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Big season ahead for GWS’s Isaac

Wednesday, 11th March, 2020

Isaac Cumming in action for the GWS Giants in their March Community Series clash with the Sydney Swans. PICTURE: Mark Kolbe/AFL Photos Isaac Cumming in action for the GWS Giants in their March Community Series clash with the Sydney Swans. PICTURE: Mark Kolbe/AFL Photos

By Emily Ferguson

Former local Isaac Cumming has put in the hard yards over preseason and is ready to prove he’s worthy of a permanent spot in GWS’s top twenty-two. 

In his fourth year as a Giant, Isaac has begun the year in style, taking his game to new heights, literally. In early January he was the centre of a media frenzy surrounding a vertical jump where he outdid Patrick Dangerfield’s (Geelong) 57-inch jump with a 59-inch one.

Now he has shown his on field skills during the Marsh Community Series, featuring in both the Giants’ preseason matches against the Sydney Swans and Richmond Tigers. 

Cumming played consistently well in both games, displaying a disposal efficiency of 86 percent last weekend against Richmond, with 22 disposals and nine contested possessions. 

Cumming said the preseason consisted of highs and lows.

“I think, as most players would say, preseason is definitely the longest and hardest part of the footy year, a lot of running and annoying things that come with footy but we’re at the end of it now and all the preseason games are done so we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel which is good.”

His aim for the preseason was to maintain his fitness.

“This is the first preseason that I’ve completed at one hundred per cent; previous years I’ve had a few calves and some little niggles here and there,” he said. 

“This is my first full preseason where I haven’t missed a session so I was pretty happy to tick that off and played two out of two preseason games which I was pretty happy about.”

GWS won both preseason hit outs, defeating the Swans 19. 7 (121) to 3. 9 (27) and in a grand final rematch they defeated the Tigers 17. 7 (109) to 14. 11 (95). 

Isaac said the games were two very different styles, requiring different levels of intensity and mentality.

“When we played the Swans it was pretty close for the first quarter and a bit, but then we really put them to the sword and got a pretty good lead on them and it just became a bit easier as the game went on,” he said. 

“The game on Sunday against the Tigers was tough for the whole 120 minutes and you really had to play it until the last minute and I found that their forwards were a lot more active and harder to play on. 

“The weather in Wagga didn’t help, it was pretty hot, so two very different games but that’s what you have to look forward to for the rest of the year.”

Cumming was modest when asked about his performances.

“I did alright, the feedback has been pretty positive so hopefully that continues.”

His prime focus for the 2020 season is to get more AFL games under his belt.

“Being sort of a fringe player at times you don’t really know where you’re going to be in weeks to come so I think just to get that first game under your belt in round one will just hold me in good stead for the rest of the year.”

He said he felt comfortable at the club from day dot.

“We’ve just got such a great group of players and coaching staff and the rest of the club is really good at welcoming new players so comfortability at the club hasn’t been an issue for a long time now,” he said. 

“I think it comes to what you do on a Saturday is how your year is going to look, so if I can play consistent AFL games it’s going to make it a lot easier to get through the year.”

The Giants are coming off a loss in the last game of September and although Isaac was an emergency for the Grand Final he said the club hadn’t dwelled on the loss. 

“My experience was a lot different to the boys that played in it but we learnt a lot from that day. I was an exciting time for such a new club to be in a Grand Final so soon, it hasn’t really happened before,” he said. 

“But we know where we went wrong on that day and we’ve acknowledged that, but it’s well in the past now and we’re focused on the year ahead.”

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