Longmire backs in his midfield against Danger-wood pair

The Swans go into the heavy weight semi final clash against Geelong on Friday night as overwhelming favourites, despite finishing 4 positions beneath them on the AFL ladder.

Geelong finished the season on a high note, sneaking into second with favourable results in the final round, but have since seen their season teeter on the brink after a first round finals loss to red-hot Richmond.

The Swans entered the finals as the form team of the AFL winning their last four matches, before thrashing Essendon by 65 points setting a new AFL/VFL final record along the way.

Coach John Longmire was paying Geelong the respect their 2nd place finish deserved, despite their wavering form and growing injury list.

"They're a very good team", Longmire said.

"We tend to jump on and off teams at this time of the year, particularly this week of the finals.

"We were in the same boat at the same time last year.

"Their contested ball differential, tackle numbers, all things that stand up in finals are really strong, and they've got some great players and we expect it to be really hot contest".

When pressed on his plans for Dangerfield and Selwood, he was non-committal on a tag, instead backing in his midfield brigade who're in vintage form.

"His impact on games is significant. He's a massive competitor and when you get he and Selwood together, two huge competitors with talent, it's a pretty lethal combination," he said.

"Those blokes are really hard to quell because they're so good in 50/50 situations, but we've got a few blokes that are OK in the contest, and go OK in the 50/50 stuff.

"We obviously talk about Dangerfield, Selwood, (Mitch) Duncan, (Sam) Menegola – their midfield is a really good group, and we have some ideas.

"It doesn't mean they'll be implemented just yet, or that they'll necessarily work."

Captain Kennedy was best afield in the Swans' 65 point win, picking up 10 coaches votes, along with Parker who picked up 8 himself.

Both players were at their dominant best against the Bombers, combining or 59 disposals, 34 of those contested, 15 clearances and 2 goals.

When asked about Kurt Tippett's game in the NEAFL, Longmire was pleased that he lasted the game without injury.

"Look he was OK, we were obviously disappointed we lost," Longmire said.

"He was OK without setting the world on fire, in the end he got through the game really well, his ankle got through really well and that was important for him and us.

"He was able to pull up really well and train this week, and the doubts we may have had going into the game last week have been lessened, because he's got through a full game of footy."

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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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