GWS have rejigged their leadership group for the 2020 AFL season, calling up foundation players Toby Greene and Jeremy Cameron plus Lachie Whitfield.
GWS coach Leon Cameron says the Giants’ underdog status won’t be a driving force ahead of the AFL grand final against Richmond.
GWS coach Leon Cameron knows Richmond will go into the AFL grand final as hot favourites, but he’s not interested in using the underdog tag as motivation.
The Giants won through to their first premiership decider when they outplayed Collingwood for three quarters then hung on to claim a four-point preliminary final thriller at the MCG on Saturday night.
It was the latest in a string of surprise results for GWS, who didn’t finish the home-and-away season well, but still claimed sixth spot on the ladder.
The Western Bulldogs were ‘supposed’ to win their elimination final at Giants Stadium and second-placed Brisbane were most assuredly ‘meant’ to end the Giants’ season in their semi-final at the Gabba.
But it’s not about who’s supposed to win according to other people for GWS.
“I understand there’s always going to be an underdog story,” Cameron said.
“The Dogs were magnificent in ’16, then Richmond came in ’17 when people probably didn’t think they would win it.
“We don’t really draw on that.
“We’ll probably be fair underdogs against Richmond, but at the end of the day, when the ball bounces, both sides have got everything to lose.
“If we get beaten or if we win the game next weekend, we won’t be sitting here blaming an underdog tag or blaming injuries or what’s happened in the past.
“When the ball bounces it’s going to be on.”
The Giants will get star forward Toby Greene back from suspension and Lachie Whitfield is likely to return after having his appendix removed.
“He’s a massive chance, a huge chance, but if he’s not fit or healthy enough to play 100 minutes of footy, then we won’t pick him,” Cameron said.
“But all the signs are heading in the right direction.
“The surgery was really simple … every box was ticked there, so there was no setbacks in surgery.
“Lachie Whitfield will definitely be putting his hand up next week.”
Co-captain Phil Davis played out the match against the Pies with a sore calf, but Cameron is quietly confident scans will won’t show any serious injury.
Stephen Coniglio, having not played since round 17 with a knee injury and surgery, will also press his claim for a grand-final berth.