Young get Giant skill boost

ONE of the fastest in the game, the GWS Giants’ big rebound defender Lachie Ash had a day off last Wednesday but pulled on his boots to demonstrate his moves on a visit with a group of young players from south western Sydney junior club ALF Bullsharks.

Perfectly positioned for another premiership tilt after their heartbreaking one-point preliminary final loss to Collingwood in 2023, the Giants remain undefeated this season and have never looked better.
However, Ash said they’re trying not to get ahead of themselves.
“We’re certainly riding the positive wave at the moment and all feeling really good but there areas that we’re working on to improve,” he said.
Developing a love for football as a five-year-old in the Auskick program, he began playing at 10 years and has never looked back.
Taken by the Giants in the 2019 AFL Draft, Ash has quickly established himself as one of the competition’s rising stars.
He trialled in several roles throughout his first three seasons but blossomed under new coach Adam Kingsley in a more permanent role in defence in 2023 to emerge as one of the AFL’s most lethal running defenders.
He said he had a fantastic night with the young Bullsharks with about 40 players in attendance.
“I think the kids’ favourite drill was when the Giants players were on the bump pads, there were plenty of laughs and excitement as they got to ‘crash’ into us while focusing on their skills,” he said.
The session ended with a Q&A where the juniors fired off all sorts of questions from ‘when did you start playing footy’ to ‘what is your favourite food’ and ‘who deadlifts the most’.
The Giants players then handed out merchandise and signed signatures.
“We offered them advice where we could so hopefully it gave them a buzz and helps in their game,” Ash added.
The Giants take on the Gold Coast Suns on Sunday from 12.30pm at Mt Barker, South Australia.