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Stephen Coniglio is the “ultimate team man”, which is why Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron has given him the captain’s armband for their pre-season trial against the Western Bulldogs at Manuka Oval on Thursday night.
And Cameron was embracing the expectations the Giants should push to play AFL finals for the first time and they’re “putting the pressure on each other” as well.
GWS have named a young team, with big names Steve Johnson, co-captain Callan Ward, Jeremy Cameron, Shane Mumford and Ryan Griffen all rested, while co-captain Phil Davis and Dylan Shiel were named as emergencies.
Former Eastlake player Harrison Himmelberg is also an emergency and Cameron said he was close to playing.
While Coniglio is still only 22, he’s essentially a senior player at the Giants and looks likely to be part of the Giants’ leadership group, which will be announced at the end of the pre-season trials.
“Coniglio has addressed the areas that he wants to address as a player and he knows how he has to get better as an individual, but he also wants to take on that added responsibility of, ‘How do I get the person beside me up to speed? How do I get my team up to speed? I want to take responsibility for this team’,” Cameron said.
“He has a good demeanour with his coaches and players, he’s well respected, he’s hard at it and puts his head over the footy.
“He leads by example, he tackles, he plays good defence and he’s an ultimate team man.”
Coniglio was drafted with pick two in the 2011 AFL draft and went on to make his debut the following year in the Giants’ first ever AFL game.
He’s developed into a permanent member of the young GWS midfield.
While it is just a pre-season game, Coniglio said it was still a humbling moment to lead his club – especially with such a young team picked to take on the Dogs.
Last year, the Bulldogs jumped from down near the bottom of the table to play their first finals campaign since 2010.
It’s a path the Giants want to follow having narrowly missed out on last year’s post-season.
“They’re exactly the same as us when you look at their group’s age. They were just hungrier than us last year and improved to play in finals and do really well,” Coniglio said.
“It’s definitely something we’re looking to emulate this year.”
The Giants are facing expectations to continue their climb and get the finals monkey off their back.
Cameron said the first step was to at least replicate the 11 wins they managed last season, but they were also expecting to improve.
He said GWS had traditionally placed a big emphasis on winning as many games as they could, including pre-season ones, and that would be no different on Thursday.
“Our next step is we’ve got to get back to 11 wins. We need to get back to where we left off from last year,” Cameron said.
“We improved last year, we were more competitive, but there were still five or six games where we weren’t competitive enough.
“You’re right, expectation has lifted. People might think it’s externally lifted, but internally we’re putting the pressure on each other.”
The Giants’ charity partner for the game will be the Tara Costigan Foundation, which looks to raise awareness and funds for victims of domestic violence.
GWS will hold their Canberra community camp on Friday, visiting schools, hospitals and footy clubs – plus competition winners will get to car pool from school to footy training with some of the players.
GWS Giants: 1. Phil Davis, 2. Jacob Hopper, 3. Stephen Coniglio, 5. Dylan Shiel, 6. Lachie Whitfield, 7. Rhys Palmer, 9. Tom Scully, 11. Jack Steele, 12. Jonathon Patton, 14. Jarrod Pickett, 15. Matthew Kennedy, 16. Nathan Wilson, 20. Adam Tomlinson, 21. Matt Buntine, 22. Josh Kelly, 24. Joel Patfull, 26. Dawson Simpson, 27. Harrison Himmelberg, 28. Jake Barrett, 29. Zack Williams, 31. Jeremy Finlayson, 33. Will Hoskin-Elliott, 34. Caleb Marchbank, 35. Aidan Corr, 36. James Stewart, 37. Rory Lobb, 40. Adam Kennedy, 42. Pat McKenna, 50. Sam J. Reid
Western Bulldogs: 1. Matthew Suckling, 2. Robert Murphy, 3. Mitch Wallis, 4. Marcus Bontempelli, 5. Matthew Boyd, 6. Luke Dahlhaus, 7. Lachie Hunter, 9. Jake Stringer, 10. Easton Wood, 11. Jack Macrae, 13. Nathan Hrovat, 15. Tom Campbell, 16. Toby McLean, 19. Lukas Webb, 22. Mitch Honeychurch, 23. Jordan Roughead, 24. Shane Biggs, 25. Koby Stevens, 26. Declan Hamilton, 27. Will Minson, 29. Tory Dickson, 31. Bailey Dale, 32. Kieran Collins, 33. Marcus Adams, 35. Caleb Daniel, 38. Dale Morris, 39. Jason Johannisen, 42. Liam Picken, 44. Jed Adcock