Should Voss and Bluey be worried?

Michael Voss
Michael Voss Geoff Potter

A VERSE in Greater Western Sydney's theme song goes, "The other teams are quaking in their boots before the Giants".

It's one of those typically lame lines found in AFL club anthems, but one which its players would have loved belting out on Saturday after their breakthrough win.

And while it may not be ringing true just yet, the Giants have already shown they have the capacity to leave a few rival outfits - and their coaches - on shaky ground.

Stunning a lacklustre Gold Coast in Canberra, GWS not only left the Suns embarrassed, but also Melbourne.

Yet to experience a win under Mark Neeld, the Demons were collateral damage, the result of the first meeting between the two newest clubs in the competition consigning the oldest to the bottom of the ladder.

Neeld's job is of course secure, but the same cannot be said for Guy McKenna at the Suns and Michael Voss at Brisbane.

The Suns were expected to notch their first win of the season after almost pipping Fremantle the previous week, but it was a false dawn.

They may be a year more advanced when it comes to playing experience at the top level, but the Giants may have benefited from an extra year of preparation for the big time.

And the fact they have two coaches with five premierships under their belts - Kevin Sheedy (4) and Mark Williams (1) - should not be underestimated.

With its raft of talent, Gold Coast surely has a successful future ahead of it, but McKenna just might not be there to enjoy it.

He's out of contract at the end of the season, and was expected to get an extension. But the club's patience will wear increasingly thin if the players continue to serve up insipid displays. They need some of that blue-collar work ethic Sheedy has instilled in the Giants.

GWS heads to the Sunshine State this Sunday and could bring the dark clouds that hover over McKenna a little further north.

Hosting the Giants at the Gabba, Brisbane, coming off a crushing loss to an undermanned Collingwood, will be on a hiding to nothing.

Though signed until at least the end of 2013 - but under growing pressure - Voss will really feel the heat if his side capitulates like Gold Coast.

Though revered as a player his winning percentage in charge at the Lions is 36.6%.

By the end of the year it could be as low as 35%.

His assistant coach, Mark Harvey, was axed by Freo last year with a better record (40.2%).

Danny Frawley (39.8% at Richmond), Wayne Brittain (39.1% at Carlton), Matthew Knights (38.0% at Essendon), Gerard Neesham (36.3 at Fremantle), and Tony Shaw (34.0% at Collingwood) have all suffered a similar fates in recent years.

Voss concocted an ambitious plan to snatch a fourth premiership for the club and its skipper Jonathan Brown in 2010 - his second season in charge - by rolling out the red carpet for Brendan Fevola and a host of other experienced players.

It was a disaster, and set them back years. They won their first four games that season, but have since lost 38 of the next 47 games - not to mention Fevola.

They also lost Mitch Clark, who was said to have wanted to return home to WA, but just wanted out of Brisbane; Michael Rischitelli, who after initially being used as bait to attract Fev, left on his own accord; and club legend Luke Power, who just wanted to play on.

Even Melbourne has won 14 in that time.



HAWTHORN 2.6 8.12 10.18 15.25 (115)
Goals: Franklin 3; Puopolo, Young 2; Breust, Hale, Rioli, Roughead, Savage, Smith, Lewis, Suckling.
Best: Shiels, Birchall, Sewell, Hale, Whitecross, Roughead.

MELBOURNE 3.3 3.5 5.11 6.13 (49)
Goals: Clark 3; Howe, McKenzie, Magner.
Best: Clark, Grimes, McKenzie, Bartram.
Crowd: 36,430 at the MCG on Friday.


ADELAIDE 6.3 14.5 17.7 19.8 (122)
Goals: Walker 3; Johncock, van Berlo, Petrenko 2; Tippett, Thompson, Jenkins, Mackay, Jaensch, Tippett, Doughty, Porplyzia, Wright, Lyons.
Best: Thompson, Petrenko, Reilly, van Berlo, Sloane, Johncock.

GEELONG 3.2 4.2 6.8 10.12 (72)
Goals: Duncan 3; Christensen, Selwood 2; Podsiadly, Stringer, Chapman.
Best: Selwood, Kelly, Duncan, Johnson, Corey, Chapman.
Crowd: 35,535 at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.


GIANTS 4.2 5.8 8.13 13.16 (94)
Goals: Giles 3; Smith 2; Coniglio, Sumner, Ward, Tyson, Townsend, Shiel, Cameron.
Best: Giles, Coniglio, Cornes, Ward, Scully, Power.

GOLD COAST 1.3 7.9 9.11 9.13 (67)
Goals: Caddy, Day 2; Bennell, Iles, Swallow, Rischitelli, Horsley.
Best: Iles, Ablett, Prestia, Caddy, Warnock, Bennell.
Crowd: 8603 at Manuka Oval on Saturday.


RICHMOND 5.6 7.9 8.11 13.13 (91)
Goals: Riewoldt 4; Grigg 3; Miller 2; Conca, Martin, Deledio, Maric.
Best: Cotchin, Grigg, Foley, Tuck, Grimes, Martin, Deledio, Maric.

SYDNEY SWANS 0.2 2.7 6.9 8.14 (62)
Goals: Kennedy 2; Dennis-Lane, Everitt, Grundy, Hannebery, McGlynn, Seaby.
Best: Kennedy, Jetta, Bolton, O'Keefe, Hannebery.
Crowd: 40,352 at the MCG on Saturday.


ESSENDON 1.6 5.10 12.14 16.17 (113)
Goals: Crameri, Davey 3; Jetta, Ryder, Stanton 2; Bellchambers, Dyson, Lovett-Murray, Melhsham.
Best: Stanton, Watson, Zaharakis, Hooker, Melksham, Crameri, Fletcher.

WEST COAST 1.3 3.5 3.7 7.10 (52)
Goals: Waters 2; Brennan, Darling, Hill, Kerr, McGinnity.
Best: Cox, Kerr, Gaff, Shuey, McGinnity.
Crowd: 43,260 at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.


COLLINGWOOD 6.4 9.7 12.12 17.14 (116)
Goals: Goldsack 3; Cloke, Sidebottom, Sinclair, Swan, Wood 2; Didak, Keeffe, Shaw, Wellingham.
Best: Sidebottom, Swan, Pendlebury, Maxwell, Beams, O'Brien.

BRISBANE LIONS 2.1 3.7 7.9 8.10 (58)
Goals: Brown, Karnezis 2; Merrett, Black, Polec, Rich.
Best: Redden, Maguire, Black, Hawksley.
Crowd: 27,926 at the Gabba on Saturday

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