The giant win proves that GWS is not a broken club and there is still a vibe between them

Leading the weekend game against the West Coast Eagles, GWS Giants caretaker coach Mark McVeigh insisted they were “not a broken club”, despite their poor start to the season and speculation surrounding coach Leon Cameron since then.

McVeigh, who has been with the club since 2015, officially took over after Cameron’s departure after losing to Carlton last week and promised to give the struggling club a new spin that made it to a grand final just three years ago.

Former Ascendant Tagger made a statement at the selection table, making several changes to the team that was defeated by the Blues, with Nick Haynes, Tim Taranto, Lachi Ash, Lachi Whitfield, Connor Stone and Braden Prius dropped due to injury or illness.

They have already joined a long list of injuries, including former captains Phil Davis, Jacob Hopper, Brent Daniels and Daniel Lloyd.

In addition, his two former Essendon teammates, James Hard and Dean Solomon, joined a changed coaching panel and the former returned to coaching in any form for the first time since he was relieved of the Bombers coach position in 2015 from a supplement scandal.

Solomon was there and did so, with Rodney Edd being the caretaker coach of the Gold Coast Sons for the last three games of the 2017 season, who was sacked shortly after completing his three-year term on the holiday strip.

After the legendary Kevin Shady led the club as a child in 2012 and 2013, McVeigh became the second former Ascendon identity to sit in the Giants hot seat, even if only on an interim basis.

Despite the change of coaching staff during the week, the mood at the club was high, and the 41-year-old said he had taken on a collective responsibility “this is basically something really good going on” and he would see it shake up some things.

The impact he has had on the club has been short-lived, with the Giants recording their highest score of the season (21.12 (138)) as they beat last-placed West Coast Eagles by 52 points at the Giants Stadium. On sunday.

It was also their equal-highest score from Round 9, 2019, which coincidentally came the day after the federal election; On that occasion, they booted a score of 20.18 (138) against bottom-placed Carlton.

This is Paul Suss’s biggest win as a caretaker coach in his debut AFL match since he oversaw the 77-point thrashing of Sydney Swans in Fremantle at the SCG in Round 13, 2002.

Mark Harvey also oversaw the Brisbane Lions’ ten-goal win over GWS in 2013, although this was his second term as caretaker coach after Chris Connolly resigned in 2007 to play the same role at Fremantle (and then be appointed permanently).

The Giants were always going to start favorites against an Eagles team that was hit in the first half of the season and plagued by COVID-19 protocol.

When co-captain Toby Green kicked a pair of goals within 30 seconds of the first five minutes, it was clear that the Giants had come to play; More goals from Tom Green and James Pitling gave the Giants a 25-point lead before the Eagles could score.

Giants' Toby Green regrets a missed shot
(Michael Wilson / AFL photo via Getty Images)

Another big surprise was that regular forward Harry Himmelberg switched to defense, probably to cover the absence of King Nick Haynes, but he was still able to score a goal in the second quarter with a 50-meter penalty coming out of the defense.

Their win was never in doubt, scoring 14 goals at half time and finishing with 21 goals when they play with a new independence and rediscover the missing feature for most of the season.

It was their third win of the season and took them 14th on the ladder with a 3-7 record, and although the club could still reach the final mathematically, it is certainly the farthest thing from Mark McVeigh’s mind as they look to the building. For the future.

History has shown, however, that no supervising coach has instructed a club to reach the final in the same year that they played in the AFL.

But it would be hard to suggest that the Giants are in Reconstruction mode, as they still have plenty of experience and talent on their playing list, including Phil Davis, Stephen Coniglio, Toby Green, Callan Ward and Adam Kennedy – all of whom played in the first Round 1, 2012 GWS. Back to the side.

All but Davis (injured) played against the Eagles, while Lachi Whitfield, Josh Kelly and Tim Taranto all made their debuts in 2013, 2014 and 2017, respectively, and have developed into consistent players for the club.

In Davis’ absence, Sam Taylor has performed well at fullback, and you only have to look at his shutdown efforts on Tom Hawkins in Round 21 last year to see why he is on the verge of becoming the club’s number one defender when the opening co-captain finally retires.

Coniglio and Green, both of whom had a calm match against Carlton last weekend, returned to form with a 92% efficiency rate with 36 settlements in the former rack and two early goals in the second set the tone for the rest of the match.

Tom Green is also starting to become a consistent player in midfield, and could have easily won the Rising Star Award last year if he hadn’t missed last season’s tail-end due to hamstring and hand injuries.

While Mark McVeigh would be happy to register his first win as an AFL coach (albeit in a caretaker capacity), he knows there will still be a lot of interest and intrigue over who will be the club’s next permanent coach from 2023.

There has been speculation surrounding Alastair Clarkson’s possible coaching comeback, with James Hard being cited as an alternative despite his time at Ascend in a controversial outcome at the height of the club’s complementary scandal in 2015.

McVeigh himself could have extended a hand for the role, and if the Giants’ performance improved somewhat dramatically in the second half of the season, he wouldn’t be counted out.

After guiding the Giants to victory against bottom-placed clubs in the AFL, he will face an omnipotent task this Saturday as the Giants face second-placed Lions in the north Brisbane, emerging as serious premier contenders this year.

The Lions will be looking to return home after their second defeat of the season in a thriller in Hawthorne in Launceston on Sunday.

They have won three of their last four matches against the Giants, before which the Orange Men have won six in a row, although this came at a time when they were beginning to emerge as real finalists when the Lions sank to the bottom. Ladder.

Even if McVeigh continues to impress in the remaining twelve matches this season as part of his coaching audition, the Giants would not want to hire him on a full-time basis if there is anything in recent history.

Over the past decade, people like David Tigg (Carlton), Rice Shaw (North Melbourne) and Matthew Primus (Port Adelaide) have moved from caretaker to full-time coach after successful auditions, but not for more than two years. Different reasons.

Tig (who became caretaker in 2019) was controversially fired at the end of his second full season in 2021, Shaw (2019) resigned in 2020 after just one full season and Primus (2010) was dropped in 2012 with four rounds remaining. – Field performance.

This transformation has been felt twice by Brett Rotten, first in Carlton when he took over from Dennis Pagan in 2007 and led the club until the end of 2012, and then at St Kilda when he took over from Alan Richardson in 2019 and is now there. His third season in the lead.

He led the Blues to multiple final series in 2009-11, dealing with the departure of full-forward Brendan Favola during that time and, against all odds, led the Saints to a semifinal in 2020 where they lost the final to Richmond at Metricon Stadium.

Among them, Ratten served as an assistant coach at Hawthorn, where he learned his trade under Alastair Clarkson and was part of the flag hat-trick between 2013-15; This experience has prepared him for a second chance at the AFL coaching cap that he is now feeling.

On the other hand, the two caretaker coaches who have had the most success are Paul Ross and Neil Craig, who took charge of the Sydney Swans and Adelaide Cross between the 2002 and 2004 seasons, respectively.

After the power of the people led to his permanent appointment, Russ led the Swans to an improbable home preliminary final in 2003, then took the club to the Premiership stage two years later after facing criticism in the first half of the season over his coaching style and tactics.

He was handed over to John Longmeyer at the end of the 2010 season and to this day the Swans remain a consistent football team, although the club saw September from the sidelines in 2019 and 2020.

The success that the Sydney Swans have enjoyed over the past two decades would not have happened if the board had found their way and appointed Terry Wallace, the former coach of the Western Bulldogs, at the end of the 2002 season.

This proved to be a sliding door moment not only for Swann’s history, but also for the AFL, as Wallace coached Richmond for limited success between 2005-09, leaving him halfway through his fifth season at Tigerland in 2009.

Although it was during his tenure at the Punt Road Oval where he oversaw the debuts of Jack Reeldt, Trent Cochin and Shane Edwards, each of whom went on to play in the club’s 2017, 2019 and 2020 Premiership.

Giants' Josh Kelly celebrates by kicking a goal
(Photo by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

Craig, on the other hand, saw much improved cross-side finishes in the top two in 2005 and 2006, only to be denied for the West Coast Eagles who were coveted in both Grand Final berths this year, before resigning with six rounds remaining in the 2011 season.

Coming back to the finale, and if the Giants’ performance against the West Coast Eagles on Sunday is anything to go by, Mark McVeigh doesn’t raise the possibility of becoming the club’s next senior coach, there could still be a vibe. Big Big Sound this season.

After the clash against the Brisbane Lions, the club will enjoy a farewell before facing North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, Hawthorne and Port Adelaide and then re-match against the Canberra Lions in Round 18.

Outside of that, Round 21 includes rematch against Carlton, Sydney Swans, Bulldogs and Fremantle on both sides of the fight against Ascendon, a match that promises to give the Bombers a taste of conspiracy in the Giants coaching box.

Even if the Giants can win most of their remaining matches with a playing list far from disappointing, it may not be enough for McVig to win a senior coaching role permanently – or maybe?

There is still a lot of play left before the end of the season, and if the club doesn’t make up its mind about who will be their next senior coach, it promises to be a big subplot in the off-season.

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