Teams: Sydney Swans vs Essendon, Friday June 23rd

The Swans have announced two changes to the team that beat Richmond last Saturday afternoon, turning to youth instead of experience.

The Swans have called upon Lewis Melican and Oliver Florent in place of Harry Marsh (omitted) and Zak Jones (suspended), the latter rubbed out for a week for striking Butler on Saturday afternoon.

Melican's omission last week before the trip to Melbourne was down to match-ups with Richmond's mosquito forward line, but with Essendon playing tall and Aliir missing through injury, Melican has earned an immediate recall.

Longmire said that Melican was unlucky to miss out on the Richmond game, but should slot back into his position nicely.

"We looked at Essendon's team and they've got some genuine talls, 196cm-plus," Longmire said in Centrum Team Selection.

"We had a number of blokes we thought could have been selected in that defensive post that have been in good form but we felt with Lewis (going) out last week with match-ups, he can come back in with match-ups. We just think he's best suited."

As a reward for his improving NEAFL performances, Oliver Florent has been recalled to the senior team, set to play his 7th senior game on Friday night.

"He gives us some real speed, some consistent high-speed efforts throughout the game," Longmire added.

"He's really developing well. His performances at the next level down have been absolutely consistent and at a really high level.

"He played well again last week in that win and half-forward role."

Two notable absentees from the lineup are the recently fit again McVeigh and Aliir Aliir.

McVeigh will make his return to senior football through the NEAFL, starting Saturday making it his first game at that level for more than a decade, after Longmire believed the defender would be better off for the hit out.

Aliir, who suffered a minor knee injury in last Saturday's 102 point win against Aspley, hasn't recovered in time to be considered for selection.

View teams on Sydney Swans website.


In Out
O. Florent
L. Melican
H. Marsh (omitted)
Z. Jones (suspended)
Emergencies Milestones
J. Foote
S. Edwards
H. Marsh

Teams Sydney Swans vs Essendon, Friday June 23rd

Like what you’re getting? Want more Swans Blog, and the chance to have your input into our site and what we create? We have additional content weekly on our Patreon Service. This is your avenue, what are you waiting for? Sign up today and get more content like this.

If you'd like to support us, you can head over to our Red Bubble Swans Blog Shop, and purchase one of our hideously overpriced mugs, stickers or notebooks. Help keep The Swans Blog alive.

dismiss x

Since you're here...

... we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading The Swans Blog than ever, but we don't accept advertising, and don't want to do so in the future. Unlike many other news and media organisations, fan forums and fan media, we haven't put up a paywall, or displayed ads - we want to keep our content as open as possible.

The Swans Blog is an independent fan blog and community platform. Our content takes a lot of time and hard work to produce. We do it because we love what we do and we believe our perspective matters - because it may be your perspective too.

If everyone who reads our blog, who likes it, is supporting it, our future would be much more secure.

Make a one-off contribution →

Want instant access to the latest blog and news content from The Swans Blog?
Download our Android App from Google Play today.

Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

Melbourne, Australia

Subscribe to The Swans Blog

Get the latest posts delivered right to your inbox.

or subscribe via RSS with Feedly!