02/03/2024

The GWS Giants are looking to maximise a special opportunity halfway through this AFL season to win back-to-back games.

Being 14th on the ladder two games back from eighth place, the matchup with the Richmond Tigers could set up their back half of the season.

Only facing one top-eight team in the next month, the Giants have a sense of belief in their potential and slowly unlocking their ceiling.

Lachie Whitfield fronted the media ahead of the Round 12 fixture.

“Yeah, look we’ve come off a really good win down in Geelong and we get a chance to win back-to-back games which I don’t think we’ve done in a while,” Lachie Whitfield said.

“It’s good just to have a little bit of reward for effort and to get the ball rolling. You don’t want to make losing a habit and we’re able to pinch a few wins here and there, so now we want to try and make winning a habit.”

The midfielder is looking to continue performing at a high level with the spark that they have found recently. Both the Giants and Tigers are looking to get on a roll, with the game expected to be a tough matchup and both sides to have a unique energy in the round 12 clash.

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After last year’s struggles, the Giants are looking at this season with a one-game-at-a-time mentality, not focusing on facing former teammates and instead on how they can work through the game differently from what they have done previously.

Facing Tim Taranto for the first time since his departure from the Giants, Whitfield is not too distracted to see his former teammate but has noticed how impactful he has been for both clubs.

“Tim was a big part of our culture up here in Sydney. Everyone loved him and he was one of the most favoured guys here,” Whitfield said highly about Taranto.

“Seeing him depart was pretty sad. He’s doing really good things down in Richmond. He’s getting a lot of footy, scoring goals. So he’s probably been one of their best players.”

What is building excitement for the Giants this week, is celebrating Tom Greene passing 200 career games in front of their home fans.

After not being able to celebrate in front of the fans last week as they were on the road in Geelong, the club is celebrating in big fashion ahead of the match.

“Toby’s the crux of what we do as a footy club. Most things go through him or around him here, so for the fans to get a chance to celebrate his milestone with him would be great.”

The GWS Giants play the Richmond Tigers on Sunday at Giant Stadium.

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