My first year as a GWS member has been pretty outstanding so far.
I never thought that orange would be a colour I would voluntarily wear, but strangely enough, similar to Sydney Thunder green, I have made it work.
There have been some pretty special moments so far. Picking Heath Shaw and Jacob Hopper as my favourites stands out, as does watching Jeremy Cameron dominate on the field and Stevie J kick what seem to be the impossible goals. Sitting with my new friends in the Cheer Squad and seeing the smiling faces of kids during kick to kick has also been something I have truly enjoyed.
But things have been rocky in the last couple of weeks. The Giants have lost 2 games in a row and an article appeared in the media today suggesting that if the Sydney Swans defeat the GWS Giants at Spotless Stadium this weekend, that they will be Grand Final bound.
If the Swans beat the Giants this weekend, they will have started the season off with a 10-2 winning record. In the two other occasions where such a start has been achieved by the Club, the Swans went on to win the Grand Final. For trivia nerds amongst you, those years were 1936 and 1945.
To the Swans, I would be saying, don’t count your chickens before they hatch because first, they need to beat the Giants at what is looking like a sold out Spotless Stadium for the very first time.
Despite the Giants only having been founded in 2009, the rivalry between these two teams is strong. Whilst it may not have the fuelled emotion of a Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs or a Manly Sea Eagles v every other team in the NRL, I’m certain that this, in time, will develop into a tremendous sporting rivalry. This rivalry has it all. It has geographic proximity. Each team is fighting to be the local pride of Sydney and to win the hearts and minds of Sydneysiders. Fighting for respect. Fighting for members. Fighting for their team colours. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
The truth is, GWS Giants fans don’t much like our friends from across the bridge.
It’s true that the Giants have been disappointing in recent weeks. Despite a much improved performance against the Cats on the weekend, I felt like the score line flattered the Giants a little bit. Had Geelong been more accurate, the score line may not have been as respectable.
However, the Giants last 2 home games have seen us travel to home grounds with are fortresses. The Crows are hard to beat at the Adelaide Oval and Simonds Stadium is one of the toughest grounds in the AFL to travel to.
This weekend marks the return of the Giants to home turf in front of their home fans. There is nothing like the roar of a faithful crowd and a rivalry to make a team bring it’s A-game. I have no doubt that the Swans will not be push overs this weekend and that this game will go right down to the wire. How much would the Swans like to be the ones to say that ‘we knew we were Grand Final bound when we beat the Giants at Spotless Stadium in Round 12.”
To the Giants family – I won’t be there this weekend (I head to Darwin to watch my men in blue and gold play) but I hope you all turn out in your masses. Our men in orange need all the support they can get and let’s be real, Spotless Stadium is a beautiful place to watch AFL.
This game is close to sell-out so make sure you snap your tickets up quickly.
Let’s show those Swans who Sydney belongs to. Let’s show them that we are the better team. Let’s get our season back on track with a win over the red and white.
Ladies who Leap xxx