Delistings: The proverbial axe falls

While the majority of Sydney Swans were nursing Mad Monday hangovers, a tentative few waited by the phone for the inevitable call signalling the end of their Bloods career. Those unfortunate three were today revealed to be Tyrone Leonardis, Michael Talia, and NEAFL captain Brandon Jack. These names should surprise nobody. Leonardis failed to make his AFL debut, after being drafted with pick 51 in ... 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 »

Papley the unsung Plumber

When the Sydney Swans selected Tom Papley with their first selection in the 2016 Rookie Draft, not many people would have dreamed the apprentice plumber becoming one of the Swans most influential players so early in his career. But that's exactly what the former Gippsland Power prospect has become. The well documented grandson of former South Melbourne players Max Papley and Jeff Bray, the 19-year-old ... 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 »

Josh Kennedy, shouldering the load

If you were about to enter a lion’s den, or a gladiator arena, or the modern sporting equivalent - the MCG with more than 80,000 rabid, screaming Collingwood/Richmond supporters - who would you want to run out beside you? For a Sydney Swans player, there can only be one answer – Josh Kennedy. Fearless, determined, strong in body and mind, JPK is the ... Continue Reading »

Brendan's Sydney Swans 2017 player review, part 1

While everyone is going Cartman style banging doors and desks, lets try to reflect on this season as a whole in a calm and collected manner. What started as an unquestionable disaster - like a boat capsizing in the Pacific Ocean - the club and players turned the season around after the Carlton loss. Despite this though, the side and coaches have been unable to ... 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 »

So now what?

I've been asked over the last couple of weeks, what's next for the blog after the season ends? Well, unfortunately the season ended far sooner than most would like, but certainly lived longer than most expected. We'll still be here during the off-season bringing as much Swans and AFL news as possible, while hopefully introducing more contributors for their own opinion and news articles. There's ... Continue Reading »

Swans crumble under weight of sensational expectations

Match report - Player ratings If you haven't caught up with football events this week, the news of Sydney's demise might be surprising to you. Unfortunately for those that witnessed the final match of the 2017 season, it was nothing like the sensational Swans we've been spoiled with. People's expectations were high following their sensational performance against the Bombers. Geelong on the other hand were ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats, 2nd Semi Final 2017

Right to it then. These ratings are brought to you stat-less, from our observations at the game and nothing more. B: Nick Smith, Heath Grundy, Callum Mills HB: Jarrad McVeigh, Dane Rampe, Zak Jones C: Isaac Heeney, Josh P. Kennedy, Jake Lloyd HF: Gary Rohan, Lance Franklin, Tom Papley F: Kieren Jack, Callum Sinclair, Sam Reid FOL: Sam Naismith, Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker I/C: ... Continue Reading »

Match report: Swans finally crash back down to Earth

All good things must finally come to an end. For those that bleed red and white, the Swans season came to a grinding halt against the irrepressible Geelong Cats on Friday night. After a long season, every game virtually an elimination final, the last match of them all was just one too many for the jaded Swans. The odds were firmly stacked in the Swans ... Continue Reading »

Match preview: 2nd Semi Final, Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats

Good after all from dreary cold and blustery Melbourne. It's finally game day, the tension palpable the excitement barely containable. It's time for the Sydney Swans to really stamp their premiership credentials, and crank the temperate on the competition up to 11. They've been irresistible since the bye, dropping just one game by six points to their bogey team Hawthorn. The bruising loss lit a ... Continue Reading »