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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Talking points: Round 11, 2018

With the Blues hanging tough and fighting for every inch of the SCG turf, the Swans flexed their muscles when they had to, seeing off the dogged Carlton challenge. It wasn’t an exciting or pretty match to watch from a Swans fans perspective, but credit is due for the Blues, who more than held their own for the majority of the match. We look ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Carlton Blues, Round 11, 2018

Well, that was frustrating to watch. Against the worst team in the league, Sydney did their best to get out of their way in the first half. We got the win in the end, just 30 points, but the result leaves more questions than answers, especially why Jack Silvagni and Liam Jones were made to look elite. Importantly, no injuries and the four points. So ... Continue Reading »

Report: Swans’ Cal, Sincs the Blues

In a see-sawing battle at the SCG on Friday night, Sydney’s unanswered five goal burst in the third quarter was the difference between the sides, clinching the Marn Grook trophy. Sydney’s 30-point win makes it their ninth win from their last ten matches against Carlton and cements their place inside the top 4. Isaac Heeney was superb throughout the match and was named ... Continue Reading »