Cameron happy to face Richmond army
GREATER Western Sydney is confident it can perform in front of what looms as the biggest crowd in its seven-year history after hosting the smallest finals attendance in 101 years.
The Giants’ 67-point semifinal caning of West Coast on Saturday night at Spotless Stadium before 14,865 fans was the smallest finals crowd since Fitzroy and Collingwood drew under 10,000 in 1916.
Saturday’s preliminary final between the Giants and resurgent Richmond is expected to draw at least 80,000 fans.
That would easily eclipse the previous best crowd for a Giants game of 60,222 who watched the all-Sydney qualifying final against the Swans last year at ANZ Stadium.
Tigers legend Matthew Richardson believes next Saturday’s game will feature “the most one-sided crowd in the history of the game”.
GWS coach Leon Cameron and his players are adamant their club can deal with an overwhelmingly hostile audience in addition to a red-hot Richmond side hungry for a first flag in 37 years.
“The result will be determined by who has the best 22 on the day,” Cameron said.