Review Round 20 2021 - GWS Giants v Port, 6.10 pm at Marvel Stadium, Sun 1 August

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Giant Strides

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Where and When: Sunday, August 1 at 3:10pm (AEST), venue TBD

Last time they met:
It’s been a while. The GIANTS and the Power last played in round six of the 2020 season, with Port notching a 17-point win as they continued to establish themselves as a finals contender. Port Adelaide pulled away late, conceding the lead to the GIANTS early in the final quarter before kicking the next four goals in a row. The Power shared the goals around – while Charlie Dixon and Todd Marshall contributed, so did a handful of their midfielders – with Travis Boak and Dan Houston busy around the ball and Kane Farrell and Karl Amon doing some damage with their outside run. For the GIANTS, Jeremy Cameron kicked two of the team’s six goals, with Nick Haynes a standout down back, Lachie Whitfield running hard and Harry Perryman continuing his bright start to what became a very good season.

What it means for the GIANTS: It’s simple. The GIANTS climbed from 12th spot back into the eight after last week’s defeat of Essendon, but to stay there they need to keep winning, with the Bombers, Richmond, Fremantle and St Kilda all breathing down their neck. Back-to-back wins have been rare this season – it’s happened just twice, in rounds 4-5 and 7-8 – but will be crucial in keeping those other clubs at bay with just four games left to play.

Where’s the opposition at: Port Adelaide sit in fourth spot on the ladder and are in strong form, with four wins from their last game and the one loss coming against another top-four side in Melbourne. They celebrated Boak’s 300th game with a win over Collingwood last week, pushing away from the Pies after half-time then regrouping when challenged early in the last quarter. Charlie Dixon, Todd Marshall and Mitch Georgiades have been teaming well together, with second ruck Peter Ladhams chipping in with two goals against the Pies. Boak has been in excellent form as has Ollie Wines, while Willem Drew had one of his best-ever game playing alongside them in the midfield last week. Zak Butters, Xavier Duursma and Connor Rozee returned from injury together, and also helped get their team over the line. Orazio Fantasia also returns to the line-up after knee surgery, bringing with him some speed.

The number: 21. Connor Idun celebrates a big birthday as a very important part of the GIANTS team. The defender has been one of the season’s big improvers, getting the job done on opponents tall and small all year long without much external kudos but plenty from his coaches and teammates. Idun is yet to be recognised with a Rising Star nomination but ranks first among all candidates for total one percenters this season, first for total marks, third for total intercepts, third for effective disposals per game and fourth for total rebound 50s.

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So, once again GWS has copped the raw end of COVID-induced changes, having to travel to and from Melbourne for a ''home game'', while our opposition has been comfortably ensconced there ready to welcome us. Given our inability to win back-to-back games this season, it would take a brave supporter to believe that we'll win this, but we are at a critical point of the season where - despite playing badly at times - we can still make the finals: if we believe and if we put together a decent game. Port are certainly not unbeatable - despite currently being in the top 4, they have had some ups and downs; just many less downs than GWS.

For GWS, Toby is back, and hopefully he's hungry to stamp himself on this game. Harry Himmelberg (HH, Thor) celebrates his 100th game - congratulations on achieving that feat- and James Peatling debuts after his mid-season pick up. Hopefully the boys are up for a 4-quarter effort, because that's what it will require to win this game.

Go GIANTS!

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ClockworkOrange

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Even if we win against all odds today, we’ve already been fully stitched up for next weekend.

Fox reporting the AFL wanted the Bombers to play Friday night, but they refused to play on a 5 day turnaround.

So over to us as the punching bag yet again, we now have to face the Cats on Friday night on a 5 day turnaround.

There’s got to be a full reckoning for the disgrace that is the 2021 season.


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General Giant

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Hoping for a win and if things were normal would think it to.

But with all this travel and bouncing around and the family concerns, can completely understand us being underwhelming.

Show some fight boys you can do this.
 

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Andre the Giant

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Phil Davis has been a wonderful servant for the club, a player with great guile and a pioneer but time finds all players and his time has come.

Previously he has soldiered through injury and found a way but now he is cheating, making elementary mistakes and becoming a huge liability. To put it plainly he’s cooked and needs to retire.

Hopefully this can be done with mutual consent rather than ending up in the twos. His time is up.
 

Orange Agent

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Oct 12, 2016
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Phil Davis has been a wonderful servant for the club, a player with great guile and a pioneer but time finds all players and his time has come.

Previously he has soldiered through injury and found a way but now he is cheating, making elementary mistakes and becoming a huge liability. To put it plainly he’s cooked and needs to retire.

Hopefully this can be done with mutual consent rather than ending up in the twos. His time is up.
Yeah but his replacement in Buckley is done for next year and our reliable back up in Keefe is also done for most of next year. I also don't think he is anywhere near 100% fit.
 

sydney_gws

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Do we have 18 players on the field, I have also never seen a game in which one team seems to win all the contested possessions.
 

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