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 364 posts

A bit of context always helps

Match report – Player ratings – Longmire – McVeigh Football is an emotional sport. It’s an outlet for the innate human desire to compete and battle one another, in centuries past to the bloody death, and decades ago, bloodied and hurt. It’s a way for us to express our primeval desires and urges, and while the players duel each other, fans are often swept away in ... Continue Reading »

McVeigh: We were comprehensively beaten

On a night the Sydney Swans were expected to win, and win comfortably, a surprisingly poor performance from their midfield brigade left them chasing the game. With their first-half major ball winners being their defenders, especially Rampe, Lloyd, Smith and Mills, there was significant room for improvement. Despite an improved third quarter, four consecutive goals to the Crows put an end to the Swans spirited ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We need to win the ball

A dreadful first half by the Sydney Swans against the Adelaide Crows on Friday night consigned them to their second loss of the season at the SCG. The Crows stifled the Swans midfield and defence from the outset, pressuring them relentlessly and forcing them into numerous turnovers. The Crows midfield was decimated by injury with Sloane and both Crouch brothers missing, but it was Laird, ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Adelaide Crows, Round 5, 2018

It's not all doom and gloom. Well, let's look at the first half in isolation, or the first quarter rather - 4.9 (33). It was madness. They had 5 behinds in the first five minutes and the lads couldn't even get their hands on it. The trend continued throughout the first half, Parker, Hannebery, Kennedy, Heeney and co all well down on their usual ... Continue Reading »

Report: Dreadful first half sinks the Swans

The Swans were left to rue a dreadful first half in their round 5, 10-point loss to the Crows on Friday night at the SCG. The Crows entered the game with a length injury list, especially a decimated midfield with Sloane and the Crouch brothers missing, as well as Eddie Betts and Tex Walker under an injury cloud. With the Swans heavily favoured, it was ... Continue Reading »

Match preview: Sydney Swans vs Adelaide Crows, Round 5, 2018

The Sydney Swans return to Friday night football at the SCG for the first time this season, welcoming last years’ grand finalists, the Adelaide Crows. There is little doubt the Crows will be itching to kick things off against the Swans, given their shock loss at home to the Pies last weekend, but with an ever-growing injury list, including Rory Sloane, it is going to ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney Swans vs Adelaide Crows, Round 5, 2018

The Sydney Swans have made two changes ahead of their blockbuster Friday night clash against the Adelaide Crows at the SCG. Forward Gary Rohan and defender Harry Marsh return to the side that defeated the Western Bulldogs in round 4, with Aliir Aliir and Nic Newman making way. The speedster forward missed last week's win against the Bulldogsm to be by the side of his ... Continue Reading »

Injury update: Reid on track

Sydney Swans forward Sam Reid is progressing well in his recovery after undergoing surgery on his injured quadricep tendon last Thursday. The Swans have issues in their big man department, with ruckman Sam Naismith ruled out for the season with an ACL injury, and Kurt Tippett who retired before the start of the season. Reid went under the knife last Thursday after consulting a specialist ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast Episode 23: Cracks are showing in the Swans defence

Good evening all, it's another wonderful Swans week ahead, made even better with the thrilling 7-point win against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad on Saturday night. In a pulsating clash, the Swans turned a 22-point deficit early in the second quarter into a 14-point lead midway through the third. The Swans once again kicked ahead in the last quarter, only for the Bulldogs to peg ... Continue Reading »

Dan Hannebery fined by the MRP

Sydney Swans midfielder Dan Hannebery has been fined ($1,500) for instigating a melee before the opening bounce of the Swans' round 4 clash against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad. Hannebery tangled with Bulldogs defender Jason Johannisen before the opening bounce, in similar fashion to the way Kieren Jack roughed up Johannisen in round 12 last season. The Bulldogs responded in force with most of ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We need to be mindful of his education

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire is confident that his unconventional forward line setup can get the job done against Adelaide at the SCG on Friday night. Aliir Aliir returned to the senior side for the first time since round 4 last season, playing the second-tall forward role, occasionally pinch hitting in the ruck and in defence. While the Swans overcame the Bulldogs in a thrilling ... Continue Reading »

Florent: I carried on a bit like a pork chop

14-gamer Oliver Florent was the hero for the Swans on Saturday afternoon, kicking the winner with just 23 seconds left in the match. Remarkably like Papley's goal against Adelaide last year, a speculative long kick out of defence created the chance, that fortuitously landed in the hands of a Sydney player. Florent marked uncontested and instantly played on, with Bulldogs ruckman Tim English giving chase, ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We found a way to win

The Swans on Saturday afternoon turned around a dreadful first half into a thrilling 7-point win over the rallying Bulldogs. Fresh of two successive beltings, the Bulldogs returned to form against the Bombers in round 3, and pushed the Swans all the way in round 4. Their possession machine was unstoppable early on, and they capitalized on the Swans mistakes, racing to a 22-point lead ... Continue Reading »

Player of the Year - Round 4

Each round we'll be posting our votes for The Swans Blog's Player of the Year award. The players will be voted on their performance on the day regardless of previous form. The player with the highest number of votes at the end of the season, wins. Simple. Round 4 saw the Swans defeat the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, in a nail-biting, ... Continue Reading »