Junior Clubs: Kapunda (SA)
Recruited From: Central District (SA)/Port Adelaide/Sturt (SA)
Brownlow Votes: 7
Ruckman Jonathan Giles spent four years on Port Adelaide’s senior list before being selected by the GIANTS with pick three in the 2010 AFL Rookie Draft. Originally from Adelaide, Giles played for the club in the NEAFL in the year before the GIANTS joined the AFL. Giles made his AFL debut in Round 1, 2012 and finished fifth in the inaugural Kevin Sheedy Medal count.
The no-fuss ruckman put together another strong campaign in 2013, playing all 22 games and finishing ninth in the AFL for total hit-outs at more than 24 a game. His goalkicking was a little down on his first year with the Giants, but Shane Mumford’s arrival will give him the consistent running mate he has lacked.
Giles headed to GWS after four fruitless years at Port Adelaide desperate to prove he could make it as an AFL ruckman. It's fair to say that mission has already been accomplished. He played 20 games, finished fifth in the best and fairest and even led the club with seven Brownlow Medal votes in an outstanding season. Also showing goalkicking ability, he was pursued by other clubs, but signed a three-year contract extension with the Giants, proving his dogged determination was well worthwhile.
Giles spent four years on Port Adelaide's list without making his AFL debut. Given another shot by GWS, who selected him with the third pick in the 2010 rookie draft, the 201cm ruckman has worked hard on his fitness in a bid to realise his AFL dream in 2012.
|Kicks||6||Sydney Swans||Rd 1|
|Handballs||1||Sydney Swans||Rd 1|
|Disposals||7||Sydney Swans||Rd 1|
|Marks||2||Sydney Swans||Rd 1|
|Hit-outs||10||Sydney Swans||Rd 1|
|Tackles||1||Sydney Swans||Rd 1|
|Dream Team||36||Sydney Swans||Rd 1|
|1||Sydney Swans||W 99 - 67||6||1||7||2||10||0||2||1||0||2||36|
|6||Gold Coast Suns||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|8||West Coast Eagles||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|TOTAL||W: 1 - L: 0||6||1||7||2||10||0||2||1||0||2||36|
|Kicks||15||North Melbourne||Rd 2, 2012|
|Handballs||11||Port Adelaide||Rd 19, 2012|
|Disposals||23||Port Adelaide||Rd 19, 2012|
|Marks||10||Melbourne||Rd 21, 2012|
|Hit-outs||43||Gold Coast Suns||Rd 23, 2014|
|Tackles||7||Geelong Cats||Rd 11, 2014|
|Goals||4||Essendon||Rd 17, 2014|
|Dream Team||124||Port Adelaide||Rd 19, 2012|
Fifth place in the Kevin Sheedy Medal 2012