There is set to be plenty of feeling in Saturday night’s AFL round one clash between the Sydney Swans and the code’s newcomers the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
Sydney will be out to assert their dominance over their new-found little brother when the two teams take the field to kick off season 2012 at ANZ Stadium this weekend.
Meanwhile, the youthful GWS side will be looking to show they belong with the big boys as they step out on to the pitch for the first time in the top league.
If there wasn’t already enough excitement about the inaugral Sydney derby, extra feeling has been added to the clash with GWS discard set to line up for the more established Sydney side if Gary Rohan can not prove his fitness.
The rookie-listed Cunningham was on Wednesday elevated to the Swan’s senior playing list after some impressive pre-season form in what is a dramatic turnaround for the young star after GWS told him he was not required at the club last November.
If he does play on Saturday night, Sydney coach John Longmire is confident he will be up to the task of big league football.
Longmire said the youngster has impressed with speed as well as a nose for goals and the youngster has been compared to Swans legend Paul Kelly.
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In a blow for the Giants as they look to record an upset victory, star recruit Tom Scully and veteran Luke Power have both been ruled out of the much-hyped fixture.
The first bounce of the match will take place at 7.20pm (NSW time).
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