GWS Giants

Giants land knockout blows on flailing Lions

Toby Greene (left) celebrates a goal for the Giants.

As encouraging as the Brisbane Lions' performances have been of late – despite having just two wins to their name after 13 rounds, and during a season filled with results that have defied tipsters – surely only the most optimistic football observers would have thought the Lions might get close to Greater Western Sydney.

Key Giant back in the fold

Tackling old teammates: Jake Barrett will face his former club on the weekend.

Nick Haynes returns for the Giants against Brisbane this weekend after missing eight weeks with a hamstring injury.

Heath Shaw: A colourful life in football's rock pool

Heath Shaw

Heath Shaw, known to friends as "Heater", is a natural born rogue. By Shaw's own account he's matured, but he managed to invite fresh controversy this year after he was overheard on television calling his opponent a "retard".

Giants' mate in high places makes it easier being Greene

Toby Greene and Gabrielle Trainor formed a strong bond at the Giants.

In the hubbub in the visitors rooms at Subiaco Oval after Toby Greene had conjured up two match-winning last-quarter goals against West Coast a couple of week ago, AFL commissioner Gabrielle Trainor cornered Greene and said: "You owed me those." Greene smiles sheepishly at the memory. "I owed everyone," he says. "I'd missed a few."