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 295 posts

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 »

Sydney Swans late flurry shores up picks for 2018

The Sydney Swans have finally entered the 2018 trade merry-go-round, trading rising Category B Rookie Sam Murray to Collingwood, with future picks exchanged. https://twitter.com/aflratings/status/920809239378927623 Will full knowledge that landing Nick Blakey in 2018 may well be mission impossible without improved 2018 picks, the Swans agreed terms with Collingwood last night. The Swans have parted ways with Sam Murray, their 2017 ... Continue Reading »

2017 in review part 2: first half of the season

Part 1 - Part 2 This is the second 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' first half of the season performance, what they did well and what could ... Continue Reading »

The Swans Blog is 1 - happy birthday!

We love birthday's at the blog, perhaps more than anyone else. But hey, who doesn't love a good birthday, cake and cider. Well, cider's not for everyone, but it's certainly for me! But where people usually receive gifts on their birthday, we're in a giving mood and we'd love to reward our loyal followers. How do we reward all of our followers, you might be ... Continue Reading »

Sydney Swans coaching shuffle still beating strong

West Coast champion Dean Cox has some big shoes to fill when he takes over the ruck coaching duties at the Sydney Swans this week. Stephen Taubert, a larger than life figure, with a distinguished playing career, returned to the Sydney Swans in 1999 to take up a part-time specialist ruck coaching role. After 18 years in the role, working with some of the competition's ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast LIVE during the 2017 AFL Trade Period

The SwansCast crew is returning on Wednesday morning, broadcasting LIVE on Facebook from 11.30am, bringing you the latest and greatest Sydney Swans and AFL news. Following the success of our first ever live podcast, hosts Justin Mitchell, Stephen Treloar and Myles Stedman will be joined by our confirmed guests Rohan Connolly, Adam Curley, Adam Child and Jared Crouch. The AFL Trade period is one ... Continue Reading »

2017 Bob Skilton Awards

The Sydney Swans 2017 Bob Skilton Awards ceremony was held tonight with vice-captain Luke Parker taking out his second Bob Skilton Medal, affirming his status as one of the clubs' great players. Lance Franklin and Jake Lloyd finished equal second just behind Luke Parker. Congratulations Luke Parker for a superb season! Club player life memberships Life memberships are awarded to players that play in 150 ... Continue Reading »

2017 Bob Skilton Medal Preview

The Bob Skilton Medal is the night of nights for the Sydney Swans, celebrating various awards and achievements throughout the season, and the crowning of the 2017 club Best and Fairest. Captain Josh Kennedy, Heath Grundy, Lance Franklin, Luke Parker and Dan Hannebery are all in contention for the coveted award, with Kennedy vying for his fourth Bob Skilton Medal. Last years Medal count lived ... Continue Reading »

Eagle Dean Cox the latest to swap feathers?

The Sydney Swans are undergoing somewhat of a coaching shake up this off-season, and with news Dean Cox is in town, it could get even bigger. The Swans have already farewelled stalwarts Stuart Dew (Gold Coast Suns), Josh Francou (Adelaide) and Henry Playfair (St Kilda), welcoming Steve Johnson, Tadhg Kennelly and recently retired defender Jeremy Laidler into the coaching mix. While Laidler and Kennelly will ... Continue Reading »

Stuart Dew climbs the AFL coaching mountain

The Suns have today unveiled their latest Senior Coach appointment as former Sydney Swans Senior Assistant, Stuart Dew. Dew, a two-time premiership player with Port Adelaide and Hawthorn, and premiership assistant coach with the Sydney Swans in 2012, takes the reigns of the struggling Queensland club. Having started off as a Development Coach in 2010, Dew worked his way up the ranks, taking up an ... Continue Reading »