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 »

Teams: Sydney Swans vs Melbourne Demons, Round 21, 2018

The Sydney Swans are set to be bolstered ahead of their crucial Round 21 match against the Demons at the MCG on Sunday afternoon, with midfielder Dan Hannebery and speedster Gary Rohan named in the extended squad. Dan Hannebery (calf) and Gary Rohan (hand) have been sidelined for the last month but have been named after proving their fitness at Wednesday's main session. Hannebery has ... Continue Reading »

Red cards are a must

There’s been a raging debate for the last two years over the introduction of red cards in the AFL, spearheaded by well-known and highly regarded figures in the AFL community. The majority of discussion has centred on levelling teams once a player has intentionally or recklessly injured an opponent, with very few incidents of outright violence on which to use as a crotch. Until ... Continue Reading »

When a Horse is not a Horse

Much has been written about the Swans this year and whether or not they are modern enough for the modern game. John “Horse” Longmire, known for (and having been celebrated for) building and maintaining one of the great defensive units of the modern era, now finds himself being lead towards the knackery by those who now feel this Horse is too lame to keep up. ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Collingwood Magpies, Round 20, 2018

I said before the match that I don’t care if the Swans win by a point, because I’ll take any win at this point. I wish I would stop saying silly things like that, like the time I predicted Geelong would beat Hawthorn after the siren with a Tom Hawkins goal. I’d love to say I brought that “winning feeling” back with ... Continue Reading »

Report: Single kick McCartin trickles the Swans over the line

Six goals from Sydney’s superstar forward Lance Franklin and an inspired defensive performance by Alex Johnson, lead the Swans to a remarkable two-point victory at the SCG on Saturday night. The Pies kicked three goals in a row to grab the lead after Franklin booted his sixth goal just 17 seconds into the final quarter, before a freakish goal by Swans’ forward Tom McCartin ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast Extra Episode 6 - Alex Johnson is back!

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. Usually we record these around 7pm on Thursday nights, edit them straight away and have them on the net by 9.30 - 10pm. Sometimes, things don't quite go to plan, just like the Swans' season. It's hard to preview a match ... Continue Reading »

Free falling without a parachute

I’m finally back from my mid-season holiday. I couldn’t bring the weather with me, nor the magical formula that might turn the Swans mid-season collapse around. In case you didn’t hear or haven’t really kept up with my sporadic postings over the last 5 weeks, Mrs Blogs and I travelled through America for five weeks, lapping up the sights, the sun ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Richmond Tigers, Round 15, 2018

A 26-point loss to the reigning premiers and ladder leaders Richmond isn’t a complete disaster, but the Swans coaching staff have some serious closed-door discussions coming up in relation to player selections. A number of Sydney stalwarts are just not producing and are in danger of being dropped. Gary Rohan and Kieren Jack, that’s you we’re talking about. Upside: JPK back to ... Continue Reading »

Hot Tigers devour lukewarm Swans

You know at the footy, when you buy a bucket of hot chips? You stand in the queue with that sense of anticipation and pleasure. Then after paying for the (expensive) chips, you find while some of them are great - hot and crispy - others don’t live up to expectations, one chip is good but has a nasty burnt bit on the end ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: Florent, he’s been really good recently

The Swans made hard work from a relatively straight forward fixture on Friday night, facing a dogged but injury riddled Carlton outfit on Friday, kicking off the Sir Doug Nicholls round of football. Isaac Heeney won the Goodes-O’Loughlin medal for best on ground, but it was the performances of Callum Sinclair and Oliver Florent that turned heads. Carlton held sway at half-time with many ... Continue Reading »