Tag: Press Conferences

A 27-post collection

McVeigh: We were comprehensively beaten

On a night the Sydney Swans were expected to win, and win comfortably, a surprisingly poor performance from their midfield brigade left them chasing the game. With their first-half major ball winners being their defenders, especially Rampe, Lloyd, Smith and Mills, there was significant room for improvement. Despite an improved third quarter, four consecutive goals to the Crows put an end to the Swans spirited ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We need to win the ball

A dreadful first half by the Sydney Swans against the Adelaide Crows on Friday night consigned them to their second loss of the season at the SCG. The Crows stifled the Swans midfield and defence from the outset, pressuring them relentlessly and forcing them into numerous turnovers. The Crows midfield was decimated by injury with Sloane and both Crouch brothers missing, but it was Laird, ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We need to be mindful of his education

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire is confident that his unconventional forward line setup can get the job done against Adelaide at the SCG on Friday night. Aliir Aliir returned to the senior side for the first time since round 4 last season, playing the second-tall forward role, occasionally pinch hitting in the ruck and in defence. While the Swans overcame the Bulldogs in a thrilling ... Continue Reading »

Florent: I carried on a bit like a pork chop

14-gamer Oliver Florent was the hero for the Swans on Saturday afternoon, kicking the winner with just 23 seconds left in the match. Remarkably like Papley's goal against Adelaide last year, a speculative long kick out of defence created the chance, that fortuitously landed in the hands of a Sydney player. Florent marked uncontested and instantly played on, with Bulldogs ruckman Tim English giving chase, ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We found a way to win

The Swans on Saturday afternoon turned around a dreadful first half into a thrilling 7-point win over the rallying Bulldogs. Fresh of two successive beltings, the Bulldogs returned to form against the Bombers in round 3, and pushed the Swans all the way in round 4. Their possession machine was unstoppable early on, and they capitalized on the Swans mistakes, racing to a 22-point lead ... Continue Reading »

Papley delighted with Hewett and Sinclair

Conventional footy wisdom says that games are won in the third quarter, and the Swans were thrilled with their performance in the premiership quarter on Saturday night. Flashbacks to the Swans 23-point loss in round 2 against Port Adelaide were certainly at the forefront of most supporters’ minds, when the Giants booted the first two goals of the third quarter. The Swans rallied and kicked ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: Swans can share the load

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire insists his side isn't too reliant on superstar forward Lance Franklin, and he was happy to see a spread of goal kickers in the Swans 16-point win over the Giants in Sydney Derby XIV. Behind by 33 points early in the last quarter, the Giants kicked four unanswered goals to trail by just 10 points with six minutes remaining. Franklin ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We didn't take our chances

The Sydney Swans were left lamenting a error-riddled game, failing to capitalise on their first-half dominance before going down by 23-points at the SCG on Sunday night. Swans coach John Longmire fronted the press after the match and was frank about the teams' performance and where things went wrong. “We didn't use the ball well when we had possession of it,” Longmire said. “We thought ... Continue Reading »

Longmire lauds Franklin's brilliant 8-goal display

Longmire has heaped praised on his superstar forward Buddy Franklin after his match-winning 8 goal haul against the Eagles on Sunday night. Franklin's 5-goal first half haul set the game up for the Swans, despite a dogged display from the Eagles, drawing within 5 points at three quarter time. Despite the Eagle's domination of possession and territory, Franklin was instrumental in keeping the Swans' ahead ... 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 »

Longmire backs in his midfield against Danger-wood pair

The Swans go into the heavy weight semi final clash against Geelong on Friday night as overwhelming favourites, despite finishing 4 positions beneath them on the AFL ladder. Geelong finished the season on a high note, sneaking into second with favourable results in the final round, but have since seen their season teeter on the brink after a first round finals loss to red-hot Richmond. ... Continue Reading »

Proud Swan speaks to the media after inking new contract

Zak Jones today spoke to the media, fresh after signing on for two more years with the Swans. The rumours surrounding contract saga recently picked up steam, with McVeigh mooted as a possible addition in a trade with the Demons. Thankfully, Zak and his management put those rumours to an end, and much to the delight of the Swans faithful, repaid their faith and will ... Continue Reading »

Three's company: Longmire faces selection headache with an embarrassment of riches ahead of Hawks clash

Longmire faced the press earlier today in his scheduled Monday conference and answered the burning questions ahead of the crucial clash against the Hawks on Friday night. Despite Callum Sinclair playing a blinder, kicking 5 goals with 8 contested marks, the best contested performance since Barry Hall in 2008, his position in the team is far from assured. Kurt Tippett is banging down the door ... Continue Reading »

There's still hope of finals this season - Kennedy

Swans captain Josh Kennedy is still upbeat despite the Swans' torrid start to the season, winning just three games from their opening ten matches. While a loss to the Dogs would make the Swans slim chances of making the finals almost impossible, Josh Kennedy doesn't see it as their last chance, but he knows it's pretty close. The Swans are 3-7 heading into another crunch ... Continue Reading »

Mills: We can't get complacent, on RSN

20-year-old defender Callum Mills knows all too well how important it is that his side is not complacent this weekend against the Hawks. The Swans have turned around their shocking start to the season, their worst since 1993, to sit two wins outside the top eight, with many pundits declaring the Sydney side "back in the hunt". Mills said that it was important the Swans ... Continue Reading »