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A 212-post collection

AFL to review how Mark and Goal of the Year are decided

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan confirmed today that the AFL will review the process for which the Mark and Goal of the year are awarded. Following the shock wins by Daniel Rioli and Joe Daniher for the Goal and Mark of the year on Monday night, the footy community was left widely bemused. Franklin's amazing goal, a carbon copy of his 2010 Goal of the Year, ... Continue Reading »

Stevie J and Tadhg Kennelly join Sydney Swans coaching ranks

Retired premiership players Steve Johnson and Tadhg Kennelly are joining the Sydney Swans coaching ranks, joining Jeremy Laidler. The rumour mill has been in overdrive for almost two months with the Swans' capture of Steve Johnson, reported here 6 weeks ago. Johnson, a triple premiership player, three time All Australian and 2007 Normsmith medalist, will be taking the reigns as the new forwards coach. Bringing ... 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 »

Journeyman Laidler signs off

Sydney Swans defender Jeremy Laidler has called an end to his 10-year AFL career, having played 87-games for three clubs. Drafted by Geelong in the 2008 Rookie Draft with pick 32, Laidler played two games for the Cats before he was traded to the Blues in 2010. He made his way to the Swans as a delisted free agent in 2013 after playing 24 games ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Contrasting performances leaves the way back hidden for Swans on the outer

Every team that plays in the finals eventually has a hard luck story, with Ben McGlynn, Jeremy Laidler and Aliir Allir among those for the Swans in recent seasons. This season, another hard luck story is brewing with big man Kurt Tippett firmly on the outer after the combination of Sam Naismith and Callum Sinclair worked superbly. Both players dominated their respective opponents in the ... Continue Reading »

NEAFL Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Brisbane Lions Grand Final, 2017

Coming into the match, the almost un-backable favourites Sydney Swans fell for a third time to their 2017 nemesis. On a cold, greasy Saturday night, the Swans were left to rue countless opportunities to kick away, instead mustering 10.22 as well as a number of shots on the full. In an entertaining last quarter, the Lions held firm and clung to their narrow lead ... Continue Reading »

NEAFL Grand final report: Third time unlucky as Swans fall agonisingly short

The Brisbane Lions pulled off an astounding grand final win on Saturday night, while consigning the Swans to their third NEAFL grand final defeat in four seasons. The Queenslanders prevailed in arguably the match of the season, the lead changing throughout the match with both teams having chances to seal victory a pulsating final quarter. The Swans will be left to rue their prolificacy in ... Continue Reading »