Tag: Former Players

A 20-post collection

Sydney Swans late flurry shores up picks for 2018

The Sydney Swans have finally entered the 2018 trade merry-go-round, trading rising Category B Rookie Sam Murray to Collingwood, with future picks exchanged. https://twitter.com/aflratings/status/920809239378927623 Will full knowledge that landing Nick Blakey in 2018 may well be mission impossible without improved 2018 picks, the Swans agreed terms with Collingwood last night. The Swans have parted ways with Sam Murray, their 2017 ... Continue Reading »

Barry Hall does it again

Former Sydney Swans premiership captain Barry Hall has been caught on camera throwing his fists during the Queensland AFL (QAFL) Grand Final against Palm Beach-Currumbin. Playing for Labrador in what was believed to be his last game, Hall was caught knocking two players down to the ground. In a strike eerily reminiscent to his hit on Eagle Brent Staker in 2008, Hall lost the ball ... Continue Reading »

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 »

Lance Franklin avoids suspension, same can't be said for others

Swans star forward Lance Franklin has been cleared by the Match Review Panel for an incident involving Carlton defender Alex Silvagni. The MRP assessed the contact between the two players from the first quarter of Saturday's match, with Franklin making high contact with an open hand. A free kick was paid at the time and it was the view of the panel that the force ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney vs West Coast, Thursday April 13th, 6:10pm AWST

Update: Apologies for the confusion of timezones in the original article. It is 6.10pm AWST, 8.10pm AEST. Both the Swans and the Eagles have announced their teams for the Thursday night clash, with both teams making two changes. More importantly for the Swans, they'll have to do without important ruckman Sam Naismith, missing with a minor knee injury. While Tippett wasn't able to ... Continue Reading »

Plugger, one day a week just isn't enough!

It's absolutely fantastic to have him back at the club, even in a part-time capacity. Sam Reid banging 6 in one go and even Franklin looking more dangerous. The influence he's had on the club since returning after years away from AFL football is telling. His knowledge of the game, goal kicking techniques and leading is almost unparalleled, and it's a massive boost for the ... Continue Reading »

Franklin reveals Lockett influence

You can't imagine a bigger name in AFL working with arguably the biggest name in AFL today, Lockett and Franklin. The legendary goal kicker is back working with the Swans, once a week, has already have a significant impact on Lance Franklin and Sam Reid. But even the biggest drawcard in the AFL admits that he's a little star struck by Lockett. “Just having him ... Continue Reading »

Unwanted Richards finds a new home... in Sydney

In hilarious twist of fate for the younger brother of club favourite Ted Richards, Xavier has returned to Sydney in the most calamitous and embarrassing way possible, to play NEAFL with Sydney University. Having already been cut by the Swans after his 11th hour appeal to Melbourne clubs so that he could live with his mom, Richards found himself derelict, floating up the metaphorical river, ... Continue Reading »

2016 in review part 5: the players

This is the 5th and final article in a series of 5, following on from part 4. You can read from the start by visiting part 1 here. This article will discuss the senior players' performance throughout the season. Few could argue that Josh Kennedy was a deserving winner of the Swans best and fairest award, with another stellar season and excellent finals campaign. Battered ... Continue Reading »

Swans premiership hero announces retirement

Swans favourite son and premiership hero, Nick Malceski, announced his retirement from AFL yesterday. In a cruel twist of irony, he retired from the game from ongoing knee problems, having already recovered from three knee reconstructions. One of the few players to have successful LARS grafts, Malceski was inspiration for Alex Johnson when he suffered his first ACL injury. The 32 year old still had ... Continue Reading »

Xavier Richards among 3 to get the chop

In a colossal screw up by Richards and his Manager, Xavier has been delisted by the Swans. The club today announced their final list changes before the NAB Draft, with Hiscox and Davis joining Xavier. Richards played 10 games this season, for a career tally of 12, while Hiscox made his debut in '16 and Davis was yet to play for the senior team. Xavier ... Continue Reading »

Looking back on the trade period

The Swans were anticipated to be busy in the trade period with the imminent departures of  uncontracted players Tom Mitchell and Toby Nankervis. Xavier Richards later requested a trade in the 2nd week of the trade period, while Dean Towers played the field. All up, the Swans traded away 2 players and improved their overall draft position, moving into the top 10. Apart from the ... Continue Reading »

Toby Nankervis moves to Tigerland

Uncontracted Swans big man Toby Nankervis, has been traded to the Richmond Tigers for pick 46 in the 2016 draft. AFL writer Peter Ryan broke the trade story earlier this week, with the Swans agreeing to the deal this afternoon. The 22 year old Tasmanian, originally from North Launceston Football Club, was taken by the Swans in the 2nd round of the 2013 NAB AFL ... Continue Reading »

2016 in review part 2: first half of the season

This is the 2nd article in a series of 5, following on from part 1. This article will discuss the games in the first half of the season, expectations and overall performance. While the pre-season had shown glimpses of what was to come, there weren't many pundits and experts that fancied the Swans to do as well as they did. The Swans hit the bye ... Continue Reading »

Richards requests trade

Swan's grand finalist and younger brother to Swans champion Ted Richards, Xavier Richards has requested a trade. The club has confirmed the request after contract talks broke down, having worked towards an extension with both player and manager throughout the season. “We’ve been in discussions with Xavier’s management through the back end of the year and to this point we haven’t been ... Continue Reading »