Coach – Leon Cameron
Points For – 10th
Points Against – 11th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Lachie Whitfield
- Nick Haynes
- Harry Perryman
- Jacob Hopper
- Josh Kelly
2020 Rising Star Noms
Tom Green (Round 4)
Jake Riccardi (Round 14)
Ins – Jesse Hogan, Braydon Preuss, Tanner Bruhn, Connor Stone, Ryan Angwin, Cameron Fleeton, Jacob Wehr
Outs – Jye Caldwell, Jeremy Cameron, Aidan Corr, Jackson Hately, Sam Jacobs, Zac Langdon, Zac Williams, Heath Shaw, Tom Sheridan
I thought last year that GWS would be in the finals and a genuine chance to win the whole thing. It was a terrible year from a very talented team. Amazing that they extended Cameron’s contract when he has achieved so little with so much. This year they took by far the biggest hit they have seen in talent leaving and it will be interesting to see what sort of impact it has.
The backline has kept their key position talent together and with greater defensive effort up the field would look a lot better. Davis and Haynes give them reliability back there. They will miss Williams off half back and it will make it harder to release Whitfield into the midfield. I think we will see more of Kelly running off half back when he is struggling for touches in the middle.
The midfield still has plenty of talent and some of the players who have struggled to break into the team may start to get more of a look in. Taranto needs a good run with his body and is ready to do great things, Coniglio shouldn’t have two poor seasons in a row and Kelly found it difficult last year as well. There is plenty of growth in this midfield, Green should see more time and give Taranto a partner to get the hard work done.
The forward line will be very interesting after losing their best key forward, a year after losing Patton. Riccardi looked like he has enough talent to step up and Hogan surely is on his last chance and hopefully for him can make the most of it. Toby Greene is my favourite non Essendon player and needs to not be their main target to be effective. The forward line looks dysfunctional and will be the area of the field that they need to improve the most.
I think Braydon Preuss is a very good pickup for the Giants and gives them a ruck who can keep up with the modern game as well as crash and bash. They haven’t had that for a while and I think it could make a real difference. The coach has plenty of time left but needs to make something happen their game plan doesn’t appear to use their talents well and at some stage more serious questions will have to come his way.
The big question is whether last year was an aberration or are they starting to slip down the ladder. I think it is likely somewhere in the middle. Too many of their top players failed against expectations. I think we will see a bounce this year and they should come back into the eight. I don’t think they are a top four team right now but I think that is about coaching and game plan. I think they will finish in the 6-8 range.