The AFL finals start now for Greater Western Sydney.
message GWS coach Leon Cameron is giving his players as the 10th-placed
Giants chase a first-ever finals berth with four games remaining.
points outside the eight, the Giants go on the road to play Port
Adelaide on Saturday and Cameron says losing is a luxury the expansion
club can no longer afford.
"We're going to play in finals every week now - we're in the finals system right now," said Cameron on Tuesday.
"We play a final this week against Port Adelaide, we've got a final next week against the Swans and so on."
said his young club needed to "earn the right" to keep competing and
give themselves a chance to crack the eight by season's end.
"Did we predict we were going to be this close at the start of the year? Probably not," he admitted.
think it's fantastic that we now have an opportunity to win some more
games and then, if you're good enough, you'll be in there.
"You end up where you end up."
head into their game in Adelaide with a midfield ravaged by injury, as
Tom Scully, Adam Treloar and Stephen Coniglio join long-term absentee
Dylan Shiel on the sidelines.
Scully is set to miss three weeks
with a shoulder complaint while Coniglio is touch-and-go after his
sickening clash with Essendon's Adam Cooney on Sunday.
Matt Buntine will sit out the next fortnight at least after suffering a second concussion in three weeks against Fremantle.
"It's a big challenge," said Cameron.
it's like anything, we feel as though when players have actually
stepped in and taken their opportunity, because of either injury or good
form, they've stood up to the mark.
"We play a tough, hard game of footy."
of the Giants' few fit midfielders is Rhys Palmer, who returned to the
run-on side in the win against Essendon after suffering a hamstring
He said he was "bloody excited" to still be in the finals mix, and backed replacement midfielders to shine against Port.
saw Scully went down halfway through the game which is really
disappointing, because he's had a really good season for us," he said.
in saying that, there's also a lot of boys playing really good footy in
the Twos, so if someone comes up, I'm sure they'll do the job for us."
On the flipside, the return of Jon Patton to attack means GWS are bursting at the seams with fit forwards.
asked if Patton, Cam McCarthy, Rory Lobb and Jeremy Cameron could all
fit in the same forward line, Cameron was unequivocal.
"When those four played together, we kicked eight or nine goals (last week)," he said.
we looked our most dangerous when the four of them were together - so
no doubt the synergy and that energy between them can work."