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 304 posts

Swans unlikely to be stretched against Eagles in season opener

Leading into their opening round clash of the 2018 AFL season, the fortunes between the Swans and Eagles couldn't be further apart. Fresh off an emphatic belting at the hands of the Dockers, the Eagles are nursing their wounded and will be doing their best to scratch together a scoring unit for their opening round clash against the Swans on Sunday week. Nic Naitanui was ... Continue Reading »

Kurt Tippett is not the solution the Sydney Swans are looking for

To borrow a line from a movie, fate it seems, is not without a sense of irony. It wasn't long ago that Kurt Tippett stunned us all, announcing his immediate retirement from the game less than 12 months after extending with the club to 2020. Retiring from the game was a kindness his body needed, regularly battling ankle injuries in his 5 years with the ... Continue Reading »

Swans take on Giants in second pre-season hit out

The Sydney Swans take on the Giants for the second time in three pre-season matches, traveling to Blacktown International Sportspark boasting a plethora of senior players. Zak Jones has been selected for his first pre-season hit out, joining fellow midfielder Dan Robinson in the 26-man squad, coming in for the injured duo Callum Sinclair and Aliir Aliir. The pair suffered ankle injuries in last weekend's ... Continue Reading »

Mid-season drafts, trades and loans, all on the table for 2018

With Sydney Swans's season edging ever closer to midnight on the metaphorical doomsday clock, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan looks to be the unlikely hero of the hour. McLachlan told reporters on Wednesday that if he could change one thing about the game, it would be to free up player movement. Given the Swans' precarious situation, with Kurt Tippett retired and Sam Naismith rupturing his ACL ... Continue Reading »

Sinclair to shoulder the load

Sydney have been dealt a cruel injury blow on the eve of the 2018 AFL season with key ruckman Sam Naismith suffering a season-ending ACL injury. Scans have revealed the 25-year-old ruckman ruptured his ACL during a training drill at Lakeside Oval. Swans Head of Football Tom Harley said it’s clearly a disappointing outcome. “Obviously this is a disappointing setback for Sam so close ... Continue Reading »

Swans Giants set for senior hit out at Henson Park

Fresh off the their AFLX pre-season cup, the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants are reacquainting themselves with the true nature of AFL, playing their first pre-season game of 2018. Friday's game isn't part of the JLT pre-season series, but with neither side scheduled to play this weekend, they will square off against each other at Henson Park at 5.30pm. Both sides are ... Continue Reading »

Kurt Tippett's retirement settlement puts the Swans back into the Free Agency market at season's end

Kurt Tippett's sudden retirement on Monday afternoon shocked many, but came as no surprise to coach John Longmire. Tippett ended his 178-game career on Monday, after deciding he would be unable to return to his best after a recent ankle reconstruction. The ruckman battled through recurring ankle injuries in 2017, since suffering the first against the Bulldogs in Round 2. Despite having three years left ... Continue Reading »

Swans big man Kurt Tippett retires from AFL

After a career spanning 178 games for two clubs, Kurt Tippett announced his immediate retirement from football on Monday morning. Citing doubts over his body's ability to return from injury, he battled persistent ankle, hip and hamstring issues in the past two seasons. Despite the setbacks over the past few seasons, he was working to strengthen his ankle following post-season reconstructive surgery. Tippett remained optimistic ... Continue Reading »

AFL finally gets their MRP act together

The AFL has today announced sweeping changes to the match review panel ahead of the 2018 season, with fines, reviews and bad record loading amongst a swathe of changes. One of the most significant changes is long-time MRP member Michael Cristian becoming the sole match review official under the new system, replacing the panel of former players. Where the MRP was previously independent from the ... Continue Reading »

2017 in review part 3: second half of the season

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 This is the third article in a series of five, where I'll be analysing the Sydney Swans' season, from pre-season through to finals, including expectations and performances, what went right and what went wrong, and finally the players. In this article I will be analysing the clubs' second half of the season performance, what they did well ... Continue Reading »

Sydney Swans to do it tough in 2018, before coming home with a wet sail

The AFL has released their home & away fixtures for season 2018 today, and the Swans are one of the big winners. Playing an incredible 12 night matches, and 20 of 22 matches between Sydney and Melbourne, they travel to Perth just once at the start of the season. But where the Swans win out with preferential treatment on Thursday and Friday night matches, their ... Continue Reading »

Alex Johnson on the outer, joined by Sam Fisher

Today the Sydney Swans announced two more list changes to their side ahead of the 2018 season. Premiership player Alex Johnson has been informed that he will not be offered a senior contract for 2018, but could still be drafted by the Sydney Swans in the Rookie Draft. The Swans recruited the defender with pick 57 in the 2010 AFL Draft, making his debut in ... Continue Reading »

Sydney Swans win blockbuster draw for 2018

The Sydney Swans' remarkable turn around on the field in season 2017, as well as the continued growth of the club off the field, has seen them win out in a colossal blockbuster draw. The Swans faithful in Melbourne will enjoy an even better fixture than 2017, with the Swans playing 8 games in Victoria. The Victorian fans will have to wait four weeks to ... Continue Reading »

The face behind the lens of the camera

Today's announcement by the Richmond football club, finally put a name and face to the player behind the "Richmond Topless Girl" scandal. Between consenting adults, there's a time and place for everything. But with the proliferation of digital devices, cloud computing and ease of use, what was considered private 30 years ago has little resemblance on privacy today. To put it bluntly, Nathan Broad did ... Continue Reading »