Their introduction to the league was pretty successful, and not much more could’ve been expected. The AFL made sure that the Giants’ first season was as seamless and as smooth as possible. But is keeping the name ‘Greater Western Sydney’ really necessary?
It was the AFL’s plan to expand the game and be particularly attractive to Sydney’s far-out suburbs of Blacktown, Parramatta and Penrith. But why not drop the ‘G’ and expand the Giants’ area to the inner western communities of Canterbury and even St. George? All of a sudden, the Giants can dominate central NSW, which would greatly improve their supporter base, especially once they begin to win a few games. The Swans’ will be left to claim only the small area from the CBD to Bondi Beach, and the Giants’ will run a monopoly of basically everywhere else surrounding. Or at least it should pan out like this.
It seems a grand opportunity has been missed by the AFL here.
Come on, admit it, the name is just too long. Take a leaf out of the A-League’s book (which the AFL have done before, i.e. Gold Coast) and keep it simple, like the West Sydney Warriors. It rolls off the tongue sensationally, just like the Western Sydney Giants could.
Let’s go AFL, let’s make it Sydney versus basically the rest, and forge a real rivalry that will make the rugby-loving locals excited.
What do you think? Does the 'G' really have to go? Comment below!