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Sport The stage is set for Toby Greene to fire for GWS Giants

11:52  14 september  2018
11:52  14 september  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

AFL legend defends Greene's 'fly-kick' mark

  AFL legend defends Greene's 'fly-kick' mark GWS Giants star Toby Greene was heavily criticised for his high-legged marking style, but one of the AFL's all-time greats came to his defence.Greene starred on his return to the Giants lineup with 27 disposals and three goals against the Sydney Swans, but incited the ire of AFL fans who pointed out his dangerous marking style.

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He has been told to brace for a fierce retaliation from the opposition and he will have 90,000 rabid fans breathing down his neck. The stage is set for Toby Greene to fire.

The microscope will be on Greene and his "kung-fu" kick during the Greater Western Sydney Giants' AFL semi-final clash with the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG on Saturday.

While Collingwood defender Brayden Maynard says Greene best prepare for a forceful response if there is a repeat of the incidents that came under fire last week, Giants young gun Tim Taranto says his teammate won't be flustered.

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He says Greene has brushed off the controversy as the bona fide match-winner sets his sights on giving Magpies defenders headaches.

"He’s all good. We haven’t really looked into it at all to be honest, there hasn’t really been much talk about it. He’s fine, he’s ready to go this week," Taranto said.

"He’s such a great player and I’m sure he’ll put some worries into the opposition, so it’s good having him. You just have to get it down to them and they can do the rest.

"It was great having Toby back on the weekend, we all know how good of a player he is and we all love playing with him."

Toby Greene watches on during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session. © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Toby Greene watches on during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session. While the playing group might not have delved too deep into the topic of Greene's studs-up approach, Giants coach Leon Cameron admits he has had a few words with the star forward.

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  Giants paint Sydney orange after trouncing Swans to march into semis Many in the crowd of 40,350 came to the SCG hoping Lance Franklin would power the Swans to another September success. They left terribly disappointed.The talk leading into the September derby was whether the Giants' gamble over their injured guns would pay off and if Lance Franklin would play rather than if he should. By Saturday night, the Giants were counting their money and the Swans counting their losses.

"The main one is we don't want to give away any free kicks, and if we're giving away free kicks then he needs to make sure when he goes into that contest, it's fair and reasonable," Cameron said.

"I understand this is magnified because of Toby and because of the situation we're in, and the finals... but right now he's not going to be able to flick a switch and go 'I can change just like that'.

"What I have said to Toby, and Toby totally agrees, is that he doesn't want to give away any free kicks. But equally, he's a really smart player, and he knows a lot of situations. He loves challenges, and I'm sure he's going to take up the challenge against the Pies on the weekend."

Toby Greene's © AAP Toby Greene's "studs up" technique - this one from 2016 - has come under scrutiny. The Giants have called on experienced campaigner Ryan Griffen after superstar midfielder Josh Kelly was cruelly ruled out of the sudden-death showdown through injury.

Callan Ward determined to shut down star-studded Swans

  Callan Ward determined to shut down star-studded Swans Callan Ward is brimming with confidence as he stares down the barrel of a sudden death clash with their cross-town rivals. "We’ve had a pretty good three months on the field to be honest, except our last two weeks which haven’t gone to plan," Ward said."We’ve had young guys step up and play different roles for us. That proves if they’re called upon, they can come in and play a role."Guys like Zaccy Langdon, Aidan Bonar, Brent Daniels and guys like this, then there’s a few other guys who are having really good years in the midfield like Timmy Taranto and Jacob Hopper.

They have quickly adopted a next-man-in mentality having already battled back from an injury crisis that threatened to leave their season on life support at the halfway point.

Taranto says his early exposure to senior football has been "amazing" and he is determined to edge closer to the last Saturday in September with an upset of the Magpies on their home turf.

"I think I’ve built on last year, which is what I aimed to do during the pre-season, just prove myself a bit more in every area which I think I have done. I’ve still got another level to go to eventually but so far I’m pretty happy," Taranto said.

"Last year it was my first game ever at the ‘G against the [Richmond] Tigers in the prelim, so that was a big eye-opener. I’m just happy to get another chance to run out at the ‘G in front of a huge crowd so I’m excited.

"We played the Pies down there in round two and got the job done, so we’re very confident we can go down there and just play our footy."

AFL SEMI-FINALS

Friday: Hawthorn Hawks v Melbourne Demons at the MCG, 7.50pm. TV: Live on Channel Seven and Fox Footy.

Saturday: Collingwood Magpies v GWS Giants, at the MCG, 7.25pm. TV: Live on Channel Seven and Fox Footy.

Giants await scans on injured star Kelly

  Giants await scans on injured star Kelly GWS midfielder Josh Kelly is one of several stars battling injuries after the first week of AFL finals. Injured GWS star Josh Kelly's availability for a knockout semi-final against Collingwood will become clearer when the AFL club receives scan results on his damaged knee on Monday.Kelly limped off the SCG late in the first quarter of Saturday's elimination final against Sydney and played no further part in the match, which the Giants won by 49 points.GWS believe the star midfielder, among their most important players, has a torn meniscus."It could be minor," coach Leon Cameron said.

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  The stage is set for Toby Greene to fire for GWS Giants

'They are a disaster waiting to happen' .
The Greater Western Sydney Giants have been savaged by AFL reporter Craig Hutchison after the side's early exit in the 2018 finals at the hands of Collingwood. Speaking on Footy Classified, Hutchison labelled the Giants' injury-ravaged season a failure, and forecast a grim future ahead for the league's newest club if they did not retain their star players."It feels like next year is the whole shooting match for the Giants," Hutchison said."If they don't correct the things that are wrong, and there are problems, they run the risk of an exit for the doors at the end of next year.

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