AFL Pre Seasons NAB Cup Live GWS Giants vs Sydney Swans Stream AFL Pre Seasons NAB Challenge match will be kick off at Manuka Oval stadium, Canberra, New South Wales, Australia, Sunday 22 March 2015 online, 13.30pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Foxtell.
Since moving from Collingwood, the two things Heath Shaw’s missed are finals and Anzac Day.
He’ll tick one of those boxes at Manuka Oval in April and hopes this season Greater Western Sydney will take a step towards the other.
The Giants plan to kick off their 2015 campaign against the Sydney Swans with their final pre-season game at Manuka and the cheeky Shaw hoped Swans forward Lance Franklin helped draw a big crowd – but failed to get a kick.
Shaw played in six Anzac Day clashes for Collingwood against Essendon at the MCG and won the Anzac Medal as best-on-ground in 2007.
With 18 finals and one premiership under his belt at the Pies, playing in front of 90,000 “lunatics” at the MCG was a regular occurrence for Shaw.
It’s those big games in front of packed houses that Shaw says he’s missed the most.
He’s excited about rekindling the Anzac spirit when the Giants play the Gold Coast Suns at Manuka on Anzac Day next month and he’s confident GWS will take a step this season towards playing finals, after finishing 2014 with two wins from their last three games.
Shaw said they would have one eye on the Swans and the other on St Kilda in round one.
“Coming from a club that played finals nearly every year, to miss out on September action last year was a bit of a weird feeling,” he said.
“I think we have the ability to play finals, but the thing is you have to win a certain amount of games to get there.”
Retribution is in the minds of the Sydney Swans, with midfielder Craig Bird saying they’ve spoken about atoning for last year’s grand final defeat and their shock loss to cross-town rivals Greater Western Sydney.
But Bird predicted the Giants would be much tougher this season and could make their AFL finals debut on the back of a midfield bolstered by Ryan Griffen.
A near-full-strength Swans side landed in Canberra on Saturday, including gun forward Lance Franklin, for their final pre-season hitout against GWS at Manuka Oval on Sunday.
He said they had also talked about their shock round one loss to the Giants last season.
“The boys are pretty hungry after last year, very disappointed after [the way we] finished last year,” Bird said.
“It’s burned our guts the whole off-season so we’re pretty keen to make amends after last season and have another crack at winning a premiership.
Sydney Swans: 2. Rhyce Shaw, Dan Hannebery, 5. Isaac Heeney, 6. Tom Mitchell, 7. Harry Cunningham, 11. Jeremy Laidler, 12. Josh Kennedy, 13. Toby Nankervis, 14. Craig Bird, 15. Kieren Jack, 16. Gary Rohan, 20. Sam Reid, 22. Dean Towers, 23. Lance Franklin, 24. Dane Rampe, 25. Ted Richards, 26. Luke Parker, 27. Daniel Robinson, 32. Lewis Jetta, 33. Brandon Jack, 35. Sam Naismith, 37. Adam Goodes, 38. Mike Pyke, 39. Heath Grundy, 40. Nick Smith, 42. Xavier Richards, 44. Jake Lloyd
Greater Western Sydney: 1. Phil Davis, 2. Curtly Hampton, 3. Stephen Coniglio, 4. Toby Greene, 5. Dylan Shiel, 6. Lachie Whitfield, 7. Rhys Palmer, 8. Callan Ward, 9. Tom Scully, 10. Devon Smith, 11. Jed Lamb, 14. Tomas Bugg, 17. Adam Treloar, 18. Jeremy Cameron, 19. Nick Haynes, 20. Adam Tomlinson, 21. Matt Buntine, 22. Josh Kelly, 23. Heath Shaw, 24. Joel Patfull, 25. Cam McCarthy, 32. Ryan Griffen, 33. Will Hoskin-Elliott, 35. Aidan Corr, 40. Adam Kennedy, 41. Shane Mumford, 44. Tom Downie