Watch AFL JLT Series Live GWS Giants vs Collingwood Magpies Streaming Free 2018 AFL Pre Seasons match will be kick off at Manuka Oval Sports venue, Griffith, Australia, Thursday 01 March 2018 online, 19:10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The GWS Giants will keep Brett Deledio on ice for another week, but stand-in coach Mark McVeigh has backed returning 31-year-old Ryan Griffen to add a veteran’s spark to the club’s defence.
The Giants will play their first official pre-season match when they clash against Collingwood at Manuka Oval on Thursday night.
It will be a chance for Griffen to make his comeback after an ankle injury limited him to just three games last year.
Deledio didn’t last much longer, playing seven games in his first year at the Giants. And adding to the pair’s injury pain is the fact both have watched their respective former clubs – the Western Bulldogs and Richmond – win drought breaking premierships in the past two years.
The hopes is they can end their injury frustration and help the Giants rise to a new level after making preliminary finals in the past two years.
Griffen has been picked to play against Collingwood while Deledio is set to make his return next week.
“[Griffen] has had a really good season and obviously we missed him … at his age, to be able to complete a full pre-season holds him in good stead for round one,” McVeigh said.
“He knows what’s required. He’s certainly been around for a long time so we’re really pleased with the way he’s been able to train, especially coming back from last year.
“He gives us a hell of a lot of experience down back, we’ve got some young players coming through down there. We know his ball movement is elite and his communication skills down back are important for us.
“He’s a popular member of the group, so to have him running out gives us a lot of confidence. It’s a huge lift for us for him to get hos body right and play a large chunk of the year.”
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HB: T.Mohr 39, A.Tomlinson 20, H.Shaw 23
C: L.Whitfield 6, C.Ward 8, J.Kelly 22
HF: S.Reid 50, J.Cameron 18, D.Shiel 5
F: M.de Boer 24, J.Patton 12, H.Himmelberg 27
Foll: D.Simpson 26, S.Coniglio 3, R.Griffen 32
I/C: N.Shipley 34, T.Taranto 14, Z.Langdon 17, L.Tiziani 33, L.Keeffe 25, M.Flynn 30, D.Lloyd 38
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HB: J.Crisp 25, A.Oxley 43, T.Langdon 8
C: J.Smith 40, T.Adams 13, J.Aish 14
HF: T.Varcoe 18, C.Mayne 16, T.Broomhead 29
F: C.Brown 17, M.Cox 46, B.Maynard 37
Foll: B.Grundy 4, S.Pendlebury 10, S.Sidebottom 22
I/C: J.Blair 11, J.Stephenson 35, J.Thomas 24, T.Goldsack 6, W.Hoskin-Elliott 32, S.McLarty 23, B Reid 20, T.Phillips 21