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Player Profiles

Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly

Height:
184cm
Weight:
82kg
Recruited from:
East Brighton (Vic)/Sandringham U18
Debut:
2014
Games:
100
Goals:
63
Year Coach Captains Chairman CEO Kevin Sheedy Medallist Leading Goalkicker All-Australian
2012 Kevin Sheedy Callan Ward,
Phil Davis,
Luke Power
Tony Shepherd, AO David Matthews Callan Ward Jeremy Cameron
(29)
-
2013 Kevin Sheedy Callan Ward,
Phil Davis 
Tony Shepherd, AO David Matthews Jeremy Cameron Jeremy Cameron
(62)
Jeremy
Cameron
2014 Leon Cameron Callan Ward,
Phil Davis 
Tony Shepherd, AO David Matthews  Shane
Mumford
 Jeremy Cameron
(29)
-
2015 Leon Cameron Callan Ward,
Phil Davis 
Tony Shepherd, AO David Matthews Heath Shaw Jeremy Cameron
(63)
Heath Shaw
2016 Leon Cameron Callan Ward,
Phil Davis 
Tony Shepherd, AO David Matthews Toby Greene Jeremy Cameron
(53)
Toby Greene, Heath Shaw
2017 Leon Cameron Callan Ward,
Phil Davis 
Tony Shepherd, AO David Matthews Josh Kelly  Jeremy Cameron, Jonathon Patton, Toby Greene (45) Josh Kelly,
Dylan Shiel
2018 Leon Cameron Callan Ward,
Phil Davis 
Tony Shepherd, AO David Matthews Lachie Whitfield Jeremy Cameron (46) Lachie Whitfield
Year Coach Captain Chairman CEO Gabrielle Trainor Medallist Leading Goalkicker All-Australian
2017 Tim Schmidt Amanda Farrugia Tony Shepherd, AO David Matthews Jessica Dal Pos Phoebe McWilliams
(7)
Jessica Dal Pos
2018 Alan McConnell Amanda Farrugia Tony Shepherd, AO David Matthews Alicia Eva Phoebe McWilliams
(7)
Alicia Eva, Courtney Gum, Erin McKinnon

The Kevin Sheedy Medal is the award given to the GIANTS player determined to have been the Club Champion throughout an AFL season.

Named after inaugural GIANTS coach Kevin Sheedy, Sheedy has an unparalleled standing in the game. 

On the field, he represented Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1960s and 1970s, and then coached fellow Victorian side Essendon for nearly three decades. He is second in the Australian Football League (AFL) record for the most games combined as a player and coach.

In November 2009, Sheedy was appointed the Head Coach of newly formed GIANTS for the inaugural 2012 season. It was only fitting that the decision was made to name the club’s premier award after Sheedy.

After announcing he would hand over the coaching reigns to Leon Cameron at the end of the 2013 season, Sheedy coached his 679th and final game as a senior coach in the VFL-AFL, against the Gold Coast in September. After serving as a Director on the Board from 2014-2015 Sheedy moved back to Melbourne but remains a firm friend of the club.

Club Chairman, Tony Shepherd, highlighted Sheedy's importance to the GIANTS: "In many ways Kevin Sheedy is the father of the GIANTS. He's been here from the start and has helped build the GIANTS".

Year

Kevin Sheedy Medallist

Rising Star

Community Award

Coaches Award

Academy Player of the Year

Members Choice Award

NEAFL Player of the Year

GIANTS
Standards Award

2012

Callan Ward

Toby Greene

Setanta O’hAilpin

Jacob Townsend

Nick Coughlan

Toby Greene

N/A

N/A

2013

Jeremy Cameron

Lachie Whitfield

Jonathan Giles

Tom Scully

Jock Cornell

Jeremy Cameron

Mark Whiley

Devon Smith

2014  
Shane
Mumford
 
 
Josh Kelly
 
 
Stephen
Coniglio
 

Devon
Smith
 

Jack
Steele
 

Adam
Treloar
 

James
Stewart
 

Shane
Mumford
 
2015 Heath Shaw Cam McCarthy Dylan Shiel Heath Shaw Jacob Hopper Heath Shaw Jake Barrett
Devon Smith

2016 Toby Greene
Jacob Hopper

- Josh Kelly Harry Perryman Stephen Coniglio Jeremy Finlayson Shane Mumford
2017
Josh Kelly


Tim Taranto


Tom Downie


Dawson Simpson


Nick Shipley


Josh Kelly


Isaac Cumming


Shane Mumford

2018 Lachie Whitfield

Zac Langdon

Adam Tomlinson Stephen Coniglio Kieran Briggs Lachie Whitfield Jake Stein Tim Taranto

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Year

Recipient

2015

Kevin Sheedy

2018

Callan Ward

Kevin Sheedy - Legend

SHEEDY-HOF.jpgThe GIANTS’ inaugural coach and Life Member, Kevin Sheedy, was elevated to Legend status in the Australian Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 29. 

Sheedy was appointed coach of the club in 2009, helping to build the brand and identity of the club until taking the reins as coach for the GIANTS’ first two seasons in the competition. 

Being named as a Legend of the Australian Football Hall of Fame is the highest honour which can be bestowed in the game. Individuals are selected for Legend status if they have had a particularly significant and positive impact on the game of Australian Football. 

Sheedy was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 and was named the 2018 Legend.

Sheedy is one of the greatest football identities of all time. He played 251 games for Richmond from 1967-1979, winning three VFL Premierships during his 13 seasons as a player.

He was appointed coach of Essendon in 1981, leading the club for a record 27 seasons, winning four Premierships (1984, 1985, 1993 and 2000) in his 634 games and revolutionising the game in the process.

In late 2009, Sheedy was named as the inaugural coach of the GIANTS.

Sheedy was named the GIANTS’ first Life Member in 2015 before he returned to the Bombers to take up the position of General Manager, Innovations and Strategy, remaining a strong advocate and supporter of the club.

Sheedy's many achievements at the GIANTS included: 

 Coaching the GIANTS to their first ever win against the Gold Coast Suns in Canberra in May 2012
 Becoming the first person in VFL/AFL history to play and coach 1000 games against Port Adelaide in August 2012 (the club’s second win)
 Playing 44 AFL debutants
 Building the profile of the game in Western Sydney and Canberra
 Forming corporate and community partnerships and introducing new brands such as Dyldam to AFL
 Having the Club Champion award, the Kevin Sheedy Medal, named in his honour

The AFL Women’s Club Champion award is named the Gabrielle Trainor Medal.

The award recognises one of the club’s most influential figures and a pioneer for the development of female football in New South Wales. 

Ms Trainor was an inaugural GIANTS board member as well as a member of the Team GWS advisory committee before joining the AFL Commission in March last year. 

Prior to joining the GIANTS, Ms Trainor also served on the AFL NSW/ACT Commission for 10 years. She worked to support the then-fledgling Sydney Women’s AFL in its development and its relationship with the Commission. 

GIANTS Chairman Tony Shepherd said Ms Trainor had been instrumental in the development of the GIANTS and the game more broadly in New South Wales.

“As someone who has worked with Gabrielle for a number of years, I’m immensely proud to have our premier AFL Women’s award called the Gabrielle Trainor Medal,” Mr Shepherd said.

“We’re delighted to recognise Gabrielle’s work within both the GIANTS and the AFL - it’s a natural fit for someone who has contributed so much to the game and the development of women’s football.”

Ms Trainor’s links to Australian Football go well beyond the time she served on the AFL NSW/ACT Commission with both her father and grandfather serving as President of the North Melbourne Football Club and delegates to the governing body, then the VFL.

Year

Gabrielle Trainor Medallist

Rising Star

Community Award

Coaches Award

Members Choice Award

2017

Jessica Dal Pos

Erin McKinnon

Amanda Farrugia

Britt Tully

Amanda Farrugia

2018

Alicia Eva

Elle Bennetts

Erin McKinnon

Britt Tully

Courtney Gum

Year

Round

Nominee

2012

2

Jeremy Cameron

2012

5

Tomas Bugg

2012

7

Stephen Coniglio

2012

10

Dylan Shiel

2012

14

Toby Greene

2012

18

Adam Treloar

2012

19

Devon Smith

2012

23

Dom Tyson

2013

10

Lachie Whitfield

2013

17

Adam Tomlinson

2013

19

Zac Williams

2014

2

Josh Kelly

2014

18

Jonny Patton
2015 8
Cam McCarthy

2016 8
Jacob Hopper

2017 8
Tim Taranto

2018

17

Sam Taylor

Year

Round

Nominee

2017

3

Erin McKinnon

2017

7

Nicola Barr

2018

1

Rebecca Beeson