Injury Cloud over Briggs as Giants Brace for Preliminary Final Showdown

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Head Coach Adam Kingsley of the Greater Western Sydney Giants acknowledges the minor uncertainty concerning the readiness of his team’s ruckman, Kieren Briggs, due to a recent shoulder injury. As the Giants gear up for the looming preliminary final on Friday against Collingwood Magpies, they remain vigilant of past failures to clinch similar matches.

Briggs, despite his painful left shoulder sustained in the semi-final triumph over Port Adelaide, is poised to face off against the Magpies again. Choices for the substitute role narrow down to Xavier O’ Halloran or Nick Haynes, a decision left to Kingsley’s discretion.

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Given his sterling performance and invaluable role in the Giants’ campaign to the grand final decider, Kingsley has high hopes for Briggs. His resilience, evident in the last quarter of the semi-final, has Kingsley confident in his recovery.

Playing injured players in finals isn’t unusual and the Magpies face a similar dilemma with their star Nick Daicos. Absent for nearly 50 days due to a knee injury, he is slated to make a comeback.

Toby Greene, GWS captain, expressed concerns about the readiness of Daicos for the preliminary final. However, Kingsley counters these apprehensions by preparing for the Brownlow Medal favourite and top second-year player, Daicos, emphasizing his potential.

Kingsley’s cautious stance acknowledges Daicos’ excellent performance and dynamic playing style, and the Giants have prepared correspondingly. They aim to mitigate the damage he might cause in his playing form.

In Kingsley’s inaugural year as head coach, the Giants stand precariously on the cusp of a grand final, against the odds. Yet, they are viewed as underdogs entering Friday’s game. Recalling previous losses in preliminary finals in 2016, 2017 and the grand final defeat in 2019, the Giants are driven to exploit every opportunity this time.

Kingsley attributes this determined attitude primarily to captain Toby Greene and his leadership team rather than his own directive. Realizing past missed chances and recurring defeats, the team is keen to seize the imminent opportunity.

Convinced by their vigorous preparation, Kingsley affirms that his team is in excellent form and a good headspace. He assures that they will leave no stone unturned in their quest for victory, ready to rise to where the upcoming games will lead them.