The TEAM vs the Swans

Hi Joe, John speaking, do you enjoy playing on two opponents?


Gleeson on the half forward flank.
Enjoyed the quality selection trolling this year.
May it continue next week!

The Sydney Swans have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Elimination Final against Essendon, swapping ruckmen while bringing in two hard nuts for the crunch game at the SCG.

Sam Naismith, who’s been out of the senior side recovering from an abdominal strain, has been recalled in place of Kurt Tippett (omitted) while Dan Hannebery and Tom Papley slot straight back in for Harry Cunningham and Will Hayward (both omitted) after respective injury layoffs.

Speaking in Centrum Team Selection, coach John Longmire likes what Naismith can offer, not only in the air but around the ground.

“It’s good to have Naismith back in the team, he’s obviously important with his ability to get his hand to the ball and speed around the ground,” Longmire said.

“It was an interesting and tough decision, as we went through it in match committee.

“We’re confident he can come in and do the job for us.”

Naismith returned from injury in last weekend’s NEAFL Preliminary Final win, the 206cm big man showing enough with his 19 disposals and 40 hit-outs to convince the selectors he’s right to go.

“He got through the game really well,” Longmire added.

“He’s been training now for a number of weeks and has pulled up really well, and we expect him to really compete hard against what’s a good ruck set-up with (Tom) Bellchambers.”

Hannebery’s leadership is an invaluable addition to the Sydney Swans’ team, the coach keen to see vice-captain retake his place in the star-studded midfield, while Papley’s goal sense and defensive pressure will be crucial against Essendon’s backs.

Aliir Aliir, Harry Cunningham and Dan Robinson have been named as emergencies for the match.

To view the full squad, click here.

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Really pleased we stuck with Begley.

Other than Fanta and Mick not having played for a while, thats arguably as good as we can select atm.


Hooker is a big loss, not only will we miss the big clunks up fwd and assist the non double teaming of Joey, but will miss the flexibility of throwing him down back for last 5 mins of quarters or if Buddy, Reid or Sinclair start to dominate. Oh well thats life. Begley to kick 3 first half goals.


Yep cause I’m better than both and it’s finals!

Seriously a more mobile forward line than your man Smack actually should stop this if we get our running patterns fight and look for the right options.


2 strong teams with those selections
It’s going to be a bewdy!

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“Hi Tippa, Merv speaking”


seems a poor choice not to pick another tall up front to help out Joe


Damn Hooksey!

No Smack either, appears we going to try and get them done over with speed / pressure.

Stewart has been in form and seemingly able to take more responsibility so kudos to him.

Last time they didn’t play 3 kpd anyway, they had Rampe on JD who actually did well. This might force a change of that strategy, may even be able to have someone play defensive role on him

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Someone please post the changes since we last met them seems a bit confused by our outs:

Hocking, Hooking, Hooker…whatever


In for us are Ambrose, parish, Begley

Out: smack Howlett green.

Dunno about them


Langford also?

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Begley late out for Smack, pencil it in.

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From the selected sides, that’s correct, from the sides that played, it’s not.

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Also Myers in and Langford out.

They have gained McVeigh and Z Jones.

Lost Florent and Hayward.

How did TBell go against Naismith last time?


lol, nice pic, except that it sucked what happened.

It’s just interesting that they’ve brought Naismith in, considering that’s who played last time, Naismith must have gone alright (plus good ump service)