Cameron happy to face Rich­mond army

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

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.

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