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Setanta a jolly Giant


Unlike most AFL drafts where all the talk is about who will get the best young talent and who will go at number 1, this year with GWS Giants holding all the aces much of the focus was on whether ex-Carlton Irish-Fijian-Australian Setanta O'hAilpin would find a new home.  Reportedly a cheer went around the room when GWS took Setanta at pick 79.

The media was quick to interview the passionate player, who at 199cm and 98kg is expected to help "protect" the young players in the Giants' first AFL season.  It also seems that some are just discovering that this particular Irishman was actually born in Bankstown, near the Giants' heartland.

For some of the many articles about his move to GWS, see GWS draftee Setanta O'hAilpin confesses West Sydney origins (not sure why it's a "confession"), O'hAilpin over the Blues and ready to be a Giant among boys and Giants pick 'big leprechaun' Setanta O'hAilpin.

Currently on 80 AFL games, hopefully the move to New South Wales will give Setanta the opportunity to become what we think would be the 4th "Irish experiment" player to play 100 VFL/AFL games, after Jim Stynes, Tadhg Kennelly and Sean Wight, noting of course the late Sean Wight's Scottish heritage and O'hAilpin's Australian birth.  Of course other Irishmen have played senior footy across Australia, but would not be considered part of the "Irish experiment" in which VFL/AFL clubs actively recruited them from Gaelic football or hurling in Ireland.

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Setanta a jolly Giant
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, January 18 2012 @ 04:46 pm ACDT

I've always felt Setanta didn't get a fair go at Carlton in terms of being left in one position for a while and given good use of the ball by his team mates, and during one of his best bursts of good form he got crunched by team mate Brendan Fevola.  So it was interesting to read Setanta's new coach, Kevin Sheedy at GWS, saying "Setanta O'hAilpin spent most of his time in the Carlton forward line with Brendan Fevola telling him to get out of the way".

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Setanta a jolly Giant
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Thursday, January 19 2012 @ 08:21 am ACDT

I don't think we have ever seen or heard more from Setanta and about Setanta in the whole time at Carlton as we have since he has left there.  If twitter is anything to go by he is certainly enjoying his GWS adventure so far. 

Lets hope we see the performance on the field to match, hopefully it's not too quiet for him up forward.

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Setanta a jolly Giant
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, January 19 2012 @ 01:20 pm ACDT

Yeah the ball may not get forward of centre for the Giants all that often in their first season.  Setanta may end up shoring up the backline, and even Folau may need a run down there just to find some of the ball.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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