Tag: Former Players

A 25-post collection

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Brisbane Lions, Round 10, 2018

The Swans are back in the top four for the second time this season and will finish the round in the top four for the first time since Round 23, 2016. That’s a bloody long time! It would be a lie, complete fabrication of truth, if I were to tell you the game was a free-flowing, open game, full of verve, skill and flamboyant ... Continue Reading »

Former Swan Tom Mitchell AFLCA Player of the Year Leader after Round 2

Former Sydney Swans midfielder Tom Mitchell put in a masterful display against Geelong on Monday to rocket to the top of the AFLCA Player of the Year Award leaderboard. The ball magnet racked up a record-breaking 54 disposals in the opening round win against Collingwood before collecting another 40 in the Hawks 1 point win against Geelong. Both coaches adjudged him best on ground, his ... Continue Reading »

Mid-season drafts, trades and loans, all on the table for 2018

With Sydney Swans's season edging ever closer to midnight on the metaphorical doomsday clock, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan looks to be the unlikely hero of the hour. McLachlan told reporters on Wednesday that if he could change one thing about the game, it would be to free up player movement. Given the Swans' precarious situation, with Kurt Tippett retired and Sam Naismith rupturing his ACL ... Continue Reading »

Kurt Tippett's retirement settlement puts the Swans back into the Free Agency market at season's end

Kurt Tippett's sudden retirement on Monday afternoon shocked many, but came as no surprise to coach John Longmire. Tippett ended his 178-game career on Monday, after deciding he would be unable to return to his best after a recent ankle reconstruction. The ruckman battled through recurring ankle injuries in 2017, since suffering the first against the Bulldogs in Round 2. Despite having three years left ... Continue Reading »

Swans big man Kurt Tippett retires from AFL

After a career spanning 178 games for two clubs, Kurt Tippett announced his immediate retirement from football on Monday morning. Citing doubts over his body's ability to return from injury, he battled persistent ankle, hip and hamstring issues in the past two seasons. Despite the setbacks over the past few seasons, he was working to strengthen his ankle following post-season reconstructive surgery. Tippett remained optimistic ... Continue Reading »

Sydney Swans late flurry shores up picks for 2018

The Sydney Swans have finally entered the 2018 trade merry-go-round, trading rising Category B Rookie Sam Murray to Collingwood, with future picks exchanged. https://twitter.com/aflratings/status/920809239378927623 Will full knowledge that landing Nick Blakey in 2018 may well be mission impossible without improved 2018 picks, the Swans agreed terms with Collingwood last night. The Swans have parted ways with Sam Murray, their 2017 ... Continue Reading »

Barry Hall does it again

Former Sydney Swans premiership captain Barry Hall has been caught on camera throwing his fists during the Queensland AFL (QAFL) Grand Final against Palm Beach-Currumbin. Playing for Labrador in what was believed to be his last game, Hall was caught knocking two players down to the ground. In a strike eerily reminiscent to his hit on Eagle Brent Staker in 2008, Hall lost the ball ... Continue Reading »

Delistings: The proverbial axe falls

While the majority of Sydney Swans were nursing Mad Monday hangovers, a tentative few waited by the phone for the inevitable call signalling the end of their Bloods career. Those unfortunate three were today revealed to be Tyrone Leonardis, Michael Talia, and NEAFL captain Brandon Jack. These names should surprise nobody. Leonardis failed to make his AFL debut, after being drafted with pick 51 in ... Continue Reading »

Lance Franklin avoids suspension, same can't be said for others

Swans star forward Lance Franklin has been cleared by the Match Review Panel for an incident involving Carlton defender Alex Silvagni. The MRP assessed the contact between the two players from the first quarter of Saturday's match, with Franklin making high contact with an open hand. A free kick was paid at the time and it was the view of the panel that the force ... Continue Reading »

Teams: Sydney vs West Coast, Thursday April 13th, 6:10pm AWST

Update: Apologies for the confusion of timezones in the original article. It is 6.10pm AWST, 8.10pm AEST. Both the Swans and the Eagles have announced their teams for the Thursday night clash, with both teams making two changes. More importantly for the Swans, they'll have to do without important ruckman Sam Naismith, missing with a minor knee injury. While Tippett wasn't able to ... Continue Reading »

Plugger, one day a week just isn't enough!

It's absolutely fantastic to have him back at the club, even in a part-time capacity. Sam Reid banging 6 in one go and even Franklin looking more dangerous. The influence he's had on the club since returning after years away from AFL football is telling. His knowledge of the game, goal kicking techniques and leading is almost unparalleled, and it's a massive boost for the ... Continue Reading »

Franklin reveals Lockett influence

You can't imagine a bigger name in AFL working with arguably the biggest name in AFL today, Lockett and Franklin. The legendary goal kicker is back working with the Swans, once a week, has already have a significant impact on Lance Franklin and Sam Reid. But even the biggest drawcard in the AFL admits that he's a little star struck by Lockett. “Just having him ... Continue Reading »

Unwanted Richards finds a new home... in Sydney

In hilarious twist of fate for the younger brother of club favourite Ted Richards, Xavier has returned to Sydney in the most calamitous and embarrassing way possible, to play NEAFL with Sydney University. Having already been cut by the Swans after his 11th hour appeal to Melbourne clubs so that he could live with his mom, Richards found himself derelict, floating up the metaphorical river, ... Continue Reading »

2016 in review part 5: the players

This is the 5th and final article in a series of 5, following on from part 4. You can read from the start by visiting part 1 here. This article will discuss the senior players' performance throughout the season. Few could argue that Josh Kennedy was a deserving winner of the Swans best and fairest award, with another stellar season and excellent finals campaign. Battered ... Continue Reading »

Swans premiership hero announces retirement

Swans favourite son and premiership hero, Nick Malceski, announced his retirement from AFL yesterday. In a cruel twist of irony, he retired from the game from ongoing knee problems, having already recovered from three knee reconstructions. One of the few players to have successful LARS grafts, Malceski was inspiration for Alex Johnson when he suffered his first ACL injury. The 32 year old still had ... Continue Reading »