Good afternoon all, it's a great week if you ask me, because it's another Swans winning week. After a shocking start to the season, we've sure been spoiled by a very good, passionate group of individuals, who want nothing more than to make our week superb from Monday to Friday.
Big thanks goes to the entire Sydney Swans club, they make my week, and undoubtedly yours, a lot brighter, rosier and enjoyable, when we win on the weekend.
The Swans got the job done in the terrible 4.40pm slot, overcoming another sluggish start to roll the Suns comprehensively. They were held goalless in the 2nd quarter, and scoreless in the 3rd quarter, with the Swans running out 10 goal winners. It threatened to really blow out early in the 4th, but with the win in pocket, the team controlled the game to the end.
Unfortunately, captain Josh Kennedy was a late withdrawal before the game, meaning the Swans haven't had an unchanged lineup since round 21 last season. It's almost a year and that's a lot of instability, certainly in the early parts of the season.
With Kurt Tippett returning to training and making himself available, at worst there's one change this weekend with Kennedy coming back in for Robinson, but more changes could be made if Tippett or Sinclair are available, with Naismith and Reid struggling in the ruck.
The best part of the weekend, apart from our five game win streak, and 8 wins from the last 9, is that we finally finished the round inside the 8! I don't think us Swans fans have been as happy about this happening since 2009, almost a decade ago. It's fair to say that we were the best ever team to be 0-6 at the start of the season, since we've gone 8-1 at almost 150% since.
Whatever happens this weekend with team selections, I trust the coaches to get it right. They've done it the last two months, so lets give them our faith for the next two.
In GWS news, the sniping, serial pest double act Green and Johnson are expected to return to play the Swans, while Cameron is under an injury cloud. From the Swans, we're looking at Tippett, Kennedy and Jones.
I bumped into Kennedy on Saturday night (big thanks to BigFooty for the Redback function tickets) and asked him about his leg, he was positive about playing on Saturday, saying "the leg's pretty good, no worries, just taking a precaution this week".
If ever there was a player you didn't risk, he's it. I'm glad the Swans are taking the pragmatic path on this and making sure they don't exasperate an injury in an unnecessary game.
There's a bit of Swans-related news coming out today, with a good piece on Dean Towers talking to FoxFooty.com.au today about fitting into the Swans lineup. It's a good read and well worth your time, given his excellent performance on the weekend.
“I’m just really enjoying playing some consistent footy and playing my role week in, week out and getting some trust from the team that I’ll do that week, in week out.”
This week I'm joined by Steven Park from the Swans Supporting Facebook group, Road 2 Glory. We talk about the round that was, the Swans vs Suns game, individual performances, and we look ahead and discuss the ladder, future rounds and what we need to do.
It's another great episode, so give it a listen and let us know what you think.
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