Tag: Pre-season

A 12-post collection

Question marks over Swans big men heading into Round 1

With the first game of the season just over 10 weeks away, the Swans are already reaching deep into their player pool to field a competitive forward line come Round 1. Lance Franklin and Dan Menzel have been ruled out of the JLT series, and are now in doubt for the opening game of the season against the Western Bulldogs. The four-time Coleman medalist underwent ... Continue Reading »

Swans unlikely to be stretched against Eagles in season opener

Leading into their opening round clash of the 2018 AFL season, the fortunes between the Swans and Eagles couldn't be further apart. Fresh off an emphatic belting at the hands of the Dockers, the Eagles are nursing their wounded and will be doing their best to scratch together a scoring unit for their opening round clash against the Swans on Sunday week. Nic Naitanui was ... Continue Reading »

Swans take on Giants in second pre-season hit out

The Sydney Swans take on the Giants for the second time in three pre-season matches, traveling to Blacktown International Sportspark boasting a plethora of senior players. Zak Jones has been selected for his first pre-season hit out, joining fellow midfielder Dan Robinson in the 26-man squad, coming in for the injured duo Callum Sinclair and Aliir Aliir. The pair suffered ankle injuries in last weekend's ... Continue Reading »

Swans Giants set for senior hit out at Henson Park

Fresh off the their AFLX pre-season cup, the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants are reacquainting themselves with the true nature of AFL, playing their first pre-season game of 2018. Friday's game isn't part of the JLT pre-season series, but with neither side scheduled to play this weekend, they will square off against each other at Henson Park at 5.30pm. Both sides are ... Continue Reading »

Josh Francou moves to Adelaide as Assistant Coach

The long winded rumour for former Sydney Swans coach Josh Francou has finally been confirmed today, moving to Adelaide Crows as an assistant under Don Pyke. With reports yesterday suggesting the deal was close to done, Francou has long been touted to leave the Sydney Swans in their post-season shake up. The Swans have already announced Rhyce Shaw and Steve Johnson as new coaches, while ... Continue Reading »

Stevie J and Tadhg Kennelly join Sydney Swans coaching ranks

Retired premiership players Steve Johnson and Tadhg Kennelly are joining the Sydney Swans coaching ranks, joining Jeremy Laidler. The rumour mill has been in overdrive for almost two months with the Swans' capture of Steve Johnson, reported here 6 weeks ago. Johnson, a triple premiership player, three time All Australian and 2007 Normsmith medalist, will be taking the reigns as the new forwards coach. Bringing ... Continue Reading »

Swans narrowly escape high JLT Series expectations, young players shine

The Swans were narrowly beaten by the Roos on a cool, blustery afternoon on the Coffs Harbour. After opening the scoring and leading for most of the game, the Roos worked their way back into the contest, much like round 22 last season. The Swans started most of their recruits and rookie players from last season, with Florent starting strongly and kicking 2 of the ... Continue Reading »

Rohan, Johnson placed on long term injury list

Luckless Swans defender Alex Johnson has been placed on the long term injury list alongside explosive forward, Gary Rohan. While both players have never been ones to shy from the Swans medical ward, the missing players will be a significant hit for the Swans faithful. With fans hopeful of a miraculous, fairytale return to football for the 2016 clubman of the year, being placed on ... Continue Reading »

Franklin, Parker to play in the pre-season

With Franklins' recovery from shoulder surgery well on track, the Swans confirmed today that he, along with Luke Parker, would take part in the AFL pre-season competition. The enigmatic forward won't play in the Swans first JLT clash against North Melbourne on Sunday, but is expected to take part in the remaining games, having undergone surgery to repair a tear in his shoulder joint last ... Continue Reading »

Young Swans have their chance to impress in Coffs Harbour

The Swans have released their 29 player squad for their their upcoming JLT community match against North Melbourne, to be played in Coffs Harbour on Saturday. New Swans captain Josh Kennedy has been named to lead his club for the first time, and will be joined by experienced teammates such as Luke Parker, Dan Hannebery, Nick Smith, Kurt Tippett and Sam Reid, lining up for ... Continue Reading »

Swans set for another record breaking season in 2017

A fantastic year on and off the field for the club, will get even better in 2017 with the announcement of their 2017 membership total to date. The Swans tweeted the total of 26,976 on December 1st, almost more than 8,000 at the same time in 2015. https://twitter.com/sydneyswans/status/804134155030138880 The Swans are on track to smoke their 2016 record ... Continue Reading »

2016 in review part 1: pre-season performance and expectations

This is the first article in a series of 5 where I'll be discussing the Swans' season. The first article, this one, will discuss the pre-season and season expectations. The following articles will discuss the first half of the season, second half of the season, the finals and finally the player's performances. For many Swans supporters, 2016 was an optimistic season, looking forward to improved ... Continue Reading »