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 362 posts

Match preview: Sydney Swans vs Western Bulldogs, Round 4, 2018

The Swans return to Etihad Stadium for the first time since Round 9 last year, taking on the 2016 premiers the Western Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. The last time these teams met at Etihad was in Round 2 last season, when the Bulldogs unfurled their 2016 AFL premiership flag and celebrated with a 23-point win over the Swans. Since then, the fortunes between the teams ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney Swans vs Western Bulldogs, Round 4, 2018

The Sydney Swans have rung in the changes ahead of their round 4 clash against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium. The Swans have made three changes to the side that beat the Giants in round 3, with Aliir Aliir, fit-again speedster Zak Jones and Nic Newman returning to the side. Defender Aliir Aliir is set to make his first appearance since ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast Episode 22: I'm going to drop him like a bad habit

Good morning all, it's hump day today and despite the win against the Giants on the weekend, it hasn't all been sunshine and sugar drops. The Swans were terrific on the weekend, slugging it out in the first half, before running away with it in the third quarter. Trailing by 33 points early in the fourth quarter, the Giants kicked 4 goals in a row, ... Continue Reading »

Callum Sinclair the coaches delight

Callum Sinclair was in fine form for the Sydney Swans on Saturday night, dominating the ruck in a near best afield performance, picking up the lions share of the AFLCA coaches votes. He bounced back from a disappointing performance against Port Adelaide in round 2 with a rucking masterclass, dominating both Rory Lobb and Jonathon Patton. Hardly a ball magnet, he racked up 45 hit ... Continue Reading »

Sam Reid confirmed out for 8 weeks with quad injury

Sydney Swans forward Sam Reid has been ruled out for the next two months of footy after suffering a quadricep muscle injury late in Saturday night's win over Greater Western Sydney at the SCG. Returning to the side for his first match of the season, Reid damaged a quad tendon in the last term of the clash and the Swans are initially looking to be ... Continue Reading »

Hayward inks extension, a Swan until 2020

Sydney Swans' rising star forward Will Hayward has put pen to paper, signing a 1-year contract extension on Monday. The 19-year-old has turned a three year deal into four, and is set to remain with the club until at least the end of 2020. Hayward was secured by the Swans in the AFL's National Draft in 2016 with pick 21, their second-round selection. He was ... Continue Reading »

AFL Goal of the Year Round 3 - Vote for Franklin, again

For the third time in as many weeks, a Sydney Swans player has been nominated for the AFL Goal of the Week award. The AFL has selected its three nominations for Round three's goal of the week, including the game winning bomb by Lance Franklin against Greater Western Sydney. https://twitter.com/AFL/status/982589201718829056 Lance Franklin's amazing goal with just 5 minutes remaining was ... Continue Reading »

Papley delighted with Hewett and Sinclair

Conventional footy wisdom says that games are won in the third quarter, and the Swans were thrilled with their performance in the premiership quarter on Saturday night. Flashbacks to the Swans 23-point loss in round 2 against Port Adelaide were certainly at the forefront of most supporters’ minds, when the Giants booted the first two goals of the third quarter. The Swans rallied and kicked ... Continue Reading »

Injury update: Reid in doubt for Western Bulldogs

The Sydney Swans were triumphant on Saturday night in Sydney Derby XIV, defeating cross-town rivals the Greater Western Sydney by 16 points. Despite the win, the Swans sustained several minor injury set backs, with midfielder Harry Cunningham and forward Sam Reid receiving treatment during the second half. Cunningham had his leg squashed in a marking contest in the 3rd quarter, when Callum Sinclair flew in ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: Swans can share the load

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire insists his side isn't too reliant on superstar forward Lance Franklin, and he was happy to see a spread of goal kickers in the Swans 16-point win over the Giants in Sydney Derby XIV. Behind by 33 points early in the last quarter, the Giants kicked four unanswered goals to trail by just 10 points with six minutes remaining. Franklin ... Continue Reading »

Player of the Year - Round 3

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 3 saw the Swans take on the Giants in Sydney Derby XIV, with the Swans winning their ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Greater Western Sydney Giants, Round 3, 2018

That was a cracking way to get back on the winners sheet. Not so much the way we let them back into the match in the last quarter, but easily the 3 and half quarters up until that point. Sam Reid kicks that goal in the last, it's all over red rover. But perhaps it wouldn't have provided Buddy his platform to do what he ... Continue Reading »

Report: Buddy magic sinks the Giants

The Sydney Swans have re-established themselves as a genuine premiership contender with a hard fought 16-point victory against the Giants on Saturday night. Two last quarter goals by the Swans superstar forward Lance Franklin, including a massive 70 metre bomb, was enough to see the Swans over the line. Trailing by 33 points early in the fourth quarter, the Giants kicked four goals in a ... Continue Reading »

Match preview: Sydney Swans vs Greater Western Sydney Giants, Round 3, 2018

The Sydney Swans renew hostilities with cross-town rivals the Greater Western Sydney Giants on Saturday night, in Sydney Derby XIV. After posting significant wins in the opening round of the season, both Sydney teams found things more difficult in Round 2. The Giants struggled to overcome a dogged Collingwood outfit, both teams reeling from two serious injuries sustained in the opening quarter of their clash, ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney Swans vs Greater Western Sydney Giants, Round 3, 2018

The Sydney Swans have received a significant boost ahead of Sydney Derby XIV, with Swans forward Sam Reid named in the side for the first time in season 2018. The 26-year-old has been sidelined with hamstring tightness since the first round of the season, and Swans coach John Longmire said that Reid would bring plenty to the clash. “It’s good to have him in ... Continue Reading »