According to Greater Western Sydney, the club will be putting its foot to the pedal during the upcoming AFL NAB Challenge matches as it attempts to install a winning culture right from the start of 2015. With the team entering its fourth league season, the competition for roster positions has been heated so far, especially with the additions of recruits Joel Patfull and Ryan Griffen during the offseason. Fans can keep up to date on all the latest footy news by checking out the BetEasy AFL Info page on their computer or mobile device.
Alan McConnell, the team’s senior assistant coach, recently spoke with AFL.com.au and said the club is aiming to determine its best squad as soon as possible. He then wants to use his top performers in preseason contests against Essendon, Gold Coast, and the Sydney Swans, their cross-town rivals. McConnell stated, “We’ll genuinely be looking to put up a pretty good performance with strong teams. That said, we’re still sorting out who are best 22 are. We need to have a look at a reasonable cross-section of the group, but it’s not going to be like it has been in the past for us where every player wins a prize.”
GWS has managed to win just three preseason games out of 13 in the club’s brief history and is looking to improve on that dismal record. The side improved last year under first-year head coach Leon Cameron and for the first time managed to avoid the wooden spoon with six victories and a 16th-place finish. The team’s target is to earn a berth to the finals by 2016 at the latest and McConnell believes it can do so if the players start to develop a winning habit. Keep your eye on the BetEasy AFL Info site this season to see how GWS and the rest of the league’s teams are doing.
McConnell remarked that it’s important to create a winning culture if the team hopes to climb up the ladder in the league’s standings. He added that just two or three of the side’s draftees might get to see some action in the NAB Challenge, but Griggen and Patfull should expect a lot of playing time. Griffen is a former captain of the Western Bulldogs and defender Patfull used to play for the Brisbane Lions and booth of them add a lot of experience and depth to the GWS roster. McConnell also feels it’s important for the pair of newcomers to get used to playing with their new teammates.
The Giants first NAB game takes place on March 7 in Blacktown when they take on the Suns. The squad is relatively healthy at the moment with just 21-year-old forward Jonathon Patton out with a long-term injury due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. GWS doesn’t expect him to return to the lineup until somewhere near the middle of the season. Tall defender Tim Mohr will soon be back to full training following knee reconstruction surgery and is hoping to be fit for round one. In addition, both Lachie Plowman and Liam Sumner could also be ready for the season opener as they recover from injuries. Get all of the BetEasy AFL Info before making your wagers on the 2015 campaign.