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

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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 »

Injury update: Double injury deals massive blow to Swans defence

Scans have today confirmed our worst fears, with Sydney Swans defender Alex Johnson suffering a sixth anterior cruciate ligament rupture - this time to his good knee. The luckless defender suffered the injury late in the first quarter on Sunday against the Demons at the SCG, in what was his second AFL match after his inspirational comeback. His right knee buckled underneath him when he ... Continue Reading »

Match winner Heeney takes the Coaches chocolates

With the match on the line, 22-year-old Isaac Heeney was an inspired move to full back, giving new meaning to the Swans’ undersized defence. After Alex Johnson tragically left the field late in the first quarter, and Nick Smith off after quarter time with a hamstring injury, Isaac Heeney's last quarter helped the Swans hang on for a crucial win. He capped off an incredible ... Continue Reading »

The run home

Just two weeks after slipping to ninth on the ladder – with a poor percentage, the Swans have clawed their way back to sixth and given themselves a red-hot chance of finishing inside the top four. With just two rounds left to play this season, the run home couldn’t be more difficult for the Swans if the AFL tried, with both their opponents firmly entrenched ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Melbourne Demons, Round 21, 2018

A win doesn't get any more emotional than that. It's not like the Swans needed the rod they got, but they made the most of it. The Demons haven't beaten a top-9 team all year, but looked on track to break that record against the Swans. Consecutive 6-goal quarters by the Swans put an end to the Demons' hopes, despite a spirited comeback in the ... Continue Reading »

Report: Inspired Heeney leads Swans to emotional win

Emotions ran high at the MCG on Sunday night, after the Swans hung on for a desperate nine-point win, keeping them in the finals hunt and crucially, a top-four finish. Isaac Heeney was the man of the moment, taking a spectacular mark mid-way through the fourth quarter that’s sure to get him the nod for mark of the week, as the Demons pounded on ... Continue Reading »

Match preview: Sydney Swans vs Melbourne Demons, Round 21, 2018

In terms of games played this weekend, few have greater finals ramifications than the blockbuster clash between the Sydney Swans and Melbourne Demons on Sunday afternoon. By the time the penultimate match of the weekend kicks off, both teams will know what a win guarantees, with a potential top four position on the line if results fall their way. If the teams around them win, ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast Extra Episode 7 - Demons do or die, can Hannebery make it?

Good morning everyone, it’s Friday already and it’s time for another instalment of your favourite Sydney Swans weekend preview podcast, the SwansCast Extra. What a week it’s been, full of enough soapy drama to give a show like the Bold and the Beautiful a run for its money. Gaff’s off play blow on Brayshaw was the hot item to kick the ... Continue Reading »