Giants defender ready for intense shorter quarters
AFL: Caloundra product Sam Reid expects the shorter quarters of this season to suit his high tempo game play and he’s itching to help the Giants go one better than last year.
The 30-year-old is poised to return to the paddock in a fortnight, after their campaign was postponed for almost three months due to COVID-19.
Games in the revamped 17-round season are expected to include shorter 16-minute quarters.
That’s an exciting prospect for the workaholic defender.
“I’ve been doing a lot of speed stuff and repeat speed stuff (in training), which is sort of what I base my game on anyway,” he said.
“I think the game will get a bit quicker and skills will probably be under less fatigue so it’s going to be interesting.
“It will sort a few out in the first couple of weeks.”
He expects to play a significant role for GWS.
“The last two years I’ve sort of cemented my spot there and I’ll be looking to do the same this year.”
“We might cycle through a couple more players than we usually would just with five-day breaks and travel, but I’ll be making sure I recover well every week and put myself in a position to play every game.”
He said the Giants are determined to make a fist of it this season, after falling at the final hurdle last time around.
“We were disappointed with how last year finished.”
“We were pumped to make it to the final but disappointed to be beaten (by Richmond) and I feel like the whole group has that drive to get back there this year.”
After waiting almost three months to hit the paddock, they’re especially eager.
“We’re looking forward to getting out there and getting those competitive juices flowing.”
Players have done individual, two-man and more recently group training sessions.
With a unique preparation and a reduced season, Reid believed sides will be tested like never before.
“The team with the most resilience and the team that’s able to adapt quickest is probably going to win it this year,” he said.
“So we’re putting things in place that are going to put us in good stead to make that us.”
The Giants won their Round 1 clash against Geelong in March before the season was put on hold. They face North Melbourne next.