite not registering a win in the second division, the team fought hard to represent their state with pride against the best in the country. Elsewhere, both AFL teams suffered losses while the Brisbane’s AFLW side notched their second win in the Winter Series.

Queensland successful at National Inclusion Carnival

Queensland produced a successful campaign at the 2018 AFL National Inclusion Carnival, finishing the week-long event with a fourth-place finish overall. The AFL National Inclusion Carnival aimed at bringing together footballers with intellectual disabilities from across Australia in a round-robin style carnival to provide them with the chance to represent their state or territory.

Queensland played very well on Tuesday June 19 in the Lighting Rounds where all teams played off to determine division allocation. Queensland won enough games to qualify in Division 1 alongside Vic Metro, Vic Country and South Australia. Queensland showed off their Queenslander spirit despite not winning a game in Division 1, playing with pride having already achieved a great feat to just be in Division 1. A further achievement for the state was the naming of captain Josh Correa and vice-captain Brad Lawrence in the 2018 AFL All-Australian Inclusion Team.

To cap off the carnival, all teams watched the Hawthorn vs. Gold Coast match at UTAS Stadium and did a lap of honour on the field at half-time.

Lions and Suns go down

The Lions and Suns both suffered losses in the AFL this past round. First up on Saturday was the Suns and Hawks from Tasmania where Gold Coast got off to a good start to lead 22-13 at quarter time thanks to two goals from Tom Lynch. The Hawks kicked into gear though after quarter time though, seizing control by kicking 11 goals to two over the final three terms including a hat-trick to Jack Gunston to run out 96-43 winners.

Jarryd Lyons was impressive for the Suns with 29 disposals bettering his season average of 24. Peter Wright and Tom Lynch were the Suns’ multiple goal kickers with Lynch taking his goal kicking tally to 20 for the season thus far.

The Suns next face Collingwood on Saturday night at Metricon from 7:25pm.

The Lions went down 109-82 to the GWS Giants at the Gabba in game highlighted by a massive hit from Jeremy Cameron on Lions star Harris Andrews. Eleven minutes into the contest Andrews copped an intentional flying elbow from Cameron in a marking contest that would halt the game for a few minutes. Andrews was taken off the field and would play no further part in the match, a big blow for the Lions. Incidentally, Cameron would later cop a five-match ban from the AFL Tribunal.

The loss of Andrews would prove costly as the Giants big forwards Cameron and Jon Patton kicked three goals apiece to lead their side home.

Eric Hipwood brought his kicking boots drilling three straight goals whilst Allen Christensen kicked two along with 17 touches. Luke Hodge and Daniel Rich were brilliant of half back despite the losing effort collecting 30 disposals each. Josh Kelly also had 30 to lead the way for GWS.

The Lions the Dockers on Sunday afternoon from Optus Stadium Perth at 4:40pm.

Lions win second AFLW Winter Series game

The Brisbane Lions’ AFLW side made it two from two in the Winter Series with a strong victory over GWS North on Saturday at Graham Road.

It was the Lions’ fast start that set up their victory. A three goals to zero opening quarter was the difference in the end as GWS North would storm back with four goals to two over the next three terms. Unfortunately for GWS North it was too little too late as the Lions walked away eleven point victors. It could have been a bigger win if not for the Lions’ inaccuracy in front of goal.

Sophie Conway kicked two goals in a great performance up forward whilst Emily Bates was terrific in the midfield, along with ruck Jessy Keeffe.

Lions 3.3 4.4 5.9 5.10 (40)
GWS North 0.1 3.2 3.2 4.5 (29)

The Lions’ next Winter Series match is against the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday, July 14, at 4.40pm at Metricon Stadium.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: Youth Girls Northern Academy Series a success

A NUMBER of talented junior footballers have put their hand up for the NSW/ACT squad to take on Tasmania in June after some impressive showings in the recent Youth Girls Northern Academy Series.

Players were divided into two sides in the series, representing the GIANTS and Sydney Swans. While Brisbane Lions won the overall series, the GIANTS pushed them all the way in the opening game, falling one-point short of victory. The GIANTS did pick up a win – against the Swans – with a five-goal victory in a high-scoring contest. The Swans did not win a game but were competitive in each outing and showed promising signs of improvement throughout the tournament.

AFL NSW/ACT Youth Girls Assistant Coach Nicola Barr told the AFL NSW/ACT website that the series was a great experience for the aspiring AFLW players.

“The Northern Academy Series over the weekend in Coffs Harbour was a huge success,” said Barr. “It was great to see how much the girls seemed to develop in such a short space of time. “The girls were really competitive and acted in an elite manner throughout the weekend, which sets them up well in terms of a pathway towards AFL Women’s.”

Barr said while all the girls played well, it was Georgia Breward and Tash McKay who caught her eye across the weekend.

“Breward is a small player whose skills, courage in the game and decision making skills were a real stand out. I also loved McKay’s ability to know when to leave her opponent in the back line to take an intercept mark – she is also really strong in her attack on the footy.”

Magical Murray a Rising Star

He was a huge topic of conversation during last year’s AFL Trade Period, but Collingwood running defender Sam Murray is beginning to silence the critics. At the time, many pundits questioned why Collingwood had traded a future second round pick for an unproven player who was yet to crack it for a game in Sydney.

The 20 year-old has already shown Collingwood fans – and indeed the rest of the competition – why the Pies had faith in him. Murray has added line-breaking speed and composure to a Collingwood back six that has been crying out for exactly that for some time. He replaces the retired Ben Sinclair and delisted Jackson Ramsay who had played Murray’s role in past years. The former Henty product always had talent but had to do it the hard way to make it into the AFL system.

After being unsuccessfully tried as a forward, Murray won Team of the Year honours at North Eastern Australian Football League (NEAFL) level last season, and caught the eye of Collingwood recruiter Derek Hine. The Pies took the punt on Murray with a second round pick and exchange of later picks, which could prove to be a bargain at the end of the season. If his Round 3 Rising Star nomination is anything to go by, Murray could prove a great steal for the Magpies.

Swans win ‘Battle of the Bridge’ over GIANTS

Sydney Swans have bounced back from their loss against Port Adelaide in Round 2 to knock off cross-town rivals the GIANTS. In what was an entertaining game, Sydney defeated the GIANTS 16.7 (103) to 12.15 (87), thanks to an inspired performance by Lance Franklin. ‘Buddy’ kicked a miraculous goal – one of two for the night – but racked up 22 disposals and 10 marks, playing further up the ground and impacting the contest. Callum Sinclair had 45 hitouts, but was beaten by Jon Patton who played the best game of his career with 19 hitouts, but seven clearances, 10 tackles, six inside 50s and a goal from 19 disposals.

Others who impressed were Callum Mills (26 disposals, eight rebounds), Josh Kennedy (25 disposals, eight clearances) and Isaac Heeney (23 disposals, six marks). For the GIANTS, Stephen Coniglio continued his good form with 27 disposals, five clearances and four inside 50s, while Callan Ward (24 disposals, seven inside 50s) and Nick Haynes (28 disposals, eight marks) were among the other players to impress for the losers.

Fantastic Five: Memorable moments from the weekend

FROM a first win to some great individual performances and future talent on show, the weekend’s matches across the TAC Cup, TAC Cup Girls and AFL provided plenty of memorable moments.

Western Jets first win

Just the same as Oakleigh Chargers in round one and Gippsland Power in round two, the Western Jets were the talk of the TAC Cup Girls competition this round, breaking through for their initial win. After a few close losses this season, the Jets kept up the fight and knocked off one of the premiership contenders in the Eastern Ranges after being behind late in the game. The Jets forward Caitlin Greiser booted four goals to make it seven in a fortnight, but this week they sung the song and no doubt have hopes to continue that run with a clash against the winless Dandenong Stingrays in a fortnight.

Bottom-age talent stands out

With the AFL Academy players out of their respective sides due to the Academy’s clash with North Melbourne VFL, TAC Cup spectators got a glimpse of the top 2019 prospects on the weekend. Oakleigh’s Noah Anderson, Gippsland Power’s quartet of Sam Flanders, Caleb Serong, Riley Baldi and Brock Smith, Dandenong Stingrays’ Hayden Young, and Northern Knights’ trio Ryan Gardner, Lachlan Potter and Josh D’Intinosante were among the best for their respective sides on the weekend. Along with next year’s top talent, the depth in 2018 was also highlighted with plenty of great individual performances.

TAC Cup Girls talent growing

Most TAC Cup Girls sides had to cope with the loss of their top stars ahead of their clash with the Geelong VFLW side tonight (Tuesday). But those who attended the games saw a mix of top-age and bottom-age talent on show, and plenty of names that they might become more familiar with over the next one to three years. With a bye next weekend, it will be interesting to see how those who starred on the weekend carry on their form with the returning AFLW Academy members in a fortnight.

Figured out contenders, think again!

Just when as a spectator you think the AFL is becoming a little predictable, results show you know very little as to what could happen on a football field. Many expected Port Adelaide to wipe the floor with Brisbane, but the Lions gave the Power a huge scare, falling one straight kick short of victory in Adelaide. Meanwhile the Western Bulldogs have been battered from pillar to post during the week by the media, but came out and got the job done against Essendon, who now seem to be copping heat for the 21-point defeat. Geelong also fell to West Coast in the west, which might not have been a huge shock to most as the Eagles are still a big question mark in this year’s competition, but they showed what they were capable of on the weekend. Collingwood’s win against Carlton may not have stopped the critics, but with 16.4 (100) scoreline, Pies fans will no doubt be pleased they kicked straight. Then there’s Melbourne who knocked off North Melbourne for the first time in more than a decade.

Jon Patton’s form

GIANTS key forward Jon Patton has had more than his fair share of injuries and there is nothing better than seeing a talented star fight back from adversity to standout in a big game. While the GIANTS went down to Sydney, Patton was dominant, picking up 19 disposals, five marks, 14 hitouts and kicked a goal playing in the ruck. But what was just as impressive was the fact he laid 10 tackles and had a huge seven clearances and six inside 50s, as well as two goal assists – talk about an all-round game!