Back in 2011 the AFL gave birth to their new child in the form of the Gold Coast Suns and like most disappointed parents they decided to have another crack, a year later the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS were formed!
In their short history the Giants have been able to build a winning culture base around their team mantra #NeverSurrender.
Unlike most clubs who inherit their supporters *cough, cough Richmond*, The Giants have had to win over their fan base in a predominantly League dominated demographic.
Most clubs inherit supporters. These GIANTS have earned theirs. Every last one of them.
What a sensational effort by the club, and by the amazing Orange Army 🧡 #NeverSurrender
— Susie Giese (@SusieGiese) September 22, 2019
The men in Orange will step out onto the sacred surface of the MCG for the first time in the final week of September with a chance to create history just seven years into their existence!
Here are eight reasons why to make the GIANTS your team of choice in this Saturday’s AFL Grand Final.
1. We all have an annoying Tiger mate/colleague
Once upon a time Richmond (Pre 2017) were the equivalent to the kid who was the easy target for school bullies to relentlessly sledge.
They did themselves no favours by finishing ninth every other year, and to be frank we just felt sorry for the nuffies unfortunate enough to be born into their supporter base (Because lets be fair no one is willingly choosing that fate).
Fast forward a few years and that same bullied little boy has hit the gym, flown through the Police recruit training and is booking patrons for j-walking across suburban streets.
OH what a little bit of power does to the minds of those who have never possessed it, there’s only so much office chirping, Dustin Martin worshiping, “Got here without Rance” rehearsing that one can digest before getting sick at the mere sight of yellow and black!
2. They have a bangin’ Team Song
“You feel the ground a-shaking
The other teams are quaking
In their boots before the GIANTS”
The most beautiful arrangement of words compiled together since the passing of the late great John Lennon in 1980.
The loudest voice, the biggest heart!
— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) September 21, 2019
3. They beat Collingwood in the Prelim
Any side who causes Eddie McGuire to cry live on national TV can “lock me in” for a lifetime membership.
Lock in 'Giants', please Eddie.#AFLPiesGiants
— Dave's not here (@cricketflog) September 21, 2019
Sure sex is good, but have you ever seen Collingwood lose a prelim at home against a severely undermanned team that no one supports? #aflpiesgiants
— Phillip Nash (@pmnas1) September 21, 2019
Big shoutout to the blokes on my train to the G who got stuck into me and said GWS were going to get flogged, had no fans, and were generally just shit. Hope you enjoy the game next week 👋🏼🧡 #AFLPiesGiants
— Natalie Webster. (@NatWebster) September 21, 2019
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) September 21, 2019
4. Jack Riewoldt is a bit of a sook.
Any given footy match Jack Riewoldt will throw his hands up in the air more than a 16yo girl at a hiphop concert. The Tigers’ key forward would’ve undoubtedly thrown his fair share of supermarket tantrums in his time.
I’ve seen Gaz Senior more times than Jack Riewoldt so far #AFLTigersCats
— Mitchell Orval (@mitchellorval) September 20, 2019
People reckon Chris Scott is the biggest sook in the AFL… It's Jack Riewoldt and then daylight
— Shane (@_Willo_) September 7, 2019
Jack Riewoldt “what will filter down to the lower levels is important” carries on like a pork chop and fights with umpires. The hypocrisy of jack is infuriating #afl360
— Joe Cameràman (@J0ecitizen) September 17, 2019
Someone should do one of those Michael Jordan photos of Jack Riewoldt but instead of it being about his wingspan it's just him with his arms up complaining to the umpire
— Michael (@MWL152) September 7, 2019
5. Jeremy Cameron is a top bloke
Imagine finding a wallet, tracking the owner down, and slipping a pineapple in there for good measure! Thats exactly what the 2019 Coleman medalist Jeremy Cameron did before putting on a BOG performance against the Pies. Get around the bloke!
— Mikey Nicholson (@Mikey_Nicholson) September 21, 2019
6. AFL’s VIC Bias
The odds are stacked against the GIANTS who will be playing in the Tigers backyard, no doubt ‘house rules’ will be in play.
Richmond has played 8 from their last nine AFL matches at the MCG to reach the Grand Final, only leaving the G when force to travel to Brisbane in the 2nd week of the finals.
Jack Riewoldt has travelled interstate just once this season, only playing outside the G on one occasion!
GWS have travelled interstate 12 times this season and have only set foot on the G four times, a far cry from the Tigers 16 matches.
Number of games at the MCG since 2012, when GWS entered the competition (including finals):
— Vardy Magic (@VardyMagic) September 23, 2019
— Jarrad Semmler (@Shemra_3) September 7, 2019
7. Imagine the scenes if Mumford and the GIANTS get up!
There will likely be more “unidentified white power” present at the after party than on a Columbian cargo ship.
8. Israel Folau no longer plays for them
GWS must be counting their lucky stars that Izzy Folau packed his bags to try his hand at the ‘Game they (ironically) play in heaven’…
Sponsors of GWS must b rapt with Izzy Folau being so prominent on the news. His highlights package is 3.5secs of advertising money can't buy
— Scotty Cummings (@ScottyCummings_) December 3, 2012
In an alternate universe this week 30-year-old Israel Folau could have been playing with GWS in an AFL grand final, NRL preliminary final with Storm or at a Rugby World Cup with the Wallabies. Instead…
— rob harris (@rharris334) September 22, 2019