Good evening all, it’s Monday and time for another instalment of your favourite Sydney Swans fans podcast, The Swans Blog’s SwansCast. It’s going to be a quick one tonight, given we recorded late and had a quick chat with Adam Curley from the AFL. From a SwansCast side of things, it's been a very busy night!
I had a really good 15 minute chat with Adam Curley earlier in the night and hopefully we'll hear more from him in the future, but in the mean time, enjoy!
It's been a terrific couple of weeks for the Swans. They've won two from three matches without Lance Franklin, his surprise team announcement was met with shock and incredulity, but in the end, he made a significant impact on the match.
While his three goals were hardly the difference, knocking out Hamling - by accident - no doubt helped his cause. Pearce was completely out of his depth to stop Franklin and with Hamling off the ground, he dominated the second half. Anything good the Swans did in the second half, he was involved.
It wasn't long before the big man was back at his indomitable best, breaking Fyfe's bear hug tackle early in the third-quarter, with as much as a fly swat.
While the Swans were terrific all night long, the Dockers were ordinary at best. I don't think anyone had any illusions about the result and few tipped anything closer than five goals. The margin was past that early in the second quarter and it took a pretty big mistake from Jake Lloyd for Michael Walters to capitalise and kick their first goal.
Fast forward another quarter and half to three-quarter time, and it was the lowest three-quarter score that Fremantle had scored against the Swans. Even with Aaron Sandilands dominating the hit-outs and Nat Fyfe having a clearance picnic, they just couldn't hit the scoreboard at all.
There were plenty of missed opportunities, but the one thing that would no doubt infuriate their supporters, was the way they attacked their forward 50. The Swans set up beautifully behind ball to intercept and it wasn't until the game opened up in the last 15 minutes that Fremantle hit the scoreboard.
Still, they couldn't even win the last quarter, despite kicking 5 goals. The Swans youngsters were terrific all night - Oliver Florent and Tom McCartin were terrific, along with Jake Lloyd, Callum Mills and Isaac Heeney. Jarrad McVeigh was ridiculously good off half-back winding back the clock, while the Swans' forward line got the job done.
All said and told, it was a solid home win and an important percentage booster. Now the Swans face the Lions and it's going to be a daunting task. A quick look at the ladder and you'll see the Lions on one win. What you don't see is how bloody good they've been all year. They really should be a game or two outside the eight, not percentage above rock bottom.
In any case, it’s a short writeup tonight. In this weeks’ SwansCast, I’m joined by regular Stephen Treloar. We review the fantastic Swans win on Saturday night, discuss the Swans, Lions, Hawks, Clarko and more.
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