GWS confidence growing as they aim to ride finals wave


Coach Kevin Sheedy once said of his 1993 Baby Bombers that they rode a wave on the way to Essendon's unlikely AFL premiership that season.

It's a theme that now suits another club, which had Sheedy as their inaugural coach back in 2012.

GWS, who tout their "Orange Tsunami" ethos, are a dangerous proposition in a finals series that feels like '93 - anything could happen.

Finishing seventh means the Giants will play interstate for as long as they remain alive in September, starting with Saturday week's elimination final against St Kilda at the MCG.

It is a daunting prospect, but it holds no fear for GWS veteran Callan Ward.

"It's really good fun. It's a season where every team is riding that wave," Ward told AAP.

"There have been ups and downs, the top two teams have had form slumps as well.

"We're no different. I feel like we've built all year - the footy we're playing now, at this pointy end of the season, I reckon we're almost the most dangerous team in the competition.

"If I was another team coming up against the Giants, I'd be pretty nervous. It's exciting for us."

GWS have made no secret that their finals started in round 23, when they belted Essendon at home.

They had lost the previous two games to put their top-eight berth in jeopardy, so the Giants took the mindset that they would play a six-week finals series, not four.

They upset Carlton last Sunday to confirm their finals spot, meaning GWS will also take some momentum into what Saints coach Ross Lyon calls "the real season".

Ward says the key will be doing what they do best, for longer.

"I still think the consistency is something we need to work on, especially in finals," he said.

"I feel like we play a really dangerous brand of footy and it's a brand that really stacks up in finals.

"The key is nailing your system, nailing your game plan for a long period - and that's hard to do, especially against the really top teams.

"So (beating Carlton) was a good stepping stone to belief and confidence that we can actually do it in a big game."

St Kilda, with their ironclad defence, will present a different challenge to Carlton or Essendon.

Again, Ward is bullish about what the Giants can do if they bring their best game.

"I reckon our offence is just as good as their defence," he said.