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    GWS Giants vs. Essendon

    Skoda Stadium
    2012 AFL Premiership Season May 26, 2012
    Essendon won by 66 points
    GWS Giants Essendon
     Goal Behinds Points Goal Behinds Points
    Q1055   3119
    Q22921   8149
    Q341135   13886
    Q471153   1811119

    The GWS Giants unveil their home ground Skoda Stadium as the rampaging Essendon come to town. We’ll have live scores from 7.40pm AEST.

    The Giants registered their first win two weeks ago against Gold Coast, but were smashed by the Brisbane Lions last week.

    Callan Ward and Rhys Palmer were the only two players to notch 20 disposals in the 92-point loss. They remain in 16th place on the ladder.

    Tonight, the Giants get their first run on their main home ground, in what is sure to be a big occasion for the AFL’s newest club.

    The Bombers continue to go from strength to strength, last week disposing of a Richmond side that kept coming.

    Four goals to Paddy Ryder and 30 possessions for captain Jobe Watson helped set up the 19-point win.

    It was the seventh win of the year for the side. With only the one loss, they sit pretty comfortably in third place and have a healthy percentage of 133.

    The Giants have made a host of changes with Tomas Bugg, Curtly Hampton, Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith, Adam Kennedy and the experience Adam Kennedy back in.

    Rhys Palmer is the notable exclusion.

    For Essendon, Dustin Fletcher and Dyson Heppell are out injured, while Leroy Jetta has been suspended.

    Coming into the side is Mark McVeigh, Tayte Pears and Travis Colyer.

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    Quarter 1
    1' GOAL - Patrick Ryder (Essendon)
    4' GOAL - Alwyn Davey (Essendon)
    11' BEHIND - James McDonald (GWS Giants)
    13' BEHIND - Tom Bellchambers (Essendon)
    20' BEHIND - Jacob Townsend (GWS Giants)
    22' BEHIND - Dylan Shiel (GWS Giants)
    23' GOAL - Tom Bellchambers (Essendon)
    26' BEHIND - Taylor Adams (GWS Giants)
    27' BEHIND - Devon Smith (GWS Giants)
    Quarter 2
    1' BEHIND - Rushed (GWS Giants)
    1' BEHIND - Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants)
    2' GOAL - Michael Hurley (Essendon)
    6' GOAL - Alwyn Davey (Essendon)
    8' GOAL - Stewart Crameri (Essendon)
    15' BEHIND - Devon Smith (GWS Giants)
    16' BEHIND - Dylan Shiel (GWS Giants)
    19' GOAL - Dylan Shiel (GWS Giants)
    24' GOAL - Stewart Crameri (Essendon)
    26' GOAL - Travis Colyer (Essendon)
    28' GOAL - Adam Treloar (GWS Giants)
    Quarter 3
    1' GOAL - Tom Bellchambers (Essendon)
    5' BEHIND - Alwyn Davey (Essendon)
    9' BEHIND - Rushed (Essendon)
    10' BEHIND - Rushed (GWS Giants)
    12' BEHIND - David Zaharakis (Essendon)
    16' BEHIND - Rushed (GWS Giants)
    17' GOAL - Angus Monfries (Essendon)
    18' BEHIND - Rushed (Essendon)
    18' GOAL - Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants)
    19' GOAL - Stewart Crameri (Essendon)
    23' BEHIND - Rushed (Essendon)
    25' GOAL - Angus Monfries (Essendon)
    26' BEHIND - Alwyn Davey (Essendon)
    28' GOAL - Jake Melksham (Essendon)
    30' GOAL - Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants)
    31' BEHIND - Rushed (Essendon)
    Quarter 4
    3' GOAL - Jonathan Giles (GWS Giants)
    5' GOAL - Patrick Ryder (Essendon)
    6' GOAL - Alwyn Davey (Essendon)
    12' GOAL - Tom Bellchambers (Essendon)
    13' GOAL - Jobe Watson (Essendon)
    17' GOAL - Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants)
    18' BEHIND - Travis Colyer (Essendon)
    20' BEHIND - Rushed (Essendon)
    24' GOAL - David Zaharakis (Essendon)
    27' GOAL - James McDonald (GWS Giants)
    28' BEHIND - Samuel Lonergan (Essendon)

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    • 6:30pm
      Mike said | 6:30pm | ! Report

      Why have GWS left Blacktown after everything they said they were going to do for western Sydney. I find it unbelieveable they can bail out after one home game. This move will tarnish the name of GWS for sure.

      • Roar Guru

        The Cattery said | 3:47pm | ! Report

        this is from GWS’ web site:

        In relation to Blacktown:
        1. Two annual NAB Cup matches.
        2. An annual pre-season GIANTS Intra Club match – free to the public.
        3. The next five years of NAB AFL Under 16 Championships – 10 day carnival featuring 8 states/territories.
        4. Four UWS GIANTS NEAFL matches per year.
        5. The Sydney Football League Grand Final
        6. Continue to base 20 full-time and 45 part-time AFL/GIANTS staff at BISP.
        7. Continue to invest more than $4mill a year in community programs emanating from Blacktown.
        8. Continue as a full-time training & administration base for the GIANTS Academy including full-time gym.
        9. Launch a UWS Learning & Life Centre to deliver literacy outcomes to Blacktown youth.
        10. Hold 12 in-season GIANTS AFL squad training sessions.
        11. Commit 25% of annual AFL player appearances to the Blacktown community which equates to 1,000 hours.
        12. Collaborate on a new master plan for Blacktown International Sportspark.

        • 10:05pm
          Gleeso said | 10:05pm | ! Report

          1 through 4 will not attract greater than a few hundred people (ie family members). (an intra club game? Please…) 5 (if that is the name of it) is just a sign of the arrogance of the AFL and people who do turn up will think they are going to football (soccer) still no one will turn up. 6 through 9 I dont even understand.

          The Blacktown Oval will become a cricket ground which is good. But this will make press in the outer west and the blacktown council will look stupid.

          • Roar Guru

            The Cattery said | 10:29pm | ! Report

            Firstly, I’ll assume for the moment that you are genuinely ignorant rather than just trolling again.

            1. NAB Cup games – the Giants have hosted NAB Cup games at Blacktown for the last two years, getting crowds of between 6,000 and 9,000 on each occasion.
            2. Yeh, intra-club games might only attract a few hundred.
            3. The NAB AFL Under 16 championships will only attract family and a lot of press and recruitment staff – it’s a very important group of games, recruiters from 18 clubs will be there – counts players, family, officials, recruiting staff, and at least 1,000 people will come to Blacktown. Get it – that’s 1,000 who live elsewhere, coming to Blacktown for a couple of weeks – every year – don’t worry, may not sound like a lot, but it’s significant. Don’t forget that the original idea of the Blacktown City Council was to forever change the image of Blacktown – and that’s definitely a step in the right direction.
            4. UWS Giants will probably only attract a few hundred per game – in a comp that is slowly increasing in prestige.
            5. Why is hosting the Sydney Football League grand final at Blacktown a sign of arrogance? Depending on who is playing, such a grand final can attract a couple of thousand.
            6. AFL/GWS staff are based out of Blacktown – why is that difficult to understand?
            7. Those staff spend $4 million on footy programs arond Western Sydney.
            8. The training and admin base for the Giants Academy remains in Blacktown. Once again, that was one of the factors that encouraged the Blacktown City Council to invest in BISP – the Academy remains there, as promised. That’s Academy staff located out there, with a hundred kids and family comin in and out all footy season.
            9. The Giants have partnered with UWS – that’s why their reserves team in the NEAFL is called UWS giants. You know – a thing we hear on the roar all the time – community engagement? The Giants are living it.
            etc, etc

            I believe one thing you are failing to grasp, is that the AFL is big business. Not only does it generate dollars (as much as all other sports combined), but wherever the AFL is conducting its business, like in Blacktown, generates economic activity – that’s what the points 1 to 12 are all about – that’s why Blacktown City Council wanted to partner with the giants – no domestic comp can generate economic activity like the AFL.

            Let me give you a further example. I linked a story the other day that Canberra Raiders generate $12 million of revenue ($2 million coming from the ACT government as grants).

            In its first season, the Giants would already be generating double that, not even including AFL investments in the region, and much of that money is circulating around the Blacktown local economy.

        • 10:14pm
          MIKE said | 10:14pm | ! Report

          I read two years ago that the council spent 15 mill on BISP for the AFL out of 20 mill for all sports from a Gov’t grant. GWS played one game and now won’t even train there or have senior offices there. Not a good look. I think the 6000 crowd scared them off but they only got 11000 at Homebush and most were from Melbourne. They have wasted a lot of money and now have to spend more.

          • Roar Guru

            The Cattery said | 10:36pm | ! Report

            you conveniently forget that the AFL and Cricket Australia both poured millions into the project, and the ground is available for first class cricket over the Summer. It’s not an AFL specific project – two big sports are sharing the facility 12 months per annum.

            If there’s a better investment for local council – I’m all ears.

            If you’re concerned about other sports missing out – where’s their money in all of this?

            • 12:04am
              MIKE said | 12:04am | ! Report

              That may be true. What I am saying is everyone in the AFL including Sheedy kept talking up Blacktown, photo’s with the mayor, community involvement. Now it looks like they don’t play there, train there, have head office there and I was told they all live on the harbour. It looks like they shut up shop at Blacktown except for a few crumbs to keep the locals happy. It’s not a good look after all the hype about Blacktown.

          • Roar Guru

            The_Wookie said | 11:31pm | ! Report

            no what has bugged them is a lack of all year round facilities in the area. They are a professional team after all, and need such facilities all year round.

            • 3:26am
              MFB1991 said | 3:26am | ! Report

              So the truth comes out, Giants CEO David Matthews said the club would have struggled to keep their premium draft picks had the club remained at Blacktown. That says it all………the ‘kids’ want nothing to do with Blacktown or the real western Sydney. They live on the harbour and feel that the long trek out to Blacktown in their luxury buses is beneath them.

              Its about time this club is treated like the professional sporting team they are instead of like a pack of cuddly koala bears. They are getting flogged mercilessly every week but are pampered and preened like rock stars and feted for their ‘brave’ performances……..but they’re not ‘brave’ enough to stick it out in Blacktown.

              It won’t be long before the hordes of developement officers the AFL has out there stalking schoolkids pull the same stunt. It looks like the battle for the west is already lost…….time for a name change…….how about Breakfast Point Koala Bears !

              • Roar Guru

                The_Wookie said | 5:40am | ! Report

                wow that may be the longest bow ever pulled from a comment that short. It wasnt about keeping draftees at blacktown, they could have done that with the system they have in place. the issue at hand here was that they didnt have a facility they could use all year round, once summer came around they had to keep off the cricket ground and fair enough. So they needed a facility they could train on in summer. No one but you tied that to their ability to keep players.

        • 10:18pm
          JVGO said | 10:18pm | ! Report

          What a pathetic shambles this all is. The AFL’s cynicism is unbelievable. What has Izzy got to say about all this? Didn’t he buy a mansion down the road from the Blacktown Stadium?

    • 2:30pm
      Jacques said | 2:30pm | ! Report

      Oh noooo,here we go again. Both AFL and Rugby league fans having a go at each other to see which game is more meaningless. One is played by half of Australia and the other in about 4 countries at best. Let it rest

      • Roar Guru

        The Cattery said | 5:27pm | ! Report

        I agree with you that such comparisons are futile – especially when day light is second.

    • Roar Guru

      The Cattery said | 12:55pm | ! Report

      You’d have to be quite foolish to rely on scanning the ground on TV to estimate the crowd – the commentators actually thought it was higher than 12k.

      People who think the AFL goes out of its way to pump up crowd numbers (which are already very, very big), are kidding themselves.

      Finally, trust the audited financial statements and the money in the bank – it never lies over an extended period – never.

    • Roar Guru

      The Cattery said | 12:49pm | ! Report

      Some are expressing great concern about AFL crowds, so I thought I would put up the figures for this round so far in what has been cool, wet conditions down south (with the WA derby still to come):

      Bulldogs vs Geelong 29,100 (both teams outside the 8 )
      Richmond vs Hawthorn 51,600 (both teams outside the 8 )
      Suns vs Port 12,400 (2nd newest teams vs 3rd newest team)
      St KIlda vs Sydney 34,700
      GWS vs Essendon 11,900
      Adelaide vs Collingwood 44,200

      so that’s six games adding up to 183,900, and giving an average of 30,650.
      And those six games include low drawing games from the comp’s two newest sides.
      30,650 average
      with the WA derby to come (guaranteed 40+k)

      Do not worry my friends, if the AFL can average 30,650 in a round where the two newest teams are having home games, then the comp is doing very, very well indeed.

      • Roar Guru

        The Cattery said | 12:58pm | ! Report

        Sorry, just noticed that Hawthorn is in 8th position, but Richmond was two wins outside of the 8 before that game.

        People should also note that all MCG car parks were full, with warnings being given to not drive to the game – so a crowd of over 50k under those circumstances is exceptional.

        • Roar Guru

          Fussball ist unser leben said | 2:25pm | ! Report

          Also, TC, I’m surprised you didn’t factor in the “Eurovision impact” – big (& controversial) win by the Swedes … could be back to the glory days of ABBA in the 70s?

          • Roar Guru

            The Cattery said | 5:17pm | ! Report

            When the masses discover something (like Eurovision or tour de France), that’s usually the signal for me to move on.

    • 11:32am
      Dingo said | 11:32am | ! Report

      Not a bad effort by the young Giants, I like the look of Skoda Stadium and contrary to the “chicken littles” the crowd wasn’t too bad.

      Of course if we compare it to an Essendon crowd in Melbourne then 11,000 doesn’t look too good but if we compare it to the top of the table NRL BLOCKBUSTER in Melbourne between The Storm and Broncos, they could only manage 13,200.
      This is coming immediately after the massive promotion for the SOO. That figure is sure to cause concern among the chicken littles.

      As should these.

      St George/Parramatta game in Rugby League heartland 12,700.
      Newcastle/Titans game at Hunter Stadium 15,800.
      The Friday night BLOCKBUSTER between South Sydney and Canberra, 10,054.

      Don’t worry chicken littles the Australian game is going ok.

      • 11:42am
        Patrick said | 11:42am | ! Report

        You can’t take any criticism of GWS without comparing it to RL. Talk about a chip on the shoulder LOL

        • 12:58pm
          Dingo said | 12:58pm | ! Report

          No chip, just responding to comments by the usual anti AFL bandwagonners. LOL

        • Roar Guru

          The Cattery said | 1:25pm | ! Report

          It’s a new market for the AFL, and the most difficult one they have ever decided to enter, so I would have thought it’s natural to benchmark GWS against NRL clubs in the area, and even against A-League clubs, recalling that soccer has had the highest participation rates in Sydney since the 1930s.

          • 10:21pm
            Gleeso said | 10:21pm | ! Report

            Cattery, it is not a new market. AFL has been available to Western Sydney for thirty years. Especially on TV. Those that like the game go to the SCG to watch it. Otherwise, it has been rejected mate.

            Minus the Bombers fans there where about 7000. Roughly the amount that turned up to Blacktown a few weeks back. Lets see how the crowd looks when the Adelaides and the WA’s play there.

            • Roar Guru

              The Cattery said | 10:34pm | ! Report

              Soccer and league fans are telling us forever how fractured the Sydney sports market is, so having the Swans catering to the Northern and Eastern suburbs is probably a different kettle of fish to having a team marketing itself to Western Sydney, so in that sense, it’s definitely a new market, because obviously, there has never been an AFL team located in Western Sydney. It’s just started up.

              • 11:01pm
                Gleeso said | 11:01pm | ! Report

                Cattery, I’ve got to ask. You are from Victorian right? You sound very much like part of the Victorian think tank that knows western sydney (incorporating Canberra) so well?

      • 11:46am
        Patrick said | 11:46am | ! Report

        BTW was Folau worth all those millions? Or am I not allowed to question the infallible wisdom and logic of the Giants?

        • 11:52am
          Ian Whitchurch said | 11:52am | ! Report


          If you saw the big gap at CHF, yes, he was.

          • 1:36pm
            Patrick said | 1:36pm | ! Report

            Talk about delusional. He has had 14 marks and 45 disposals so far this season… and 1 goal! Woah! GWS must be struggling without his MASSIVE impact

            • Roar Guru

              The_Wookie said | 1:43pm | ! Report

              Key poisition players coming out of the under 18s through the draft can take YEARS to develop AFTER they’ve been drafted.Folau is in year 1. think longer term, and perhaps even learn from Hunts experience where he was very patchy in year 1 but is having a good year in season 2

            • Roar Guru

              The Cattery said | 1:43pm | ! Report

              I think most of us would agree with you there, but as I have stated before, in these sorts of situations, it’s in the 3rd season where you start to see some return in what is always a massive investment in time and effort.

              • 10:26pm
                Gleeso said | 10:26pm | ! Report

                But I thought the size of Izzys contract was based on his promotional contribution. Like some $5mill free media already. The question is has that translated into bums on seats? I recon not one extra fan turned up for Izzy.

              • Roar Guru

                The Cattery said | 10:39pm | ! Report

                I’d say no. Izzy has a lot to learn, he might have to keep learning all of next season as well before we know what he’s going to turn out like.

                But this is something we all know, from our experience with Plugger and Barry Hall, if he can become a big leading power forward who can take a grab and convert (big if), that’s one thing Sydney audiences like – we know that from experience.

                And if it’s Izzy doing it, in 2 years time – Skoda will sell out very quickly.

      • 12:35pm
        JVGO said | 12:35pm | ! Report

        I think the notably poor NRL crowds have to be taken in context of what happened on Wednesday. NSW NRL fans were absolutely gutted by what was a PR disaster. It will be interesting to see how the crowds do if NSW are vindicated and get a win in Game 2.

        To be fair however it was also a crazy week for GWS to try and get any air. There is no doubt whatsoever that the crowd last night was predominantly interstaters, expats adn guests of the AFL.

        At the moment there is a definite perception that both AFL teams no longer represent Sydney in the AFL but instead represent the AFL in Sydney. What the AFL can do about htis I have no idea. It seems they are completely floundering and out of their depth in the PR dept.

      • 12:47pm
        Gleeso said | 12:47pm | ! Report

        League would love to have the travelling, loyal fans that AFL produces in Melbourne (and seemingly Perth as well). But there is no confusion about the level of interest in rugby league in Western Sydney. The challenge the NRL faces is getting the fans to the games.

        In contrast if AFL types want to ignore the issue of the serious lack of interest by way of drawing comparisons to those said crowds I am sure that the NRL is OK with this. The crowd would accurately represent the level of interest in GWS out here. AFL made the call on Western Sydney on the back of big crowds at stadium australia a few years ago. Well, they have regularly had to adjust their expectations down. Did GWS really expect between 15k and 20k. In coming weeks they wil likely get sub 9k crowds.

        I understand that they have some thirty year plan. Thirty years is a long excuse for failure.

        • Roar Guru

          The Cattery said | 1:03pm | ! Report

          IF GWS continues tracking just above the lowest NRL crowds in Sydney, and the lower membership numbers, as they are currently doing, then they would be very happy with that.

          The fact is that no one really knew how yesterday was going to pan out – it’s recognised as the most non-AFL area in Australia, so whatever happens this season, it’s a start and you work from there.

          If the club is still around in 154 years, then you’d conclude at that point: ok, we can call that a successful venture.

        • 1:15pm
          Brewski said | 1:15pm | ! Report

          I watched most of the game, and i never noticed any Swans fans, so one established AFL club in Sydney which usually has the highest amount of members, biggest average crowds, bigest sponsorship etc etc of any football code in NSW, and now we have another Sydney AFL club building with a very young list, and getting flogged week in week out.

          If they build a game day supporter group of around 10k, that is very similar to most RL clubs, whats the big deal.

          When they start winning, or being more competetive as they will, the core supporter may build to 15k.

          • 1:22pm
            JVGO said | 1:22pm | ! Report

            The way Swans attendances are are in a tailspin they may well end up with about 15,000 hardcore as well. I’d suggest that 2 clubs in Sydney who combined do less than what the Swans used to do on their own is not what the AFL envisaged.

            • Roar Guru

              The Cattery said | 1:36pm | ! Report

              While the NRL continues getting 12k averages in Sydney, I think the AFL will not be overly concerned.

              In Melbourne we have been witness to the MCG being completley replaced brick by brick over a 15 year period:
              1. we understand that during times of construction crowds are affected; and
              2. when it’s finally finished, crowds improve over previous levels.

              When you track Australian Football attendances over a 154 year period you see these peaks and troughs, but both get higher and higher compared to previous levels.

              • 1:54pm
                JVGO said | 1:54pm | ! Report

                C you continue to fail to understand that Sydney (and the entire rest of the world) is nothing like Melbourne. Extrapolating your experience and observations of Melbourne and its suburbs elsewhere is just naive and dumb. You should perhaps attempt first to understand other sports and other cultures and thence maybe get some grip on reality. In the end you might actually get some enjoymernt out of them (never as much as with the AFL though of course).

              • Roar Guru

                Fussball ist unser leben said | 2:30pm | ! Report

                TC, a crowd of 12k last night suggests the stadium was close to 50% filled. Is that what you noticed? I’ve only seen snapshots posted on Twitter &, perhaps, people were elsewhere – acquiring food & drink, or relieving themselves of food & drink?

                But, yes, 12k is an excellent crowd … if it’s true.

              • Roar Guru

                The Cattery said | 5:20pm | ! Report

                The thing I believe is that the stadiums provide the figure, not the AFL – if you have a problem, you need to either take it up with the stadium, or stand outside and track the numbers on your spreadsheet.

            • 2:36pm
              Brewski said | 2:36pm | ! Report

              Swans have around 20k hard core fans, and once construction is finished at the SCG, the crowds will rise again, that is just common sense.

              GWS are in for the long haul, i am not sure whether you really believe that yet !.

              • 2:56pm
                JVGO said | 2:56pm | ! Report

                The capacity of the SCG at the moment is about 35,000, the Swans are averaging 22,000 at home. Crowds were down significantly last year before the renovations, and are down significantly again this year.

                The fact is the Swans identity has been compromised. Other than the 20,000 die hards who exactly do they represent and who cares? They played their guts out and were undefeated and noone in Sydney even noticed.

                It would actually be quite sad if the AFL’s expeditionary force in Western Sydney only succeeds in taking out the AFL’s other F troop.

              • Roar Guru

                The Cattery said | 5:58pm | ! Report

                that would be incredibly sad

      • 5:49pm
        Tony said | 5:49pm | ! Report

        11,844 today at Penrith playing against Manly. Giants did VERY well by comparison. And so the attendance comparison goes on…

    • 11:05pm
      Ian Whitchurch said | 11:05pm | ! Report

      Just back from the game, with a walk each way for my health.

      Good game of footy – Giants couldnt buy a goal in the first half, and Essendon couldnt miss one.

      Dylan Shiel scoring the first gial at Skoda was great.

      We missed Izzy’s strength at CHF. It really felt there was a hole there.

      Great crumbing, positional work and snap goals by Essendon’s small forwards.

      How good is Jezza Cameron …

      Probably a couple of MRP referrals, which is fine.

      Good game of footy, in short.

    • Roar Guru

      The Cattery said | 10:49pm | ! Report

      Gavin Cornish‏:

      Great first night for @GWS_Giants at #skodastadium going to be some great memories there!! #aflgiantsdons

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