Kirk: We need to bring the pressure

Kirk has urged his forward group to bring the same intensity and pressure to bear against the Pies, as they did against the Dogs last Friday night. He was impressed with the intent showed by the forwards against the Dogs' heralded defence, generating 40% of the Swans' scores from turnovers.

While Sam Reid and Lance Franklin lead the charge, it was the Swans' lesser lights and debutants that impressed.

“The front half, if you look specifically the weekend, we wanted to put a lot of pressure on the Western Bulldogs’ defence,” Kirk said.

“They’ve got a lot of running rebounding defenders and I think we were able to do that probably consistently, although we lapsed at different times.

“Sam had a really strong game, Lance’s last quarter was super and some of the young fellas who came in – (Robbie) Fox and (Will) Hayward and (Ollie) Florent –their run, chase, and tackles were really energy-lifting for the rest of the team.

“Front half is not just about kicking goals but it’s about holding (the footy) in there and I think they did a really good job of that.”

At times the pressure was fantastic, especially early in the last quarter and for most of the 1st quarter. With Tippett out, its now a choice between Dary Cameron and Callum Sinclair. Both kicked two goals each in the last NEAFL game, and both look capable of replacing Tippett.

“With Kurt looking unlikely this weekend, there’s a decision the match committee will have to make,” Kirk said.

“Both have been in good for, Sinclair has a bit more experience on his side, they both can have an impact up forward and in the ruck.

“We’ll wait for a decision from the match committee to see if we go in with one or two ruckmen.”

It'll be amazing for young Darcy Cameron if he plays this weekend, being the 5th debutant for the Swans already this season - yes that's right, 5 debutants, and all but Newman were the first 4 picks in the 2016 draft. In just 2 seasons, the Swans have gone from one of the oldest lists, to one of the youngest lists. Amazing.

dismiss x

2018 Player Sponsorship Program

The Swans Blog is delighted to be a 2018 Sydney Swans Redback member. While we're delighted to be members ourselves in such a prestigious, respected and loved club, we're extending the opportunity to you, followers and readers of The Swans Blog, to share in our experience and to become a membership with us.

We've already purchased the membership, and now we're looking for 24 supporters, followers and readers, to join us on our 2018 maiden journey. You'll share the excitement of the Sydney Swans journey, participate in match functions, have your say in who we nominate, as well as the football tips.

Best of all, if the Swans make it to the Grand Final in 2018, you could be the one representing us!

Interested? Let us know!.

dismiss x

Since you're here...

... we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading The Swans Blog than ever, but we don't accept advertising, and don't want to do so in the future. Unlike many other news and media organisations, fan forums and fan media, we haven't put up a paywall, or displayed ads - we want to keep our content as open as possible.

The Swans Blog is an independent fan blog and community platform. Our content takes a lot of time and hard work to produce. We do it because we love what we do and we believe our perspective matters - because it may be your perspective too.

If everyone who reads our blog, who likes it, is supporting it, our future would be much more secure.

Make a one-off contribution →

Want instant access to the latest blog and news content from The Swans Blog?
Download our Android App from Google Play today.

Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

Melbourne, Australia http://theswansblog.com

Subscribe to The Swans Blog

Get the latest posts delivered right to your inbox.

or subscribe via RSS with Feedly!