We rate Greater Western Sydney’s 2014 season.
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS
(16th: 6 wins, 16 losses)
What went right:
The Giants’ season started off in incredible fashion after they beat the highly-fancied Sydney Swans – a result that still boggles the mind of all AFL fans.
Leon Cameron’s side managed six wins this season, double what they managed in their first two seasons combined. The young side also claimed back-to-back wins for the first time in its short history and likes of Adam Treloar, Devon Smith, Dylan Shiel and William Hoskin-Elliott showed considerable improvement.
What went wrong:
The Giants suffered a massive 113-point loss to Richmond which forced club chairman Tony Shepherd to send out an open letter to the club’s fans apologising for the side’s insipid performance.
They had the tendency to drop intensity when wins seemed out of reach, but much of that can be put down to inexperience.
It would be unfair to pick one out of Callan Ward, Shane Mumford and Heath Shaw.
All three are older heads in the squad and their experience shone through and all provided a calming effect on the young side in tight encounters.
There’s no doubt the Giants have a huge future ahead are looking for 8-10 wins next year, and it’s certainly achievable.
They perhaps are a little behind Gold Coast in terms of young talent, but there’s no doubt the Giants will make a push for the finals in 2016.