Tag: Players

A 153-post collection

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 »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Essendon Bombers, 2nd Elimination final 2017

What a way to keep the run going, winning 15 from 17 and setting up a semi-final show down with Geelong. A competitive first quarter was put firmly in the rearview mirror as the Swans rampaged in the second quarter, belting the hapless Bombers off the park. If ever was a final with the result all but guaranteed in the 2nd quarter this was it. ... Continue Reading »

Match report: Sensational Swans swat away hapless Bombers

The Swans put to bed any lingering doubts of their premiership credentials with a finals record-breaking performance. Despite Essendon holding numerical supremacy in patches throughout the game, replays more than numbers, will give a far better idea of how absolute the Swans' domination was. The first half was nothing short of a demolition, with the Swans kicking 10 unanswered goals either side quarter time, and ... Continue Reading »

NEAFL Teams: Big name AFL inclusions ahead of the Lions Grand Final

The Sydney Swans NEAFL team is set to be bolstered on Saturday afternoon with two big name inclusions for their grand final against the Brisbane Lions. Omitted senior listed forwards Kurt Tippett and Will Hayward will be plying their trade for Sydney's NEAFL outfit on Saturday night, headlining a strong NEAFL contingent. Hayward - the Round 23 AFL NAB Rising Star nominee - and forward ... 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 »

Injury update: Swans injury free heading into elimination final

The best news of the bye is that the Swans are expected to head into the elimination final against Essendon on Saturday afternoon injury free, following a strong showing at training on Tuesday. All but two players (Cameron - season, Fox - knee) are expected to be available for selection, with Dan Hannebery, Tom Papley, Callum Sinclair, Kurt Tippett and Sam Naismith all in the ... Continue Reading »

Veteran Jarrad McVeigh signs on for another season

Former captain Jarrad McVeigh has extended his career with the Swans into a 16th year by signing a 1-year contract extension. Speculation was rife through July and August as to his future, with many media commentators and journalists claiming that he was as good as gone, while we here at the blog commented that his future was uncertain. Fortunately, the 32-year-old has put pen to ... Continue Reading »

Reserve player ratings: Swans vs Suns NEAFL Preliminary Final, September 2nd 2017

The Swans NEAFL team on Saturday put the Suns' reserve team to the sword, with an emphatic 68-point victory that threatened to well and truly blow out. A superb first-half was the difference between the two teams, with the Swans extending the lead to an even 100-points before the final break. With the game well and truly won, the Swans put the cue in the ... Continue Reading »

Reserves match report: Swans torch the Suns to book NEAFL-AFL double header

The NEAFL Swans on Saturday afternoon put the "pedal to the metal" agains the Suns, in an emphatic 68 point victory, set up by a brilliant first half. The Swans booked their second consecutive NEAFL grand final, leading from the outset and controlling the match throughout. Going into the match as hot favourites, the highly fancied minor premiers failed to disappoint, putting in their best ... 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 »

Player ratings: Buddy Franklin vs Carlton Blues, Round 23 2017

Image courtesy of Phil Hillyard There aren't many games these days when players single-handedly outscore their opponents. The last time Franklin went big, he kicked 13 goals against North Melbourne in his second last season for Hawthorn, with Anthony Hudson's famous catch-cry "thirteen! thirteen!" still ringing the ears of football fans. His 10 goal haul against Carlton was his 2nd biggest in his stellar career, ... Continue Reading »

Match report: Brilliant Buddy crushes the Blues

There's performances and there's performances, and Buddy's 10 goal haul on Saturday night was an all-time great performance. Spectacular in every sense of the word, quite frankly one of the most ridiculous performances you'll ever see, kicking 10 goals, collecting 25 disposals, 11 of them contested - at 76% efficiency - and recording more than 650 metres gained. There really aren't enough superlatives in the ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Round 23, Sydney Swans vs Carlton Blues, Saturday August 26th

The Swans have made two changes for their final match of the 2017 home and away season, the twilight clash against Carlton on Saturday evening. Dan Hannebery (hip) and Tom Papley (knee) have been withdrawn from the team, replaced by fit-again Harry Cunningham and Nic Newman. Hannebery had been battling a hip complaint for the last three weeks, while Tom jarred his knee against the ... Continue Reading »