At the SCG on Saturday afternoon, the Sydney Swans (Swans) and Greater Western Sydney Giants (Giants) academies take each other on for bragging rights - as well as a place in the New South Wales team later this year.
By
Kristy Williams

8 Apr 2016 - 2:46 PM  UPDATED 8 Apr 2016 - 3:23 PM

The first clash between the teams this year saw the Swans triumph by a mere eight points on the back of three late goals. The Giants are understandably hungry for revenge. 

With NSW taking on SA at Adelaide Oval on June 5 - not to mention draft spots up for grabs - there is plenty to play for. 

The talent isn’t just confined to AFL NSW/ACT products, however; with WNBL player Casey Samuels, an imposing 183cm forward, and elite runner Monique Hollick featuring alongside American imports Katie Klatt and Kim Hemenway.

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Swans players to watch

Nicola Barr (Sydney University)

The 2015 AFL Sydney Rising Star, former NSW/ACT under-18s captain and inaugural Sydney University scholarship holder is new to footy, but is a real livewire with an elite capacity for run and carry.

Bec Beeson (UNSW)

The hard-working forward spearhead also provides a good contest in the forward 50.

Maddie Collier (UNSW)

The 2015 Western Bulldogs draftee suffered a heartbreaking injury just prior to last year's draft game and will have a point to prove. Collier provides assured ball use across half-back and a real tenacity at the contest.

Steph Walker (Sydney University)

The winger-cum-half-forward has silky skills, innate goal sense and speed to burn. Walker is the whole package, and if she can string together her efforts across four quarters, she could have a decisive impact on the outcome of the match.

Jennifer Lew (Sydney University)

Lew is as tough as they come; not many footballers in Australia tackle harder than this contested ball-winning hard nut.

Giants players to watch

Jodie Hicks (Riverina)

The pint-sized rocket was a junior star, and the Demons emergency now has to prove she can handle the pressure in the big leagues. Leave her open at your peril. (ed also plays for the Sixers in the WBBL) 

Karina Demant (Eastlake)

The veteran goal-sneak from Canberra is an incredibly underrated star who has been performing at the national level for years. Demant is often two plays ahead of the rest on the field.

Amanda Farrugia (Macquarie University)

The 2015 Mostyn Medallist (AFL Sydney Best and Fairest) is lightly framed but packs a punch and has an elite work ethic.

Lael Kassem (Western Wolves)

Most will know the name by now, with her effort last season earning nationwide praise and the 2015 AFL Sydney goal of the year. Her skills are rapidly developing, and what she lacks there she makes up for in electric speed and ferocious endeavour.

Mai Nguyen (UNSW)

Nguyen is incredible overhead for her size and is now an AFL Sydney veteran. She will provide precise ball use and grunt across half-forward.

Prediction

This game is shaping up to be a cracking contest that will likely come down to the closing moments, with plenty of big-game players ready to rise to the occasion on the big stage.

Former Swans player, Tim Schmidt, is the Female High Performance coach for AFL NSW/ACT and has instilled belief, endeavour and increased tactical awareness in his talented charges. The Giants will want to square the ledger, but there is talent on every line for the Swans and it is hard to see how GWS can contain the firepower and x-factor.

Swans to make it 2-0 with a 13-point victory.

Exhibition AFL games on this weekend:

Saturday, 9 April 2016

  • Sydney Swans v GWS Giants, SCG 1.40pm AEST 
  • LIVE on Fox Footy:  Fremantle v West Coast 3.05pm WST/ 5.05pm (AEST), Domain Stadium

Sunday, 10 April 2016

  • Northern Territory v Tasmania. Peanut Reserve, St Kilda 12.10pm AEST 

Team roster - Sydney Swans
1. Nicola Barr, 2. Stephanie Walker, 3. Shelby Koh, 4. Amy Hessell, 5. Rebecca Beeson, 6. Emma McKay, 7. Maddie Collier, 8. Monique Hollick, 9. Kathryn Hull, 10. Jacinda Barclay, 11. Jessica Cassidy, 12. Holly Cogle, 13. Kristy De Pellegrini, 14. Kim Hemenway, 15. Laura Holdsworth, 16. Jennifer Lew, 17. Alison Parkin, 18. Casey Samuels, 19. Jasmine Smith, 21. Jenna Miller, 22. Isabella Rudolph, 23. Georgia Verkuylen, Emergency: Darneka Rowe

Team roster - Greater Western Sydney Giants
2. Mai Nguyen, 3. Riley O'Shaughnessy, 4. Sarah Tutt, 5. Amanda Farrugia,6. Jodie Hicks, 7. Lael Kassem, 8. Renee Tomkins, 10. Codie Briggs, 11. Caitlin Bunker, 12. Anne-Maree Ghirardello, 13. Rohana Prince, 14. Talia Radan, 15. Ella Ross, 16. Sally Seabrook, 17. Katie Klatt, 18. Keeghan Tucker, 19. Lani Watson, 21. Karina Demant, 23. Rebecca Mitchell, 24. Paige Mathewson, 25. Britt Tully Emergency: Hannah Wallet