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 http://theswansblog.com 463 posts

Why the Dan Hannebery deal was good business

As one of many thousands of Swans fans that rose this glorious, beautiful morning to hear the tragic news of our dear Dan Hannebery, glee and delight soon hid from raging, thunderous anger. Immediate thoughts of "how could they", "what the hell are they doing" swirled through my head, accusations of vehement obscenities levelled against those in control, repugnant unclean thoughts and future heads on ... Continue Reading »

Swans seal the deal with St Kilda and offload Hannebery's salary

The Sydney Swans have completed their fourth trade of the 2018 AFL Trade period, agreeing to terms with St Kilda that will see midfielder Dan Hannebery return to Melbourne. As part of the trade, Sydney will receive pick 39 in this years’ draft, and St Kilda’s 2019 second-round pick, in exchange for Sydney’s pick 28 in this years’ draft and Hannebery. Hannebery, a ... Continue Reading »

Harley confirms Swans interest in Tom Langdon

Speaking this afternoon to Damian Barrett and Terry Tan on AFL Trade Radio, Sydney Swans Head of Football Tom Harley confirmed the Swans' interest in Collingwood's out-of-contract defender Tom Langdon. Sydney's interest was initially reported over a week ago by Barrett, receiving a strong rebuke from Collingwood president Eddie McGuire on Triple M, declaring that he would not allow Langdon to be traded to the ... Continue Reading »

Swans relishing their role as "Trade Kings" landing Ryan Clarke

In what is fast turning out to be a blockbuster day in trades, the Swans loom as the ultimate trade kings and circuit breakers. Fresh off brokering the Mitch McGovern-to-Carlton trade, riding in at the 11th hour like a white knight, the Swans have moved on to securing the services of young North Melbourne midfielder Ryan Clarke. Despite protestations from Gary Rohan and rumours that ... Continue Reading »

Swans broker deal between Carlton and Adelaide

The Swans have made their first of many anticipated forays into the 2018 AFL Trade Period, trading their prized first-round draft selection (13) to Carlton, receiving two second-round draft selections and a third-round selection in return. Their deal with Carlton and Adelaide was the circuit breaker in a deal to bring Mitch McGovern to Carlton, finalised on Wednesday morning. A break-through was reached on Tuesday ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks, Round 23, 2018

Well, that wasn't the way we wanted to finish the season off. Nothing quite like turning a 24-point lead midway through the second quarter into a 9-point loss, especially against that mob. All credit to them, they played better for longer and deserved the win. Our lack of experience and abundance of youth stood up, but it was telling on the night just how much ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks, Round 23, 2018

The Swans have made just one change to their team ahead of their crucial match against Hawthorn on Saturday night at the SCG. Defender Heath Grundy makes his return to the side in place of Robbie Fox, who was omitted from the side, playing his first game since Round 19. Sydney Swans coach John Longmire said it was good to have the 253-game veteran back ... Continue Reading »

Talking points: Sydney Derby XV, Round 22, 2018

Sydney Derby XV lived up to the hype and was nothing short of a fantastic match between two finals-bound teams. The Giants dominated the first half with Dylan Shiel, Stephen Coniglio, Tim Tarranto and Callan Ward well on top of their opponents, while Luke Parker was the best for Sydney. After bursting out to a 21-point lead early in the third quarter, the Giants looked ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants, Round 22, 2018

What a way for the Swans' to win their third straight match against the Giants, their 11th from 15 attempts and temporarily propel themselves back into the top four. We've said for the last fortnight, one week at a time - 3 matches, 3 wins, then 2 matches, 2 wins, and now just 1 win remains. Who would have thought three weeks ago, the Swans ... Continue Reading »

Report: Swans blitz Giants in dominant second half

The Swans ran riot in the second half of Sydney Derby XV, turning a 15-point half-time deficit into a 20-point win, remarkably keeping their top four hopes alive. All but written off as finals contenders three weeks ago, wins against Collingwood, Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney have propelled them back into contention. Trailing for much of the night, the Giants finally wilted under the Swans’ ... Continue Reading »

Team update: Swans make late change ahead of Sydney Derby XV

The Sydney Swans have made a late change ahead of Sydney Derby XV with Jordan Dawson (managed) replaced in the side by defender Robbie Fox. 21-year-old Jordan Dawson had played three games in a row for the Swans, impressing in the Swans 9-point win against the Demons in Round 21. Speaking to SwansTV, midfield coach Brett Kirk said that the change was made to manage ... Continue Reading »

Heeney's screamer just about a lock for Mark of the Year

With just two weeks of football remaining, it's going to take a serious effort to knock down Isaac Heeney for the Woolworth's Mark of the Year award. Isaac Heeney's incredible mark over Melbourne's forward Jesse Hogan, was voted by the crowd as Round 21's nomination for the mark of the year, more than 45 percent ahead of Callum Ah Chee. With more than 65 percent ... Continue Reading »

Match preview: Sydney Swans vs Greater Western Sydney Giants, Round 22, 2018

After a season of low crowds, record low scores and constantly speculation from the AFL over rule changes, the penultimate round shapes as one of the most crucial rounds of football in recent history. With two games left to play in the season and eight teams still in finals contention, few matches are more important than Sydney Derby XV. While a win ensures the Giants ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney Swans vs Greater Western Sydney Giants, Round 22, 2018

The Sydney Swans have welcomed back tough defender Zak Jones back to the team, for the blockbuster Sydney Derby XV against the Giants at Spotless Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The hard-running defender was suspended for two matches for striking against the Bombers in Round 19, missing both of the Swans' wins against Collingwood and Melbourne. Sydney Swans coach John Longmire said that Jones would give ... Continue Reading »

Shake and Bake! Sydney's new dynamic duo

With a crippling pall thrown over the Swans defence, their parts seemingly cast asunder, almost incapacitated, two giants stand tall in the carnage casting a shadow over the competition. Their defence – almost incapacitated with the incredible injury list – has somehow stood firm over the last month, despite the herd thinning through natural attrition, courting not only praise from their peers, but demonstrating a resoluteness that ... Continue Reading »