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

SwansCast LIVE before the 2017 Bob Skilton Medal

The SwansCast crew will be returning on Friday, broadcasting LIVE on Facebook from 5pm AEDST, leading up to Sydney Swans's night of nights, the 2017 Bob Skilton Medal. The Swans will be providing a live stream of the event starting at 7pm, kicking off with the Chairman's address. The event will crown the best players of the season, be it Rising Star's, Clubman, Player's player ... Continue Reading »

Josh Francou moves to Adelaide as Assistant Coach

The long winded rumour for former Sydney Swans coach Josh Francou has finally been confirmed today, moving to Adelaide Crows as an assistant under Don Pyke. With reports yesterday suggesting the deal was close to done, Francou has long been touted to leave the Sydney Swans in their post-season shake up. The Swans have already announced Rhyce Shaw and Steve Johnson as new coaches, while ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast Episode 18 - Richmond deserved to win

Good morning all, it's a brilliant, sunny morning here in Melbourne, and being a Tuesday, it's time for another instalment of your favourite Sydney Swans podcast, the SwansCast. I wrote last week after the preliminary final games, that it was a strange feeling watching football without the Swans playing. That feeling was exasperated when Adelaide throwing in the virtual towel early in the second quarter ... Continue Reading »

Swans in the race for want-away Demon Jack Watts?

The NAB AFL Trade Radio team reported today that the Sydney Swans have joined the race for want-away forward Jack Watts. "Significant interest out of the Swans this weekend in luring Watts out of his 2 year contract with the Demons." In fairness, we did tweet about this on Saturday evening, and it's hardly new news with hushed whispers spoken as far back as round ... Continue Reading »

AFL to review how Mark and Goal of the Year are decided

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan confirmed today that the AFL will review the process for which the Mark and Goal of the year are awarded. Following the shock wins by Daniel Rioli and Joe Daniher for the Goal and Mark of the year on Monday night, the footy community was left widely bemused. Franklin's amazing goal, a carbon copy of his 2010 Goal of the Year, ... Continue Reading »

Stevie J and Tadhg Kennelly join Sydney Swans coaching ranks

Retired premiership players Steve Johnson and Tadhg Kennelly are joining the Sydney Swans coaching ranks, joining Jeremy Laidler. The rumour mill has been in overdrive for almost two months with the Swans' capture of Steve Johnson, reported here 6 weeks ago. Johnson, a triple premiership player, three time All Australian and 2007 Normsmith medalist, will be taking the reigns as the new forwards coach. Bringing ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast Episode 17 - Shocks at the Brownlow medal count

Good afternoon all, it's Wednesday and time for the latest episode of The Swans Blog's podcast, the SwansCast. We take a look at the Brownlow, the shock goal and mark of the year decisions, Kennedy and Franklin, as well as the weekend that was and the grand final ahead. It's a strange feeling watching the football without the Swans involved. I've watched a lot of ... Continue Reading »

Barry Hall does it again

Former Sydney Swans premiership captain Barry Hall has been caught on camera throwing his fists during the Queensland AFL (QAFL) Grand Final against Palm Beach-Currumbin. Playing for Labrador in what was believed to be his last game, Hall was caught knocking two players down to the ground. In a strike eerily reminiscent to his hit on Eagle Brent Staker in 2008, Hall lost the ball ... Continue Reading »

Journeyman Laidler signs off

Sydney Swans defender Jeremy Laidler has called an end to his 10-year AFL career, having played 87-games for three clubs. Drafted by Geelong in the 2008 Rookie Draft with pick 32, Laidler played two games for the Cats before he was traded to the Blues in 2010. He made his way to the Swans as a delisted free agent in 2013 after playing 24 games ... Continue Reading »

Unlocking the enigma

Since the turn of the century, few players have polarised Sydney Swans fans more than Gary Rohan. Possessing elite talent and pace to burn, the 26-year-old excitement machine has had his fair share of demons on the big stage. Where most see almost unbounded potential, he's often struggled with the hype and in the eyes of many, has failed to deliver. Hidden behind the powerful, ... Continue Reading »

Dumbfounding Franklin hyperbole like old man yelling at cloud

Life as a Sydney Swans supporter is full of ups and downs. Nothing is more certain - not even taxes - than Victorian media bias against the Harbour side club. Victorian centric football media won't talk about the Swans unless they're defying the odds, or mucking it up big time. The irony wasn't missed in the wash-up of Friday night's loss to Geelong, with all ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast Episode 16 - Friday night the antithesis of a sensational season

Good morning all, it's Tuesday and time for the latest instalment of The Swans Blog's podcast, the SwansCast. This week I'm joined by Rowan from BigFooty and we dissect the weekend that was. The way the season ended on Friday night was tough to take, given the progress the team made throughout the season. It was a truly bizarre performance with so much going wrong. ... Continue Reading »

Records tumble in Sydney Swans' sensational season

The Swans' 2017 campaign finally came to an end on Friday night, an antithesis ending to the sensational resurrection of a season long thought gone. The Swans continued their impressive membership growth this season - increasing every season since 2011 - signing up another 2,500 members on last year to smash the membership barrier for the fifth consecutive season. Passing last season's record membership ... Continue Reading »

Sydney Swans insist Aliir Aliir and Kurt Tippett are going no where

Sydney Swans Head of Football Tom Harley insists that Kurt Tippett and Aliir Aliir are staying put with the Swans. Kurt Tippett played nine games in an injury-interrupted 2017, dogged by ankle issues throughout the year, eventually missing the finals with Callum Sinclair and Sam Naismith preferred over him. Tippett's extension has been incorrectly reported for months now, with the big man extending his stay ... Continue Reading »

2017 in review part 1: pre-season performance and expectations

This is the first 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' pre-season performance, what they did well and what could have been better. For a lot of supporters 2016 ... Continue Reading »