Tom Green's hard yards on track are clearly showing on the field. (Image: Joshua Davis)

The GWS Giants were one game short of playing in their second ever AFL grand final last season. Now, they will be hungry to go further in 2024, knowing they have the ability to take it to any team in the competition.

2023 Overview

The Giants had a shaky start to their 2023 season, losing seven of their first 10 games in what was shaping to be a transitional season under new coach Adam Kingsley. Many were quick to write them off, but they bounced back and went on to win 11 of their next 14 games. If it weren’t for the forgettable beginning, GWS could have ended their year with a comfortable place in the Top 4.

With three wins in the finals series by four goals or more, the Giants were looking like a huge threat to the teams above them. However, their season eventually came to an end with a devastating one-point loss to the eventual premiers Collingwood at the MCG.

Irrespective of this, the side developed brilliantly together as the season progressed, and there is plenty for them to build upon as they have another crack at it in 2024.

Off-Season Changes

In: Joseph Fonti (No.44 draft pick), Phoenix Gothard (No.12 draft pick), James Leake (No.17 draft pick), Harvey Thomas (No.59 draft pick, Academy), Nathan Wardius (Category B rookie, Academy)

Out: Phil Davis (retired), Cameron Fleeton (delisted), Matt Flynn (free agent, West Coast), Jason Gillbee (delisted), Daniel Lloyd (retired)

Phil Davis and Daniel Lloyd will be greatly missed by the Giants in 2024 after the two veterans calling time on their careers last season, while Matt Flynn will add plenty to the Eagles ruck stocks following his departure.

However, the Giants have added plenty of young talent from the draft pool, namely Top-20 picks Phoenix Gothard and James Leake, who will be exciting young prospects to watch over the next few years.

Overall, the fact that there wasn’t too much list turnover at the Giants is a good sign as they can carry some momentum and consistency into 2024.

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Opening round: Collingwood, Saturday 9 March, 7:30pm GIANTS Stadium

Round 1: v North Melbourne, Saturday 16 March, 4:35pm GIANTS Stadium

Round 2: v West Coast, Sunday 24 March, 6:50pm Optus Stadium

Round 3: v BYE

Round 4: v Gold Coast, Sunday 7 April, 12:30pm Adelaide Hills (Gather Round)

Round 5: v St Kilda, Saturday 13 April, 1:45pm Manuka Oval

Round 6: Carlton, Saturday 20 April, 4:35pm Marvel Stadium

Round 7: v Brisbane, Thursday 25 April, 7:30pm Manuka Oval (ANZAC Day)

Round 8: v Sydney, Saturday 4 May, 1:45pm SCG

Round 9: v Essendon, Saturday 11 May, 4:35pm Marvel Stadium

Round 10: v Western Bulldogs, Saturday 18 May, 4:35pm GIANTS Stadium

Round 11: v Geelong, Saturday 25 May, 4:35pm GMHBA Stadium

Round 12: BYE

Round 13: v Hawthorn, Saturday 8 June, 1:45pm University of Tasmania Stadium

Round 14: Port Adelaide, Sunday 16 June, 4:00pm GIANTS Stadium

Round 15: v Sydney, Saturday 22 June, 4:35pm GIANTS Stadium

Round 16: v Adelaide, TBC, Adelaide Oval

Round 17: v Carlton, TBC, GIANTS Stadium

Round 18: v Richmond, TBC, MCG

Round 19: v Gold Coast, TBC, GIANTS Stadium

Round 20: v Melbourne, TBC, MCG

Round 21: v Richmond, TBC, Manuka Oval

Round 22: v Brisbane, TBC, Gabba

Round 23: v Fremantle, TBC, GIANTS Stadium

Round 24: v Western Bulldogs, TBC, Mars Stadium

Looking at 2024

Fans will hope that Adam Kingsley can avoid second year blues and continue GWS’ meteoric rise. He would certainly want to follow in the footsteps of Collingwood and Craig McRae, and go one better in his second season in charge.

If Toby Greene can continue his superb form and brilliant on field leadership, the Giants players will follow and be extremely dangerous once again in 2024. They’ll be looking to stars like Tom Green, Sam Taylor, and Connor Idun, among others, to continue their improvement and support of the All Australian captain once again.

In particular, Green had a breakout season ranking elite and above average in a plethora of statistics throughout 2023 in the midfield. His ball movement into the forward line was fluid, his contested work was terrific, and we should expect him to continue his dominance this year.

Mix in veterans such as Stephen Coniglio, Josh Kelly, Jesse Hogan, and Lachie Whitfield, and GWS appear ready to carry their late season momentum straight into 2024.

Prediction: 5th

If the Giants can display the talent they had in the pointy end of the last season, they will be a major threat once again 2024.

They should be shoo-ins for a Top-8 position, and will most likely end up in that bottom section of the eight once again due to pure dominance of the some of the other clubs that are projected to be sat around them.

Regardless, when the Giants have momentum on their side, they are just about impossible to stop. If this momentum goes their way again, then the sky is truly the limit for what they can achieve this year under coach Adam Kingsley.

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