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A 194-post collection

Longmire: We need to win the ball

A dreadful first half by the Sydney Swans against the Adelaide Crows on Friday night consigned them to their second loss of the season at the SCG. The Crows stifled the Swans midfield and defence from the outset, pressuring them relentlessly and forcing them into numerous turnovers. The Crows midfield was decimated by injury with Sloane and both Crouch brothers missing, but it was Laird, ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Adelaide Crows, Round 5, 2018

It's not all doom and gloom. Well, let's look at the first half in isolation, or the first quarter rather - 4.9 (33). It was madness. They had 5 behinds in the first five minutes and the lads couldn't even get their hands on it. The trend continued throughout the first half, Parker, Hannebery, Kennedy, Heeney and co all well down on their usual ... Continue Reading »

Report: Dreadful first half sinks the Swans

The Swans were left to rue a dreadful first half in their round 5, 10-point loss to the Crows on Friday night at the SCG. The Crows entered the game with a length injury list, especially a decimated midfield with Sloane and the Crouch brothers missing, as well as Eddie Betts and Tex Walker under an injury cloud. With the Swans heavily favoured, it was ... Continue Reading »

Match preview: Sydney Swans vs Adelaide Crows, Round 5, 2018

The Sydney Swans return to Friday night football at the SCG for the first time this season, welcoming last years’ grand finalists, the Adelaide Crows. There is little doubt the Crows will be itching to kick things off against the Swans, given their shock loss at home to the Pies last weekend, but with an ever-growing injury list, including Rory Sloane, it is going to ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney Swans vs Adelaide Crows, Round 5, 2018

The Sydney Swans have made two changes ahead of their blockbuster Friday night clash against the Adelaide Crows at the SCG. Forward Gary Rohan and defender Harry Marsh return to the side that defeated the Western Bulldogs in round 4, with Aliir Aliir and Nic Newman making way. The speedster forward missed last week's win against the Bulldogsm to be by the side of his ... Continue Reading »

Dan Hannebery fined by the MRP

Sydney Swans midfielder Dan Hannebery has been fined ($1,500) for instigating a melee before the opening bounce of the Swans' round 4 clash against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad. Hannebery tangled with Bulldogs defender Jason Johannisen before the opening bounce, in similar fashion to the way Kieren Jack roughed up Johannisen in round 12 last season. The Bulldogs responded in force with most of ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We need to be mindful of his education

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire is confident that his unconventional forward line setup can get the job done against Adelaide at the SCG on Friday night. Aliir Aliir returned to the senior side for the first time since round 4 last season, playing the second-tall forward role, occasionally pinch hitting in the ruck and in defence. While the Swans overcame the Bulldogs in a thrilling ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We found a way to win

The Swans on Saturday afternoon turned around a dreadful first half into a thrilling 7-point win over the rallying Bulldogs. Fresh of two successive beltings, the Bulldogs returned to form against the Bombers in round 3, and pushed the Swans all the way in round 4. Their possession machine was unstoppable early on, and they capitalized on the Swans mistakes, racing to a 22-point lead ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Western Bulldogs, Round 4, 2018

The Swans staved off a rampaging young Bulldogs team, with ducking McLean at his ducking best, Bontompelli protected by the umpires, and Matt Stevic. Turnovers in the first half didn't help, playing dreadful football for the first 40 minutes, but they got down and dirty, and ground their way back into the match. An unanswered 6-goal run was the difference in the end, with Towers ... Continue Reading »

Report: Swans win 7-point thriller

The Swans out-lasted the Bulldogs on Saturday night in the Swans’ first heart-stopping win of the season. Despite a poor first half performance, Lance Franklin was the difference on the night, as he moved three goals clear of Peter McKenna into ninth on the AFL’s all-time goal kicking list. The Swans superstar was held goalless in the opening half for the second time in ... Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »