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    I would be disappointed if we don't get to the Hawks game 4-0. I don't expect we will beat the Dawks, as they match up well on us, and generally have had the wood on us over the last few seasons. But I do want to see us test them, and hopefully show that we are making moves in the right direction to start regularly challenging the elite teams in the competition.

    It is so important this season that we hit the bye in good shape. A record worse than 9-2 to me would be on paper disappointing after 11 rounds. I don't think we will beat Hawthorn, and there is nothing easy about Essendon @ Etihad (Really can't wait to be there to hopefully get revenge for last season's Match of the Year cliffhanger), and St Kilda @ Etihad is never easy either. Then there are potential banana skins in Port away and Richmond Away as well. If we are serious about challenging for the top 4, I think we need to be 9-2 after 11 games, as the second half of our season is much tougher than the first half.

    But on the flip side, a good 1st half to the season could set us up nicely for the tougher second half, and most importantly get another almost dozen games into the youngsters, and help create the belief and confidence in the playing group. We showed glimpses last year (That fine effort against the Pies, and the ever so wonderful win against Geelong) to say that we are moving in the right direction, and that our best is good enough to make it a tough day at the office for any team in the league.

    I was a little despondent after a dissapointing, rusty performance against GWS. But the 1st half against Freo (not so much the 3rd and early 4th quarters) has given me great heart. There were some passages of play, some signs that immediately made me think back to what made us so good in 2005-06. Just a few glimpses of what this team might become if things go our way. Consistency I think will be our problem this season, but I have a good feeling about how we might go this season, and I have a very good feeling about just how good this team will become given time. We are clearly not as talented as the best teams across the park, but Swans teams very rarely are. What our club is famous for is making the 'team' worth so much more than the sum of its parts,and I think we are beginning to see those signs develop in our current squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcs View Post
    If we are serious about challenging for the top 4, I think we need to be 9-2 after 11 games, as the second half of our season is much tougher than the first half.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcs View Post
    most importantly get another almost dozen games into the youngsters, and help create the belief and confidence in the playing group.
    +1

    I think a solid run in the first part of the season will do wonders for the youngsters confidence.

    The two watershed games from my perspective will be back-to-back Carlton and Collingwood in August. The Blues, to prove that we're the dark horse for 2012, not them, and the Pies because that is one big monkey we must shake off our backs. Win those games and we may just roll our second games against the Hawks and the Cats in the final two rounds.

    But I do get ahead of myself - let's worry about Port on Saturday!
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    In second place now and still undefeated...looking good!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnno View Post
    In second place now and still undefeated...looking good!!!
    Maybe Scott was right and it should have been closer, but if we can continue the 4 qtr effort of today we're a chance of beating anyone. The one thing I noticed about the game I didn't like was that Norf got us on the spread a fair bit, and the HAwks are very good at that caper. Luckily, we have the whole stingy defence thing going on
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    Ahem!!!!!

    Thought I'd bump this thread now.

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    For those whio love Stats, this is only the fourth time since 1936 that the Swans have for any round, found themselves on top of the ladder during the second half of a given season. The other seasons were 1945 (for several rounds), 1987 (just once-Round 18), and 1996 (again for several rounds)

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    Quote Originally Posted by top40 View Post
    For those whio love Stats, this is only the fourth time since 1936 that the Swans have for any round, found themselves on top of the ladder during the second half of a given season. The other seasons were 1945 (for several rounds), 1987 (just once-Round 18), and 1996 (again for several rounds)
    I hope we finish this season better then those....

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    Is that correct in the last 75 years we have been top of the table in the second half of the season only 4 times?

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    lol nicely timed bump

    However not wishing to rain on our boys parade but there is a MASSIVE assignment next weekend at Subi, whilst the Hawks and Crows will be running training drills to notch up their 4 points... and if Collingwood beat Geelong we could well be back down at 5th, given the congestion at the top end atm. Thankgod for our %.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicko18 View Post
    lol nicely timed bump

    However not wishing to rain on our boys parade but there is a MASSIVE assignment next weekend at Subi, whilst the Hawks and Crows will be running training drills to notch up their 4 points... and if Collingwood beat Geelong we could well be back down at 5th, given the congestion at the top end atm. Thankgod for our %.

    To quote the Donald Sutherland's character Oddball from the movie 'Kelly's heroes'....."Why the negative vibes man?"

    I believe we will not only win this coming weekend, we'll win comfortably!!!!!!

    This isn't the Swans of 05-06....this is something special brewing here folks!!!.

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    They might be onto us in Victoria now though. Robbo wrote in The Tackle today that it's time that the ridiculous talk about us being overrated stopped.
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    They might be onto us in Victoria now though. Robbo wrote in The Tackle today that it's time that the ridiculous talk about us being overrated stopped.
    Ha ha ha - well, he could make a start on that by shutting up.
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