Tag: AFL News

A 161-post collection

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 »

Teams: Semi Final Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats, September 15th

The Swans have resisted the urge to swing the axe after their emphatic 65 point win against Essendon last Saturday. Not for the first time this season the Sydney Swans have named an unchanged line up, but for the first time in a very long time, the Swans go into a final unchanged. Coach John Longmire all but declared Lance Franklin's inclusion during his post ... Continue Reading »

Injury update: Swans virtually injury free heading into Semi Final

The coaches no doubt breathed a collective sigh of relief as Franklin returned to the field and turned the match on its head in the second quarter, after sustaining a badly corked thigh in the first. The star forward collided with Essendon defender Brendon Goddard midway through the first, leaving the field for treatment, before returning with a visible limp. Despite being visibly hampered, he ... Continue Reading »

Captain Kennedy once again leading the Gary Ayres Finals MVP

Swans Captain Josh Kennedy put in another masterclass on Saturday afternoon as he lead the Swans to victory in emphatic fashion. A proven finals player and reigning MVP from the inaugural 2016 season, Kennedy was one of two players to poll maximum votes from the weekend, giving him an early lead in the award. The player not only caught the coaches eyes, but those of ... Continue Reading »

Swans' trio nominated for AFLPA MVP

Josh Kennedy, Lance Franklin and Luke Parker have been nominated for the 2017 AFL Players Association Most Valuable Player Award. On the back of an All Australian selection - his 3rd since moving to Sydney - and another Coleman medal, Franklin headlines the Swans' contingent to be voted most influential by their teammates. The trio are among 54 players from across the league who are ... Continue Reading »

Have no fear, Gil is here and he's got all the turf in the Kingdom

With another Sydney derby final looming on the horizon, given the dominoes fall the way they need to, the ANZ stadium will be the AFL's choice of venue. Despite the Olympic venue hosting just one AFL match in the last two years, AFL league boss Gillon McLachlan is adamant the coffers must be filled. The AFL are reportedly so keen on the venue, they're willing ... Continue Reading »

Injury update: Ruck duo expected to be available

Big news today from the Adelaide Crows with star midfielder Rory Sloane admitted to hospital with appendicitis. Sloane, 27, reported abdominal pain on Tuesday morning and and it was determined that surgery was needed to remove his appendix. Adelaide is hopeful that he'll be available for the qualifying final next Thursday evening. While there is precedent for players returning from surgery within a week, given ... Continue Reading »

Swan duo make the All Australian Squad despite Owen-Six

Two of the Swans' very best have made the provisional 40-man All Australian squad on Monday, with Adelaide dominating proceedings. Stalwarts Josh Kennedy and Lance Franklin have been named in the squad, the only Swans to make it despite a stellar 16-game run starting round 7, losing twice to Hawthorn by six points. Fellow defenders Heath Grundy and Dane Rampe miss out, while forwards Rohan ... Continue Reading »

Grundy cleared by MRP for... ?

The Swans have today survived the MRP lotto, with key defender Heath Grundy cleared of who knows what this afternoon. An MRP preview video posted this morning, attempted to cast aspersions for a Grundy bump on the calamitous Casboult, who had turned into Heath without looking. Anyone with half-a-brain would have figured that this should have been left on the scrap heap, along with the ... Continue Reading »

Injury update: Kennedy certain to return, Newman in doubt

Sydney Swans captain Josh Kennedy is almost certain to return to the fold this week, having completed his rehab work on a hamstring strain. His availability for the blockbuster clash against Adelaide on Friday night is a massive boost for the club, after missing games against Geelong and Fremantle. Swans Head of Football Tom Harley provided the latest injury update yesterday, and while the club ... Continue Reading »

Swans in the running for Stevie J

Retiring Steve Johnson has found himself somewhat in demand, fielding offers from the AFL and A-League for coaching positions once his playing career comes to an end. Having announced his retirement last Thursday, the former Geelong premiership star has been linked to a number of clubs, with the Swans the front-runners. Discussing the matter on Melbourne's Triple M on Saturday afternoon, Damien Barrett said that ... Continue Reading »

Injury update: Naismith ruled out, Kennedy in doubt

Coach John Longmire confirmed today, ahead of Thursday's main training session, that ruck man Sam Naismith has been ruled out of Saturday's clash against Fremantle. Naismith continues to recover from a hip injury he suffered against Hawthorn in round 19, and sat out last Friday nights win against Geelong. Meanwhile, captain Josh Kennedy will be put through his paces today during the main session in ... Continue Reading »

Tackling an issue in the AFL? No way, says Kieren Jack

In the wake of recent suspensions to Patrick Dangerfield and Brodie Grundy, penalised for tackles that 20 years ago would have been deemed close to perfect, there's a growing concern in the greater AFL community that the crackdown on head impacts and concussions is having a detrimental effect on the toughness of the sport. The AFL has been unambiguous in their goal to reduce, or ... Continue Reading »

Swan champion Jarrad McVeigh's future in doubt

The Sydney Swans champion and former captain's future with the harbour side club is in doubt, coming out of contract at years' end. Despite great form and a considerable influence on the backline, especially their return to form after round 6, McVeigh has yet to sign an extension with the club. More recently Sporting News suggested the former captain could seek pastures anew, with an ... Continue Reading »

Injury update: Kennedy in doubt for Fremantle clash

Sydney Swans captain Josh Kennedy will be a wait-and-see prospect throughout the week, in his bid to prove his fitness ahead of the Fremantle clash on Saturday afternoon. Kennedy was a notable absentee from last weekend's win against the Cats, after the skipper suffered a mild hamstring strain in the first half against Hawthorn two weeks ago. With a full weekend's rest, the 29-year-old has ... Continue Reading »