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The GWS Giants’ road to redemption from last year’s Grand Final horror show begins in Blacktown this evening, when they take on crosstown rivals the Sydney Swans in their first Marsh Community Series match. Join The Roar for live scores from 4:10pm (AEDT).
The Giants have named a very different team to the one which was annihilated by Richmond in their last official match back in September last year. New captain Stephen Coniglio will miss after playing for the All Stars in the State of Origin match on Friday night, while all of Nick Haynes, Josh Kelly, Lachie Whitfield, Jeremy Cameron and Toby Greene fronted up for Victoria.
This means tagger Matt de Boer will be the Giants’ de facto captain, as the only member of their new-look leadership group playing.
2019 was a poor year by the Swans’ lofty standards, missing the finals for the first time since 2009 and just the second time since 2002.
However, a bunch of promising youngsters means the future is bright for the Bloods, and with last year’s pick 5 Dylan Stephens among another group of faces making their first appearance in Swans’ colours this evening, the side’s journey back into the top eight begins now.
First bounce: 4:10pm (AEDT)
Venue: Blacktown International Sportspark, Blacktown
TV: Fox Footy
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Odds: Giants $1.58, Swans $2.34
GWS Giants line-up
B: 21 Matt Buntine, 1 Phil Davis, 15 Sam Taylor
HB: 50 Sam J. Reid, 35 Aidan Corr, 40 Adam Kennedy
C: 7 Lachlan Ash, 2 Jacob Hopper, 13 Isaac Cumming
HF: 9 Jackson Hately, 32 Kieren Briggs, 24 Matt de Boer (c)
F: 16 Brent Daniels, 27 Harry Himmelberg, 17 Zac Langdon
R: 10 Sam Jacobs, 14 Tim Taranto, 5 Jye Caldwell
I/C: 12 Tom Green, 23 Heath Shaw, 31 Jeremy Finlayson, 33 Xavier O’Halloran, 34 Nick Shipley, 36 Harry Perryman, 37 Ian Hill, 38 Daniel Lloyd
Sydney Swans line-up
B: 2 Kaiden Brand, 24 Dane Rampe, 42 Robbie Fox
HB: 7 Harry Cunningham, 36 Aliir Aliir, 38 Colin O’Riordan
C: 13 Oliver Florent, 26 Luke Parker, 34 Jordan Dawson
HF: 15 Sam Gray, 30 Tom McCartin, 22 Nick Blakey
F: 28 Lewis Taylor, 18 Callum Sinclair, 9 Will Hayward
R: 10 Sam Naismith, 8 James Rowbottom, 12 Josh P. Kennedy (c)
I/C: 1 Chad Warner, 3 Dylan Stephens, 17 Will Gould, 25 Ben Ronke, 27 Justin McInerney, 29 George Hewett, 45 Sam Wicks, 48 Michael Knoll