Tag: AFL News

A 194-post collection

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 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 »

Former Swan Tom Mitchell AFLCA Player of the Year Leader after Round 2

Former Sydney Swans midfielder Tom Mitchell put in a masterful display against Geelong on Monday to rocket to the top of the AFLCA Player of the Year Award leaderboard. The ball magnet racked up a record-breaking 54 disposals in the opening round win against Collingwood before collecting another 40 in the Hawks 1 point win against Geelong. Both coaches adjudged him best on ground, his ... Continue Reading »

AFL Goal of the Year Round 2 - Vote for Franklin

The AFL has selected its three nominations for Round two's goal of the week, including the monstrous 48m snap from Franklin in the final quarter against Port Adelaide. https://twitter.com/statsinsider/status/980368486986739712 With the Swans trailing by 3 goals early in the last, Franklin roved a contest in the Swans forward pocket and jammed it on his boot from 48 metres. The contact ... Continue Reading »

Can Lance Franklin beat Josh Kennedy to another Coleman Medal?

Lance Franklin was at his brilliant best in Round 1 when he put the West Coast Eagles defence to the sword, kicking eight goals in the Swans’ opening day victory in Perth. He terrorised young Eagles defender Tom Barrass, veteran Will Schofield and highly rated centre-half back Jeremy McGovern en-route to registering the highest number of Round 1 goals kicked this century. West Coast had ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We didn't take our chances

The Sydney Swans were left lamenting a error-riddled game, failing to capitalise on their first-half dominance before going down by 23-points at the SCG on Sunday night. Swans coach John Longmire fronted the press after the match and was frank about the teams' performance and where things went wrong. “We didn't use the ball well when we had possession of it,” Longmire said. “We thought ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Port Adelaide, Round 2, 2018

Well, that wasn't great viewing. First half looked pretty good and really should have been a lot further than 14 points in front. Then Port decided to throw Charlie Dixon in the ruck and all hell broke loose, the defence turned into a sieve and the once assured possession of the Swans looked like a wet soap in a communal bathroom. You can't expect to ... Continue Reading »

Report: Swans their own worst enemy, downed by Port on a slippery night

The Sydney Swans have succumbed to successive home defeats to the Port Adelaide Power today, going down by 23 points at a packed SCG. An uncharacteristically error-riddled game from the Sydney Swans saw their half-time 14-point lead evaporate as the Power kicked 7-goals-to-2 in the third quarter. Port Adelaide thoroughly dominated the last quarter despite the Swans pulling the margin back to 4 points, running ... Continue Reading »

Swans watch: Stuart Dew turns the Suns around

Today the Suns put the Blues to the sword at Etihad Stadium, leading from start to finish, running out 34-point winners. Former Sydney Swans premiership assistant coach Stuart Dew took over the Gold Coast Suns in October last year, and has overseen a resurgent and rejuvenated Suns outfit. The Suns started the season with a 16-point win in deplorable conditions against North Melbourne in Cairns, ... Continue Reading »

Lance Franklin, joint AFLCA Player of the Year Leader after Round 1

Sydney Swans superstar forward Lance Franklin is the joint leader in the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Award after Round 1. Polling a perfect 10 with his dominant performance against West Coast on Sunday night, he finished as the second highest AFL Fantasy ranked player of the round behind former-Swan-turned-Hawk ball magnet, Tom Mitchell. Franklin's stellar game was in fact so good, that his ... Continue Reading »

AFL Goal of the year Round 1 - Vote for Parker

The AFL has selected its three nominations for goal of the week, including Luke Parker's spectacular overhead bicycle kick. https://twitter.com/AFL/status/977860384861270016 It'll take something special to knock him off this season, but if anything's to go by, you can never underestimate the bias of supporters, and the incredulity of selection panels. With five minutes left in the game, Florent kicked it ... Continue Reading »

Longmire lauds Franklin's brilliant 8-goal display

Longmire has heaped praised on his superstar forward Buddy Franklin after his match-winning 8 goal haul against the Eagles on Sunday night. Franklin's 5-goal first half haul set the game up for the Swans, despite a dogged display from the Eagles, drawing within 5 points at three quarter time. Despite the Eagle's domination of possession and territory, Franklin was instrumental in keeping the Swans' ahead ... Continue Reading »

Swans coaching shake-up bears no similarities to Fremantle's

The Sydney Swans kicked off their 2018 AFL Premiership campaign in gusto, lead brilliantly from the front by superstar Lance Franklin. Eight goals for the game, five in the first half, set the Swans well on their way to a 29-point victory, battling a dogged Eagles outfit that did their best to win their first match at their brand new home ground. Isaac Heeney, Luke ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney Swans vs West Coast Eagles, Sunday March 25th, 4.20pm AWST

The Swans have welcomed back veterans Jarrad McVeigh and Heath Grundy for the Swans and Eagles' historic AFL clash at the brand new Optus Stadium in Perth. Traveling to Perth with a 26-player squad, the Swans have opted for experienced heads over youthful exuberance, with Jarrad McVeigh and Heath Grundy slotting straight back into the side. The premiership players endured an interrupted pre-season, with McVeigh ... Continue Reading »