Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Ryan O'Keefe joins Adelaide as an assistant coach and will serve as the club's development coach while also assisting the midfield.
"Ryan is a quality person who comes from a successful environment," Adelaide coach Phillip Walsh said.
"His leadership and knowledge gleaned from an outstanding playing career at Sydney will be invaluable."
The Western Bulldogs have used their compensation for trading Adam Cooney to Essendon to swoop on Swans rookie Shane Biggs just minutes before the NAB AFL Trade Period deadline.
The Dogs traded pick No.37 received from Essendon for Brownlow medallist Cooney earlier on Thursday to the Swans for Biggs and pick No.39.
"To be able to manoeuvre some picks around today was a good result and Shane Biggs comes in, who's a player that's been at the Swans for three years now (in) a really good, strong football program and we think he'll add to our team," Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Stuart Dew's manager Justin Reid confirms that his client is happy to remain in Sydney and will not apply for the Suns or Dogs vacant senior coaching positions.
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Nick Malceski is confident of playing finals in 2015 and ultimately winning a premiership with his new Gold Coast teammates.
"The club is looking to make finals next year and I believe in the list we've got and the talent we've got that we can make finals next year and really push in the next couple of years for a premiership," Malceski said about the Suns.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
The Swans will receive a second-round compensation pick for the loss of unrestricted free agent Nick Malceski to Gold Coast.
Sydney say they are disappointed with Malceski's decision but understand his reasons for leaving.
"We put a really good offer to Nick but unfortunately he's been offered a deal too good to refuse," Sydney football manager Dean Moore said.
"While obviously disappointed to lose someone of Nick's calibre, who arguably had his best season this year finishing with All Australian selection, we understand his reasons for accepting the Suns' offer.
"We thank Nick for his contribution to the club and he will always be remembered for his outstanding 2012 Grand Final and the role he played at the club over the past 12 seasons."
Monday, 6 October 2014
Gold Coast pulls off a recruiting coup, luring Sydney Swans defender Nick Malceski as an unrestricted free agent.
Malceski 30, has signed a three-year deal with the Suns after completing the best season of his career, playing all of the Swans' 25 games and earning his first All Australian selection.
"I am sad to have to leave Sydney," Malceski said.
"It has been great to me and I owe the club so much. I came to the club as an 18-year-old and have become the person I am today because of this place and its people and culture.
"But this was too good an opportunity to miss both for my family and me personally. At Sydney I was surrounded by a depth of great leaders and at the Suns it is all new and young. I am looking forward to helping them build a sustainable and successful team."
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Swans forward Tim Membrey has requested a trade to St Kilda.
"[The Saints] had a lot of interest during the year and we were in discussions a fair bit they had people up to watch him a number of times," Membrey's manager Matt Bain said.
"They always had the really strong interest out of all the clubs. There was interest from a fair few, but they were the ones going pretty hard at him.
"When he met them, everything sort of all lined up.
"Sydney has said they won't really stand in his way too much. He's a brilliant kid so they're happy to facilitate a trade for him."
Friday, 3 October 2014
Luke Parker caps off a stunning season by taking out Sydney's best and fairest award for 2014.
Parker polled in all bar three games across the season to finish on 758 votes, well clear of Kennedy (709) and Franklin (688).
"Luke is a wonderful competitor and to win a club champion award at 21 years of age, after just 82 games' experience, is a great achievement," Swans coach John Longmire said.
"When you look at the players behind him Kennedy and Franklin you quickly get an understanding of how good a season he has had and how highly we think of him as a player.
"Luke was taken as quite a late draft pick, but he really is testament to where hard work can get you, and we value that highly."
Adam Goodes has confirmed he will continue his career with the Sydney Swans in 2015.
"I love playing football and I enjoyed 2014 as much as I enjoyed my first year," Goodes said.
"Certainly the view from mid-year, and the club has been very supportive, was if my body could hold up to it, then there was no reason why I wouldn't continue on.
"My body feels as good as it has for some time and the fire is still burning, so I can't wait to get stuck into 2015."
Despite attracting interest from at least four clubs, Nick Malceski is still a chance to stay with the Sydney Swans according to his manager Ben Niall.
"They're certainly interested in his services and we're talking to a number of clubs, including Sydney, but they're certainly in the mix," Niall said.
"He doesn't want to leave, he's not disgruntled, it's a great football club and he's very settled in Sydney.
"We are hopeful the Sydney Swans are able to get close enough to what his alternatives are that he's able to stay."
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Tommy Walsh has left the Sydney Swans and will return home to Ireland.
Recruited from St Kilda at the end of the 2011 season, Walsh only managed a total of five games across three seasons.
He made his debut in 2012 and played two matches in 2013 before his season was cut short due to a serious hamstring injury.
"To be able to experience professional sport in two great cities with two great clubs, I've met a lot of great people and I'll have friends for the rest of my life over here," Walsh said.
"I'm not sure when, but I'm looking forward to coming back over here already for a holiday a few years down the line and catching up with everyone again."
Senior listed players Jordan Lockyer and Matthew Dick have been delisted by the Swans after neither managed to play a senior game.
Monday, 29 September 2014
Carlton has moved to distance itself from making any approach to Sydney Swan Tom Mitchell.
"I've said to Tom's management and also the Sydney Swans over the last couple of weeks that we won't be approaching Tom to get his services," Carlton football operations manager Andrew McKay said.
"The only way we would is if he told Sydney that he wanted to come back to Melbourne to play football. We won't be actively seeking to pull him out of the Sydney Swans."
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Following Sydney's Grand Final loss to Hawthorn, Adam Goodes says he is unsure about whether to play on in 2015.
"Right now I feel disappointment from today," Goodes said.
"I'll see if there is a burning desire to get me back for the pre-season. I've got time on my side to make a decision."
Josh Gibson says the joy of winning the 2014 Grand Final with the Hawks against the Swans has been tempered by seeing former teammate Lance Franklin's pain.
"There's always going to be emotion - he's a good mate," Gibson said.
"I've been on the side of losing a Grand Final and it's not a great feeling and he'll be going through that.
"I'll give him space and when it's all said and done we'll catch up and hang out like normal.
"He's got a lot of close friends here, but that's footy, isn't it? We're all mates, but when you cross the white line you're enemies."
Sydney Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh expresses his dismay in his team's poor showing following theeir 63-point Grand Final loss to Hawthorn.
"It's as bad a performance as we've had all year, and on the biggest stage it's really, really disappointing," McVeigh said.
"Not many guys won their position, I wouldn't have thought, and (the Hawks) were just too good.
"They showed us how to be hard on the big stage and we didn't cope with it."
Thursday, 25 September 2014
As he prepares to play Hawthorn in the 2014 Grand Final, Rhyce Shaw admits he was pessimistic about his footballing future after rupturing the ACL in his right knee in last year's round 22 clash with Geelong.
"When you're that age, you think 'Is it all over? Have I done the knee really badly'," Shaw said.
"But I was lucky enough that it was pretty clean and the rehab was fantastic and I got back and played some alright footy.
"The footy club has had a really good run this year, we've worked really hard and we're back in the 'big dance'.
"I'm just glad to be in the side."
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Former Swan Jude Bolton has rejected comparisons between himself and rising star Luke Parker, rating the younger man a much better footballer.
"He's far and away a better footballer than me," Bolton said.
"He's got enormous talent.
"I don't think I ever took an overhead mark to be honest - he was sitting on (ruckman Mike) Pyke's head last week.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Ryan O'Keefe has officially called time on his career, retiring after 286 games and two premierships with the Sydney Swans.
O'Keefe and fellow Swans retiree Lewis Roberts-Thomson will be now be part of Saturday's Grand Final motorcade at the MCG.
"It's fitting that two great premiership players of our club will be sent off with a lap of honour at the MCG on Grand Final day," Swans coach John Longmire said.
"Both Ryan and Lewis are life members of the Swans and were part of the 2005 and 2012 premiership success.
"Swans fans have had their chance to thank Ryan and Lewis and this is another opportunity for all football fans to thank two absolute warriors who always saved their best for September."
Monday, 22 September 2014
Mike Pyke signs a two-year contract extension to remain with the Swans despite Sydney losing the Cost of Living Allowance.
"Sometimes it takes time. I think losing COLA threw a big spanner in the works, so that changed a lot of things in terms of planning for the club," Pyke said.
"That was the biggest element, things got stalled because of that."
The family of Swans midfielder Josh Kennedy is once again dealing with divided loyalties as the Swans get ready to take on Hawthorn in a Grand Final.
Kennedy's father and grandfather, John jnr and John snr, were part of seven premierships with the Hawks during their playing and coaching careers.
Having already watched Josh lead the Swans to victory over Hawthorn in the 2012 decider, they are now preparing to watch him try to help deny the Hawks another flag on Saturday.
"Josh made his decision and that was the right decision for him, and I thought Hawthorn did the right thing by him, particularly Alastair Clarkson," John Kennedy snr said.
"I have no grizzles or growls (about it).
"Sentimentally, I'd like to see Josh running around in the Hawthorn guernsey, but there's no sentiment in League football."
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Sydney coach John Longmire plays down the hype of Lance Franklin facing his old Hawthorn teammates in the 2014 Grand Final.
"We understand he's playing his old team and we understand the focus on him from outside the footy club," Longmire said.
"But inside the footy club, when he comes to work, we talk about our team defence, about every player playing their role and playing to the best of their ability.
"Outside the footy club will take care of itself, but when he comes to training and comes to all the meetings, he's just one of the playing group and it's important we maintain that focus."
Saturday, 20 September 2014
Lance Franklin will face his former Hawthorn teammates as a Swan in the 2014 Grand Final.
Franklin will go into the Grand Final in top form having kicked five goals in the Swans' preliminary final against North Melbourne.
Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead says the Hawks will have an edge in containing Franklin having learnt his game whilst training with him in the past.
"We know because he played with us here he's able to get that many shots on goal," Roughead said.
"I dare say the defence will look at him close this week and the boys have been good on him before.
"The blokes that play on him will know a few tricks ... they've played on him enough out here [at training]."
After missing out on playing in the 2008 and 2012 premierships with the Hawks and Swans, Ben McGlynn will get another chance this year as Sydney prepares for the 2014 Grand Final.
"2012 was obviously disappointing and it's been my driving force over the last couple of years and it's great to get the opportunity to play in a Grand Final," McGlynn said.
"There hasn't been a day where 2012 hasn't come across my mind. I've had to battle with that, but this game gives you plenty.
"The joys are great and I'm going to enjoy this week."
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Carlton has confirmed its interest in Sydney Swans midfielder Tom Mitchell and revealed it has spoken to Mitchell's family.
Mitchell - whose father, Barry, played for the Swans, Blues and Collingwood has struggled to break into the Swans' powerful line-up this season.
The 21-year-old, who has battled injuries this year but dominated in the NEAFL when fit, has played just six senior matches.
"I think certainly the Mitchell family understands that we would be interested if Tom did decide to leave," Carlton football operations manager Andrew McKay said.
"We're not actively trying to pull him out of Sydney by any stretch of the imagination, but Tom's obviously a very, very good player in a very, very good club so he's in and out of the team quite often.
"We haven't been active, but certainly the Mitchells understand our stance there."
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Nick Malceski is expected to take his place in the Sydney Swans' line-up for Friday night's preliminary final against North Melbourne at ANZ Stadium.
Malceski strained his hamstring in the first quarter of the Swans' qualifying final victory over Fremantle less than two weeks ago.
But coach John Longmire said on Thursday the running defender, who was named All Australian for the first time this week, had ticked all the boxes in his bid to take on the Kangaroos.
"He ran really hard on Monday and he did all the training yesterday and he's pulled up well today, so at this stage we'd expect to name him," Longmire told reporters.
"He feels good and we'd expect him to play."
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Adam Goodes says he doesn't mind being booed by opposition fans, the level of which has reached new heights in 2014.
"Sometimes it's a mark of respect, that the opposition fans don't want you to play well, and every time you get the football," Goodes said.
"It doesn't bother me to be honest.
"It's one of those things where if I pay too much attention to what the crowd's doing, then I'm not really playing my role on the field."
Goodes will play in his 350th match this week in the Swans' preliminary final against North Melbourne, becoming just the 14th player to do so.
Off-contract next month, Goodes says he is yet to decide whether he will continue in 2015.
"The enthusiasm is still there, the desire is still there to suit up and play at this level, and I still think I've got a lot to offer at this level as well," Goodes said.
"What happens in the next couple of weeks will play itself out and it's just a really exciting week for the football club and me personally."
Monday, 15 September 2014
Adelaide has spoken to Sydney Swans veteran Ryan O'Keefe about joining its coaching panel as the club looks to bolster its football department ahead of the 2015 season.
"Yes, we can confirm we have met with him," a Crows spokesman said.
"We have long said we need to bolster our football department, and we are meeting with many people across the AFL."
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Alex Johnson needs a fourth knee reconstruction after persistent infection forced the removal of his latest LARS graft this week.
The 22-year-old had the artificial ligament put into his knee in July this year but has been plagued by infection since.
He had his first reconstruction in early 2013, followed by two LARS procedures. All were affected by the infection, which has led to the removal of the latest graft.
Johnson has not played an AFL match for Sydney since the 2012 Grand Final.
"It is obviously very frustrating but I have no choice but to attack the situation with a positive attitude," Johnson said.
"It has been a difficult couple of years but I love football and while I understand the challenge ahead, I am determined to get back out playing."
Dane Rampe has established himself as a key member of the Swans' defence and says he still pinches himself at how his career is unfolding.
"Every day I drive to training, just five minutes down the road, I still have to take a deep breath every now and then and just realise how lucky I am," Rampe said.
"'Goodesy' (Adam Goodes) is still going around and seeing LRT (Lewis Roberts-Thomson) and Ryan O'Keefe in the changerooms, it's incredible.
"I can't believe it."
Sydney coach John Longmire says Rampe has been invaluable to the Swans.
"To have that flexibility in a player that can play on the talls and smalls in your back six is really important and he's able to do that," Longmire said.
"He's got genuine speed, he's genuinely hard and can play in a number of different positions.
"He's a really flexible player and has been really consistent, particularly over the last month."
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Swans coach John Longmire praises youngster Harry Cunningham who has played every game for the Swans so far in 2014.
"Harry's a young kid off our rookie list, has played every game and is playing some important roles," Longmire said.
"Whether he's kicking goals off half-forward, he's played wing, he's played inside mid, he's played down back and on the weekend he had a run-with role with Stephen Hill, who's one of the best players in the competition.
"We've got the faith, and the players have enormous faith in his ability, to be able to carry out his role every week.
"He's a superb athlete, so disciplined, and he gives us enormous flexibility."
Monday, 8 September 2014
Josh Kennedy says he is unsure if Nick Malceski will leave the Swans at the end of the season.
"I think he's put it off until the end of the year because he doesn't want to be distracted by it and I think that's completely fair enough," Kennedy said.
"We've got two or three weeks now where everyone needs to lock down and all be on the same page at the moment.
"He's doing that and whatever happens after that, who knows?"
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Nick Malceski is cleared of major hamstring damage and expected to play in Sydney's preliminary final.
"He's good, his hamstring's fine, he's got a bit of minor swelling there and nothing major at all," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"He feels really good and at this stage he's looking to run next Monday, train next Wednesday and be available to play next week.
"It's worked out really well to have the weekend off and him not play this week and prepare as best he can to be available for selection next week."
Saturday, 6 September 2014
Star Swan Nick Malceski is subbed out of Sydney's qualifying final at quarter-time with a hamstring injury.
"He's felt it before a bit and we thought he'd be right and keep him going, but he was a bit sore still so we subbed him out," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"We'll see how he goes during the week. You don't know whether it's just tight or
you just don't know.
"I'm sure a few people will write what they want about it, but until you get a scan, we don't know."
Thursday, 4 September 2014
The Swans have shown their faith in Xavier Richards, re-committing to the young defender for the next two seasons as a senior-listed player.
Richards, the younger brother of Swans premiership full-back Ted, has played just one AFL game in his two seasons on the Swans' rookie list, coming on briefly as the Swans' substitute in round 14 against Carlton last year.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
After a season blighted by injury, Tom Mitchell says he's grateful to have had an opportunity back in the Sydney Swans' senior team at the business end of the year.
"I was just happy to get the opportunity against Richmond and I'm grateful for every chance I get," Mitchell said.
"I'm just hoping to play my role for the team each week and that's my main aim.
"The body feels good, I got through the game unscathed, I've pulled up well and now I'm just getting stuck into training again this week."
Monday, 1 September 2014
Kieren Jack says he'd be delighted to again cop a Ryan Crowley tag when the Swans take on the Dockers in their qualifying final at ANZ Stadium.
"Oh yeah, (I'll take) any chance to go at him and try to beat him," Jack said.
"He's a niggly sort of player and he tries to get under your skin a fair bit, like a few of their players, but you can't be distracted by it and can't let it get yourself off your own game."
Adam Goodes engages in banter with cricketing great Shane Warne via social media.
Warne took to Twitter to question Goodes' supposed habit of diving to win free kicks and also expressed his surprise that the dual Brownlow medallist had been named Australian of the Year.
"Does everyone get annoyed when Adam Goodes always "stages" for free kicks?" Warne tweeted.
"I just found out Goodes was Aust of the year, wow ! Who votes for that?" Warne continued.
"Thanks for your support mate maybe ask @gilly381 who votes for it he is the chair of the Australia Day Council," Goodes replied.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Ryan O'Keefe will do a lap of honour to farewell Swans fans during Sydney's final regular season clash against Richmond at the SCG this week, but says he still has more to offer at AFL level.
"The fire is in the belly and I love playing," O'Keefe said.
"But what will happen will happen. I'm not too concerned about that.
"I just want to thank everyone after being here at the Swans for such a long time and how it has shaped me and moulded me."
Sunday, 24 August 2014
Lance Franklin has expressed his disappointment after he and Adam Goodes were the subject of racist comments from a member of the crowd during the Sydney Swans' win over the Western Bulldogs.
Neither player heard the comments during the game at Etihad Stadium, but Victoria Police have confirmed a Bulldogs supporter was removed from the ground for racially vilifying the two Swans.
"It's disappointing that it's still happening in the community and especially at football games," Franklin said.
"It's obviously very good that the crowd has come forward and spoken up.
"I think it's just something that needs to be cut out of the game and the more we can teach people not to be racist, the better for the game."
Monday, 18 August 2014
Jake Lloyd earns the round 21 rising star nomination after gathering 21 disposals and kicking 2 goals in the Swans' 71-point win over St Kilda.
"It's every kid's dream to play AFL football. I was always told to bide my time and play consistent football and if I was able to do that I would get an opportunity," Lloyd said.
"The individual accolades are something that I'm pretty proud about but I'm just grateful for the opportunity I was given early in the year to be able to win this award."
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Lance Franklin kicks nine goals in the Swans' 71-point victory over St Kilda.
Friday, 15 August 2014
Josh Kennedy is substituted out of the Swans' game against St Kilda after sustaining a hamstring injury.
"He just had some hamstring tightness," Longmire said.
"He didn't feel it go, but it felt tight at the back end of the first quarter.
"He went out at the start of the second and tried to get it going and was still a bit tight in his hamstring, so we subbed him off.
Ryan O'Keefe plays his final match at the SCG as a Swan in the reserves and expresses disappointment that the club hasn't approached him about a farewell game in the seniors.
O'Keefe was given a guard of honour as he left the SCG following the Swans reserves' victory over Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.
"It would have been nice, but I suppose it's a fairly ruthless business and the guys have got momentum going," O'Keefe said about not being given the opportunity to play a farewell game.
"It would be nice, but the season's not over yet."
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Lewis Roberts-Thomson announces his immediate retirement from the game.
After his 2013 season was all but wiped out by a serious knee injury, Roberts-Thomson has played just five games this season, spending the past six weeks in the NEAFL.
"'Lewie' has been an outstanding competitor for a long period of time," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"One of his great assets has been his ability and willingness to adapt to any role he has been given.
"There is not a position on the ground that Lewie hasn't played in over the course of his career."
"LRT has been a fan favourite perhaps even a cult figure and I'm sure all our fans are thankful for his wonderful contribution to this club."
Monday, 11 August 2014
Lance Franklin will play his 200th game this weekend and says goalkicking is still one area of his game he is working on.
"I've definitely trained a lot harder on my goalkicking and my percentage has gone up a little bit this season," Franklin said.
"But in big games I've got to be able to kick the goals and against Hawthorn I wasn't able to do that, which I was a little bit disappointed in.
"That's one area I've got to keep working on."
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Rhyce Shaw says he has been too busy trying to overcome a spate of recent injuries to spend much time worrying about his future with the Sydney Swans beyond 2014.
"The last couple of years, obviously being injured, all I've wanted to do is just play footy and take every week as it comes," Shaw said.
"I know it's a clichι, but getting to my age you just want to make sure every game counts and that's what I'm trying to do at the moment."
Monday, 4 August 2014
Sydney coach John Longmire says Ryan O'Keefe has not made a decision about his future despite reports to the contrary.
"I spoke to him just after those comments and he said he hadn't made a decision at all," Longmire said.
"That's what he said after those comments were made, that he hasn't made a decision on next year at all.
"That's where that sits."
Sunday, 3 August 2014
Craig Bird has ended speculation about his future by agreeing to terms with the Sydney Swans that will tie him to the club until the end of 2016.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Ryan O'Keefe has revealed his desire to continue his AFL career at another club next year.
The Sydney Swans veteran, an unrestricted free agent at season's end, has played just four games this year after being dropped in round four.
"Ryan will be exercising his right as a free agent. His body is sound, he loves footy and he's not ready to hang up the boots," O'Keefe's manager Darian Lobb of MVP Management said.
"He wants the opportunity to play at another club."
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Lance Franklin's girlfriend Jesinta Campbell says Buddy was 'affected' by Hawk supporters' jibes when he faced off against his old teammates at the MCG.
"He was a massive part of that club for nine years and he was playing against his best friends he's grown up with, and he still has a great admiration and respect for that football club," Campbell told Sydney's Triple M.
"I think it's really difficult for him when he goes [to Melbourne].
"I find it a little bit disrespectful. All of a sudden the supporters have forgotten the nine years.
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."