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]."
Friday, 26 July 2013
Alex Johnson will require a second knee reconstruction after scans reveal that his first knee reconstruction has failed.
"Alex had experienced some swelling in his knee and a subsequent arthroscope showed the graft of the reconstructed ACL was significantly damaged," Swans coach John Longmire told the club's website.
"It is an extremely rare occurrence that the graft would fail in the way it has and Alex is understandably disappointed, but to his credit he is maintaining a very positive outlook."
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Shane Biggs becomes the fourth Swans rookie to be promoted to the senior list in 2013.
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Swans coach John Longmire says he is impressed with youngster Tom Mitchell's defensive abilities.
"Ultimately he's got talent but he's a real competitor," Longmire said.
"He's a fantastic tackler and he's terrific on his one on ones. The ability to do that and tackle so well means he's able to step up to in senior company and feel comfortable."
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Lewis Jetta will be sidelined for a further five weeks with the Swans taking a cautious approach to his shin injury.
"We'd expect that he is still another five weeks away," Swans coach John Longmire said.
"We understand with the type of injury and the bone bruising that it is that it can turn nasty if we don't look after it, so our priority is to look after it.
"As frustrating as it is for everyone … hopefully we'll start him running and training after that."
Saturday, 13 July 2013
Gary Rohan kicks two goals in first game in 15 months, playing 40 minutes in the second half of the Sydney Swans' reserves game against the UWS Giants at the SCG.
"It was fantastic to see him running around, he looked really good, hopefully he pulls up well tomorrow and can take another small step next week," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"We're really hopeful that we've laid a good foundation for him, but that's all it is and hopefully he's able to keep going forward."
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
With injuries to other key position players, Kieren Jack says the Swans must avoid being too focused on bombing the ball to Kurt Tippett.
"It's nice looking up the ground and seeing a big 203cm target you can kick to," Jack said.
"We've got to make sure that he's not just the only target down there and we've got some depth in there as well.
"We want to make sure we've got a couple of avenues to goal."
Monday, 8 July 2013
The Swans are pessimistic about Lewis Roberts-Thomson's chances of playing again 2013.
"We thought he'd be back after the bye, but he's got some bone bruising in his knee and it's just taking a long time to heal," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"He's not running, so he's a fair way off senior footy.
"I'm not writing him off yet, we're still hopeful that he'll get back, but he needs everything going right from now on in."
Sunday, 7 July 2013
The Swans will not be rushing Sam Reid back after the key forward re-injured his quad only 12 minutes into his comeback game.
"The new tear is a lower grade to what Sam initially suffered against Collingwood five weeks ago," Swans coach John Longmire said.
"However, given he has re-injured it, we will need to be very conservative with his rehabilitation."
The immediate playing future of Sydney Swans forward Sam Reid hangs in the balance after he suffered another quad injury in Sunday's 31-point win over Melbourne at the MCG.
In his first appearance since straining his left quad in round nine against Collingwood, Reid lasted just 12 minutes before going down with a recurrence of the problem.
"He's missed five weeks, and he's had a number of scans on the way through, and it didn't last long," coach John Longmire said after the game.
"He said it didn't feel as bad as it did last time. It didn't pull him up as sharply as it did last time. But it's the same quad."
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Sydney say they are confident Adam Goodes will be back playing good football again this season after a successful arthroscopy.
"Adam had some floating cartilage removed from his knee and everything seems to have gone as well as it possibly could,'' Swans football manager Dean Moore said.
"If all goes to plan during his rehabilitation we expect to have him available in six weeks time.
"Adam is the ultimate professional when it comes to preparing himself to play, so we're confident he will be back playing good football later in the year.''
Sunday, 30 June 2013
Adam Goodes is ruled out until late in the season after requiring surgery for cartilage damage suffered against Port Adelaide.
"Last year we were pretty competitive with him out and at some point in your evolution as a footy team, you've got to make sure you can cover some of the star players that have carried the load for a long time," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"We can't rely on Adam Goodes to win us games of footy and clearly over the next six weeks, that won't be the case."
Friday, 21 June 2013
Sydney coach John Longmire says the club has realistic expectations of Kurt Tippett in his first game for the Swans.
"Playing his first game, we don't expect him to set the world on fire; we just expect him to play a role for us," Longmire said.
"His expectations from us are just to make sure that he competes.
"His fitness is pretty good but we know that he still needs a bit of match conditioning and hopefully he gets that but he's able to help us be competitive at the same time."
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Ted Richards is certain a lack of match practice won't be an issue for Kurt Tippett when he lines up for his Sydney Swans debut.
"Nothing can replace a game but it's not as if he's coming back from a long-term injury," Richards said.
"Even though he hasn't been in the team on the weekend he's been a part of training sessions and match simulations throughout the week.
"He's been at every training session since early December and more often than not when it comes to match simulation I'm playing on him so I've probably seen he's been going closer than most."
Gary Rohan achieves another boost in his return from a horrific leg injury as he prepares to resume full training with the Swans.
"We've been really pleased with the amount of training he's been doing and he's been going really well and has looked fantastic at training," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"(But) he's still got a few weeks to go before he gets a few full sessions under his belt before we even consider playing him."
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Sydney confirms that Kurt Tippett will make his debut as a Swan in round 13 against Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium in Adelaide.
"I'm really excited about getting out there and doing my bit for the side," Tippett said.
"I had a training program written out for me and it was building up to this stage and it's all gone to plan. I'm right where I want to be."
Friday, 14 June 2013
Kurt Tippett says that repeated concussions and planning for a life after football was one of the primary reasons for choosing to move to the Swans after establishing himself in Adelaide.
"You've got to be living a fairly balanced lifestyle because if you're all caught up in football and that's taken away from you, you've got to have something else to go on with," Tippett said.
"From that time onwards I was thinking about my future and where it would go and what it would be like.
"I wanted to put myself in a spot where I'd feel I'd be most happy and as a result get the most out of myself as an athlete.
"That was probably the biggest reason behind my decision.''
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Eddie McGuire will begin his counselling program after racially vilifying Adam Goodes.
"It's a confidential program, it's been signed off by all the appropriate people, and Eddie will commence that shortly," AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou said.
"It's very substantial and he's ready, willing and able. It's been put together by very eminent people and it's also had input from the player group."
Shane Mumford's manager, Anthony McConville, expresses disappointment over the Match Review Panel taking no action following the clash between Mumford and Crow Jared Petrenko which resulted in his client sustaining a broken cheekbone.
"A player is supposed to be protected from this, yet here we have my client missing four weeks and sucking food through a straw," McConville said.
"It wasn't even written up in the reports (of the Match Review Panel). That is the most disappointing part of all this – that it was just dismissed. Shane is as disappointed as I am."
Monday, 10 June 2013
Kieren Jack says starting his career as a tagger on some of the competition's best players has been invaluable in his development as a defensive-minded midfielder.
"As a defensive tagger, I played on some of the best; Ablett, Judd, Cousins and I played on Akermanis in my first game. I really just followed them and took notes and tried to stop them," Jack said on Fox Footy's On The Couch.
"As learning as a player I grew from there, picking up bits and pieces around stoppages and the patterns they were running."
Tom Mitchell earns the round 11 NAB Rising Star nomination after a stellar performance in Sydney's triumph over Adelaide where he tallied 31 touches, including 14 contested, and 10 tackles.
"Tommy is certainly a talented player, but most importantly he is hard at the football and a really strong competitor," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"He did a good job for us in his first game coming in as the sub, and he was a good contributor again for us against Adelaide, particularly with his 10 tackles."
Shane Mumford will undergo surgery for a fractured cheekbone and is expected to miss three to four weeks.
"It is disappointing for him, he's probably just got going again and now he misses another slab of footy," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
Sunday, 9 June 2013
A depressed fracture of the cheekbone to ruckman Shane Mumford opens the door for Kurt Tippett to come straight into the Sydney side to face Port Adelaide after serving his suspension.
"Obviously with Mummy (Shane Mumford) having to get his cheek bone fixed up there is a spot there,'' Swans coach John Longmire said.
"He was a big chance to play anyway. We just have to decide how much game time he plays.''
Friday, 7 June 2013
Brandon Jack will make his debut for Sydney in round 11 against Adelaide only six months after being selected in the rookie draft.
"I definitely think I've been building up to it, but to come this soon is a bit of a shock for me. But I'm ready for it,'' he said.
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
With the retirement of Martin Mattner, Rhyce Shaw is now critical to the Swans' title defence, according to Craig Bolton.
"They're a much more dangerous side when they're not just relying on Nick Malceski," Bolton said.
"(Shaw) is critical. When you've got him and (Malceski) there, and it was the same when Tadhg Kennelly was playing and Marty, it becomes very hard for the opposition to stop.
"Obviously with the absence of Marty now, it's important they get Rhyce back fit and firing as soon as possible."
Martin Mattner calls an end to his career due to persistent hip injuries.
"It's both my hips," Mattner said.
"Six years ago I had surgery here on my left one and progressively my right one has been getting worse.
"I saw the surgeon at the end of last year with the idea of having surgery, but that didn't progress.
"In the off-season we did everything we could do try to get it right and that meant taking time off and having a restricted pre-season, but it just hasn't come good."
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Kurt Tippett still has a week to go before being allowed to play for the Swans, meaning he will not face his former teammates at AAMI Stadium in round 11.
"I'm happy that he's not playing because he's such a good player, he can obviously ruck and he's a danger for them up forward," Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said.
"I'd still like him playing in our team but obviously he's not, that ship's sailed. I'm happy that the AFL suspension is for one more week – it's good, worked out well."
Monday, 3 June 2013
Essendon forward Leroy Jetta escapes a suspension for a rough conduct charge against Sydney's Ben McGlynn with an early plea.
Sunday, 2 June 2013
Tommy Walsh will miss the rest of the season after tearing his hamstring off the bone against Essendon.
Mike Pyke leads the competition with 26 contested marks while his 12 goals for the season thus far has him second among goal-scoring ruckmen.
"They're the sort of stats which stack up and make a case for All Australian ruckman," former Sydney coach Paul Roos said.
"If you look at his record and ask what do you want from a ruckman? it's really impressive. He's a dangerous marking forward target who can kick goals."
Saturday, 1 June 2013
After being racially vilified twice, Adam Goodes overcomes a trying week to lead the Swans to victory against the Bombers with four goals from 15 disposals.
"Nothing much probably surprises me with 'Goodesy'," Sydney coach John Longmire said after the match.
"There were times during the week when he was exhausted and … he was still pretty tired on Thursday and then he freshened up yesterday and felt really good today, which is a real credit to him."
Playing in his first AFL game as a substitute, Tom Mitchell is subbed in just 10 minutes into the second quarter and finishes with 18 possessions, six marks, six tackles and a goal on debut in a 44-point win against Essendon.
"I just wanted to get out there and play my role and contribute," Mitchell said.
"I just followed the direction from the senior players who were great the whole game just positioning me where they wanted me to be.
"I'm not sure if it's really soaked in yet, but I'm really happy to be part of a great win against a quality side like Essendon."
Thursday, 30 May 2013
North president James Brayshaw says racism still common in the AFL and that he supports Adam Goodes taking a stand against it.
"It's not a one-off incident, it happens way too often. It's virtually a weekly occurrence, I think across the board," Brayshaw said.
"And I think Adam Goodes what he was doing last Friday was basically putting his hand up and saying: 'Enough. We shouldn't have to in the two hours we run out on an AFL field have to put up with that being said across the fence.'"
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Collingwood's board says it wants Eddie McGuire to continue as president of the club despite the recent 'King Kong' furore.
"While we accept that Eddie made a mistake that caused serious offence to Adam Goodes and many more, we balance this against the work Eddie and the board have done, and continue to do, to make Collingwood an institution in football and society that our entire family can be proud of," vice-president Jack Kennedy said.
"Eddie has led with distinction for almost 15 years and a hallmark of his time has been a commitment to positive change on and off the field, at Collingwood and beyond."
Eddie McGuire fights back tears as he expresses remorse over his King Kong gaffe on radio.
"It's hard to be portrayed in the opposite of what you are," McGuire said.
"I know I've made the blue yesterday and I've explained the whole situation. But look it is, it's really hard, but it's good to hear that maybe you know somewhere along the journey you've done something right as well.
"If I'm feeling it this morning, I can only imagine what Adam Goodes has felt all his life, and Harry O'Brien, and that's why I'm not going to turn this into the Wailing Wall for me."
Eddie McGuire says he is prepared to stand down as Collingwood president after his on-air gaffe linking Adam Goodes to King Kong.
"If that's appropriate, if that's symbolic, if that makes a difference, then I will. I have no problem with that," McGuire said.
"And I'd have no problem if Triple M said 'Have a spell' [and] if Fox Footy said 'We don't want you to be the face of footy this weekend, maybe have a spell', then I would happily do that and cop that blemish on my impeccable record in that regard to make the point."
Harry O'Brien slams president Eddie McGuire for suggesting Adam Goodes should be involved in the promotion of the King Kong musical.
"Im [sic] extremely disappointed with Eddie's comments and do not care what position he holds, I disagree with what came out [of] his mouth this morning on radio," O'Brien tweeted.
"To me Eddie's comments are reflective of common attitudes that we as a society face. To me Australia is very casual with racism, I would argue that many people in this country would not think what Eddie or the 13yr old girl said last friday is 'bad'.
"In my opinion race relations in this country is systematically a national disgrace and we have a long way to go to reach a more harmonious and empathetic society."
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Eddie McGuire apologises to Adam Goodes after making suggestions with racial overtones that Goodes should be involved in the promotion of the King Kong musical.
"Morning Australia this is what I have woken up to," Goodes tweeted in reference to an article about McGuire's comments.
Sunday, 26 May 2013
Sam Reid is set to miss two weeks with a tear in his left quad, sustained during the third quarter of the Swans' match against Collingwood.
The mother of the 13-year-old who hurled abuse at Adam Goodes says she is taken aback by the amount of media scrutiny surrounding the incident.
"I hope it's done and dusted. I think it was blown out, for a 13 year old, it was blown out of proportion," she said.
"I think she would take it back if she could. I'd just like to apologise to Adam for it being said and apologise to the Collingwood Football Club."
The incident surrounding a young girl racially abusing Adam Goodes creates waves on Twitter prompting Goodes to express his support for her.
"Just received a phone call from a young girl apologizing for her actions. Lets support her please," Goodes tweeted.
"It's not a witch-hunt. I don't want people to go after this young girl. We just need to educate our society better so it doesn't happen again."
Saturday, 25 May 2013
Footage of a Collingwood supporter shouting racial comments has been uploaded to YouTube.
"Give it to Goodes because he is black. Give it to (Lewis) Jetta because he is black. It's Indigenous Round umpire," the barracker shouted in the video.
Friday, 24 May 2013
Adam Goodes says he was extremely hurt at comments made to him at the boundary line by a Collingwood supporter but says he does not blame the young girl for those comments.
"To come to the boundary line and hear a 13 year old girl call me an 'ape', and it's not the first time on a footy field that I've been referred to as a 'monkey' or an 'ape', it was shattering," Goodes said.
"She's 13, she's still so innocent. I don't put any blame on her. Unfortunately, it's what she hears, in the environment she's grown up in that has made her think that it's ok to call people names."
Adam Goodes is seen to point towards a Collingwood fan alleged to have racially abused him in the Swans' clash with the Magpies during the AFL's indigenous round.
The young girl is subsequently ejected from the stadium by security.
After the game, Collingwood president Eddie McGuire personally apologises to Goodes in the change rooms and vows to ban the fan from the club.
"This club doesn't stand for it, the football world doesn't stand for it," McGuire said.
"I didn't want him to feel that this is in any way endorsed or condoned, or anything other than that we are just absolutely devastated that someone would say something like that.
"Everyone knows the rules at Collingwood: if you racially vilify anybody, it's zero tolerance; you're out."
Thursday, 23 May 2013
On the eve of the AFL's indigenous round, Adam Goodes pays tribute to Nicky Winmar's courageous act of defiance at Collingwood's Victoria Park 20 years ago.
"It was one of those moments of a proud indigenous man standing up for himself," Goodes said.
"It's something that stands in history which proves that you can call me all the things that you want, you can discriminate against me, say all these things, but I'm still going to be black, I'm still going to be proud.
"That's exactly what the photo symbolises to me. Even today, 20 years later, it highlights how every indigenous person should feel about their heritage."
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Dan Hannebery says teammate and champion Adam Goodes' impact on the Swans is even bigger off the field.
"He's a leader of the team, but he also helps the young guys coming through and makes sure they're all doing the right things," Hannebery said.
"It's not just about what he's done on the field, which has been unbelievable, but it's more about how he goes about it off the field and how he sets the tone for the culture of the footy club."
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Kurt Tippett's housemate and teammate Dan Hannebery says the big forward is raring to play for the Swans but must first prove himself of deserving of a place in the side.
"He's frustrated, he wants to show what he's capable of and have an impact for the team," Hannebery said.
"He still has to prove that he's a valued team member by what he does at training and when he plays.
"He has to make sure he plays his role and that's all we're going to be asking of him, to compete and work hard."
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Kurt Tippett says he is working hard to ensure he is ready for his debut as a Swan against Port Adelaide in round 13.
"I've seen it (the delayed start to the season) as an opportunity," Tippett said.
"It's an opportunity to improve in some areas that can help my football. Being stronger, fitter and faster.
"There's light at the end of the tunnel. My selection is up to the coaches, but I'm preparing myself to be able to play at that level. I'm doing everything I can physically and mentally to be right."
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Swans coach John Longmire says the club has taken offense to Dermott Brereton questioning the courage and fairness of Adam Goodes.
"I find it quite strange sitting here having to defend Adam Goodes's reputation," Longmire said.
He's won two Brownlow Medals. As far as I know they award those for the best and fairest player so I think Adam Goodes's reputation stands alone.
"I had a brief chat with Adam. Adam doesn't care what Dermott Brereton thinks and so he shouldn't."
Monday, 13 May 2013
Former Hawthorn great Dermott Brereton blasts Sydney champion Adam Goodes for allegedly trying to chop the legs of Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson.
The AFL Match Review Panel had cleared Goodes of the incident, saying he was making a legitimate attempt to kick the ball.
"Adam Goodes, as is his penchant ... lunges forward with a foot," Brereton said on SEN radio.
"To me, he knew exactly what he was doing and he chopped out Josh Gibson's leg. Quite possibly, that action can ruin somebody's career. In English football, that is a leg chop - that is red card stuff."
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Tony Armstrong says he had mixed feelings about missing out on the Swans' premiership in 2012 after being named as an emergency in the Grand Final side.
"After the boys ran out, I was down in the rooms with (fellow emergencies) Tommy Walsh and Trent Dennis-Lane," Armstrong said.
"We just had a shower, got changed and sat with all the other players and family right behind the goals.
"It was kind of a strange thing really. You felt part of it, but then you didn't. It was really weird, but awesome at the same time, seeing some of my best mates win a flag."
Nick Malceski has turned down the opportunity to test free agency in favour of signing a new one-year deal with the Swans.
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Shane Mumford is disciplined for a rare breach of the club's much-vaunted code of conduct after a big night out in Melbourne.
"Going into a long week, Shane went to Melbourne and had a couple of drinks and we dealt with it with our captains and spoke to Shane about it and dealt with it in the players' code of conduct," Swans coach John Longmire said.
"We're not going to go into details of what he was fined, (but) it's disappointing for any player. It was disappointing from Shane's point of view and he acknowledged that."
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Lewis Roberts-Thomson's knee injury is worse than first suspected, with the Swans utility to miss the next six to eight weeks after an arthroscope revealed more joint surface cartilage damage in his right knee.
"We need to tidy that up a little bit, which means he will be out for a little bit longer," Cameron told the club's website," Swans physiotherapist Matt Cameron said.
"It's an injury that can really be a little bit unpredictable and one we have to be a little bit more careful with, so it could even push out to eight weeks with him out of the game."
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Dan Hannebury wins the Anzac medal for being best on ground against St Kilda in Wellington.
Sydney coach John Longmire said Hannebury almost missed the match after suffering a corked calf against Geelong the week before.
"He was probably doubtful to play after last week, to be honest," Longmire said.
"He copped a huge cork on his calf but I saw him the next day after last week's game and he never had any doubt.
"I never really saw him without ice on his calf. Every time I saw him he'd have his foot wrapped up or his leg wrapped up in ice."
Monday, 22 April 2013
In a discussion with Mike Sheahan, Barry Hall says his aggressive behaviour on the field was fueled by mantras instilled into him by his father, which included:
1) The only way to stop violence is more violence;
2) Never give a mug an even break;
3) Never let anyone have anything over you.
Hall also says he is grateful to the Bulldogs for giving him a second chance after he was ostracised from Sydney.
"I think everyone cares about what people think of them. I care about what people think about me," Hall said.
"If I didn't play again [after Sydney], I would be remembered in a totally different light to what I am now. I will be forever indebted to the Bulldogs.
"There weren't a lot of clubs that put up their hand to put me on their books. They were probably the only one."
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Having played primarily as a forward in 2013 so far, Adam Goodes says having Kurt Tippett in the side will free him up for a run in the midfield which he is looking forward to.
"Definitely I'd love to play more in the midfield," Goodes said.
"But our midfield is playing so well and (we have) our keys up forward - myself, Sammy Reid and a ruckman as well.
"So until the big fella Kurt Tippett comes in, I'm happy to play that role up forward and pinch-hit in the midfield when they need me."
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
Despite turning 30 in 2013, Ted Richards believes his best football is yet to come.
"I was watching footy the other night and they were talking about some player coming to the peak of their career and he was 23," Richards said.
"If that's the case, I'm definitely an exception to the rule.
"Right now I'm really enjoying my footy and I think that has a lot to do with how you play, so hopefully it continues. The optimist in me thinks that this year could be even better than last year."
Friday, 29 March 2013
Josh Kennedy says he expects extra attention from opposition players in 2013 after establishing himself as one of the league's premier midfielders in 2012.
"I think there will be a little bit more pressure on me. I've slipped under the radar the last few year," he said.
"It could be a tough year. I do expect to be tagged more, I'd be naive if I didn't.
"I'll at least be preparing for it. It depends on the individual you're playing on and finding what they like to do and finding what they don't like to do and exploiting it. It's just a week-to-week thing."
Monday, 25 March 2013
With Alex Johnson ruled out for the season, Dane Rampe will be elevated to the Swans' senior list in time for round one.
Friday, 22 March 2013
After establishing himself as one of the game's premier midfielders, Josh Kennedy says he is still refining his game.
"I certainly don't want to go backwards," Kennedy said.
"I'm always looking to improve. There are little things I can tweak, maybe playing a few different positions, getting more on the outside.
"But I just need to make sure the essence of my game is as strong as it's always been."
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh says big name recruit Kurt Tippett will have to earn his place in the side after his 11-week suspension.
"He has to earn that first game and when he does [he will] have earned it," McVeigh said.
"We don't give games away easily."
Monday, 18 March 2013
Alex Johnson decides to undergo a traditional knee reconstruction instead of LARS surgery after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Sunday, 17 March 2013
Nathan Van Berlo signs a three-year deal with the Crows.
"It was a no-brainer for me to make the decision to stay. With the direction the club is heading in at the moment, I certainly want to be a part of it and I'm really excited to be here for another three years," van Berlo said about his decision to sign.
Van Berlo also takes a swipe at former teammate Kurt Tippett for leaving under controversial circumstances last year.
"I guess that was a clear example to the playing group of feelings that occur when you don't want to be a part of the playing group," van Berlo said about Tippett's mannger of departure.
"It wasn't handled well from his point of view and the players certainly reacted accordingly to that and felt like they were let down.
"They've seen ways they shouldn't do it, if they choose to leave our system, but I don't think we'll have that case to deal with any time soon."
Thursday, 14 March 2013
After being banned from playing until June 22, Kurt Tippett will instead work on mentoring the Swans' academy's under-16 and under-18 squads.
"Being able to help the kids out, particularly the taller boys, really interested me and hopefully I can pass on some knowledge to them," Tippett said.
"I've also got a big break at the start of the season before I can play. So it provides a great opportunity to keep my head in the game and keep really sharp.
"If I can teach other people the skills then hopefully I am reinforcing them to myself as well. I guess I'm still developing my skills as a coach."
Swans assistant coach Henry Playfair says Gary Rohan is starting to return to full pace after breaking his leg against North Melbourne last year.
"He got the all-clear from the surgeon and they actually mentioned he can start pushing it a little bit," Playfair said.
"His running has increased in the last three weeks and he's actually starting to move a bit like the old Gary Rohan.
"We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves but you just see him stride occasionally and you think, he's on the way back."
Monday, 11 March 2013
Scans confirm that Alex Johnson has ruptured his arterior cruciate ligament. Johnson will return to Melbourne where he will decide on whether to undergo LARS surgery or a traditional reconstruction.
"I think just getting out of Sydney and getting down to Melbourne and getting my mind off it will give me a chance to make the right decision for myself and the football club," Johnson said.
"Mal (teammate Nick Malceski) and the doctor (Nathan Gibbs) have been through LARS a couple of times and (former Swan) Campbell Heath last year as well.
"I've had a chat to them and now I'm just weighing up my options and I'll give it the next week to make a decision."
Sunday, 10 March 2013
Josh Kennedy will remain at the Swans for at least another four years after signing a new deal with the club.
"When I came here four years ago, to think that I would be in the position that I'm in now signing another four-year deal is an amazing feeling," Kennedy said.
"It was something I always wanted to do and, given the opportunity, I felt that I could turn things around for myself and the Swans were willing to give me that opportunity.
"They were really clear with what they expected from me in my role and it's just gone from there with games and confidence. I just love being part of this group with ... my teammates who are now my family up here. It's a fantastic journey and hopefully it's still only beginning."
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Alex Johnson is feared to have torn his ACL after being taken off in a stretcher during the Swans' win over Gold Coast in the NAB Cup.