They might play in front of a large crowd at the MCG today in the AFL Grand Final, but most Sydneysiders have little idea who the GWS Giants are – let alone their star players.
In AFL-crazy Melbourne, 900 km to the south, the top players are treated like gods and harassed wherever they go.
But in Sydney – even a day out of their first big final against Richmond – it seems to be a different story.
Armed with photos of some of the biggest names in the Giant, including Toby Greene, Stephen Coniglio, Josh Kelly, Lachie Whitfield, and Jeremy Cameron, Daily Mail Australia hit the Sydney CBD on Friday to ask the locals if they could of the striking men in orange and black.
Unfortunately for GWS, almost everyone we approached had absolutely no idea who, and in some cases what, they were looking at.
There were a lot of bewildered looks and scratching of heads, but all the Sydneysiders interviewed agreed on one thing – the team looked really good.
They also quickly pointed to their muscular physique.
& # 39; I don't recognize him … but I want to! & # 39; an excited but confused Desiree Pare, 24, said when a photo of midfielder Stephen Coniglio was shown.
& # 39; Oh, that's David Warner? & # 39; asked a bewildered Nicole Hibel, a 24-year-old superannuation employee
A number of Sydneysiders could not say who & # 39; bad boy & # 39; Toby Greene is, with one woman mistaking him for cricket player David Warner
& # 39; These guys are all handsome, but I don't know who they are, & # 39; said Liam to Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; I've never seen this guy in my life & # 39 ;, was Liam's and his girlfriend's response to all five players they saw.
Veronica Medina Belo was just as charmed by Coniglio. & # 39; I don't recognize him, but I actually find him cute, & # 39; she said.
Josh Kelly seemed more familiar to Medina Belo, but she was not convinced of his sporting ability.
& # 39; This guy is actually very familiar, but I don't know where from. I think I saw him in a TV show, maybe neighbors or something, & she said.
Veronica Medina Belo was charmed by Coniglio. & # 39; I don't recognize him, but I actually find him cute & # 39;
Although no one recognized him, Stephen Coniglio was a favorite of the locals because of his appearance
& # 39; This guy is actually very familiar, but I don't know where from. I think I saw him in a TV show, maybe neighbors or something, & said Veronica Medina Belo
Although Medina Belo thought she was GWS & # 39; naughty boy & # 39; Had seen Toby Greene somewhere before, she could not determine where.
& # 39; Maybe I saw it on social media or something? & # 39; she said.
One woman even forgot Greene for the Australian cricket player, David Warner.
& # 39; Oh, that's David Warner? & # 39; asked Nicole Hibel, a 24-year-old superannuation employee.
Greene made headlines when he fined $ 7,500 for being found guilty of serious misconduct for an ugly incident with Western Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli during the qualifying final.
& # 39; I don't recognize him … but I want to! & # 39; an excited but confused Desiree Pare, 24, said when a photo of midfielder Stephen Coniglio was shown
& # 39; These guys are all handsome, but I don't know who they are, & # 39; said Liam to Daily Mail Australia
Greene's identity succeeded in leaving out a number of people.
& # 39; I've seen this man before, but I don't know his name, & # 39; said 25-year-old Andy Lanigan.
His friend Brody Johnston was even less familiar with Greene: & # 39; I have no idea who he is! & # 39;
Josh Kelly also had the couple scratching their heads, with Mr. Johnston mistakenly guessing that Kelly used to play for the swans.
& # 39; Good player, he is one of my favorites, & # 39; he said.
Although Mr. Lanigan did not recognize Lachy Whitfield, he was a fan of the midfielder locks.
& # 39; Oh the smooth back, so I like this guy's haircut! & # 39;
Administrative assistant Bree Ashe gave across the board & # 39; no & # 39; when asked if she recognized the players.
& # 39; They all look the same, & # 39; said the 25 year old.
The lack of knowledge of the Giants stars of a lunch time in the CBD of Sydney is not so surprising, given the childhood of the club in a busy sports market.
Unlike many other teams with a history that goes back 100 years, GWS was created as an AFL business decision to try to dominate Sydney – a demographic group that prefers rugby league, union and even football over Australian rule football . The AFL is traditionally seen as a & # 39; Melbourne & # 39; game in Australia's largest city.
The fact that GWS has reached a big final after only eight years is a great achievement and means that it is unlikely that players will remain anonymous for much longer.
On average, only 12,000 people attended the GWS home games last season and the regular attendance record for a non-Sydney Swans match was 15,751 against the West Coast in 2017.
Although these numbers are low compared to other AFL teams in Australia, Sydneysiders are more volatile when it comes to watching sports, and an average audience of 12,000 is comparable to most NRL clubs.
Andy Lanigan (left) didn't recognize Lachy Whitfield, but was a fan of the midfielder's locks: & # 39; Oh the smooth back, so I like this guy's haircut! & # 39; Pictured with friend Brody Johnston
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