Giants fans in Sydney - how much buzz is there?

PerthBoy86

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We've heard countless times about how the Giants are a plastic AFL franchise, a marketing exercise to spread Rules into rugby territory, not a 'real' football club with a history, tradition, passionate supporters. I'm sure many of you beg to differ, and I think it takes time for any club to be 'accepted' by the masses, not that you should care.

Anyway, I'm curious how much hype there is about the Giants playing in their first grand final in Sydney, particularly the western suburbs. For those living in Sydney, especially the west, Is there a lot of orange, white and charcoal everywhere? Posters, balloons, streamers? What's the mood in Parramatta, Bankstown, Ashfield, Liverpool etc? What about the Sydney or NSW media? Or would you not even know they were in it? Would be a good indication of how popular AFL is becoming in western Sydney. I live in Footscray and as you can imagine, it was a deluge of red, white and blue before the 2016 gf. They even painted a lot of public buildings and murals. I'm going to the parade as I type this, and I'm curious how many Giants fans will be there.
 

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Simmofreo

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We've heard countless times about how the Giants are a plastic AFL franchise, a marketing exercise to spread Rules into rugby territory, not a 'real' football club with a history, tradition, passionate supporters. I'm sure many of you beg to differ, and I think it takes time for any club to be 'accepted' by the masses, not that you should care.

Anyway, I'm curious how much hype there is about the Giants playing in their first grand final in Sydney, particularly the western suburbs. For those living in Sydney, especially the west, Is there a lot of orange, white and charcoal everywhere? Posters, balloons, streamers? What's the mood in Parramatta, Bankstown, Ashfield, Liverpool etc? What about the Sydney or NSW media? Or would you not even know they were in it? Would be a good indication of how popular AFL is becoming in western Sydney. I live in Footscray and as you can imagine, it was a deluge of red, white and blue before the 2016 gf. They even painted a lot of public buildings and murals. I'm going to the parade as I type this, and I'm curious how many Giants fans will be there.
It's a lot bigger than I thought mate

See some shots below. The laugh with the paper is that the giants very rarely more than a qtr of a page haha.

Harbour bridge and opera house to be lit orange this evening and tomorrow

Great for the sport in this state
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Junction Lion

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Sydney TV rating static from last - says everything about hype you need to know
Please share the ratings Pippen as you are so interested in the Giants. I joined the Orange Army for the walk from the Imperial in Melbourne. It was all hype. Huge numbers. 30,000 members after 8 years is impressive you must agree.
 

General Giant

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That is not correct at all - I don't even follow NRL
Sorry meant total figures prelim vs prelim.

But the Sydney figures for the Giants prelim were higher than the Melbourne figures for the Storm the same weekend at primetime.

So what do you follow? It's not the AFL as you've never discussed the Swans or any other club other than the Giants.
And if it's not the NRL....
Surely you can't be stupid enough to shit can the Giants if you are an A-league or Super Rugby fan. Surely.
 

Cyg1992

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He's a loser with a huge inferiority complex from the western wanderers forum. They claim no one in Western Sydney cares about the giants yet they watch every move the club makes over there like a jealous, uglier sister. Pretty pathetic.

There was great coverage from the media for the final here in Sydney and it certainly was justified. Great to have a truly 2 team city here now.
 

BarryAglett

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He's a loser with a huge inferiority complex from the western wanderers forum. They claim no one in Western Sydney cares about the giants yet they watch every move the club makes over there like a jealous, uglier sister. Pretty pathetic.

There was great coverage from the media for the final here in Sydney and it certainly was justified. Great to have a truly 2 team city here now.
That explains it.
A League supporters have a lot to feel inferior about.
I know what football code in Sydney I can safely take my kids to watch.
 

Cyg1992

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May 8, 2017
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Much safer and a lot more fun at the AFL. Bunch of teenage try hards trying to copy what they see on the red star Belgrade Facebook pages looks like little more than crying for attention.
 

Cyg1992

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If you want to see bitterness or pent up anger, read the western wanderers board. Inferiority complex defined to a tee. Every player suspension or defeat gets celebrated like they won a lotto syndicate together.

No one in this giants message board trashes the wanderers like you guys do there, they rarely get a mention here. Probably have a voodoo doll that you each stick pins into.
 

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