Tag: Players

A 181-post collection

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 »

Player of the Year - Round 2

Each round we'll be posting our votes for The Swans Blog's Player of the Year award. The players will be voted on their performance on the day regardless of previous form. The player with the highest number of votes at the end of the season, wins. Simple. Last season we silently voted each week, and used them to forecast the Bob Skilton Medal count. We ... 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 »

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 »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs West Coast Eagles, Round 1 2018

What a way to kick off the season with a win, not only against one-time arch nemesis the Eagles, but at their shiny, spectacular new stadium. After a bitter battle with Fremantle to host the first game rights, they dug in like a tick and held on grimly, but the Swans shook them in the end. Superstar forward Lance Franklin booted 8, while Parker was ... Continue Reading »

Nine years may be just the beginning for Franklin

31-year-old Sydney Swans superstar forward Lance Franklin is showing no signs of slowing down, entering the 5th year of his mammoth 9 year, $10 million contract with the Swans. Integral to the Swans chances of AFL Premiership success, the 4-time Coleman medalist laid to rest any fears over minor ankle and knee procedures in the off-season with a strong JLT campaign. "I had both knees ... Continue Reading »

TEAM: Veterans return to the fold as Swans fly west

The Sydney Swans have named a 26 player squad for their first round clash against the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Swans will be welcoming back veterans Jarrad McVeigh and Heath Grundy, while the Eagles have decided to roll the dice on their enigmatic ruckman, Nic Naitanui. Callum Sinclair earned selection, recovering from his ankle injury and training strongly in ... Continue Reading »

Swans beanpole ruck extraordinaire leading the charge

Sydney Swans' ruck crisis may have come to a head already this season, with Tippett retiring from injury and Naismith rupturing his ACL. But where there's crisis there's opportunity and glimmers of hope, as the Swans look far are wide for replacements, looking for a way to get their hands on the ball. Casting their net far and wide, expanding the reaches of their thread-bare ... Continue Reading »

Injured Swans trio in line for selection

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire isn't ruling out injured trio Jarrad McVeigh, Dan Hannebery and Heath Grundy ahead of the Swans' historic opening round match against the Eagles on Sunday night. Both premiership midfielders have been nursing calf-related injuries recently, with McVeigh in particular training strongly throughout the pre-season. While neither took part in the JLT Series, Swans Head of Football Tom Harley confirmed that ... Continue Reading »

Swans take on Giants in second pre-season hit out

The Sydney Swans take on the Giants for the second time in three pre-season matches, traveling to Blacktown International Sportspark boasting a plethora of senior players. Zak Jones has been selected for his first pre-season hit out, joining fellow midfielder Dan Robinson in the 26-man squad, coming in for the injured duo Callum Sinclair and Aliir Aliir. The pair suffered ankle injuries in last weekend's ... Continue Reading »

Mid-season drafts, trades and loans, all on the table for 2018

With Sydney Swans's season edging ever closer to midnight on the metaphorical doomsday clock, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan looks to be the unlikely hero of the hour. McLachlan told reporters on Wednesday that if he could change one thing about the game, it would be to free up player movement. Given the Swans' precarious situation, with Kurt Tippett retired and Sam Naismith rupturing his ACL ... Continue Reading »

Sinclair to shoulder the load

Sydney have been dealt a cruel injury blow on the eve of the 2018 AFL season with key ruckman Sam Naismith suffering a season-ending ACL injury. Scans have revealed the 25-year-old ruckman ruptured his ACL during a training drill at Lakeside Oval. Swans Head of Football Tom Harley said it’s clearly a disappointing outcome. “Obviously this is a disappointing setback for Sam so close ... Continue Reading »

Kurt Tippett's retirement settlement puts the Swans back into the Free Agency market at season's end

Kurt Tippett's sudden retirement on Monday afternoon shocked many, but came as no surprise to coach John Longmire. Tippett ended his 178-game career on Monday, after deciding he would be unable to return to his best after a recent ankle reconstruction. The ruckman battled through recurring ankle injuries in 2017, since suffering the first against the Bulldogs in Round 2. Despite having three years left ... Continue Reading »

Swans big man Kurt Tippett retires from AFL

After a career spanning 178 games for two clubs, Kurt Tippett announced his immediate retirement from football on Monday morning. Citing doubts over his body's ability to return from injury, he battled persistent ankle, hip and hamstring issues in the past two seasons. Despite the setbacks over the past few seasons, he was working to strengthen his ankle following post-season reconstructive surgery. Tippett remained optimistic ... Continue Reading »