Season Preview: UWS GIANTS
Our third season preview is for the quickly improving UWS GIANTS.
2012 Ladder position: 7th
The Giants had a very up and down 2012 campaign. They were able to knock of eventual Eastern Conference Winners Queanbeyan early in the season, displaying some genuinely professional football. On other occasions they played patently average football, resulting in wooden spooners Tuggeranong registering its only win last season.
Frequently hampered by injury, at one stage having 22 injured players on their list, the Giants had a largely disappointing season. They struggled to hold a consistent team together throughout the 2012 season, particularly in key positions both forward and back. Injuries meant the Giants had an over-reliance on top-up players throughout the year, something they’ll look to address in 2013.
The Giants are one of the teams that can be expected to be big improvers in 2013. Outs such as Luke Power, James McDonald and Israel Folau don’t particularly affect the NEAFL side, likewise the addition of Thornton, who will likely play almost exclusively for the seniors.
The three top draft picks Whitfield, O’Rourke and Plowman will be the ones to watch. Plowman will play the much needed big man role in the backline when he isn’t in the senior side, which should go some way towards solving their size problem.
The Giant’s strength will lie in the fringe players for the AFL side, the players with 8-9 games of senior experience. The likes of Will Hoskin-Elliott and, depending on fitness, Setanta O’Hailpin, will play a role for the side throughout the year. Overall, if the Giants can remain uninjured they stand to make a great improvement.
Ladder Prediction: 6th/7th