Giants forward Jeremy Cameron says the club’s young forward brigade has turned to premiership-winning veteran Steve Johnson for some tips leading into their maiden finals campaign.
GWS meet Sydney Swans in a cross-town Saturday afternoon blockbuster at ANZ Stadium with the winner to progress to within one game of the grand final.
Cameron, who was the club’s highest goal kicker in their inaugural 2012 season, is bracing for an increase in intensity.
“I don’t feel pressure but it’s going to be interesting to see if that changes this weekend,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old is leading the Giants’ goal tally this season with 49, ably supported by fellow youngsters Toby Greene (39 goals) and Jonathon Patton (34).
However, none of the three have played finals footy.
The exception up forward is Johnson, who won a premiership in 2009 with Geelong.
“We’re very thankful to have him in the side,” Cameron said.
“We’re all still quite young down there apart from Stevie.
“He can teach us lot and sits down with you at the computer and takes you through footage, particular the smaller guys.
“The message is just to enjoy it and treat it like it could be your last.”
The Giants and Swans are one-all this season but GWS claimed their most recent encounter, a 42-point win in round 12.
Cameron was restricted to one major in that match, with Johnson and Greene booting six between them.
He is again expecting to be closely marked by Swans defender and all-Australian Dane Rampe.
“He (Rampe) likes to run and carry and use his left foot to kick start their play, so as an opposition player you really look at that during the week,” Cameron said.
“At times you can’t kick all the goals but there’s other things like defensive pressure, keeping the ball inside 50, and creating opportunities for other guys.”
Unable to train due to the flu last week, Cameron is back on the paddock and says the controversial bye weekend arrived at a good time.
“This time of year we’re usually done and dusted, but it’s good to have a break.”
“The boys are ready to go now and it’s definitely building up to be an awesome game.”