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GWS Giants keen to avoid third AFL wooden spoon in a row

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It's been 20 years since an AFL side completed a trifecta of wooden spoons, which means there will be more motivation than ever for Greater Western Sydney to snap a six-game losing streak against another bottom-three side the Melbourne Demons at the MCG on Sunday afternoon. 

With only percentage points splitting the 16th and 17th teams on the ladder, GWS have their best chance to break free of Melbourne and St Kilda, who are also on 16 points. 

An all-time winning record of 11 per cent doesn't make for great reading, but the Giants can take solace from the fact they have a 50 per cent winning record against the Demons and have won the teams' past two matches, including a 32-point win at Spotless Stadium on April 6. 

Giants midfielder Adam Treloar reckons the team has played better than their position on the ladder suggests and hopes they don't become the first team since Sydney (1992-94) to finish bottom of the ladder three years in a row. 

"If we get the spoon, we're just going to have to cop it, you can't really do anything about it," Treloar said.

"It would obviously be disappointing getting the wooden spoon because I don't think any team ever wants to get it. We know it's going to be part of our development phase and it's a unique situation being a new team. 


"We don't really talk about that, it's sort of what the media portrays."   

Treloar had a game high 33 disposals in the round three fixture but said his side are more worried about the process of winning than the four wins beside their name for the season. 

"I bet you any money we'll be better next year," Treloar said. "You know what the media's like. The media love making a story so I think it's just a matter of time (before we win). 

"We dont really look at the wins or the losses and stuff because we know we are in a development phase. It's a good and a bad thing that we're away from the AFL world down in Melbourne because not winning games down there, the media could be a little bit harsher on us."

Utility James Stewart, 20, will return to the starting side for the first time since round 23 last season. His father Craig played 150 games for Collingwood and Richmond in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is always the first to give his son advice on game day. 

"I have a really good relationship with Dad, I'm always chatting to him on the phone," Stewart said.

"Even if it's about footy or life, he's really good for advice. He tries to get to Sydney a bit to watch me play and he's extremely supportive." 

Stewart has battled away in the reserves for the better part of the season, playing up front, as a defender and even on the wing.

Born in Victoria, Stewart's only game at the MCG came when he was 17 and playing for the Australian Institute of Sport and said he has been waiting a long time for another opportunity. 

"A couple of weeks ago my two house mates Tom Bugg and Jono O'Rourke were flying down to play Richmond and I remember when they headed off, I was playing reserves in Sydney and I was very jealous of them getting to go down there and have a run on the G," Stewart said.

"It's the ultimate playing on the G in Melbourne."