AFL 2019: GWS Midseason Report Card

How has Bozza graded the Giants start to the 2019 season?

The difference between the Giants best and worst has been stark in 2019, but after a nine and four start to the season they are well placed for a genuine assault at the premiership. They showed in their victory over the Cats in Geelong that they can beat anybody but will they be able to produce this form when it matters most?


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What’s gone right

While they’ve been a finalist the last three seasons, there was an expectation that the Giants would fall back to the pack in 2019 after the departure of Dylan Shiel, Rory Lobb and Tom Scully. It has been anything but though, with the team exceeding these expectations even after being required to overcome a difficult injury run too.

In Tim Taranto and Jacob Hopper they have discovered a pair of gems, while super stars Stephen Coniglio and Josh Kelly have continued to show they are among the competition’s elite. Then there is Jeremy Cameron who looks set to run away with the Coleman Medal, sitting as he does a long way ahead of the chasing pack.


What’s gone wrong

Their efforts away from home have left a little to be desired, most notably their capitulation against Hawthorn at the MCG. They also haven’t had a lot of luck with injuries having lost Callan Ward for the year, Lachie Whitfield, Toby Greene and Nick Haynes for considerable portions of the season.


Standout player

Jeremy Cameron

The key forward has been on fire up forward and looks as close to a certainty for the Coleman Medal, as is possible after 14 rounds. His form has been so good this year that there were predictions a few weeks ago that he was a chance to be the first man in 11 years to kick 100 goals in an AFL season.


Run home

Round 15 v Essendon (Marvel Stadium)

Round 16 v Brisbane Lions (Giants Stadium)

Round 17 v Richmond (MCG)

Round 18 v Collingwood (Giants Stadium)

Round 19 v Port Adealide (Adelaide Oval)

Round 20 v Sydney (Giants Stadium)

Round 21 v Hawthorn (Manuka Oval)

Round 22 v Western Bulldogs (Giants Stadium)

Round 23 v Gold Coast (Metricon Stadium)

With six of their last nine against teams outside the top eight, a top two position is well within reach of the Giants if they are good enough. The reward if they can is home ground advantage through the finals and a genuine shot at the flag.


Final Grade

B

Nine and four and third place on the ladder can’t be considered anything less than a pass at this stage of the season. It means they are well placed to meet the high expectations on this group that they make a big impact in September. Anything less than that at seasons end will not be looked upon as kindly.


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