Tag: Opinion

A 79-post collection

2017 in review part 3: second half of the season

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 This is the third article in a series of five, where I'll be analysing the Sydney Swans' season, from pre-season through to finals, including expectations and performances, what went right and what went wrong, and finally the players. In this article I will be analysing the clubs' second half of the season performance, what they did well ... Continue Reading »

The face behind the lens of the camera

Today's announcement by the Richmond football club, finally put a name and face to the player behind the "Richmond Topless Girl" scandal. Between consenting adults, there's a time and place for everything. But with the proliferation of digital devices, cloud computing and ease of use, what was considered private 30 years ago has little resemblance on privacy today. To put it bluntly, Nathan Broad did ... Continue Reading »

2017 in review part 2: first half of the season

Part 1 - Part 2 This is the second article in a series of five, where I'll be analysing the Sydney Swans' season, from pre-season through to finals, including expectations and performances, what went right and what went wrong, and finally the players. In this article I will be analysing the clubs' first half of the season performance, what they did well and what could ... Continue Reading »

Brendan's Sydney Swans 2017 player review, part 2

Well since everyone enjoyed the first one, I thought I wouldn’t leave you hanging for too long. My last review, part 1, looked at the "top tier players", the ones I regard as key, irreplaceable, untradeable. This report will go into detail the role of our mid tier players, those that are crucial in a premiership winning side. There's a saying that “every top ... Continue Reading »

The Swans Blog is 1 - happy birthday!

We love birthday's at the blog, perhaps more than anyone else. But hey, who doesn't love a good birthday, cake and cider. Well, cider's not for everyone, but it's certainly for me! But where people usually receive gifts on their birthday, we're in a giving mood and we'd love to reward our loyal followers. How do we reward all of our followers, you might be ... Continue Reading »

Sydney nail big Cox to go with little Johnson

The birds have scattered in the Sydney Swans’ coaching box – but it is certainly not crap that has landed. On Monday, the West Coast Eagles announced favourite son Dean Cox would depart for Sydney to take up an assistant coaching role with the Swans. One of the greatest of all-time in his position, the big ruckman played 290 games over 14 seasons in the AFL, ... Continue Reading »

2017 Bob Skilton Medal Preview

The Bob Skilton Medal is the night of nights for the Sydney Swans, celebrating various awards and achievements throughout the season, and the crowning of the 2017 club Best and Fairest. Captain Josh Kennedy, Heath Grundy, Lance Franklin, Luke Parker and Dan Hannebery are all in contention for the coveted award, with Kennedy vying for his fourth Bob Skilton Medal. Last years Medal count lived ... Continue Reading »

Watts up Swans

With the Sydney Swans making moves to inquire about Jack Watts’ availability behind the scenes, it’s timely to consider the trade from a Sydney perspective. Maligned early in his career, Jack Watts has steadily grown into a solid, yet inconsistent performer. His strengths are his mobility and versatility, often outlasting his opponents due to his extensive aerobic capacity. He can out-mark and out-muscle smaller ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast Episode 18 - Richmond deserved to win

Good morning all, it's a brilliant, sunny morning here in Melbourne, and being a Tuesday, it's time for another instalment of your favourite Sydney Swans podcast, the SwansCast. I wrote last week after the preliminary final games, that it was a strange feeling watching football without the Swans playing. That feeling was exasperated when Adelaide throwing in the virtual towel early in the second quarter ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast Episode 17 - Shocks at the Brownlow medal count

Good afternoon all, it's Wednesday and time for the latest episode of The Swans Blog's podcast, the SwansCast. We take a look at the Brownlow, the shock goal and mark of the year decisions, Kennedy and Franklin, as well as the weekend that was and the grand final ahead. It's a strange feeling watching the football without the Swans involved. I've watched a lot of ... Continue Reading »

The Evolution of the Chief

Image courtesy of harolad Two years ago, the relatively inexperienced mature aged ruckman Callum Sinclair joined the Swans. Considered at the time to be a massive win for the Eagles, he swapped places with homesick speedster Lewis Jetta, as the Swans battled their salary cap and trade restrictions. Both players filled roles both teams needed. The Swans needed a backup ruckman that could kick goals, ... Continue Reading »

Unlocking the enigma

Since the turn of the century, few players have polarised Sydney Swans fans more than Gary Rohan. Possessing elite talent and pace to burn, the 26-year-old excitement machine has had his fair share of demons on the big stage. Where most see almost unbounded potential, he's often struggled with the hype and in the eyes of many, has failed to deliver. Hidden behind the powerful, ... Continue Reading »

Papley the unsung Plumber

When the Sydney Swans selected Tom Papley with their first selection in the 2016 Rookie Draft, not many people would have dreamed the apprentice plumber becoming one of the Swans most influential players so early in his career. But that's exactly what the former Gippsland Power prospect has become. The well documented grandson of former South Melbourne players Max Papley and Jeff Bray, the 19-year-old ... Continue Reading »

Dumbfounding Franklin hyperbole like old man yelling at cloud

Life as a Sydney Swans supporter is full of ups and downs. Nothing is more certain - not even taxes - than Victorian media bias against the Harbour side club. Victorian centric football media won't talk about the Swans unless they're defying the odds, or mucking it up big time. The irony wasn't missed in the wash-up of Friday night's loss to Geelong, with all ... Continue Reading »