Sam Reid is geared up for his Gabba return.
Sam Reid is geared up for his Gabba return. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Queensland Giant looking to upset Lions

SAM Reid used to love going to the Gabba to watch the great Brisbane sides of the early 2000s.

The Queenslander will be back on Saturday night with plans to spoil the Lions' party as part of the visiting GWS Giants outfit.

"It's a great ground to watch and also play, with the atmosphere there," Reid said ahead of the semi-final. "It's going to buzzing.

"Hopefully they pack it out, everyone turns up ... and we make it deathly silent.

"It's important to get off to a good start up there on their home turf, silence the crowd."

The 29-year-old from the Sunshine Coast grew up a Lions fan, idolising Jason Akermanis and Michael Voss.

"Every time we get to play up there in Queensland is pretty special," Reid said.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 30: Sam Reid celebrates during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at the WestConnex Centre on August 30, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Reid will have plenty of support in the stands. Mark Kolbe

"I've got all my family and friends who don't really get to go to many games. Got all them cruising down this week.

"Hopefully we get the win in front of them."

It will be Reid's sixth game at the venue, where the Giants hold a 4-2 record against the hosts. They've won their past four there but know Saturday night will be a challenge.

"We usually play pretty well up there," Reid said.

"But they've obviously had a really good year. And they would have learnt a few things over the last two weeks playing against one of the flag favourites in Richmond."

The Giants were smashed in their last outing against the Lions, in Sydney, the visitors capitalising on injuries to GWS stars Josh Kelly and Stephen Coniglio.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 06: Josh Kelly of the Giants looks on  during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at the WestCOnnex Centre on September 06, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)
Josh Kelly is a key figure for the Giants. Jason McCawley

The Giants have got Kelly back and so too their mojo, which was on display in the elimination final win over Western Bulldogs.

"We just love being involved in finals," Reid said. "For a young club, four years in a row, it's a massive effort.

"The way we went about it on the weekend with our physicality, going at them, we'll look to do the same this week.

"Finals are always physical. you have to bring it very week."

***RETRANSMISSION CORRECTING CAPTION*** Sam J. Reid of the Giants contests against Matthew Parker of the Saints during the Round 7 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the St Kilda Saints at UNSW Canberra Oval in Canberra, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AAP Image/Sam Mooy) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONL
Reid said teh Giants would maintain their physical approach SAM MOOY

It has been a landmark season for Reid who was first drafted by the Bulldogs in 2007. After joining the fledgling GWS in 2012 injuries forced his premature retirement in 2013.

Getting his body right while playing in the NEAFL, he was re-drafted, and like a fine wine is getting better with age.

After 43 games in 10 years, Reid has added 44 in two, finding a permanent spot in a defence that has "clicked" and is primed to challenge Charlie Cameron and co this week.

"Obviously they've got some really dangerous players" Reid said. "If you let them get free rein, they are going to turn it on.

Sam Reid of the Giants is beaten by Jason Johannisen of the Bulldogs during the Second Elimination Final between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs in Week 1 of the AFL Finals Series at Giants Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, September 7, 2019. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Reid tries to shut down Bulldog Jason Johannisen. DEAN LEWINS

"But we'll look at what Richmond did a little bit ... see what we can emulate.

"We back our defence to get the job done against any forward line."

Reid admitted the Giants may try to get into the Lions' heads when in front of goal after they booted an inaccurate 8.17 in the qualifying final loss to the Tigers.

"Probably. If you can get under their skin somehow," he said.

"They are such a good team, we want to find little weak spots wherever they are."