Sunday 22 October 2017 / 01:53 PM

GIANTS SET TO TRAMPLE THE SCEPTICS

GWS will go into Saturday night’s semi-final as favourites against West Coast, but most pundits think there are issues with the way the Giants play. But are there?

Apparently, their last month hasn’t been great, but they were still winning games. The Giants finished the season with four wins and a loss – their only defeat to Geelong at ‘the Cattery’, which is never an easy assignment.

Yes, they were poor last week against Adelaide and never looked in touch, but like Simonds Stadium,  Adelaide Oval is a fortress for the Crows, who have only lost a handful of games there in the past couple of years.

Let’s remember, too, that this Giants teams is full of young players who haven’t played in many finals as some of their rivals in this post-season campaign have. The talent is there, that’s for sure, they just need the composure to win those big games and hopefully the likes of Brett Deledio and Steve Johnson, who comes in this week, can help settle the nerves.

Although the Eagles come into this sudden-death clash off the best game of the season, the Giants should run all over their eighth-placed opponents. The Giants’ speed and ball-use is some of the best in the competition when in full flight.

Having two of the top five clearance-winners in the competition this season in Dylan Shiel and Callan Ward makes this fast ball-movement possible. Their ability to win the inside ball makes it easy for the likes of Lachie Whitfield and Josh Kelly running the ball on the outside to use their elite foot skills and get the ball into the forward 50.

The re-signing of Whitfield during the week and the probable re-signing of Kelly may also provide the Giants with a bit of a morale boost this week.

However, the Giants will be a forward short as they lose Jeremy Cameron though injury. This leaves Jonathon Paton to step up and put a big score on the board.

Let’s all take a breath and let the Giants play footy, because they are a young team on the rise and may have more than one premiership under their belt in the five years – despite what the sceptics say after an away loss to the minor premiers.

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Peter Bonadio

Based in Melbourne, Peter has grown up with AFL and Tennis and is passionate about sharing his views about the sports he loves. Peter is also a avid follower of American sports and is a big fan of the Celtics and Patriots. Peter is a final year Sport Journalism student at La Trobe University.

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