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Teams: Sydney Swans vs Fremantle Dockers, Round 9, 2018

Hoodwinked. Trolled. The only way to describe Sydney's stunning team selection this Thursday night, with Swans superstar forward Lance Franklin returning to the team for the Saturday night SCG game. Comprehensively ruled out on Monday, we've been made to look silly with our injury news today, after Franklin was passed fit and will face the Dockers on Saturday night at the SCG. Midfielders Dan Robinson ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks, Round 8, 2018

At the ground all I could think was ‘what a bizarre game of footy’. It was tight, tough and at times torrid. Both teams gave their all and, in the end, it took something special from two of the younger players to see the Swans across the line. Ronke was ridiculously good. That was one of the best individual performances I’ve ever seen, booting ... Continue Reading »

Report: Seventh heaven Ronke seals spectacular win

20-year-old Swans forward Ben Ronke inspired Sydney to a stirring comeback victory against the Hawks on Friday night at the MCG, booting a game-high seven goals in his side’s 8-point victory. Setting a new AFL record for goals kicked (7) and tackles laid (10) in a single game, Ben Ronke set the platform for the Swans win with four first-quarter goals. On a bitterly ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks, Round 8, 2018

The Swans have swung the proverbial changes axe ahead the Hawks at the MCG on Friday night, with midfielder Dan Robinson making his second appearance this season, and young forward Tom McCartin making his debut. Superstar forward Lance Franklin was unable to prove his fitness, having been given every opportunity to do so, while midfielder Dan Hannebery was ruled out early in the week. Harry ... Continue Reading »

Match preview: Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn, Round 8, 2018

The Swans travel to the MCG for the first time this season, taking on their 2017 nemesis, the Hawthorn Hawks. The rejuvenated Hawks have exceeded expectations early this season, sitting in fourth spot on the ladder with five wins from seven games, and a healthy percentage of 121, while the Swans hang on to eight after losing their third match from four at the SCG ... Continue Reading »

Coaches vote captain Kennedy best for the Swans

Sydney Swans captain Josh Kennedy has been rated the best Swan afield in the Swans' last-gasp loss to the Roos in Round 7. Shaun Higgins and Mason Wood deservedly shared the votes for the Roos, with nine each for their match winning performances. Kennedy was a man on a mission for the Swans, dominating the midfield with a game-high 9 clearances, 10 inside 50s and ... Continue Reading »

Longmire: We should have got it done tonight

The Swans fell agonisingly short against North Melbourne on Saturday night at the SCG, twice coming from 14-points down, only to fall two points short at the final siren. Still missing a significant number of tall players, the Swans opted to go small for the second week in a row. Where the Swans found a way to win their Round 6 match against the Cats, ... Continue Reading »

Controversial goal ticked off by AFL

Billy Hartung's snap over his shoulder in the first quarter of the Sydney versus North Melbourne Round 7 clash has been ruled OK by the AFL on Sunday morning. The goal, which clearly flicks McVeigh's outstretched hand as he dives for the ball, had been ruled a goal during play, and subsequent replays displayed on tvs and big screens around the ground, showed small contact ... Continue Reading »

Replays showed clear touch, yet umpires called it a goal

The goal review system, a fiercely debated topic, has once again come under the spotlight for a baffling decision to award a goal to North Melbourne in the first quarter. After AFL Football Chief Steve Hocking repeatedly criticised the goal review panel for overstepping their mandate, and the time it takes to make decisions, often stalling play, it's little surprise that something so controversial has ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs North Melbourne, Round 7, 2018

We’re not going to win many games at the SCG if we play three quarters like that. It isn’t as if North Melbourne are a great team – they’re not. But when you are gifting the ball to them, turning it over furiously every chance you get, you’re going to get punished. I would genuinely worry if we had to back up ... Continue Reading »

Report: Swans home form worrying

The Sydney Swans fell agonisingly short against the Kangaroos on a slippery Saturday night at the SCG in Round 7. The Swans had the chance to win the game, when forward Tom Papley pushed his set shot wide with just over a minute left to play, and Dane Rampe kicked a running shot on the full with 34-seconds on the clock. A worrying trend has ... Continue Reading »

Match preview: Sydney Swans vs North Melbourne, Round 7, 2018

The Swans and Roos renew hostilities at the SCG on Saturday night, with both teams having started the season in good form. North Melbourne, already exceeding expectations, are sitting 8th on the ladder with three wins from six games, with the Swans one spot ahead in 7th with four wins from six. During the week, the fear was that North Melbourne would attempt to exploit ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney Swans vs North Melbourne, Round 7, 2018

The Swans have made one change ahead of their round 7 clash against North Melbourne at the SCG on Saturday night, with utility Dean Towers returning to the side. The 27-year-old, who turns 28 tomorrow, had enjoyed a 19-game run in the senior team, from round 10 last year, before missing the Geelong clash with an eye injury sustained at training. Sydney Swans coach said ... Continue Reading »

Rohan’s long road to 100 AFL games

Sydney Swans forward Gary Rohan will bring up an emotional milestone on Saturday night at the SCG against North Melbourne, when he plays his 100th career game. It has been a long journey to three figures for Gary Rohan, who has battled adversity and injury almost every year since 2012. Rohan, in his ninth season with the Swans, after being taken with pick six at ... Continue Reading »

Injury update: Swans facing tall crisis

The Sydney Swans, already missing tall players Sam Naismith (acl), Sam Reid (quad) and Lance Franklin through injury, and Kurt Tippett through retirement, have been dealt another blow ahead of their round seven match against the Kangaroos at the SCG on Saturday night. 195-centimetre defender Lewis Melican, has been ruled out of the Roos’ clash through injury, suffering a setback in his recovery from a ... Continue Reading »