Your 2023 Greater Western Sydney Giants season preview is here, just in time for the start of the new AFL season! Everything you need to know about the Giants is here, all in the one article – aren't you lucky. We’ve got information about squad changes, rankings and stats from last year, key matches to look for, as well as none other than ex-AFL star Heath Shaw’s opinion on how the Giants will go this season.
Let’s get cracking shall we!
Let’s take a little look at the new signings for the Giants, along with all the players they’ve parted ways with:
Ins: Aaron Cadman, Toby Bedford, Jason Gillbee, Nick Madden, Toby McMullin, Max Gruzewski, Darcy Jones and Harry Rowston
Outs: Jarrod Brander, Tanner Bruhn, Matt de Boer, Bobby Hill, Jacob Hopper, Zach Sproule, Jake Stein and Tim Taranto
Where did the Giants rank for disposals in the AFL last season? Or what about clangers? All the key rankings for the Giants are below:
Frees For: 17th
Frees Against: 16th
Who had the most goals for the Giants? Who had the most marks? All these stats and more can be found below:
Most Disposals: Joshua Kelly - 560
Most Tackles: Stephen Coniglio - 110
Most Clearances: Tom Green - 105
Most Marks: Harrison Himmelberg and Sam Taylor - 132
Most Goals: Toby Greene - 37
3 Key Matches To Watch
These are the key matches you can’t miss if you’re a Giants fan (up to Round 15):
Match 1: Round 7, vs Swans, at SCG (Sat, Apr 29, 2:10pm)
Match 2: Round 8, vs Bulldogs, at Manuka Oval (Sat, May 6, 7:25pm)
Match 3: Round 11, vs Cats, at GMHBA Stadium (Sat, May 29, 4:35pm)
2023 AFL Season Expectations
The Orange team are an interesting one. New coach for the first time in a long time, got some real draft talent in off season but also lost some A-grade talent along the way.
Game style I assume will be high pressure on ball (Richmond style) with hopefully shackles released offensively (orange tsunami). Still have quality players in key areas who will need big years to win more then they lose.
Predicted Finish: Between 10-14