Giants ready for Tigers

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LAU­REN WOOD

HEATH Shaw has de­clared that the Giants “are back” and will be look­ing to hit Richmond hard early in an ef­fort to counter what is ex­pected to be a ram­pant Tigers crowd next Satur­day.

GWS will travel to Mel­bourne later this week ahead of its sec­ond- straight pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal and Shaw said the team will be bring­ing the con­fi­dence that it has “earned the right” to be there with it.

Tick­ets go on sale to­day with Richmond fans to again make up the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity at the MCG.

And Shaw – who has played in six pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals – had some sage ad­vice for his team­mates, in­clud­ing ar­riv­ing ready to fire in an at­tempt to quell the force of the “Tiger army”.

“The best ad­vice you can give is to kick a few goals early be­cause they won’t be cheer­ing too hard if we’re kick­ing goals,” he said.

“But to be hon­est ( I’d tell them) it’s about be­ing in the mo­ment and en­joy be­ing at the MCG in a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

“En­joy play­ing footy with your team­mates and as you saw ( against West Coast on Satur­day night), the boys were up and about. We were ex­cited about play­ing footy and we’re just en­joy­ing be­ing out there and the suc­cess around the team is built on that en­joy­ment and hav­ing fun with your team mates. Some­times that gets lost in footy, be­cause it’s a pretty se­ri­ous ca­per.

“The best thing you can do is go and ... have a bit of fun.”

Shaw said that Satur­day night’s win was “a re­ally big step for­ward” for the Giants, who he said are “to­tally pumped” at what Satur­day will hold, with a crowd of up to 95,000 peo­ple ex­pected.

“We are back. We played bet­ter ( on Satur­day night) than we did the week be­fore ( against Ade­laide),” he said on Chan­nel 9.

“We have earned the right to play in a pre­lim and last night was a real big step for­ward for us in terms of our form and just the way we went about it.”

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