Greater Western Sydney vice-captain Toby Greene says he won’t be drawing back on past finals results ahead of his side’s elimination final against the Swans.
This Saturday’s clash between the two Sydney sides will be their third meeting in a final, with the Giants victorious on both occasions.
Though Greene says the side has changed a lot since their last two finals meetings, saying he hasn’t read too much into their previous finals clashes.
“It’s a unique situation we play the Swans again in a final, 2016 was a while ago now, it will be a completely different team to what we have rolling out on the weekend, and the other one was in 2018,” Greene told media on Monday.
With both sides coming into the finals in good form winning four of their last five games of the home and away season, Greene is excited about the upcoming clash.
“They’re always tight tussles with the Swans and I guess when its finals the stakes are up again, it will be a great game,” he said.
“They’re in good form and we’ve come in with some wins as well, so really looking forward to it.”
With New South Wales still under lockdown, Tasmania will host its first final on Saturday afternoon with the game taking place in Launceston.
Though the change of venue hasn’t deterred Greene’s enthusiasm ahead of the clash.
“It would have been really good to have the game up in Sydney but obviously that was never an equation,” he said.
“It will be great to get down to Tassie and we haven’t played in Launy [Launceston] for a while so looking forward to it and playing the Swans is always a big occasion.”
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Having lost the opening three games of the season the Giants turned their fortunes around the season wore on.
Coming home strong in the second half of the season, Greene is now eager for himself and the rest of the team to make an impact in September.
“It is an awesome achievement, just being on the road for the last eight or nine weeks adds to it as well,” he said.
“What we’ve been able to produce towards the backend of the season, to get ourselves to be in a position for finals, it’s been a really enjoyable year.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys coming through and they’re playing some really good footy and our team looks a lot different to the last couple of years.
“It will be an awesome experience and we want to make the most of it.”
Greene also gave an update on teammate and Giants captain Steven Coniglio, who returned to action last week against the Blues coming on as the medical sub.
Coniglio continued to build match fitness the following day, playing 70 minutes in a scratch match for the Giants at Windy Hill.
Having been sidelined for most of the season, Greene says Coniglio looks ready to go come finals.
“He was in a position last week where he had to assume the sub role, did that, came on, and got a bit of game time which was a bonus,” he said.
“He had a full match on the weekend [practice scrimmage] and now he’s fully fit and ready to go and now had a couple of games to get over the niggles.”
Having played just four games in 2021 and struggled with form last year, Greene defended his captain, saying he has a role to play come finals.
“You definitely want your captain out there, as I’ve said he’s given himself every chance to put his best foot forward and really looking forward to it [his return].”
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