Friday, 25 July 2014
Lance Franklin's former manager has questioned whether Buddy's decision to change management companies is in the superstar's long-term interest, but says he is not angry with his former client.
Liam Pickering told SEN radio he was shocked when Franklin told him he was changing to a celebrity management company that has no other AFL footballers as clients.
"From a football perspective, I think a sounding board that has got a football background is ideal for Buddy," Pickering said.
"He (Franklin) thought he needed someone in Sydney, and that is disappointing but it's life. I don't have any problems with Bud, I love Bud, I want him to do well tonight (against the Hawks). I want him to do well for the year, but I was a bit shocked at the time I must say."
Thursday, 24 July 2014
He was a dual premiership superstar at Hawthorn, but Lance Franklin is now just a "faceless man" to the Hawks, coach Alastair Clarkson says.
"Bud's been a really, really valuable member of this footy club for a long period of time but as of October or November of last year he's wearing a red and white jumper now," Clarkson said.
"So he's a faceless man in a sense from our point-of-view. We appreciate and respect everything he did for our footy club but we move on."
Lance Franklin parts ways with manager Liam Pickering to join a celebrity management company based in the Harbour City.
"I'm disappointed but as Buddy would say himself, it is what it is. It's the game we're in," Pickering told The Footy Show.
"Buddy and I have never had a blue and as always I want him to do well."
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Brett Kirk is the star of a new film called 'Aussie Rules The World', in which Sydney filmmaker Michael Stringer McIntyre tracked the Kirk family's six-month journey to 20 countries.
The film also features Adam Goodes and Bachar Houli, who talk about their path to the AFL, and men of influence such as Andrew Demetriou, Mike Sheahan and Eddie McGuire.
As part of Kirk's role as the AFL's International Ambassador in 2011, the family was sent on a mission to explore and share the footy gospel, and what the retired footballer found was Australian Football was much more than just a game, it was a pathway to unite communities and break down barriers.
Along the journey, Kirk, his wife Hayley, son Indhi, 6, twin daughters Memphys and Tallulah, 4, and Sadie, 2, found themselves on the war-torn streets of Jerusalem, where they met the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Team.
"This film really captures the essence and the spirit of our game and the joy it brings and the barriers it breaks down," Kirk told the AFL Record.
"It connects people and that's what I love about it and that's why I've been intimately involved in it since I was a young boy.
"With the horrible things that are happening in the world at the moment, there is an inspiring story about a team that's made up of half Israelis and half Palestinian players.
"There's a really powerful quote in the film, from an Israeli player, 'if the world was one big footy field, everything would be all right', and it just sits with me now."
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Nick Malceski has put contract talks on hold until the end of the season, but his manager insists he is not disgruntled at the Swans.
"It's a massive decision. It's the last really big decision Nick's going to make in his career and we want to use the time we have to look at all the options and make the best decision we can for him and his family," Malceski's manager Ben Niall said.
"He's not disgruntled, he just wants to take his time, look at everything that's available to him and make a considered decision."
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Cameron Wood has come from the clouds to play his first game this season in a shock selection move ahead of Friday night's clash against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.
The Blues have selected the former Collingwood big man, who has spent 2014 in the VFL, dropping Robert Warnock after he was convincingly beaten by Sydney Swans opponent Mike Pyke in round 17.
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Mike Pyke sets a new career-high with 53 hit-outs in the Swans' 71-point belting of the Blues.
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire reveals that Swans coach John Longmire had passed on being an assistant coach of the Australian International Rules team because of McGuire's management role in the representative team.
McGuire has long been a critic of the Swans being allowed an increased salary via the Cost of Living Allowance and of the exclusive access the club gets to players in their academy structure.
"Clearly I've hit a sore spot and they (the Swans) are screaming and trying to protect something that is obviously super important to them and gives them a major advantage," McGuire told The Footy Show.
"I have heard indirectly that John has made that decision because of that, and that is disappointing. If he doesn't want to do it because of a petty club issue, then that's his call.
"When it comes to Australia, I put self-interest aside and in this Australian team you get the chance to refuse just once. I hope John reconsiders."
Monday, 7 July 2014
Kurt Tippett frustrating run with the Sydney Swans has continued, with the star key forward to miss another week with ongoing issues surrounding his troublesome knee.
"Kurt's not going to play this week," Swans coach John Longmire said.
"He's got a little bit of bone inflammation, which is the reason why he's a little bit sore still.
"We're hopeful of getting him after the bye."
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Despite two premierships, two Brownlow Medals and a swag of other honours, Adam Goodes admits he harboured doubts over his ability to make it back to his top level as he battled a persistent knee issue.
The Sydney Swan will set another milestone this week when he breaks Andrew McLeod's record for games by an indigenous player, with appearance No.341 against West Coast on Sunday.
But it's a record that took a little extra time to arrive as he spent 10 months on the sidelines.
"It's just been pleasing to get back and still be able to contribute and have my speed and be fit enough to keep up with a lot of these younger guys," Goodes said.
"There are some things I can't do out there. I'm not going to tell everyone what they are.
"But I'm still able to keep my speed, I can still put pressure on that forward line and I can still kick goals."
Monday, 30 June 2014
Harry Cunningham is the round 15 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee after tallying 17 disposals and seven marks in the Swans' 46-point win against GWS.
"It's a bit of a shock, but I'll take it," Cunningham said.
"I don't think I had my best game on the weekend, but I believe I've been in reasonably good form.
"I suppose it's a bit of a reward for a bit of work over time."
Ryan O'Keefe started the year fourth on the Swans' games-played list with 282 appearances and with every intention of chalking up 300 games and potentially playing on in 2015.
But the year hasn't panned out as he would've liked. He has played just four senior matches to start the season and has found himself stuck in the reserves ever since.
"I continually talk to Ryan and it's a week-by-week proposition," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"It's obviously been tough to this point because our players have been playing pretty well and been pretty consistent. What happens from here I'm unsure.
"Things do change pretty quickly. I'm sure Jake Lloyd wasn't expecting to get a senior call-up and he's been able to hold his spot.
"That's why you have to be in the best possible form you can because those opportunities will no doubt come before the end of the season."
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Ben McGlynn makes an impact in his return to the Swans' senior side, finishing with 15 possessions, five marks, four tackles and a goal in a 46-point victory over GWS.
"He's an important player for us Benny," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"He gives us real life and energy.
"For him to miss a couple of weeks, we were tossing up whether he would come back in this week or not, but he was able to get through training and train pretty well.
"He's had a great year, he's a leader and has elite endurance and speed.
"We need him back in the team and it was good to get him back in."
Heath Shaw has escaped with only a concussion following an accidental collision with Kurt Tippett in the first quarter of Greater Western Sydney's 46-point loss to the Sydney Swans.
Shaw was taken to hospital immediately after leaving the field but he was well enough to be discharged not long after the game finished.
The incident occurred when Swans midfielder Ben McGlynn brought the ball out of their defensive 50m and found co-captain Jarrad McVeigh, who spotted Tippett wide open in the forward line.
McVeigh's long bomb was perfectly weighted and Tippett took the mark, but a charging Shaw tried to force a contest and ended up getting smashed flush on the jaw by the forward's raised knee.
Shaw didn't move after the unfortunate hit and was taken from the ground on a medicab after an awful collision.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Since kicking 2.7 on his return from a knee injury against Hawthorn in round eight, Lance Franklin has been in outstanding goalkicking form, registering 21.10 in five straight wins for the Swans.
"I'm just playing my role for the footy club and I'm enjoying it," Franklin said.
"I've been able to get on the track the last five or six weeks and I put it down to that.
"I'm getting out there amongst the boys and learning the team structures and how we like to play."
Sunday, 22 June 2014
Zak Jones makes his AFL debut as the substitute for the Swans against Richmond.
Jones was injected into the match as a replacement for injured defender Rhyce Shaw early in the third quarter, and he struggled to control his breathing as he stepped onto the ground.
After finding his feet, he went on to win nine possessions and lay six tackles across half-back, showing poise when he had the ball and ferocity when it was in his vicinity.
"It was pretty scary to take that first step, I was just trying to control my breathing," Jones said.
"[Waiting as the sub] is not my thing, but I'll take whatever really. It's a debut and I want to play AFL.
"It was really good to get that win in a tough game where we had to grind it out. It was unreal.
"I love the contested situations and the fact you have to get in there and grind your way out."
Sunday, 15 June 2014
Dan Hannebery will be sidelined for around a month with a torn ligament in his ankle, suffered in the Swan's round 13 four-point victory over Port Adelaide.
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Sam Reid is relishing his new roles down back and in the ruck in 2014.
"It's important to have versatile players that can play at either end of the ground or in the middle," Reid said.
"I'm hopefully becoming one of those players that can be really dangerous whether I go forward, go back or in the ruck.
"I'd like to keep doing it. It's pretty rare. It's probably only starting to come into the game now.
"It can throw a bit of a spanner in the works and is a good weapon to have."
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Kieren Jack credits a long stint tagging some of the AFL's best players in helping him enjoy outstanding team and individual success and reach 150 games for the Sydney Swans.
"My background in AFL football wasn't big," Jack said.
"I had to learn the game and the patterns of the game and tagging allowed me to do that.
"Defensively and (when) tackling, I was a very competitive kid, so that went hand in hand.
"So I think 'Roosy' thought if he could put me on a player and try to negate them with my competitive attitude, I'd be able to pick up some things along the way and learn that offensive side and where players go to get the football."
Monday, 9 June 2014
Kurt Tippett's stop-start career with the Sydney Swans has continued, with the key forward undergoing knee surgery on Tuesday that will rule him out for the next two weeks.
Tippett hurt his left knee during Sunday's victory over Gold Coast and scans have revealed a slight tear to his meniscus.
"He's got a slight tear in his meniscus, so he'll have a minor operation today, trim the cartilage up a bit, miss two games and he should be right in three weeks' time," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"He'd been playing well - he was a bit quiet on the weekend, but he'd been playing really well for us and doing a good job.
"But if you look at the other results that could've happened, it's not necessarily a bad result."
Thursday, 5 June 2014
Out of contract at the end of the year, Craig Bird says he hopes to sign a new deal with Sydney to keep him at the club.
"I really want to stay at Sydney and just worry about my footy for the rest of the year and let the management group take care of that," Bird said.
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Heath Grundy will play in his 150th game this week against Gold Coast.
"I'm very proud to play 150 games for this club," Grundy said.
"I had to do it pretty hard early on and had a bit of a slow start to my career, but to be able to secure my spot in the senior side and finally get to 150 feels great and hopefully there's a few more to come.
"The club has been great to me and gave me time to develop and I always took that into account over the years.
"Hopefully I've been able to repay the club with some good games of footy."
Monday, 26 May 2014
Adam Goodes expects incidents of racism "to get worse before things gets better" as people start to speak out about the issue.
"More people are standing up and saying "This is unacceptable", which is what we want to start to do," Goodes said.
"That's how we're going to make change.
"For me, that's why I see it is going to get worse because people are going to call out more people, which I think needs to happen."
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Former Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans forward Patrick Veszpremi dismisses complaints players aren't given enough help after football.
"I think sometimes players don't realise when they finish up they have to go out and get what you're worth," Veszpremi said.
"I just think with the psychologists they provide, the money for study, they can't just give players jobs it doesn't work like that, this is the real world, this is real life now.
"I think some players think they need more but actually there's already a lot of support compared to what the average person coming out of school gets."
Adam Goodes says he is encouraged by the stand being taken by AFL fans to help stamp out racism after an Essendon member was called out by fellow supporters for inappropriate comments targeting Goodes during the Bombers' recent clash with the Swans.
"Supporters across the League are taking a stand and the incidents out there are just proving that AFL supporters don't want to stand for this anymore," Goodes said.
"I take my hat off to those supporters because that's the environment I want to play in and put on a show.
"And that's the environment they want to be able to bring their kids to the football and watch the game and let the players do what they do best."
Monday, 19 May 2014
An Essendon fan has had his membership cancelled after racially vilifying Sydney Swan Adam Goodes during the Bombers' 50-point loss to the Swans.
"While it is disappointing that these incidents still arise, there is a positive to come out of this, and that is the willingness of people in the crowd, regardless of the colours of their scarf and jumper, to draw a line in the sand and say that this is not acceptable," Goodes said.
"While there still work to be done, to have Essendon members alert stadium security to the incident is a great indication that people in the football community will not tolerate racial vilification."
Sunday, 18 May 2014
The Match Review Panel says Sydney Dan Hannebery has no case to answer over his collision with Essendon defender Michael Hurley.
Tom Mitchell breaks the state league possession record in the NEAFL.
His disposal tally of 64 (23 contested, 41 uncontested) is the highest ever recorded by Champion Data in a state league or under-18 competition since the company began recording statistics in the TAC Cup in 2006.
The 20-year-old's stats sheet consisted of 28 kicks, 36 handballs, four goals, five tackles, 14 marks, 12 clearances, 27 handball receives and 16 hardball gets.
Saturday, 17 May 2014
Dane Rampe says teammate Dan Hannebery's had no choice but to bump Essendon's Michael Hurley as they both contested for a loose ball.
Hannebury clattered into Hurley, leaving him temporarily stunned and setting the stage for another divisive ruling from the Match Review Panel.
"If you pull out, you're going to be branded a sissy or accused of lacking courage," Rampe said.
"Or you're going to kill yourself if you go in like Hurley did (and butt heads).
"So you have to brace. It's just human nature to protect yourself, that's the way it should be and that's what we're taught when we're growing up."
Thursday, 15 May 2014
An injury to Mike Pyke has allowed Tom Derickx to become the Swans' no.1 ruckman.
"I love that responsibility and that challenge and think it brings the best out of a lot of players," Derickx said.
"When Pyke went off injured against Brisbane, the runner came out and said, 'I've got bad news'.
"I was like, 'That's bad news for Pykey, but good news for me'. I love that sort of challenge."
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Averaging 24 disposals per game, Luke Parker has been one of Sydney's best players this season.
"I've just been playing more consistent football. I've been keeping a pretty simple mindset," Parker said about his approach to football.
"Every week, I'm just focusing on the basics and that's showing, I think.
"I'm not getting too worried about (getting) caught up or confused out there."
Monday, 12 May 2014
A frustrated Paul Roos has suggested the AFL's umpiring department should notify clubs each week of their particular areas of focus.
Roos said the number of rule and interpretation changes were causing confusion and it was making it difficult to work out why some free kicks were being paid.
"If there is a weekly email from the umpires saying 'look we feel the umpires are umpiring really well [on] this, this and this but we feel like the 50-metre penalty or hands in the back rule [needs focus]," Roos said.
"Let's not call it 'the rule of the week' but say the umpires are refocusing on something."
Friday, 9 May 2014
Lance Franklin helps Sydney to a 19-point win against his old side Hawthorn with 21 disposals, 10 marks and two goals.
"It made no difference who the opposition was, I just want to get out here each week. Hopefully I can get some consistency back in my game and get back to my best football," Franklin said.
"It's good to get it over and done with early, but I'm at a new football club and I'm enjoying my time here. Now we just look forward to playing some other teams."
Thursday, 8 May 2014
As he prepares for his fourth straight senior appearance, Jake Lloyd says he is enjoying his opportunities at AFL level this year.
"At the end of last year I signed a new contract and that was pretty special," Lloyd said.
"It was one of my best years of football consistency-wise and the goal was to hopefully get a senior game this year.
"To be honest, I didn't expect it to happen so early in the season."
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Big-name recruits Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin will play together for the first time when the Swans take on the Hawks at ANZ Stadium in round 8.
Sunday, 4 May 2014
Adam Goodes says Eddie McGuire's racial gaffe last year ended their friendship.
"Friends don't make jokes about their friends like that," Goodes said.
Goodes said he would still shake the hand of the Collingwood president and broadcaster in a professional environment, News Corp Australia reported.
"But from a friendship point of view, unfortunately I have lost one there," Goodes added.
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Rhyce Shaw will play in his 200th game against Brisbane at the Gabba this week.
"The first three or four years I didn't take the game seriously enough and wasn't very professional and did a few things I probably regret," Shaw said.
"That's some of the things I try to preach to our young guys now, you're in AFL football as long as you want to be.
"If you do all the right things now you can play for 10 years.
"I was lucky enough to stay in the system somehow and play in a Grand Final and win a premiership.
"I've been very lucky in that respect and really privileged to be at the Sydney Swans."
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Lance Franklin is subbed out of Sydney's game against Melbourne after aggravating a knee injury in the third quarter.
"It's been a bit sore ever since [the Adelaide game], there's a little bit of tendinitis in front of his knee and he jarred his 'fat pad', the physio said before, that's more than likely what it is," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"He hasn't done much training since that game … and that's what he's jarred again tonight."
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Lance Franklin says he is shocked and remorseful after being involved in a car crash but says he is relived nobody was hurt.
"Obviously there's frustration, more for myself than anyone, this is something no one wants to go through," Franklin said.
"An accident is an accident, but I don't want to see myself in the spotlight again and obviously I've found myself in it again.
"I just want to move forward as quickly as possible and get onto this week's game."
Lance Franklin is involved in a car crash but the key forward was not injured and no alcohol was involved.
"A Jeep that was travelling west on New South Head road hit four parked vehicles, all four vehicles were damaged as a result of the crash," a New South Wales police spokesman said.
"The driver of the Jeep was a 27-year-old Bondi man and he was not injured in the crash.
"He underwent a roadside breath test that was negative. After speaking with police at the scene the 27-year-old man left the area."
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Kurt Tippett's return to senior football with the Sydney Swans will have to wait at least another week after he suffered a cracked rib playing for the reserves.
"Our plan was to play Kurt for the first half and he nearly got through unscathed, but unfortunately he copped a knee in a marking contest just before half-time," Swans coach John Longmire said.
"Before that he looked in really good touch. He moved well, his marking was good and he was able to boot three goals.
"He won't be available for selection this week, but at this early stage we're hopeful that he could be available the following week."
Friday, 18 April 2014
Kurt Tippett makes his return to football after recovering from knee tendonitis, kicking three goals for Sydney's reserves against Gold Coast.
Friday, 11 April 2014
Jarrad McVeigh says he is ready to have an active role raising awareness of childhood heart disease two-and-a-half years since losing his baby daughter to a heart condition.
"For me personally it was almost too hard to do things, but now I'm feeling like I can do that type of stuff and I want to get more involved," McVeigh said.
"It's taken a bit of time, and to keep telling the story does take quite a toll. But now I'm more able to do that.
"Six babies every day are born with a heart condition and four of those don't make it every week. Spreading that awareness is something I want to be a part of."
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Lance Franklin admits he has grown weary of the constant media scrutiny following his move to Sydney.
"I haven't really left my house and when I do, it's bloody tough at times, particularly when things are getting reported that aren't true or you're just trying to keep private and then they put stuff in the paper," Franklin said.
"It can become a bit annoying, but there's nothing you can really do about it.
"It can be tough, but I'm not being a sook. It is what it is. There's nothing I can do about it, I just think the papers need to get over it."
Monday, 24 March 2014
The Swans attribute their record membership tally for 2014 to the recruitment of Lance Franklin.
However, teammate Josh Kennedy admits the level of media scrutiny surrounding Franklin is not ideal.
"Obviously he's under a fair bit of scrutiny, there's a lot of noise going on outside the football club," Kennedy said.
"We knew getting him here that was going to be the case and it's certainly not disrupting the way we go about things inside the club.
"It's just completely out of nowhere and quite laughable really. We have a bit of fun with it and get on with what we can control."
Ted Richards will extend his AFL career into a 14th season after re-signing with the Swans for 2015.
Saturday, 22 March 2014
Jarrad McVeigh extends his tenure at the Swans until the end of 2017, effectively making him a Swan for life.
"I'm really happy here, I think we've got a really good group and some really good young guys coming through," McVeigh said.
"There's exciting times ahead for this club and I want to be part of it for as long as I can."
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh insists there was nothing in a reported exchange of blows between Lance Franklin and Ryan O'Keefe at training.
"We're just laughing about that type of stuff (the rumours). It's so far-fetched it's quite funny now," McVeigh said.
"'Pebs' (O'Keefe) is a bit aggressive so it was quite funny, but it lasted four seconds. It was all in good fun."
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Alex Johnson faces a two-month wait for before a third knee reconstruction to allow for inflammation and infection in his knee to subside.
Monday, 17 March 2014
Ryan O'Keefe only manages to make Sydney's round 1 side as an emergency, replacing Kieran Jack who pulled out with a back injury.
"We'd had a number of blokes likes (Luke) Parker and (Tom) Mitchell and (Harry) Cunningham, who'd had really good pre-seasons and had been playing well," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"(O'Keefe) was obviously disappointed with not being part of the 22 and then got the call-up on Saturday morning (to replace Jack)."
Nick Smith re-signs with Sydney for another season, committing himself to the club to the end of 2016.
Friday, 14 March 2014
Alex Johnson will require a third knee reconstruction after only 10 minutes into his first game back during the Swans' season opening loss to GWS.
"'AJ' requires another knee reconstruction. He lasted 10 minutes," Swans coach John Longmire said after the match.
"He took two intercept marks in the first 10 minutes, at one stage he went down the ground and took about five bounces and looked fantastic.
"Then at the 10-minute mark he went up for what looked like a simple third-man contest in the back half and landed awkwardly."
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Ben McGlynn re-signs with the Sydney Swans for two years, binding him to the club to the end of 2016.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
AFL CEO Demetriou has forecast changes to rules on the length of contracts as a result of Lance Franklin's record-breaking move to the Sydney Swans.
The outgoing AFL chief executive conceded it would be "very difficult" for Franklin to fulfill his nine-year deal at the Swans, prompting discussions with League officials on a maximum contract term.
"I think it'll be very difficult for him to be playing in 2022," Demetriou said.
"I hope he does. It's good for Sydney, it's good for our market. Of course it's a risk, the Sydney Swans identify it as a risk."
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
The AFL announce that Sydney's cost of living allowance will be phased out in a move Swans co-captain Kieren Jack says is a form of punishment for signing Lance Franklin to a nine-year deal.
"(Sydney chief executive) Andrew Ireland said if we didn't take the risk and we didn't get Buddy, we would still have the cost of living allowance," Jack said.
"But we took a nine-year risk and we picked him up and we're really happy we got him.
"But now we have suffered because of that and they're taking the allowance away."
Gary Rohan says he feels indebted to the Swans for sticking by him despite only playing 27 games in four seasons.
"I don't have to put too much pressure on myself this year to try and to get another contract, so I can go out there and play with a bit of confidence and hopefully have a good year," Rohan said.
"It's really great that they had confidence with me.
"I feel like I owe them a bit, now because they have stuck with me, and hopefully I can get them to a premiership."
Friday, 28 February 2014
Lance Franklin is reported to have been hospitalized for a seizure suffered in January but his manager Liam Pickering says there are no ongoing concerns.
"He had one at Hawthorn a couple of years ago, a similar type thing. It's rare, but it happened on January 3. I'm surprised it's taken this long to come out as a story," Pickering said.
"I'm not going to go into it ... it's a private medical thing, do you reckon I'm going to talk about it? He missed a day of training, everything was fine and he's back playing.
"He's good as gold."
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Luke Parker hopes to be available for round one despite suffering bleeding on his eye after knock against Eagles in thee NAB Challenge.
"Thankfully the back of his eye seems OK and he will just require some rest as the blood at the front of his eye settles down," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"Luke has had a great pre-season and if he is unavailable next weekend in Brisbane, we hope to have him return for round one."
After battling his way back from a serious leg injury in 2012, Gary Rohan agrees to a three-year contract extension to remain with the Sydney Swans.
"I think people can underestimate how difficult it is to return from an injury as serious as what Gary suffered," Longmire said.
"He has had to overcome some serious hurdles over the last few years, but he has bounced back really well and we are excited to see what he can bring to our team in 2014 and beyond."
Luke Parker is taken to hospital with an eye injury to top off a disappointing night for the Sydney Swans in their 35-point defeat at the hands of West Coast during a NAB Challenge match in Blacktown.
"I'm not sure how serious it is," Sydney coach John Longmire told reporters after the game.
"'Gibbsy' (Swans doctor Nathan Gibbs) sent him across to the hospital, so it was serious enough for that.
"Luke wouldn't just come off it was a poke in the eye."
Friday, 21 February 2014
Barry Hall takes a significant step in mending bridges with Sydney after being inducted into the Swans' Hall of Fame.
"I'm a little bit emotional at the moment and I'm rapt to be here," Hall said on stage after receiving a standing ovation.
"It's great to be back (at the Swans). There's a lot of stuff I did that I regret at this football club, but there's also a lot of stuff that I'm very proud of.
"I just hope, well this does confirm in my mind, that the good stuff I did outweighs the bad."
Joining Hall in the Swans' Hall of Fame is Craig Bolton.
"This is an accolade I never would've dreamed of," Bolton said.
"To be recognised among these people is incredible."
Thursday, 20 February 2014
AFL chief Andrew Demetriou says there will not be a bailout to the help Swans if Lance Franklin's nine-year $10m deal goes bust.
"The (Swans) board has agreed that they know they have to pay the whole consideration in that contract, the AFL will not intervene," Demetriou said.
"They know the rules, they fully understand that all of that contract goes into the cap.
"There will be no special dispensation. There wouldn't be for any club to be honest, but the Sydney Swans are aware of that."
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Former Swan turned Giant Shane Mumford will play against his old team in the NAB Challenge but says he does not expect any ill feelings from his former teammates.
"There's no hard feelings there from anyone at the club," Mumford said.
"They know what happened and that's obviously a part of football. Everyone moves on and we go from there.
"Obviously you want to get it over and done with as quick as possible, that first one, and I guess the NAB Cup is probably not a bad format to do it."
Monday, 10 February 2014
Despite a current streak of 107 consecutive games, Josh Kennedy admits he's carried groin issues throughout his career.
"I was starting to get groin issues at the end of last year. That's something that's been a factor my whole career," he said.
"If I'm just constantly churning out sessions, carrying 96 kilos, it takes its toll.
"So it's just about managing that and I've got a good balance with the fitness staff and I know my body better now."
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Alex Johnson admits to feeling somewhat lost after completing his first full training session in nearly a year.
"I had a smile on my face for all of the session because I'm feeling really good at the moment," Johnson said.
"I did a few game scenario drills and I did feel a little bit lost out there, but I'm sure it will all come back over the next few weeks."
Thursday, 30 January 2014
At 33 years of age, Ryan O'Keefe says he is far from ready to retire.
"You hit 30-plus and all of a sudden it's 'when are you going to retire?'" he asked.
"That drives me even more. You get a question about how many years you've got left – I've got as many years as I want.
"I'll keep going until I've had enough. A number is not going to determine when I finish. It's whether my body can hold up and whether I want it or not.
"Not my age or a number next to my name."
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
After struggling with a hamstring injury in 2013, Sydney coach John Longmire says Harrison Marsh has been outstanding during the off-season.
"He's got a lot to learn, but he's certainly a big body at the stoppages. He's got real power to his game," Longmire said.
"At 189cm as a midfielder, we've seen what Josh Kennedy can do, and at that size if you're really big and strong and you've got power, it helps."
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Swans coach John Longmire says he plans to use Sam Reid in a variety of positions in 2014.
"He's flexible and he can play at both ends and I think that's how we're going to end up using him," Longmire said.
"As a kid I've seen him play down back, I've seen him play in the ruck, but I've also seen him play a lot of footy for us at centre half-forward.
"At that size and that speed, he's a really important player that we can put anywhere."
Dan Hannebery says his next challenge as a midfielder is to more effectively deal with taggers.
"I probably had nine or 10 games last year where I had someone sit on me, which is a new challenge and something many players go through," Hannebery said.
"We've got a lot of players that have gone through that and have a lot of players and coaches that you can speak to during the pre-season to try to help you with that form of the game."
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Adam Goodes is confident the responsibility of being named Australian of the Year won't affect his on-field form.
"It's nothing I haven't dealt with before – having lots of responsibilities – balance is always key and football will always come first because that's my job," Goodes said.
"I'm out of contract at the end of this year so I really want to make this a really big season for me. I really want to make sure I give myself every opportunity to be the best I can on the footy field."
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Adam Goodes is named the 2014 Australian of the Year in Canberra, after being recognised for his work with indigenous youth through the Goodes O'Loughlin Foundation.
"I think the biggest thing for me is to keep leading the way that I lead," Goodes told Channel 7's Sunrise.
"The award of New South Wales, and of Australian of the Year is recognition of making the right choices at the right time, standing up for who you are and what you believe in.
"That's not going to change and I just look forward to being able to do that on a bigger stage now and hopefully get to as many people to have those conversations with and hopefully inspire others to do the same thing."
Thursday, 23 January 2014
Mike Pyke will cap a remarkable journey on Sunday when the Canadian native becomes an Australian citizen.
"It's been quite a journey the last six years and I probably didn't expect to become an Australian citizen," Pyke said.
"But (my wife and I have) felt very at home for the last few years and it's a big step in our life.
"We've had a son here now, Jorge, so it's nice to join him and to know you're being embraced by the country you've lived in for six years."
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Lewis Roberts-Thompson is set to return to full training after eight months out.
"Starting back a few weeks ago just after Christmas, I've really worked hard on my fitness and my strength, and the knee seems to be feeling pretty good," he said.
"I'm just progressing into some skill work now and hopefully I'll be right for practice matches in a couple of weeks."
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Swans great Jude Bolton believes Gary Rohan will emerge and stamp himself as one of the most exciting players in the AFL in 2014.
Gary's a phenomenal talent. It was great to see him exposed to footy again last year. He's been around for a while, but he's really matured as a player," Bolton said.
"Hopefully he can lock down a spot, because he's electrifying to watch."
Friday, 17 January 2014
Alex Johnson opens up about the day he was told his reconstructed knee was "hanging by a thread" and he was back to square one in his long road to recovery.
"It was really unusual. I'd never heard of it before," Johnson said.
"I had a scope done and when I came out of the anaesthetic the surgeon said 'I've got some terrible news. It hasn't held and we're going to have to do another one'.
"I'd heard of guys coming back and then it going again, because they were doing that side-to-side movement.
"But I'd done two or three sessions of running and just pulled up a bit sore. They initially thought it was a bit of bone bruising, but it didn't go away.
"We had the scope and the surgeon said half of it had basically disintegrated and the other half was just hanging on by a thread."
Thursday, 16 January 2014
Lewis Jetta has suffered a pre-season setback after having minor surgery to release the iliotibial band (ITB) in his right knee.
"Jetta has done almost all of the pre-season to date, but he's had a bit of a tight ITB band, which runs down beside your knee," Longmire said.
"He's had a minor operation just to release that and we thought it was best to do it now because it still gives him the opportunity to be right for round one."
A serious hamstring injury has Tommy Walsh questioning his playing future and considering a return to Ireland.
"Because it was such a serious injury, your have to prove that your body is still up to playing AFL," Walsh said in an interview with Irish radio station Newstalk.
"If I can get back into the team, then I can start looking at what I'm going to do after the 2014 season. It's up to the club to sit down and talk about it.
"It's definitely an experience I've enjoyed and whether it's time to come home or not, I don't know. It's something I'll look at in the middle of the year and make a decision then."
Monday, 13 January 2014
Rhyce Shaw says he will be ready to play in round one after fully recovering from LARS surgery on his injured knee.
"The knee is feeling great. I can't speak highly enough of the docs and the physios for getting me back this quick," Shaw said.
"You pretty much walk straight out of hospital (after the LARS surgery) and there's no real recovery period and you get straight into it.
"There's swelling for a couple of weeks, but you just push through that kind of stuff and it's just amazing."
Friday, 10 January 2014
Sydney co-captain Jarrad McVeigh says Swans recruit Lance Franklin is sharing Hawthorn's secrets with the club.
"He's offering good opinions about the things he's seen at Hawthorn, because they're the best team at the moment," McVeigh said.
"He has been sharing a few things they do, which we can bring into our training and into our games.
"He's made contributions about the way the game is being played, because Hawthorn has been at the forefront of the competition for a number of years."
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Sydney coach John Longmire says big name recruit Lance Franklin is settling well into pre-season training.
"Now he is into the full swing of training he will have a real solid hit-out for the next couple of weeks and prepare well for next season," Longmire said.
"Buddy is like every other player here. There are expectations on every player on our list to prepare well and train well on and off the field."
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Former Tiger Tom Derickx hopes to challenge Mike Pyke for Sydney's ruck spot in 2014.
"With a mature body and a couple of pre-seasons behind me, I think I'm ready for the step up (to senior football)," Derickx said.
"I think I just need to compete hard with Pykey. I'm not here to be the second man, I'm here to compete with Mike and be the best I can be."
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Joel Tippett may get another AFL chance in rookie draft after being described by his former West Adelaide coach Andrew Collins as the best full-back outside the AFL.
"I think he's the best key defender, particularly the best full-back, outside the AFL," Collins said.
"He hasn't been beaten by anyone at state level for a couple of years now.
"He's tall, strong and athletic and I think he could do a great job on many of the key forwards in the AFL, particularly the low-post key forwards.
"I think he would step up to League footy straight away in a really good team."
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Aliir Aliir became the first player of Sudanese heritage to be selected at a National Draft after the Swans used pick No.44 on the Kenyan refugee in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft.
"It's a great story, but it's really important for us to stress - we didn't take him because he's a good story," Swans list manager Kinnear Beatson said.
"We took him because we think he's got the potential to turn in to a key defender for us and we need that dramatically on our list.
"I think when you're looking for players you're looking at their attributes and their scope to improve and whether they've got the character and the work ethic to do that.
"And we think Aliir has got those things."
Monday, 18 November 2013
Jed Lamb says leaving Sydney to join GWS was a decision that was too good to pass up.
"The contract the Swans put together was all right, but my manager said to hold off and see what happens," Lamb said.
"It wasn't until the second week of the trade period that my manager gave me a call and said 'GWS have offered you a really good contract'.
"There are still a lot of injured blokes to come back at the Swans and with Buddy Franklin coming in, it's a different position, but he's another player that's got to play each week.
"Towards the end of the year a few boys jumped in front of me and I was pretty disappointed not to play finals, but I guess that's footy.
"I had a chat to my manager and my family and thought the best thing for me was to come here and try to play a lot more senior footy."
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
New Magpie recruit Jesse White says he was certain he would be headed to Adelaide last year as part of a trade for Kurt Tippett.
"I thought it was all rosy. I thought it was all going through. I had signed my half of the deal and it was all looking pretty positive and it came to the deadline of the trade period and it all fell through," White said.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
After agreeing to a three-year deal with GWS in late October, Jed Lamb delists himself from the Swans and will officially join the Giants via the pre-season draft.
The Swans were unable to arrange a trade for Lamb in October and refused to delist the young forward to allow him to be picked up as a delisted free agent.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Collingwood sign former Swan Tony Armstrong as a delisted free agent.
"Tony is a lovely kick with either foot and a pacey defender we think can make a strong contribution," Collingwood list manager Derek Hine said.
"He has played senior football and what he is capable of was on display in the NEAFL grand final when he won the Alex Jesaulenko Medal as best afield."
Friday, 1 November 2013
Jeremy Laidler joins the Sydney Swans as a delisted free agent.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Tony Armstrong is expected to join Collingwood after being delisted by the Swans ahead of Thursday's list lodgement deadline.
Armstrong was expected to join Collingwood as part of the trade that sent Jesse White to the Westpac Centre, but he was eventually withheld from that deal.
Monday, 28 October 2013
Andrejs Everitt says he will put himself through the same intensive kickboxing camp in Thailand as he did last year before joining the Blues for pre-season training.
"I'll do that again this year because I really enjoy my boxing and kickboxing. I'll do that for a week and then relax for a few days before I come back and start training," Everitt said.
After moving to Carlton from the Swans Everitt says his versatility will be an asset to the Blues.
"Initially I'd like to play that half-back/wing role, but I think I'm pretty versatile where I can go up forward if you need to. So that swing role, along with (Andrew) Walker as well, we can play that role together," he said.
Mark McVeigh is appointed as head of the Greater Western Sydney Academy.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to nurture young talent from the region through the Giants Academy," McVeigh said.
"As somebody who grew up playing AFL in NSW, I am passionate about giving kids an opportunity to pursue their dream to play the game at the highest level.
"We have already seen the talent produced in this region and I'm sure there will be a lot more in the years to come."
Friday, 25 October 2013
Brandon Jack and Dane Rampe will both be promoted to the Swans' senior list after the young duo enjoyed breakout first seasons with the club.
"My goal coming into this year was to get a contract at the end of the year on the senior list and I think I've earned that," Jack said.
"To be honest I was only aiming for a one-year extension … but to get this, I think it means the club has got a bit of faith in me."
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Andrejs Everitt is traded to Carlton in the dying moments of the Gillette Trade period.
As part of the trade, Everitt and the Swans' third round selection go to Carlton in exchange for the Blues' second round pick in the 2013 NAB AFL draft.
"We're rapt actually to secure the services of Andrejs," Carlton's football operations manager Andrew McKay said.
"He was keen to come back down to Melbourne and we were very, very keen to get his services."
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Jed Lamb expresses a desire to be traded from the Swans to GWS.
"Jed Lamb is a very impressive young player who we hope will be able to play a variety of roles at the Giants," Giants list manager Stephen Silvagni said.
"He is highly rated, can kick goals and will be a great fit for our list."
Monday, 21 October 2013
Following his retirement, Martin Mattner will stay on at the Swans after signing on as an assistant coach.
"I'm really excited to be staying with the Swans and thankful for the opportunity to step into a coaching role," Mattner said.
"During the season when I was injured and retired, that time I spent with the reserves really opened my eyes and confirmed that I wanted to coach.
"It was a great opportunity to see the coaching side of the game, I was really happy with it all and thoroughly enjoyed working closely with the club's young players."
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Jesse White is traded to Collingwood in exchange for pick 44 going to the Swans.
"A deal with Adelaide became a possibility late last year but when that fell through I decided the best thing I could do was to have the best season possible and make things happen, open up some other doors," White said.
"I just wanted to play, regularly, and then Collingwood came into the picture which coincided with my family moving back to Victoria from the Gold Coast. I grew up in Richmond until I was three, so I've sort of come full circle."
Thursday, 17 October 2013
GWS secure the services of Shane Mumford in exchange for pick No. 35 to the Swans.
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Kieren Jack says he feared missing most of the pre-season with a bout of glandular fever would derail his 2013 season.
"I missed a good six to eight weeks of training in January, during which I was pretty much bedridden," Jack said.
"Certainly if you speak to any footballer they talk about pre-seasons and how important they are and they set you up for a big year.
"I was really questioning at the start of the year whether my body would be up to it."
Despite his Irish ties, Tadhg Kennelly joins Michael O'Loughlin's team coaching the Australians in this year's International Rules Series.
"I'm very strong and I know who I am. I'm very proud of where I come from, what I stand for and who I am," Kennelly said.
"I love the series and I love the concept and I don't want to see it fail.
"I've felt the Irish had the upper hand in the last few series and I'm just trying to impart a small body of my knowledge onto (the Australian team)."
Friday, 11 October 2013
Sydney sign a three-year deal with Stuart Dew as strategy and midfield coach for the Swans.
"We understand that there were other clubs interested in Stu, but to have him re-commit to the club is a strong show of faith in the Swans football program," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"We're glad 'Stuey' has confidence that the Swans will continue to assist his development as a coach."
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
AFL deputy chief executive Gillon McLachlan says the Swans' nine-year $10 million deal with Lance Franklin is an extremely risky move.
"It's such an extraordinary risk in many respects that the Sydney Swans board has taken," McLachlan said.
"I know a number of clubs and boards that wouldn't do that because of the risk they're taking on behalf of their club.
"We've made sure that the board members ... understand the risk they are taking with this contract. I'm not sure we could do much more than that.
"We don't have any authority to step in and stop boards from making decisions."
Friday, 4 October 2013
Jarrad McVeigh claims his second Bob Skilton Medal as Sydney's best and fairest for 2013.
McVeigh polled 809 votes to finish ahead of fellow co-captain Kieren Jack (769) and last year's winner Josh Kennedy (750).
"In a season where injuries struck down key personnel, Jarrad has been a consistent contributor all year," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"Both on and off the field, Jarrad's leadership has been outstanding.
"His ability to adapt at various stages of the season and go into the defence shows his versatility and ability to play his role for the team at all ends of the ground.
"Jarrad stood up in big games throughout the season and led from the front. He's an outstanding player and co-captain and a real leader at the club."
Recently retired Swan Jude Bolton says he will explore other options in media and player management before entertaining offers to coach.
"I'll never say never. I do love that side of it; I just feel like it can wait for a couple of years anyway," Bolton said.
"I'm really excited about hopefully establishing a media career as well as a little bit of player management and also a corporate role at the Swans.
"I'd like to keep my options open, but also delve into a career pretty much straight away because you wait a little bit of time and you're long gone in this game."
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Shane Mumford says Sydney's decision to sign Lance Franklin was the catalyst behind his decision to move to GWS.
"When my contract talks were put off and put off again and then they signed Buddy, we started going hard at a couple of other clubs to see where I might be able to continue my career," Mumford said.
"As soon as we saw that (news about Franklin), we realised with the amount of money that he's going to be getting, there's probably not going to be anything there for me."
Adam Goodes will not require further surgery to his knee but will undergo a restricted pre-season in preparation for his 16th season with the Swans.
"He's not going to do a lot in terms of a lot of ball work until January, but the boys only get back on December 2 anyway," Swans coach John Longmire said.
"He'll be running and doing leg weights until Christmas and hasn't required a further operation. We'll then get him into ball work in late January I'd imagine."
Sydney Swans ruckman Shane Mumford accepts three-year offer from the Giants.
"The Giants are an exciting club with a great future and I couldn't be happier to be moving across Sydney to join them," Mumford said.
"They have a talented young midfield and it's a great opportunity to help them go to the next level and achieve on-field success."
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Mitch Morton says he believes the AFL's cost of living allowance for players living in Sydney should be 20 percent, instead of 9.8 percent.
"Sydney is the most expensive place in Australia by 20 or 30 per cent," he said.
"If you have not lived up there you wouldn't understand it. Every home opening you go to there are 25-30 people trying to get the joint so you have got to pay above and beyond just to get your head in the door."
Collingwood president lashes out at Sydney's salary cap allowances which has allowed the Swans to sign up two big name forwards in Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin in the last two years.
"Collingwood, the richest club in the AFL, who would love to have another power forward, didn't even contemplate speaking to Lance Franklin because we can't get at these third-party deals because the AFL is all over us," McGuire said.
"We do not have a cost of living component.
"If two of them (Tippett and Franklin) have got 20 per cent of the salary cap, they're getting 20 per cent of the cost of living.
"This is ridiculous. It is a straight-forward rort. This is an ultimate poke in the eye and it's not the Sydney Swans' fault.
"Good on them for going as hard as they can. It is yet again the AFL's problem."
Monday, 30 September 2013
Michael O'Loughlin heads back to the Swans as head coach of their academy, a role recently vacated by newly-appointed Melbourne coach Paul Roos.
"This is a great challenge and one I am really looking forward to getting stuck into," O'Loughlin said.
"I have been in Sydney almost 20 years since joining the Swans and have seen just how far AFL has come as a code in that time.
"The establishment of the academy is one of the most significant steps for AFL development in New South Wales and I am really looking forward to helping grow what we hope will be the next generation of Swans players."
Sunday, 29 September 2013
Jesse White is "very keen" to move to a Victorian based club according to player agent and recently retired Swans star Jude Bolton.
"Jesse's looked at opportunities and he's very keen to move to a Victorian based club," Bolton said.
"He's got family down in Victoria, got his clothing label there and other things. He's obviously speaking with Collingwood. He knows they're interested in him."
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Jude Bolton calls an end to his AFL career following Sydney's preliminary final loss to Fremantle at Patersons Stadium.
"It's just you're so close to the big one, you can sort of taste it and now you have to be those envious people that sort of sit back in the stands and watch it," Bolton said after the loss.
"I'll have to find another competitive outlet or release somewhere. I'll miss the camaraderie of the boys and competing week in, week out."
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
As he nears the end of his AFL career, Swans veteran Jude Bolton admits he has concerns over the affects of concussion post-football.
"I still remember my grandfather saying 'it's better to wake up in an ambulance than pull out of a contest'," Bolton said.
"But after I suffered a couple of concussions, even he changed his attitude. Now he says 'you don't want to be a dribbling mess when you're an old man'.
"I've looked into some of what has been happening in the States and depression and different mental illnesses post-football is a shocking thing."
Sunday, 15 September 2013
Sydney confirm that Kurt Tippett and Tom Mitchell will miss the Swans' preliminary final against Fremantle in Perth due to a strained knee ligament and torn ankle ligaments respectively.
"Mitchell is out. He needs an operation," coach John Longmire said.
"He's got torn ligaments in his ankle, so he's out for the season.
"Tippett won't play this week, he strained a ligament at the top of his fibula, which means he won't play this week as well."
Friday, 13 September 2013
Swans defender Nick Smith says he still harbours ambitiions of moving into the Sydney midfield.
"I played a bit of a tagger through the midfield in my third or fourth season and then got shifted back," Smith said.
"Hopefully I'm not too pigeon-holed yet into just being a defender and can hopefully get into the midfield again."
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Sydney stalwart Jude Bolton says the Swans would love to have Heath Shaw at the club if the Magpies are willing to trade him.
"Heath is an unbelievable player and the Swans would love to have his talents at the club," Bolton said.
"I don't know exactly the process at the moment, we'll wait and see. But there's obviously been a few grumblings down at Collingwood, so we'll work that out."
Adam Goodes' is ruled out for the season after failing to train strongly in preparation for the Swans' semi final against Carlton.
"Adam trained as hard as he had for quite a while on Tuesday and pulled up OK yesterday, but he was a little bit sore in the warm-up today and therefore we decided not to push him," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"It is not a case of him having reinjured his knee. He's still fine - but the intensity of Tuesday's session meant that it was hard for him to back it up again today, so that's his season done.
"It is obviously disappointing, but the reality is that Adam hasn't played for a significant amount of time and we have a great deal of confidence in the group of players who are available."
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Adam Goodes has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sport for his stance against racism and his long list of AFL achievements.
Goodes received the Ella Award at the Deadlys at the Sydney Opera House.
The award is named after the acclaimed Ella family, with brothers Mark and Glen representing the Wallabies in rugby union in the 1980s and sister Marcia a former Australian netballer.
"The Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sport recognises excellence and achievement on and off the field," Marcia Ella-Duncan said.
"(It's) an award that marks our leaders in sport, singles them out and says 'you have set a national example for others to follow'.
"An Aboriginal man that has stood up to be counted, standing tall against racism, and setting an example in the tradition of the great Nicky Winmar."
Monday, 9 September 2013
Sydney coach John Longmire must decide if he will bring Adam Goodes, who has not played since round 13, back into the side to face Carlton in the semi final.
"We're certainly mindful of what he has and hasn't done, and he hasn't done a lot of training and hasn't played for a long time," Longmire said.
"We also know he's a pretty special player and a pretty special and mentally tough player and person.
"We're not sure whether we'll play him. We've obviously got a couple in that boat and we need to make sure we get that balance right."
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Jaeger O'Meara has capped off an outstanding debut season by winning this year's NAB AFL Rising Star Award from Adelaide's Brad Crouch, with Port Adelaide's Oliver Wines finishing third.
O'Meara polled 44 of a possible 45 votes to win by 13 votes from Crouch, with Wines finishing on 26 votes ahead of North Melbourne's Aaron Mullett and Sydney Swan Tom Mitchell who tied on 11 votes in equal fourth.
Dane Rampe is revelling in his first finals campaign after playing 20 of a possible 22 games for the Swans this year.
"At the start of the year I was just focused on getting a game," Rampe said.
"I remember telling my family if I get one or two games I'll be rapt. Then my short-term goals and long-term goals began to change.
"Once I hit the middle of the year and I was getting some consistency in my footy, I thought 'I can really do this and can be there come finals'."
Monday, 2 September 2013
Gary Rohan's form continues to improve as he gains match fitness following his comeback from a serious leg injury.
"I'm getting better each week fitness-wise and getting back to the structures and all of that sort of stuff," Rohan said.
"I keep getting corkies in the first quarter and struggle a bit, but I'm pulling up really well and then get into training the next week."
Outgoing Sydney Swans chairman Richard Colless expresses his disdain for James Hird's role in the Essendon supplements scandal.
"I don't have any ill will towards James Hird – I don't know him – but to be called 'heroic', to me is really showing contempt for the football public," Colless said.
"I think he was anything but heroic. He might be a very nice guy, and a very decent person, but I think he was singularly unheroic, quite frankly."
Lance Franklin is offered a one-match ban by the Match Review Panel for his bump on Nick Malceski.
Franklin will miss the Hawks' qualifying final against Sydney if he accepts the ban.
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Hawthorn will nervously await a Match Review Panel finding on the rough conduct charge leveled at superstar Lance Franklin ahead of the Hawks' first qualifying final against Sydney at the MCG on Friday night.
Franklin was reported after delivering a late, high bump on Swans defender Nick Malceski during their final-round match at ANZ Stadium.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Adam Goodes says he aims to get back into the Swans side for the finals.
"Where I'm at at the moment, it's a session-by-session prospect," Goodes said.
"I won't be coming back this week, but I'll be trying my hardest to come back for the finals series.
"We're guaranteed two finals games, so I'm definitely going to try my hardest to get back for those."
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Sam Reid will miss the rest of the season, and the Swans' finals campaign, after suffering yet another setback with his injured quad.
"Unfortunately he's pulled up a little bit sore and it looks like he's aggravated the scar tissue in his old strain site," Swans physio Matt Cameron said.
"He's now looking very much in doubt for getting up for the remainder of the season."
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Jude Bolton announces his retirement at the end of the season, attributing his longevity to his good run with injuries.
"I've avoided some of the long-term injuries guys have gone through," Bolton said.
"I think three games was my longest stint out of footy and that was last year when I hurt my knee. It's been an unbelievable journey."
Saturday, 24 August 2013
Rhyce Shaw will miss the club's finals campaign after rupturing the ACL in his right knee against Geelong at Simonds Stadium.
"He's had an ACL years ago, but he's had an ACL on the other knee now – which is unfortunate," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"For a bloke who's had a really difficult year, to come down here and do an ACL in the first 10 minutes was disappointing, and even more disappointing for the rest of the year."
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Jed Lamb talks about offering a place at his house to Gary Rohan while Rohan was recovering from a serious leg injury.
"He was living with Dan Hannebery and (former Swan) Dylan McNeil and they liked eating out. Because I was best mates with him, I said 'You're more than welcome to come stay'," Lamb said.
"We set him up in our sun room, I started cooking for him and just looked after him with Tommy Walsh and (another former Swan in) Eugene Kruger.
"I was just happy to help out. I can't imagine what he went through. Sixteen months out of footy and at the start he probably thought he'd never play again.
"It's been a long, amazing journey."
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Gary Rohan will finally make his senior return for the Swans this week against St Kilda.
"He kept telling me for the last three weeks to pick him and I've ignored him to a certain degree, but I think when we finally said 'OK mate, you're in', I think it did hit him in terms of how much work he's been able to do," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"Blokes like (Fremantle midfielder) Michael Barlow and others across the competition we've seen over the years are probably the only ones that can fully understand the amount of work and challenges that Gary's had to face."
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Luke Parker extends his contract with the Swans for another 3 years.
"I absolutely love it here, so I wouldn't want to be anywhere else," Parker said.
"Obviously it was a bit daunting to move states and starting fresh up here (as an 18-year-old).
"But I've absolutely loved every minute of it, and I really can't see myself going anywhere else."
With senior players set to return to the side, young Swan Brandon Jack hopes to be able to keep his spot as Sydney embarks on another finals campaign.
"I'm really happy to be a part of it at the moment, but I try not to think too far ahead," he said.
"If the time comes and I'm chosen I think it'll be because I'm ready, but I'm just taking it week by week and trying to keep my spot in the team and doing all the right things."
Monday, 12 August 2013
Swans coach John Longmire says Gary Rohan is building towards a return to the seniors, possibly by round 22.
"He's played three or four games and he's come off 18 months, so it's pretty hard to pick it up in three or four games," Longmire said.
"So he's now getting over that soreness-type issues at the back of games and now it's more about coaching the specifics of the game and that's what we're focusing on at the moment."
Saturday, 10 August 2013
Outgoing Sydney Swans chairman Richard Colless says the club has put the racism controversy between Eddie McGuire and Adam Goodes behind them after the pair spoke to each other in private over the matter.
"Eddie McGuire doesn't have a racist bone in his body and he's probably done more I think for the betterment of society than most," Colless said.
"It's a closed issue. What they said to one another is private and the message we conveyed that afternoon to the media was that the Swans have nothing more to say."
Friday, 9 August 2013
Ted Richards will play his 200th game this week against Collingwood and former Sydney coach Paul Roos says poaching the defender from Essendon at the end of 2005 was one of the best decisions he has ever made.
"There is no doubt that the 2012 Grand Final showed the player that Ted has become," Roos wrote in a column for the Herald Sun.
"After a very tough battle with "Buddy" Franklin in the first three quarters, he could have easily dropped his bundle and in fact this would more likely have happened in the early part of his career with the Swans.
"But the now-confident Richards went on to be one of the Swans' most important players in the last quarter, reading the ball and winning critical contests. As Ted runs out tonight he has established himself as one of the most popular members of the team."
Friday, 2 August 2013
Mitch Morton says he will retire at the end of 2013.
"It has been an absolute privilege and honour to be part of this football club for the past two seasons and I will always be grateful for the opportunity the club has given me to improve," Morton said.
"The 2012 premiership will always remain the highlight of my career and I look forward to staying in close contact with my premiership teammates for many years to come."
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Jarrad McVeigh has excelled as a defender across half-back and Sydney coach John Longmire says he is in no rush to move the Swans co-captain back into the midfield.
"McVeigh was one of our leading goalkickers until we moved him back and he has taken his game to another level, we think, as far as his leadership and his consistency," Longmire said.
Monday, 29 July 2013
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon confirms his interest in un-contracted Sydney big man Jesse White.
"I don't know Jesse at all, but he looks to have matured and been put through football school in a good academy where now he's a very competent player," Lyon said.
"He's certainly on a list of key forward and un-contracted [players]."