29/02/2024

Leon Cameron knows he has to win to save his season on Friday night against St Kilda. Image: 'GWS Giants'

Coming into this week’s clash against the Saints, the Giants need to prove that they can deliver a big performance to get their season moving.

Coming into this week’s clash against the Saints, the Giants need to prove that they can win in the big matches and deliver a dominant performance. Giants coach Leon Cameron sat down with the media not only to discuss his future with the club but what they can do to beat St Kilda.

GWS currently sit near the bottom of the ladder with only one win and five losses and is hoping to bounce back from their poor performances as they face the Saints on Friday night.

Since making the Semi-Finals last year the Giants have played below expectations with lots of heat again coming on senior coach Leon Cameron. After not producing a Premiership after nine years with the club and having a bad start to the season, Cameron has again felt the pressure of the job and the industry and knows he needs his players to perform for him come Friday night to silence the critics.

“My focus is making sure we put out our best team and are best prepared on Friday night (because) that’s my job,” Cameron said.

“My job is to not worry about what the outside influences have to say about myself because you don’t want that to become a distraction. There was some good footy against Fremantle and Melbourne it just needs to be longer.”

Facing the Giants are the Saints who have only lost one game and have won four in a row. In all games, they have dominated the midfield led by former Giant and captain Jack Steele.

Coming off a superb performance against the Suns where he had 27 disposals, The Giants know they will need to limit his impact.

“He’s a wonderful player and he’s done wonderful things at St Kilda,” Cameron went on to say.

“He’s in really good form and so is (Jade) Gresham and (Sebastian) Ross and (Brad) Crouch. They have got four really good mids (midfielders) playing some great footy. If you tag one, you’re going to leave three out.”

Lachie Ash has become to be known as the Giants tagger. Picked up in the 2019 draft he has proved himself to be a reliable midfielder and help take out the opponent’s best midfield player. In recent weeks he has helped tag Touk Miller from the Gold Coast Suns and Angus Brayshaw for the Melbourne Demons.

In their Round 3 clash against the Suns, he limited Miller to 17 disposals which is well below his 29.6 average. This helped his teammates control the midfield and walk away with a 26-point victory. Against Brayshaw, Ash tamed him to 22 disposals with only 13 of them being kicks.

“He is so flexible, we are rapt with his form. He’s a third-year kid playing a number of roles and is the ultimate team player,” Cameron said.

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Known for being one of the younger teams in the competition, the youngsters have stepped up to help the more experienced players. This includes Tanner Bruhn and Tom Green alongside Ash.

“If you can jump on the back of the momentum of these young kids, that’s when you get really strong performances,” Cameron said.

“Regardless of the win or loss, when they are in the early part of their career, they just want to play footy and they don’t let that outside noise get to them.”

With the return of star player Toby Greene this week, Cameron may be looking into bringing some other players into the team to help them get ahead of the Saints. After carrying out his suspension, ruckman Braydon Preuss is available for selection. Former Eagle Jarrod Brander will also be hoping to rejoin the team after kicking four goals in the VFL last week.

“He’s been working on his craft both forward and up around the wing areas. He is definitely in some form and no doubt these performances will start to be rewarded.”

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