Giants embrace Kingsley's 'play your role' philosophy

Ask Greater Western Sydney defenders what success looks like, and they’ll tell you it’s playing their roles.

For the first time in club history, the Giants have opened their season undefeated and are on top of the AFL table, buoyed by powerhouse attacking talent in Jesse Hogan (18 goals), Toby Greene (nine) and Callum Brown (10).

But their five-match winning streak came close to snapping when St Kilda gave Adam Kingsley’s men a late-game scare, kicking six goals to almost turn around a 35-point deficit.

It was the backline that secured their one-point victory, with utility James Peatling taking a clutch intercept mark in the dying seconds.

Their backline was without Sam Taylor, after the All-Australian defender was taken to hospital following a sickening head injury in the first term, but it changed little for the well-drilled players.

Medium defender Harry Perryman says everything comes back to playing their roles.

“My role is to defend and beat my man. Pretty simple,” Perryman told AAP.

For Lachie Whitfield, his role is “to play high and try to attack”, and for Connor Idun, who plays on the small to medium forwards, it’s to “lock them down first and foremost”.

The Giants' Harry Perryman (left)
The Giants' Harry Perryman (left) fights for the ball with St Kilda's Mattaes Phillipou.

Perryman knows the mantra is as cliche as it can get, neither sexy nor interesting, but he believes Kingsley’s “play your role” philosophy has been a revelation for the playing group.

“We’ve certainly been improving, that's for sure,” he said.

“Kingers is big on that - we’ve never reached our potential, so we just keep striving for that.

“(Our potential) is just everyone playing their roles at 100 per cent.

“If everyone's playing their roles individually within our system and game plan, who knows what can happen? We obviously want to strive to finish top four, but who knows from there.”

GWS will be without Taylor (concussion) for at least two weeks as they face a tough month ahead, taking on Carlton, last year's grand finalists Brisbane and city rivals Sydney.

Whitfield is relishing the challenge.

“It’s good to have games where you are getting challenged, like we did on the weekend,” Whitfield told AAP.

“We still know we've got better footy ahead of us and we’re going to try and find that.

“At the moment, our offence is winning the games, and we just need a really good balance (between defence and attack) like we had last year.

“We’re a team that can score pretty heavily in patches. We just haven't played a really sound defensive game yet.

“We're going to be trying to do that over the next month because if we can't defend the way we want to, obviously we'll get scored against.”

License this article

What is AAPNews?

For the first time, Australian Associated Press is delivering news straight to the consumer.

No ads. No spin. News straight-up.

Not only do you get to enjoy high-quality news delivered straight to your desktop or device, you do so in the knowledge you are supporting media diversity in Australia.

AAP Is Australia’s only independent newswire service, free from political and commercial influence, producing fact-based public interest journalism across a range of topics including politics, courts, sport, finance and entertainment.

What is AAPNews?
The Morning Wire

Wake up to AAPNews’ morning news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox or mobile device, bringing you up to speed with all that has happened overnight at home and abroad, as well as setting you up what the day has in store.

AAPNews Morning Wire
AAPNews Breaking News
Breaking News

Be the first to know when major breaking news happens.


Notifications will be sent to your device whenever a big story breaks, ensuring you are never in the dark when the talking points happen.

Focused Content

Enjoy the best of AAP’s specialised Topics in Focus. AAP has reporters dedicated to bringing you hard news and feature content across a range of specialised topics including Environment, Agriculture, Future Economies, Arts and Refugee Issues.

AAPNews Focussed Content
Subscription Plans

Choose the plan that best fits your needs. AAPNews offers two basic subscriptions, all billed monthly.

Once you sign up, you will have seven days to test out the service before being billed.

AAPNews Full Access Plan
Full Access
AU$10
  • Enjoy all that AAPNews has to offer
  • Access to breaking news notifications and bulletins
  • Includes access to all AAPNews’ specialised topics
Join Now
AAPNews Student Access Plan
Student Access
AU$5
  • Gain access via a verified student email account
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the ‘Full Access’ plan at a reduced rate
  • Subscription renews each month
Join Now
AAPNews Annual Access Plan
Annual Access
AU$99
  • All the benefits of the 'Full Access' subscription at a discounted rate
  • Subscription automatically renews after 12 months
Join Now

AAPNews also offers enterprise deals for businesses so you can provide an AAPNews account for your team, organisation or customers. Click here to contact AAP to sign-up your business today.

SEVEN DAYS FREE
Download the app
Download AAPNews on the App StoreDownload AAPNews on the Google Play Store