Chasing a win for my grandma

THERE'LL be one very important lady in the crowd tomorrow that I'll do my best to impress by getting our first AFL win. And it isn't the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who's the Western Bulldogs' No. 1 ticket holder.

It's great that Australia's First Lady will be there for the inaugural Prime Minister's Cup but I'll be trying to ruin her day and get a win for my grandma, Pam, who'll be there cheering me on.

I'd love nothing more than for Ms Gillard to present me with the PM's Cup, even if it does make her a bit upset that we've knocked off her beloved Doggies.

It's also our chance to pay respect to the Anzacs.

Everyone wants to be part of the Anzac Day tradition.

With almost 90,000 people there, the Essendon-Collingwood game is easily the biggest game outside of the finals and if we can continue to develop an exciting brand of football then hopefully we'll be part of blockbusters of a similar proportion in the future.


I'm excited about playing our first game at Manuka, our home-away-from-home, and it's also a big chance to bring up our first win.

We're hoping for a big turnout from our Canberra fans and if we're greeted by a sea of orange it'll definitely spur the boys on.

And hopefully the floodgates will open for our own Giant, Izzy Folau, who booted his first AFL goal last weekend against Adelaide.

But we know the Bulldogs will be hurting from their start to the season, as well as buoyed by their win against Melbourne last weekend.

They're a great side and a lot of them have played in preliminary finals so we're under no illusions how tough they'll be.

But we do know we've been improving every week and we expect to do so again tomorrow and be ultra-competitive against the Bulldogs.

Phil Davis is captain of the GWS Giants