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    by Published on 19th February 2015 08:08 AM

    Everything Old is New Again: Sydney Swans Season Preview 2015

    People often tell me that life is funny. Funny? The events of Saturday 27th September, 2014 were far from funny. In fact, they were as funny as the sparrows nesting in my roof all summer, perched directly above where I lay my weary head! Let me tell you, 3am chirping is not much fun, and neither is playing witness to your team's worst performance in many a year.....On the biggest day of the year.

    However, as the new footy season approaches, battered pride begins to heal. Lost faith is restored, and those bloody sparrows have finally pissed off. It is with this renewed sense ...
    by Published on 9th August 2013 08:58 AM  Number of Views: 1775 
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    I felt like I needed to exercise my writing muscles, so I thought I'd put pen to paper and have a go at writing a preview for this week's game against the Pies. It's a re-post of the preview I put up on BF. (Hope the IMG tags work here...) ...
    by Published on 25th May 2012 05:36 PM  Number of Views: 1712 
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    By Alison Zell

    Saturday May 26, 4.40pm, Etihad Stadium

    Teams:

    ST KILDA

    B: Jason Gram, Sam Gilbert, Jason Blake
    HB: Sean Dempster, James Gwilt, Jarryn Geary
    C: Jamie Cripps, Lenny Hayes, Brendon Goddard
    HF: Jack Steven, Nick Riewoldt, David Armitage
    F: Stephen Milne, Tom Simpkin, Leigh Montagna
    Foll: Justin Koschitzke, Nick Dal Santo, Clinton Jones

    I/C: Farren Ray, Arryn Siposs, Ahmed Saad, Terry Milera

    Emg: Raphael Clarke, Adam Schneider, Beau Wilkes

    In: James Gwilt, Arryn Siposs
    Out: Rhys Stanley (hamstring), Beau Wilkes

    SYDNEY SWANS

    B: Nicholas Smith, Ted Richards, ...
    by Published on 21st April 2012 06:41 PM

    Match preview: Sydney Swans v North Melbourne Kangaroos
    Sunday April 22, 3.15pm, SCG

    TEAMS
    Sydney
    B M.Mattner, H.Grundy, A.Johnson
    HB A.Everitt, T.Richards, R.Shaw
    C K.Jack, J.Bolton, L.Jetta
    HF J.McVeigh, S.Reid, G.Rohan
    F C.Bird, R.O'Keefe, B.McGlynn
    Foll M.Seaby, J.Kennedy, D.Hannebery
    I/C T.Armstrong, N.Malceski, L.Parker, J.White
    Emg H.Cunningham J.Moore T.Walsh

    In: M.Seaby , T.Armstrong
    Out: S.Mumford (Back), A.Goodes (Suspension)

    New: T.Armstrong (Adelaide)
    Milestone: A.Everitt - 50 games

    North Melbourne
    B: Scott McMahon, Scott Thompson, Liam Anthony
    HB: Daniel Wells, Michael Firrito, Jamie MacMillan
    C: Sam Wright, Andrew Swallow, Shaun Atley
    HF: Ryan Bastinac, Aaron Edwards, Kieran Harper
    F: Matt Campbell, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
    Foll: Todd Goldstein, Jack Ziebell, Leigh Adams ...
    by Published on 22nd March 2012 09:33 PM  Number of Views: 2356 
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    By Alison Zell

    Saturday March 24, 7.20pm, ANZ Stadium

    Teams:

    GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS

    B: Tomas Bugg, Phil Davis, Adam Kennedy
    HB: Jack Hombsch, Tim Mohr, Will Hoskin-Elliot
    C: Rhys Palmer, Callan Ward, Chad Cornes
    HF: Nathan Wilson, Israel Folau, Stephen Coniglio
    F: Curtly Hampton, Jeremy Cameron, Devon Smith
    Foll: Jonathan Giles, Dylan Shiel, James McDonald

    I/C: Jacob Townsend, Toby Greene, Adam Tomlinson, Dom Tyson

    Emg: Steve Clifton, Sam Reid, Thomas Downie

    SYDNEY SWANS

    B: Nicholas Smith, Heath Grundy, Martin Mattner
    HB: Andrejs Everitt, Ted Richards, Alex Johnson
    C: Nick Malceski, Kieren Jack, Craig Bird
    HF: Jarrad McVeigh, Adam Goodes, Luke Parker
    F: Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Sam Reid, Ben McGlynn
    Foll: Shane ...
    by Published on 21st July 2011 09:58 PM  Number of Views: 2466 

    Match Preview: Sydney Swans v Western Bulldogs



    By Alison Zell

    Saturday July 23, 2.10pm, SCG

    Teams:

    SYDNEY SWANS

    B: Nicholas Smith, Heath Grundy, Martin Mattner
    HB: Tadhg Kennelly, Ted Richards, Alex Johnson
    C: Rhyce Shaw, Kieren Jack, Jarrad McVeigh
    HF: Ryan O'Keefe, Sam Reid, Craig Bird
    F: Daniel Hannebery, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Josh P. Kennedy
    FOLL: Shane Mumford, Adam Goodes, Jude Bolton
    I/C: Nick Malceski, Ben McGlynn, Lewis Jetta, Luke Parker

    EMERGENCIES: Paul Bevan, Jesse White, Trent Dennis-Lane

    IN: Jude Bolton ...
    by Published on 1st July 2011 04:44 PM  Number of Views: 3126 

    Written by akitchener

    Once upon a time, going down to play the Adelaide Crows at AAMI Stadium was as daunting a prospect for Swans fans as, say, facing off with Collingwood. The Crows were a real bogey team, even when the Swans were beating just about everyone else. I?ve lost track of how many frustrating Sydney vs. Adelaide games I?ve sat through in my life. It used to be rough up here, but an away game was enough to make you ...
    by Published on 21st May 2011 09:56 PM  Number of Views: 2160 

    MATCH PREVIEW ? Swans vs. Hawks

    TEAMS

    SCG, Sunday 22 May, 2.10pm

    Sydney Swans

    B: Rhyce Shaw, Ted Richards, Alex Johnson
    HB: Tadhg Kennelly, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith
    C: Nick Malceski, Jude Bolton, Jarrad McVeigh
    HF: Ben McGlynn, Sam Reid, Josh P. Kennedy
    F: Andrejs Everitt, Adam Goodes, Ryan O'Keefe
    Foll: Shane Mumford, Craig Bird, Daniel Hannebery
    I/C: Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Martin Mattner, Lewis Jetta, Luke Parker

    In: Nick Malceski
    Out: Nathan Gordon

    Hawthorn

    B: Brent Guerra, Thomas Murphy, Paul ...
    by Published on 6th May 2011 12:53 PM

    ROUND 7 ? WESTERN BULLDOGS VS. SYDNEY SWANS

    Saturday May 7, Manuka Oval, 1.10pm (local time)

    Teams

    Sydney Swans

    B: Martin Mattner, Ted Richards, Andrejs Everitt
    HB: Tadhg Kennelly, Heath Grundy, Nicholas Smith
    C: Craig Bird, Josh P. Kennedy, Nathan Gordon
    HF: Ben McGlynn, Sam Reid, Daniel Hannebery
    F: Rhyce Shaw, Adam Goodes, Ryan O'Keefe
    Foll: Shane Mumford, Jude Bolton, Jarrad McVeigh
    I/C: Jarred Moore, Mike Pyke, Lewis Jetta, Alex Johnson
    Emg: Brett Meredith, Lewis Johnston, Luke Parker

    In: Heath Grundy, Nathan Gordon, Alex Johnson
    Out: Paul Bevan, Kieren Jack (Ankle), Jesse White
    New: Nathan Gordon (East Coast Eagles)

    Western Bulldogs

    B: Liam Picken, Lukas Markovic, Dale ...
    by Published on 29th April 2011 01:39 AM

    A confession to start. I was meant to have contributed a match report for the round 4 Geelong game. So I pondered for more than a week waiting for inspiration to strike so that I could write something other than ?Cats still better than Swans?, or ?Swans tough and gallant but ultimately just a touch short in class?, or even ?Short, follicly challenged Cat dismantles Swans ? again?. Alas, nothing inspirational ever arrived ...
    by Published on 8th May 2010 12:55 PM

    Sydney vs Geelong, Round 7. Skilled Stadium, Sunday May 9, 1.10pm

    For all the talk of ?one week at a time?, history weighs heavily on footy, and it?s certainly making its presence felt at Skilled Stadium on Sunday.

    The Cats haven?t lost there since 2007. They?ve won their last 18 at Skilled and if you include ?home games? at Etihad and the MCG - the AFL does - they hold the league record for 25 home wins in a row.

    Since the Swans last beat them in round 5, 2006 at Telstra Stadium, the Cats have won six on the trot against us. Our last victory at Skilled (then Shell Stadium) was Round 8 1999, when Tony Lockett kicked 6.

    However, recent history runs a little more in the Swans? favour.

    As every pundit has pointed out, the Swans have cruised to top spot after crunching a few cellar dwellers and beating just one top eight side.

    But Geelong?s record, as few seem to have observed, is even more slender. ...
    by Published on 30th April 2010 01:31 AM

    AFL Round 6
    Saturday 1st May 2010
    7.10pm Sydney Cricket Ground
    Sydney Swans v Brisbane Lions

    Teams
    Sydney Swans
    B: Rhyce Shaw, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Tadhg Kennelly
    HB: Martin Mattner, Heath Grundy, Nick Malceski
    C: Jarrad McVeigh, Brett Kirk, Lewis Jetta
    HF: Ryan O?Keefe, Adam Goodes, Josh Kennedy
    F: Mark Seaby, Daniel Bradshaw, Jarred Moore
    Foll: Shane Mumford, Jude Bolton, Kieren Jack
    I/C: Daniel Hannebery, Ted Richards, Nick Smith, Jesse White
    Emg: Ed Barlow, Gary Rohan, Pat Veszpremi

    In: Richards
    Out: Craig Bolton ...
    by Published on 3rd April 2010 01:16 PM

    I should be fond of AAMI. Many of my best formative experiences happened there. The 1976 grand final. The Alice Cooper and Bob Dylan concerts. My first taste of a beer that wasn?t Southwark.

    And yet I don?t like it. The Crows, who abandoned it to the Power last year, don?t like it. The AFL and the state government, who are tipping $450 million into Adelaide Oval, don?t like it.

    And neither do the Swans. We routinely knock off Port there, but we can beat the Power anywhere. We haven?t beaten the Crows at AAMI since 2001 when a young Ryan O?Keefe got just four touches. (?Drop him!? says RWO.)

    We?ve won once in the last 11 outings. Roos in his usual obscurantist way can?t explain why. It?s just one of those AFL oddities, like Kevin Sheedy, or our record against Collingwood.

    ...
    by Published on 25th March 2010 07:31 PM

    Round 1, Sydney Swans v St Kilda
    Saturday 27 March, 7.10pm, ANZ Stadium

    Teams

    Sydney Swans
    B: Craig Bolton, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Rhyce Shaw
    HB: Tadhg Kennelly, Heath Grundy, Nick Malceski
    C: Jarrad McVeigh, Brett Kirk, Lewis Jetta
    HF: Ryan O'Keefe, Adam Goodes, Ben McGlynn
    F: Jesse White, Daniel Bradshaw, Jarred Moore
    Foll: Mark Seaby, Josh Kennedy, Jude Bolton
    I/C: Kieren Jack, Martin Mattner, Shane Mumford, Ted Richards
    Emg: Paul Bevan, Gary Rohan, Nick Smith

    New: Daniel Bradshaw (Brisbane Lions), Lewis Jetta ...

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