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Melbourne born and raised. Unashamed Collingwood fan but happy to give credit when it's due.

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It’s not as simple as that. Yes you get access to the talent and the picks, but you still have to develop them, they don’t come in match hardened straight away.

Ideally yes they would’ve liked to win in 2019 (honestly no one was going to beat Richmond in that GF), but to consistently play finals in your first decade of existence is no mean feat. Especially in a non-AFL market.

Love him or hate him, Leon Cameron has left a Giant legacy

Respectfully going to disagree with you Al. The raw numbers don’t look great, but putting them into context they are respectable after a decade in a tough market. Remember the Swans were in the same boat for a long time before they built their local fanbase into what it is today.

But then again, maybe we have to agree to disagree.

Giant baby steps: A decade of the GWS Giants

Completely agree re: Tasmania. They definitely deserve a team and it looks like they will be getting one soon (likely a relocated team but it’s better than nothing).

I do like the idea of Canberra and the NT being in the league, but there are some challenges (especially the NT). Climate will be tough up there so I’m guessing games would mainly be night or twilight. Economic factors may be a challenge up north as well.

But nothing is out of the question.

Giant baby steps: A decade of the GWS Giants

Oh no doubt Richmond won, but it’s not as if Deledio didn’t provide the Giants with value for where they were at as a club.

Giant baby steps: A decade of the GWS Giants

And context is key. In 2019 the Suns average home attendance was 11,417 compared to 10,726 for the Titans in NRL. Now this isn’t impressive if you look at the raw numbers. But, take into account the economy of the Gold Coast being based on tourism, the sustained lack of success and it being a non-AFL state, they’re not entirely terrible. Granted that average would be inflated by the Q Clash as some games had very low attendances.

So if they begin to experience more sustained success and appear in finals, we might begin to see that average slowly tick upwards. Perhaps. Nothing is guaranteed.

BTW, I’m using 2019 as it was the most recent season not affected vy the pandemic.

Giant baby steps: A decade of the GWS Giants

Hopefully I’ll have more to add on this in the coming weeks.

Giant baby steps: A decade of the GWS Giants

I agree with comparing the Giants and Suns, the other interstate teams were set up under different circumstances which makes comparisons either skewed or unfair. It will be interesting to see how the two teams progress in the next 5 to 10 years. Personally I actually think the Suns are on the right track under Stewie Dew and should stick it out. Honestly I can’t see anyone else doing a better job (Clarkson aside). The Giants on the other hand may benefit from a fresh start although Cameron must be credited for what they’ve achieved in a short ount of time.

Might try to do an article on the Suns in the coming weeks.

Giant baby steps: A decade of the GWS Giants

Fair call on the typo (should be March 2008). Membership wise, they are figures supplied by the club and we all know the debate around their accuracy (3 games, Canberra, pets etc). Not just the Giants but league wide.

Giant baby steps: A decade of the GWS Giants

Fair call on the typo (should be 2008). Memberships wise, those figures are provided by the club. Fair enough to debate those figures (how many are 3 game, Canberra, pets etc).

Giant baby steps: A decade of the GWS Giants

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