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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.

GWS GIANTS:

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.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Records broken for Optus Stadium AFL debut

WEST Australian football hit the big-time this week as West Coast and Sydney clashed in front of a record crowd in the final game of the AFL’s opening round. The Western Australian Football League (WAFL) season is also set to get underway, as preseason fixtures concluded this weekend.

Record Crowd for WA Football

Western Australia has a new highest attendance record for a football match after 53,553 people witnessed a Lance Franklin-inspired Sydney Swans defeat the West Coast Eagles at the brand new Optus Stadium.

Sunday evening’s crowd broke a 39-year record, previously held by the 52,781 people who crammed into Subiaco Oval to watch South Fremantle verse East Fremantle in the 1979 WAFL grand final.

The attendance also re-wrote the Eagles’ highest ever home crowd, smashing the previous record of 44,142 people who attended the 1991 qualifying final at Subiaco. Although the venue has already held a cricket One Day International between Australia and England, an AFLW clash, and more recently an Ed Sheeran concert, Sunday’s match provided WA footy fans with the first opportunity to watch AFL football at the 1.6-billion dollar facility. The 60,000 seat stadium is currently the third largest seated venue in Australia, sitting only behind the MCG and ANZ Stadium.

While the night was a historic occasion for WA football, the mood was dampened from a West Coast point of view by the Swans, who proved too strong for a brave Eagles side, recording the first win at Optus Stadium with a 29-point victory.

Round 3 WAFL Preseason Results

The final round of the WAFL preseason has come and gone, as clubs turn their attention to round one of the regular season.

Subiaco were too strong for a youthful East Fremantle, as the Lions ran away 20.15 (135) to 10.11 (71) winners, wrapping up their pre season with a 2-1 win-loss record.

In the battle of the AFL-aligned sides, Peel Thunder dominated East Perth winning 20.9 (129) to 3.7 (25). Forward Hugh Dixon had an outstanding night for the Thunder, finishing with six goals from 18 possessions, while Tom Sheridan did his chances of an AFL recall with Fremantle no harm, recording 25 possessions. Ex-Subiaco product Brayden Ainsworth was the Royals leading possession getter with 26 disposals.

Claremont continued its close losses in the preseason, succumbing to Swan Districts by six points. The Swans’ 9.12 (66) to 8.12 (60) win came on the back of three goals to former Brisbane Lions forward Todd Banfield and 24 possessions to Steven Payne. The Tigers’ favourite son and returning 2012 Sandover Medalist Kane Mitchell amassed a game-high 34 possessions, while former St Kilda and West Coast forward Beau Maister slotted three goals.

Meanwhile, in the final preseason game South Fremantle had a comfortable 20.12 (132) to 8.4 (52) victory over Perth at Lathlain Park. Captain Dylain Main was the leading possession getter and goal scorer for the Bulldogs with 28 touches and four goals. Former Claremont midfielder and new Demons recruit Corey Yeo gathered 26 possessions, while former North Melbourne rookie Matthew Taylor had 24 possessions.