SwansCast Episode 7 - Top 4 is on the line

Good evening everyone, it's been a challenging couple of days for me. Maybe some of you will sympathise with me, but on Monday night I was playing with one of my dogs and he accidentally scratched me across my left eye.

Suffice to say, it hurt a lot and I couldn't see anything for about 24 hours. I'm ok, but things have taken a fair bit longer than normal, and the white fluff ball has forced me to take time off my contract job. Damn you dog!

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Fortunately, a dog scratching your eyeball and forcing you off work doesn't quite sour the terrific performance the Swans put in on Saturday night last weekend.

I blogged about the performance on Monday, and in case you haven't read it yet, you can read it here. The only down news on the night was the injury that Sam Reid sustained.

The Swans face off against St Kilda in the 2nd pride game of the season, and the Swans have completely embraced the concept and are championing it. It's a fantastic concept and I completely agree with Andrew Pridham's assertion that too many people are fixed in old fashioned ways.

“One of the core reasons we have a Pride Match is that there’s an element in our society that doesn’t accept people for their differences, and the views of a lot of those people are outdated,” Pridham told the Star Observer.

“I can’t list all the statistics but 75 per cent of LGBTI people believe it wouldn’t be safe to be openly gay in sport.

“The Swans’ view is that football is for everybody and we don’t want to judge anybody. We’re not taking a political stance, but we do want to provide a safe environment.”

It's something we discuss at length on the Podcast, amongst many other topics.

As is the trend these days, the Swans really aren't producing much news-worthy content these days, so when you visit the Swans website and you see the same article pinned to the top of the page for two days, you know there's not much going on publicly.

It's a significant turn around from earlier in the season, especially when the Swans were losing, players were frequently talking to the media, along with Pridham, Harley, Longmire and more. It wasn't a particularly good look, having the same players, even different players say the same lines, not good enough, we'll do better etc.

On one hand, I prefer the silence because it gives you the impression that the club is focused, and they're not trying to make excuses, but at the same time, it's a bit information starved, and the best content is coming from the AFL, commentators and pundits.

Anyway, we'll be unveiling some fantastic blog-related news later in the week, as we're brining on board a columnist to cover the reserves on a weekly basis, and an exciting future Podcast guest. It's all yet to be confirmed, but you'll want to have a listen to the episode when it's announced.

This week I'm joined by Steven Park from the Swans Supporting Facebook group, Road 2 Glory, and Stephen Treloar from Over the Line Sports. We talk about the round that was, the Swans vs Giants game, players, Saints preview, the pride game and looking ahead for the rest of the season.

It's another great episode, even though it has a slightly longer run time, so give it a listen and let us know what you think.

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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

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