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Beginnings: The Sydney Swans are an Australian rules football club that play in the Australian Football League. The club is reigning from Sydney, New South Wales. The club, founded in 1874, was known as the South Melbourne Football Club until it relocated to Sydney in 1982 to become the Sydney Swans. Sydney is the only AFL club based in New South Wales, and was also the first club in the competition to be based outside of Victoria.

Records:
  • * Record Attendance: Telstra Stadium - 72,393 in round 21 2003
  • * Most Games: 60 by John Rantall 1963-72 & 1976-9
  • * Largest Finals Crowd: 104,239 for 1970 1st semi final at the MCG
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
1 Sydney 22 17 5 0 2221 1469 151.2 68

Swans compete for White Ribbon Cup

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Jarrad McVeigh with the White Ribbon Cup following our last win over the Giants in 2016.

The Sydney Swans will play for the White Ribbon Cup in Sydney Derby XIII at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

Since the launch of the Sydney Derby in round one, 2012, the Sydney Swans and the GWS Giants have proudly been involved in the fight to end men’s violence against women.

While the Giants currently hold the cup after taking the win in round five at the SCG earlier in the year, the Swans lead the head to head eight wins to four moving into Sydney Derby XIII.

The winning captain will be presented with the Cup after Saturday’s game, and the player judged best on ground will be awarded the Brett Kirk Medal.

White Ribbon Australia promote the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated...


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Preview: Sydney Derby XIII

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Dylan Shiels and Luke Parker will once again go head to head in Sydney Derby XIII on Saturday night.

SUMMARY
The 13th edition of the Sydney derby has enormous finals implications for both sides, with the Giants clinging to spot in the top two, and the Swans finally sitting inside the eight for the first time this season. Sydney is the form side of the competition having won eight of its past nine games, while the Giants have taken full points just once in their past four, against the Brisbane Lions, and enters the match coming off consecutive draws against Geelong and Hawthorn. In-form Swans defenders Dane Rampe and Heath Grundy will have a huge task trying to stop Jeremy Cameron and Jonathon Patton, with help from youngster Lewis Melican, while Giants co-captain Phil Davis will renew acquaintances with Lance Franklin, who has lost his radar, kicking 11.19 in his past five matches....


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Swans in the Media - July 12, 2017

Hopes high Rohan will settle in forward line after breakthrough game for Swans
Andrew Wu
SMH, July 12
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Gary Rohan's career-best match is the trigger the Sydney forward needs to be a consistent game breaker.

That's the view of senior Swans assistant coach Stuart Dew, who is buoyed by the considerable growth he has seen in Rohan's game during the club's spectacular revival.

Rohan can be one of the Swans' most exciting players but a raft of injuries and wildly fluctuating levels of self-belief have prevented him from consistently showing his best.

The speedster, however, has shown signs in the past month he may be about to realise the potential that enticed the club to secure him with pick six in the 2009 draft.

While Rohan's headline moment was his after-the-siren winner against Essendon, he also kicked the sealer against Richmond a month ago and last week booted five against...


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Hot Topics: Sydney Derby XIII

Winning ways continue

The Sydney Swans continued on their merry way against Gold Coast on Saturday to record a fifth-straight win and consolidate a spot in the top eight.

The Swans overcame a slow start to gain the ascendancy and take full control of the contest, booting 13 goals to two after quarter-time to make it eight wins from nine matches.

Their 0-6 start to the season is almost an anomaly now considering the brand of football they’ve been playing.

They’ve got that ferociousness back, hunger for the footy, the defence is settled, the midfield is back to their best while more avenues to goals have opened.

But those six losses could still be the difference between Sydney falling short of September.

The Swans can’t afford to let too many more slip for the rest of the season plus haven’t got the easiest run home with their biggest test to date – GWS at Spotless Stadium this...


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Heeney predicts fierce battle

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Isaac Heeney and Toby Greene go head to head in a recent Sydney Derby.

Sydney star Isaac Heeney is predicting a fierce contest when the Swans take on cross-town rivals Greater Western Sydney on Saturday night.

Heeney will play his 50th AFL match on Saturday night, but has already featured in six cross-town derbies, so he has a clear idea of what to expect when the in-form Swans tackle the second-placed Giants at Spotless Stadium.

The two sides are generally fiercely competitive, but nothing seems to bring that trait out more than when they clash.

"There's going to be some seriously contested footy. We're excited and we're ready for it," Heeney said.

"It's going to be a fiery game and it's going to be on.

"They are our rivals.

"They're a quality side. It's going to be hard to stop them but we've performed well during the last month or so. We'll go out there and be confident we can...


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Kurt tip-top and in the mix

HCF Injury Update - July 11, 2017 Head of Football Tom Harley provides the latest injury update thanks to HCF Health Insurance.

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Kurt Tippett is expected to train strongly this week to put his hand up for Sydney Derby XIII selection.

Sydney Swans ruckman Kurt Tippett is expected to be available for Saturday's clash with GWS on Saturday after finally overcoming his troublesome ankle injury.

The ruckman, who's missed the past five weeks with the issue, rejoined full training on Tuesday to strengthen his chances of playing in Sydney Derby XIII.

Head of Football Tom Harley said in HCF Injury Update the 30-year-old's wretched run with injury this season looks to be behind him as the 174-gamer enters the senior fold again.

"Kurt has had a really unfortunate run with a run of injuries this year but we are expecting him to be available for selection this week,” Harley confirmed.

“He has...


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Longmire: It's not going to be easy

Derby XIII press conference - Rd 17, 2017 Captains and coaches from the Giants and Swans speak to the media in the build up to Sydney Derby XII.

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John Longmire is fully focused on getting the four points over the Giants in Sydney Derby XII.

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire is looking no further ahead than this weekend’s Sydney Derby XIII against GWS, as his team looks to make it six wins in a row.

After a shaky start to season 2017, the Swans have won eight of their last nine matches to be sitting in eighth position on the ladder.

A formidable opponent awaits this weekend with the Giants, who are coming off consecutive draws, currently sitting second on the ladder.

Longmire said his side is aware of what to expect when they take to Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

“You don’t look too far ahead in this competition because it is really tough,” Longmire said.

“You are living...


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Swans in the Media - July 11, 2017

Aces come up trumps for Sydney Derby
Ben Horne
Daily Telegraph, July 11

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SYDNEY Swans captain Josh Kennedy is set to return for Saturday’s derby against a Giants outfit hopeful of welcoming back a trio of aces.

The skippers squared off on Monday at Spotless Stadium ahead of Saturday’s showdown and Kennedy gave a strong indication he’s put quad tightness behind him.

Sydney will need their inspirational leader on deck as well, particularly if GWS coach Leon Cameron’s wishes come true and he welcomes back injured stars Toby Greene, Steve Johnson and Zac Williams.

Greene has been sorely missed with an ankle injury as the side has stumbled to two consecutive draws, while the injection of experienced war horse Johnson (knee) could also be crucial — and Cameron says he’s confident of both taking the park.

Kennedy — arguably the most influential midfielder in the AFL — will return...


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Rohan's clean sweep

Red hot Rohan - Rd 16, 2017 Sydney Swan Gary Rohan kicked his first five-goal haul in the Swans' 67-point win over the Suns

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Gary Rohan booted a career-high five goals against Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.

Star forward Gary Rohan has cleaned up in the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year votes, collecting a perfect 10 from his explosive performance at the SCG on Saturday.

Rohan kicked a career high five goals against the Gold Coast Suns and backed them up with 16 disposals, nine marks, and two tackles.

He was one of only four players to receive the clean sweep in round 16 of the Premiership season, proving he’s playing a crucial role in the Swans’ return to winning form.

Rohan wasn’t the only one to impress in the 67-point win, with four of his teammates rounding out the vote getters.

Defender Dane Rampe, who finished the game with 13 marks and 25 disposals, received...


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Shootout headlines Derby

Franklin post match - Rd 16, 2017 Lance Franklin talks about the round 16 win over the Suns.

Sydney superstar Lance Franklin and his Giants counterpart Jeremy Cameron will go head to head in a Coleman Medal shootout at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

The 13th Sydney derby sees Franklin go into the match on top of the goalkicking table with 43 majors; with Cameron – and Essendon's Joe Daniher – two back on 41 for the season.

Franklin has been in strong form over the past few weeks, just like his team, and if he had been more accurate in front of the big sticks, would have an unassailable lead in the Coleman race.

The 30-year-old has averaged 17 possessions and seven marks in his past five games, but has booted 11.19 in those matches, including a haul of 0.6 against Essendon in the Swans' thrilling after-the-siren win in round 14.

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Lance Franklin currently sits on top of the...


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From the Outer: Hope remains

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Dean Towers and Kieren Jack celebrate a goal against the Suns on Saturday afternoon.

I settle into the couch next to my scallywags, Jack (aged 5) and Harry (aged 2), who are both in Bulldogs Jumpers, as we await the first bounce. How did it come to this? My own flesh and blood! In my defence 94% of houses in the western suburbs of Melbourne are still flying Bulldogs premiership flags from their chimneys. Regrettably I can’t afford real estate in South Melbourne. I haven’t given up on the scallywags yet. Much like the Swans 2017 season, there is still hope of glory ahead.

Kids like winners. I’m told as a five-year-old I went for the Hawks for a month following the 1983 Grand Final - I’ve scrubbed hard in the shower every day for the last 34 years, however, I still feel dirty. As an aspiring ruckman I was seduced by the majestic tap work of Simon Madden and followed the Bombers for a...


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Kennedy eyes Derby return

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Josh Kennedy is expected to return to face the Giants at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

Captain Josh Kennedy is likely to be fit to take on Greater Western Sydney in Sydney Derby XIII on Saturday night.

Both the Swans and the Giants could be boosted by returning stars for Saturday night's crucial clash at Spotless Stadium.

Kennedy (quad) is likely to be fit after being a late withdrawal from his team's big win over Gold Coast on Saturday, while GWS trio Toby Greene (ankle), Steve Johnson (knee) and Zac Williams (hamstring) could also be included for the 13th edition of the crosstown rivalry.

Kennedy said he was yet to decide what his training program would look like for this week but didn't expect to have any more problems with his quad tightness. 

"It's pretty good, I was close to playing on Saturday so I'm pretty confident of coming up this week," he said. 

"The fear of doing...


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"He's been electric"

Longmire post match - Rd 16, 2017 Coach John Longmire speaks with the media after our big win over the Suns.

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Gary Rohan booted a career-high five goals against Gold Coast on Saturday.

Over the past month of football Gary Rohan’s form had been fostering week by week, like a pot of water on an open flame simmering under the surface of the Sydney Swans’ resurgence.

It was only a matter of time before it’d reach boiling point.

He enjoyed a solid return from injury against Richmond, kicking the sealer in the dying seconds before backing up to be the match-winner against Essendon.

He didn’t impact the scoreboard against Melbourne but his influence was still profound, tallying 16 disposals, eight marks and six inside 50s.

In each of those performances Rohan was at his explosive best, gave his side an edge and did some small but brilliant things which bought others into play whether it...


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Swans aim to improve slow starts

Rampe post match - Rd 16, 2017 Dane Rampe speaks to us about the Round 16 win over the Gold Coast Suns

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Dane Rampe assesses his options up the field.

Sydney Swans defender Dane Rampe says his side’s ability to write some wrongs after quarter-time and gain the ascendency after a bright start from Gold Coast led to Saturday night’s impressive 10-goal win.

The Suns outscored the higher-ranked Swans, five goals to four, to take a five-point lead into the quarter-time.

The home side fell victim to their own wayward kicking and poor decision making from half-back, with Rampe and alike having to scramble and accumulate the intercept marks (11-2) to absorb the Suns’ pressure.

Sydney was quick to respond and return to form, playing out the remaining three quarters with a strong brand of footy.

Rampe said it was pleasing to see the team tidy up their turnover rate after a disappointing...


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The road ahead: Round 17

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Lance Franklin and Jarrad McVeigh are set to play crucial roles in the Swans remaining seven matches.

32 points (eight wins, seven losses), 113.3 per cent

The Swans are on a roll having won eight of their last nine games after a horror start to the premiership season. It looms as a tough run home for the Swans but one they are capable of battling given their recent strong form. It all starts with a match-up against ladder leader Greater Western Sydney in Sydney Derby XIII on Saturday night. Two trips to Victoria (MCG and Simmonds Stadium) and heading on the road to Adelaide Oval remain over the next seven matches for the Swans. Home matches against St Kilda, Fremantle and Carlton are all winnable contests for the form team of the competition.

The run home
Rd 17: Greater Western Sydney (Spotless Stadium)
Rd 18: St Kilda (SCG)
Rd 19: Hawthorn (MCG)
Rd 20: Geelong (Simmonds Stadium)
Rd 21:...


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Even contribution needed, says Buddy

Franklin post match - Rd 16, 2017 Lance Franklin talks about the round 16 win over the Suns.

Key forward Lance Franklin believes it'll take an even contribution from the entire playing group to defeat ladder-leaders GWS in Sydney Derby XIII on Saturday night.

After starting the season 0-6, the Sydney Swans have won eight of their past nine matches, but Franklin, who now leads the Coleman Medal race on 43 goals for the season courtesy of his three goals against the Suns, knows his side will need to step it up again to reverse a three-game losing streak against their cross-town rivals.

In a rare instance but a positive for the Swans, Franklin was almost a support act to Gary Rohan who booted five majors to go with his 16 disposals, nine marks, eight inside 50s and 12 score involvements in one of his best performances for the Club.

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NEAFL: Swans scintillating form

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Callum Sinclair booted five goals against Gold Coast at the SCG on Saturday afternoon.

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 50s) led Sydney on the afternoon, the latter unfortunately finishing the game icing an ankle.

The Swans opened like a house on fire, with goals out of the blocks from Harrison Carr, Brandon Jack, and two from Toby Pink, as they hoped to set the pace for their afternoon.

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Swans in the media - July 10, 2017

Rohan and Reid’s forward momentum pleases Buddy
Neil Cordy
Daily Telegraph, July 10

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FOR the first time since Lance Franklin’s arrival the Sydney Swans are showing signs they’re losing their dependency on the superstar forward to score goals.

Franklin is still the focal point of the Swans forward line but as their momentum has built over the past month, Gary Rohan and Sam Reid in particular have stepped up to share the load.

In fact Rohan has outscored Franklin 10 goals to eight over the past four matches.

Saturday’s career-best five goals against Gold Coast was the latest indication of a growing trend.

“It’s really good when we’ve got other guys kicking goals,” Franklin said.

“Gazza stepped up with five, George (Hewett) kicked a couple and Reidy did well.

“It was a good team effort and everyone got on the scoreboard which is nice.” 

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LATE CHANGE: Kennedy out, Robinson in

Longmire pre match - Rd 16, 2017 Senior Coach John Longmire gives us the latest heading into our Round 16 clash with the Suns.

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Josh Kennedy will miss Saturday's clash against Gold Coast at the SCG.

Sydney Swans captain Josh Kennedy will miss Saturday afternoon’s clash against Gold Coast at the SCG with quad tightness.

Kennedy was given every chance to take on the Suns before the coaching staff opted to take a conservative approach with the captain.

Dan Robinson returns to the side for his first game since Round 1.

Coach John Longmire said it was dissapointing to lose Kennedy after he suffered tightness in his quad at training.

"We gave him every chance, he had a tight quad during the week and last night we expected him to play but he was a little bit tight this morning," Longmire said.

"We wanted to give him until the last minute but he didn't come up.

"He is too big a risk so he...


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NEAFL: Aliir forward as Swans eye Suns

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Aliir Aliir has been thrown forward ahead of Sydney's clash with Gold Coast at the SCG on Saturday.

Aliir Aliir’s experiment as a swingman is set to continue when the Sydney Swans take on Gold Coast in Round 15 of the NEAFL.

Known for his intercept marking and game-breaking ability as a key defender, Aliir has been named at centre half-forward in the NEAFL Swans’ line-up ahead of Saturday’s curtain-raiser against the sixth-placed Suns.

A culmination of Aliir’s versatility, extra height and the fact coach Rhyce Shaw has a surplus of tall backs has bought about the move, not that Sydney’s No. 36 seems to be minding too much.

He racked up 25 disposals and kicked two goals as a lead up forward against Canberra last weekend, just one of the many positions Shaw says he’ll send the 22-year-old.

“He actually finished the game in the midfield last week,” Shaw said.

“Aliir is a unique player,...


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