A Gigantic Undertaking

Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Rohan Kelly/The Daily Telegraph
Toby Greene is out for five weeks after a club-imposed sanction. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Rohan Kelly/The Daily Telegraph
GWS Giants v Richmond Tigers
Spotless Stadium
Saturday May 24 – 1:40 PM (AEST)

Tigers: LWLLL

Following a week of scandal and controversy, the GWS Giants  have to get back to business or risk falling to the bottom of the ladder. Toby Greene’s night on the town has brought shame to the club and himself. The Richmond Tigers  are also sitting at the wrong end of the ladder. For a team many thought would be in the top four, they have struggled for consistency and their standings mirror that.

GWS is struggling in more ways than one. The fans are showing up, they are staying loyal and getting nothing for it. If Greene’s actions didn’t make things worse, the 111-point loss to West Coast definitely would have. If the fledgling Giants any chance of becoming the powerhouse we were all promised, they need to put the past behind them and start playing footy. On top of all that, talented defender Nick Haynes (ankle) is out for the season. Along with Greene's omission, GWS have dropped Andrew Phillips, Sam Frost, Josh Hunt, Jed Lamb and Matt Buntine. Replacing them at the back is Jeremy Cameron, Stephen Gilham and Curtly Hampton. In the middle is Jacob Townsend. Up front are Dylan Addison and Shane Mumford, while Adam Treloar gets his chance on the bench.

Richmond looks like a team out of ideas. There is no creativity, no vision and no drive. They just pass around the park and when they get in the 50, they don’t know where to go. It’s a very different team from the one which finished fifth last year. The 91-74 point loss to the Demons last week may have been the last straw. Coach Damien Hardwick is starting to get fed up with the inconsistency the Tigers have shown. Dylan Grimes replaces David Astbury (knee) at the back and Nick Vlastuin (finger) is out ,with Matt McDonough moving to half back. Nathan Foley gets a spot in midfield. Matt Thomas starts up front for Sam Lloyd (omitted) and Matt Dea jumps onto the pine.

The Tigers are far too good for this horrible form to continue. This is their opportunity to put a much needed tick in the win column. But GWS are known for producing upsets and they could pull another rabbit out of the hat.

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