GWS Giant 2019 AFL Season Preview & Analysis
Is the premiership window closing on the Giants after digressing slightly in 2018? They’ve lost some star power but are still full of talent and are no doubt ready for another serious push for their first flag
Finished in 2018: 6th (14 wins, 9 losses, 1 draw)
Key ins: Zac Williams (injured) Tommy Sheridan (Fremantle)
Draft Picks: Jye Caldwell (#11) Jackson Hately (#14) Xavier O’Halloran (#22) Ian Hill (#24) Kieran Briggs (#34) Connor Idun (#61)
Key outs: Dylan Shiel (Essendon) Rory Lobb (Fremantle) Tom Scully (Hawthorn) Will Setterfield (Carlton) Ryan Griffen (retired) Tim Mohr (delisted)
Coach: Leon Cameron
Captain(s): Callan Ward & Phil Davis
Playing AFLX: Jeremy Cameron (Flyers) Stephen Coniglio (Flyers) Phil Davis (Rampage) Lachie Whitfield (Rampage)
Summary: The Giants didn’t really bolster their list in the offseason however did gain valuable draft picks in compensation for losing star midfielder Dylan Shiel. They will be hoping at least one or two can have an immediate impact and break into the 22. Despite the departures of Shiel and Lobb, the Giants are still stacked with talent.
Jonathan Pattonis tracking ectemtekt well off his ACL and should have a fully fit Zac Williams and Toby Greene ready to go for Round 1. Their age profile and talent says their still very much in the premiership window and are somewhat the forgotten about team after losing a semi final against the Pies last year. Getting back into the top four will be the aim and we see that as a distinct possibility and there is some nice value to take advantage of.
Key stat: Despite their potent forward line, the Giants only ranked #10 in points for in 2018. They ranked #3 in disposal efficiency .
Round 1: GWS Giants v Essendon – Spotless Stadium – Sunday, 24 March 3:20 PM
Best Brownlow Hope: Josh Kelly
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