4:35 PM (AEST) Saturday, May 20 at Spotless Stadium, Sydney
Round 9 of the AFL continues with a huge Saturday of games, headlined by a top of the table clash between the Giants and Richmond.
Greater Western Sydney: Nathan Wilson, Adam Tomlinson, Aidan Corr; Heath Shaw, Phil Davis, Zac Williams; Devon Smith, Dylan Shiel, Tom Scully; Rory Lobb, Jonathon Patton, Toby Greene; Steve Johnson, Jeremy Cameron, Sam J. Reid; Shane Mumford, Josh Kelly, Callan Ward.
Richmond: Alex Rance, David Astbury, Dylan Grimes; Jayden Short, Bachar Houli, Brandon Ellis; Jason Castagna, Josh Caddy, Shaun Grigg; Daniel Rioli, Sam Lloyd, Shane Edwards; Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt, Kamdyn McIntosh; Toby Nankervis, Trent Cotchin, Kane Lambert.
There have been just 6 games between these two sides with Richmond winning 5 games to the Giants one. However that sole victory for the Giants came in their last battle with Richmond where the Giants flogged the Tigers 111-23 in Round 19 last year.
The Giants season got off to a woeful start as they were belted by Adelaide by 8 goals. The Giants bounced back in brutal style, hammering the Suns by 102 points 160-58 in a clinical performance. Round 3 saw the Giants beat the Roos by 7 goals and they won again against Port Adelaide by 112-81. They hammered cross-city rivals Sydney by a comfortable 7 goals, before pipping the defending premiers Bulldogs by 2 points. In Round 7 they were surprising losers to St Kilda by 23 but they bounced back last week with another tight win, this time by 3 points against the Magpies.
Richmond won the season opening game convincingly against an inconsistent Carlton side by 43 points. They6 then overcame Collingwood by 19 points in Round 2. The Tigers managed to beat a strong West Coast side by 11 points in Round 3. They remained undefeated after hammering the Lions by 52 points. In Round 5 they held off a strong Melbourne outfit by 13 points before suffering their first loss of the season, by a demoralising 76 points to the Crows. They then went down by 5 to the Bulldogs and by just 2 points to Fremantle last weekend.
Rance v Cameron – Rance is arguably the best defender in the competition and he will be up against the Giants star Jeremy Cameron. This will be a great contest and the winner could well lead their side to victory.
GWS are on home soil and have a stunning attack. Richmond have been narrow losers for two weeks and will be less confident than they were a month ago.
Greater Western Sydney $1.24