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Learning to Lead

In her first piece for gwsgiants.com.au, renowned journalist and GIANTS Recruiting Officer Emma Quayle sits down with Phil Davis and Callan Ward.

12:02pm  Mar 22, 2017

Match Preview: Crows v GIANTS

Can the GIANTS beat the Crows in Adelaide for the very first time? Everything you need to know about the round one clash in this week's match preview.

11:53am  Mar 22, 2017

Duo Upgraded to Senior List

GIANTS forwards Daniel Lloyd and Sam Reid have been upgraded to the senior list ahead of round one this weekend.

11:09am  Mar 22, 2017

Player Profiles

Devon Smith

Devon Smith

Height:
176cm
Weight:
77kg
Recruited from:
Lara (Vic)/Geelong U18
Debut:
2012
Games:
93
Goals:
85

G-MAN, the GIANTS mascot, grew up in his family’s home in the heart of Blacktown in Western Sydney. He was the biggest of all his brothers and sisters, who occasionally teased him because of his orange hair and big feet. Being giant wasn’t easy for G-MAN, who always had to crouch to get through doorways and use special pencils at school so other school children used to laugh at him. One day, AFL development staff arrived at his school to run some Auskick clinics and introduce the kids to the game of Australian Rules Football.

Not having played AFL before, G-MAN instantly fell in love with catching, marking, kicking and handballing. Finally G-MAN had found his special skill in being the best at jumping for a mark and kicking to team mates perfectly. Being the tallest student in the school, no one else could jump higher than G-MAN, who quickly because the best AFL player in school. The development staff  put him in touch with a local junior AFL club to continue playing and make some friends. Soon, G-MAN was out playing his favourite game with his new friends every Sunday.

One night while watching TV with his family, a news report came on describing a new and exciting AFL team that would be based in G-MAN’s home of Western Sydney. So excited was G-MAN that he came out to the very first training session to see them at Blacktown International Sportspark. Here he first saw Jeremy Cameron, Dylan Shiel and Nathan Wilson playing the same game that G-MAN had fallen in love with. Jeremy soon spotted G-MAN standing to the side watching training and went to go speak to him and very quickly they became friends. G-MAN would come down to the stadium to watch the GIANTS training every day after school and help kick balls back that went over the fence. Seeing how passionate G-MAN was for the GIANTS along with his orange hair and tall stature, coach Kevin Sheedy invited him to be the GIANTS' official mascot.

Soon, G-MAN was best of friends with all the GIANTS players and had new friends as Phil Davis, Stephen Coniglio, Jon Patton, Tom Scully and Callan Ward. Heading into the very first game in the AFL 2012, G-MAN was helping all the coaches get the players ready for the Swans. Seeing co-Captian Callan Ward kick the first goal still remains G-MAN's favourite memory of the GIANTS. Since then, G-MAN has travelled around to all the GIANTS' home games in Sydney and Canberra to see all his new friends, the GIANTS fans! When he isn’t meeting new fans and giving out high 5s, G-MAN likes to spend his time exploring the Blue Mountains with Ryan Griffen, going fishing in the Parramatta River with Jeremy Cameron and Devon Smith and visiting Questacon in Canberra.

G-MAN is now all grown up and lives at the GIANTS' Learning Life Centre in Sydney Olympic Park, making sure all the players are looked after and ready for the upcoming matches. G-MAN is always around and ready to help Shane Mumford practice rucking or Toby Greene lift weights in the gym. He can also be spotted in the GIANTS café helping cook and prepare lunch for all his friends. You can see him out and about at GIANTS Fan Days, Kids in the Park clinics and maybe even at your school! He also makes special appearances at Spotless Stadium in Sydney and Manuka Oval in Canberra for every single GIANTS home game so make sure you say hi if you see him before the game or at half time. It’s a tough job being the mascot of the GWS GIANTS, but G-MAN wouldn’t have it any other way. It's G-MAN’s dream to see the GIANTS win a premiership and he can’t wait to be there on Grand Final Day when they win!