Riverina’s contingent of Giants are firmly focused on Saturday night’s showdown with Collingwood after helping Greater Western Sydney to an opening finals win.
Harry Himmelberg, Jacob Hopper, Zac Williams and Harry Perryman all shone in the Giants’ 49-point win over Sydney.
For Perryman, to score a win in his first final was the perfect result.
“It’s a pretty good feeling in the rooms here, all the boys are up and about, family and friends, and it’s just good to beat the Swans,” Perryman told Giants TV.
“It’s always good to beat the Swans and even better in a final.”
Perryman said the greater intensity of finals was certainly noticeable.
“It was definitely a step up, I was pretty buggered early on. You get your second wind after half-time and away you go,” he said.
Himmelberg produced another brilliant finals performance.
“It’s a massive win for the club and we’ll move onto next week with a bit of excitement, which is good,” Himmelberg told Giants TV.
“Obviously a little bit different role playing a bit higher this week but it was really good to be able to get a bit of the footy and I was just really proud of the boys on the inside getting it out to us forwards, they cracked in all night and it was something we needed to work on from last game and we did that, which was good.
“I just try to play my role for the team. Sometimes you get a little bit lucky, which is always good. Hopefully we can continue the form that we displayed tonight through the final series.”
Williams returned from an achilles injury for his first game of the AFL season proper in a final.
He could not believe he made it back.
“I actually wasn’t too bad up until we run out and I seen the banner and was like it’s actually my first game back and it’s actually a massive game,” Williams told Giants TV.
“It still feels a bit surreal. It’s been a pretty long year, watching the boys and not being able to go out there and help them and play with them so the fact it’s finally here, and it’s the first final is still so surreal.”