AFL: Three potential delisted pickups for Sydney Swans

Former Collingwood Magpies defender Lachlan Keeffe played 40 games from 2011-14, but was first delisted three years ago after a suspension for testing positive to banned drug clenbuterol. He was re-listed in 2017, but failed to play another match. Sydney have never boasted a tall defensive line, preferring to rely on smaller, quicker players to rebound the ball such as Callum Mills, Dane Rampe and Jarrad McVeigh – a tactic which has worked extraordinarily well. However, after the Geelong Cats f

The Western Bulldogs, Richmond Tigers and... The Brisbane Lions?

Are the Brisbane Lions the next AFL premier on the rise? The signs point to it, and it seems to be a question of when, not if. No one say anything too loudly or proudly, but in a late-2010s AFL landscape, how far away are the Brisbane Lions from a premiership? In the 2015 offseason, fans would’ve scoffed at the same sentiment regarding the Western Bulldogs. They’d just added long-kicking, dashing defender Matthew Suckling from the defending premiers the Hawthorn Hawks, and picked up Josh Dunkle

Sydney nail big Cox to go with little Johnson

The birds have scattered in the Sydney Swans’ coaching box – but it is certainly not crap that has landed. On Monday, the West Coast Eagles announced favourite son Dean Cox would depart for Sydney to take up an assistant coaching role with the Swans. One of the greatest of all-time in his position, the big ruckman played 290 games over 14 seasons in the AFL, and has been an assistant with West Coast since 2014. The Adelaide Crows and Geelong Cats – the first and second-place finishers in the

AFL 2017 Grand Final: Five players who need to lift their game

The Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers won their way through to the AFL Grand Final off the back of fantastic team efforts, but not every single player enjoyed a brilliant preliminary final. Here are five players who will need a far better showing this Saturday if their team are to be crowned premiers. David Astbury has solidified himself as Richmond’s best key defender alongside Alex Rance, but his contributions in the preliminary were questionable. Astbury’s evening started when Harrison Himm

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 2015, while Talia, acquired via trade the same year, proved to be a spectacular flop. Despite the

Keays caps off season as Andrew Ireland Medallist

Inspirational Brisbane midfielder Ben Keays capped off his season with dominant performance earning the young gun the Andrew Ireland Medal for best-on-ground in the NEAFL Grand Final on Saturday night at the SCG. After being selected with pick 24 in the 2015 National Draft, Keays had to prove his worth among the talented pool of midfielders before making his debut, coincidentally against the Sydney Swans in Round 6 of 2016. Last night he faced them on a different stage, under the lights of the

MATCH REPORT: Brisbane wins epic NEAFL Grand Final by three points over Sydney at the SCG – NEAFL

MATCH REPORT: Brisbane wins epic NEAFL Grand Final by three points over Sydney at the SCG “It’s been a tough few years for the club, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” The Brisbane Lions have pulled off an astounding 2017 NEAFL Grand Final win over the Sydney Swans, tormenting the minor premiers for the third time for the year. The Queenslanders prevailed by three points in arguably the most exciting decider in the competition’s history, repelling a peppering from the home side in

MATCH REPORT: Sydney soars into Grand Final with dominant win over Gold Coast – NEAFL

The Sydney Swans are into their second consecutive NEAFL Grand Final with a dominate 68-point Preliminary Final victory over the Gold Coast Suns  at Blacktown International Sportspark. The minor premiers controlled the match from the outset, leading by 28 points at quarter-time and 78 at half-time, with the Queenslanders bringing the margin back in the final quarter, 21.16 (142) to 11.8 (74). Sydney coach Rhyce Shaw was elated to book another chance at a breakthrough NEAFL premiership. “It’s

Late season surge earns Swans Academy prospect Sam Wicks coveted finals selection – NEAFL

Sam Wicks’ season started off on the wrong foot. The young Sydney Swan surprisingly missed out on National Under-18s Allies selection despite being one of Sydney’s best players throughout the Academy Series. However, these days, if you told someone Wicks was not among the best 22 under-18 players in the northern states, you’d promptly be laughed off. With only nine NEAFL matches under his belt, Wicks has blossomed into not just one of the best juniors in New South Wales, but one of the best 2

MATCH PREVIEW: Sydney v Gold Coast – NEAFL

Sydney Swans v Gold Coast Suns at BISP, 11am *This match will be streamed live on NEAFL TV ( *Live Champion Data statistics available on the Official NEAFL App The Sydney Swans are now just two wins away from finally conquering their NEAFL demons and winning their first ever premiership, after three heartbreaking Grand Final losses. And when we say heartbreaking, we mean it – that trio of defeats owns a combined margin of 14 points (eight, two, and four in 2013, ’14

Was there ever a last-placed club in better hands than Chris Fagan’s?

Chris Fagan is a footballing genius beyond our comprehension. The Lions are in very safe hands. The Brisbane Lions may be in 18th on the AFL ladder, but barely ever has this level of buoyancy infected the League’s last-placed club. Perhaps part of it is the fact that, barely ever has a last-placed team been this good. The last time the doldrums of the AFL won at least five games was in 1998, when it was Brisbane again, with a 5-16-1 record. For the record, 1998 is about as close as it comes t

Sydney University too strong for Aspley at Henson Park – NEAFL

Sydney University have delivered an almighty kick to the Hornets’ nest, downing their opponents Aspley by 69 points at Henson Park on Saturday. The win sees the New South Wales-based side keep their heads above the fourth-placed NT Thunder for this week, and puts the pressure back on their rivals from the Top End. “We hurt ourselves a lot on the turnovers, we weren’t as clean with the footy as we’d like to be” said Aspley coach John Blair post-match. “Their pressure was pretty good, and they

MATCH PREVIEW: Sydney University v Aspley – NEAFL

Sydney University (3rd) v Aspley Hornets (6th) at Henson Park, 12pm *This match will be streamed live on NEAFL TV ( Having gone 2-3 in their past five matches after such an impressive start to the year, Sydney University will be absolutely desperate to get back on track ahead of the finals, and even moreso to secure a strong seeding, hopefully in the top two. After perhaps their worst performance of the year last week against the GIANTS, it will be no holds barred thi

Jordan Dawson runs amok as Sydney cruises past undermanned NT Thunder – NEAFL

Jordan Dawson ran amok as Sydney Swans cruised to a 146-point victory over an undermanned NT Thunder outfit at the SCG on Saturday afternoon. Dawson recorded 40 disposals, 14 marks, eight tackles, seven clearances, six inside 50s and three goals – finishing with 196 AFL Fantasy points – in the Swans 25.24 (174) to 4.4 (28) masterclass. With eight forced changes heading into the clash, NT could ill-afford to waste their possession, especially their forward 50 entries, but their early attempts a

MATCH PREVIEW: Sydney v NT Thunder – NEAFL

Sydney Swans (1st) v NT Thunder (4th) at the SCG, 3.45pm *Live Champion Data statistics available on the Official NEAFL App *This match will be streamed live on ThunderVision ( *This match will be replayed on NITV next Tuesday at 9.30pm Twelve weeks after picking up their first win of the season, and still the streak remains unbroken – the Sydney Swans have now won 13 on the trot, and are starting to build a comfortable lead in the NEAFL, clear by two wins fro

Scintillating Sydney Swans show premiership favouritism against Gold Coast – NEAFL

The Sydney Swans have left no doubt in anyone’s mind about their NEAFL premiership chances, easily dispatching the in-form Gold Coast Suns  by 107 points at the SCG on Saturday. All 22 contributors for Sydney on the day showed the impressive readiness of their entirety of their list. As the full time siren mercifully rang, the final score read 21.10 (136) to 4.5 (29). Jeremy Laidler (32 disposals, 11 marks, six tackles, six rebound 50s) and Colin O’Riordon (31 disposals, 10 marks, five rebound

MATCH PREVIEW: Sydney v Gold Coast – NEAFL

Sydney Swans (1st) v Gold Coast Suns (5th) at the SCG, 12.55pm *This match will be streamed live on NEAFL TV ( *Live Champion Data statistics available on the Official NEAFL App Perhaps for the first time all season, the Sydney Swans have finally done enough to seat themselves in the box seat as the NEAFL premiership favourites. After yet another near-100 point thrashing of the Canberra Demons, and Sydney University going down in a bad way against the Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions: Where to from here?

The Brisbane Lions are about to enter an interesting period for their list. How do they build correctly from here? I’ve resisted writing anything about the Brisbane Lions all season. Sometimes, you just need to let an improving club be just that, completely distraction-free from expectations for next year or the year after. However, as Brisbane seemingly continue to improve week after week, it’s starting to become clear how important this next off-season will be for the Lions. 3-13 has almost

Public battles with mental health an indicator of success, not failure, for the AFL

The AFL's response to mental health the past few years has been impressive, and should be applauded. In the past, mental health in the AFL has been something that has inconveniently popped up every once in a while, a mere frustration that gets in the way of football. Before the 1990s, how many players. contemporary or past, admitted to a struggle within himself about how he coped with his life as a footy player, or his life at large? Almost none. However, since then, more and more players have

Sydney last quarter burst seals win over Sydney University – NEAFL

A dominant last quarter from NEAFL ladder leaders Sydney Swans has notched up a 10th consecutive victory with a 42-point win over Sydney University in a top-of-the-table clash at the SCG on Friday night. With the margin at just 16 points at three-quarter time, the Swans booted six goals to two in the last to triumph over their rivals 15.16 (106) to 9.10 (64). Swans veteran Jarrad McVeigh, notably on NEAFL debut, impressed with a 19 disposals, seven tackles, six clearances and two goals for Syd
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