Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald

Swans will win if Buddy fires, says Matthews

Andrew Wu Former Hawthorn legend Leigh Matthews says the Hawks' dreams of winning back-to-back flags will be dashed should Lance Franklin have another red-letter day for Sydney in the grand final.

Sydney Swan Ben McGlynn on threshold of grand-final destiny ... at last

McGlynn finally has his chance at playing in a grand final.

Andrew Wu Not a day has gone by in the past two years that Ben McGlynn has not thought about the premiership he was cruelly denied by injury.

Nick Malceski hints he would like to remain a Sydney Swan

Nick Malceski.

Andrew Wu Nick Malceski has given his strongest indication he will stay in Sydney next year but the door is still open on the possibility Saturday's grand final will be his last game in the red and white.

Sydney Swans confident Sam Reid will be fit for grand final

Key component: Sam Reid.

Andrew Wu Sydney are optimistic Sam Reid has only jarred his knee and will be available for the grand final after his injury scare on Friday night.

Adam Goodes rolls back the years as Sydney Swans reach grand final

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Andrew Wu The Sydney faithful came to see Lance Franklin kick their side into a grand final, instead they were given a two-for-one meal deal and also taken for a trip down memory lane by their last superstar.

Buddy Franklin as important to Sydney Swans as Tony Lockett, says Kevin Sheedy

Headline act: Lance Franklin.

Andrew Wu Kevin Sheedy says Lance Franklin is a worthy recipient of the baton once carried by Tony Lockett and will follow in the footsteps of the goal-kicking great by becoming one of the AFL's most important...

Sydney Swans give Nick Malceski green light

Ready to go: Nick Malceski.

Andrew Wu Sydney will head into Friday night's preliminary final with a full-strength team after Nick Malceski won his battle to be fit after a hamstring injury.

Sydney Swans veteran Adam Goodes tight-lipped on AFL future

Undecided: Adam Goodes.

Andrew Wu The fairytale script decrees that Adam Goodes leave the field in his 350th game a winner with a grand final to play the following week but there is the distinct possibility that Friday night will be...

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North Melbourne Kangaroos schoolboy Kayne Turner won't flinch from challenge

Young gun: North Melbourne’s Kayne Turner.

Andrew Wu The league's most expensive player will rub shoulders with its youngest on Friday night but don't expect North Melbourne rookie Kayne Turner to flinch.

Four Sydney Swans players named in All Australian team

Big winner: Buddy Franklin.

Andrew Wu Lance Franklin has collected his second major gong for the year as Sydney's status as one of the powerhouses of the competition was rubber-stamped on Tuesday night with four players named in the...

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Sydney Swans' Mr Fix-It ready to take on anyone

Speed ramp: Sydney Swans' Dane Rampe is happy to tag anyone.

Andrew Wu There is no job too big or too small for Dane Rampe, who is revelling in his role as Sydney's Mr Fix-It.

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Early season loss to Kangaroos irrelevant, says Jarrad McVeigh

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Andrew Wu Jarrad McVeigh says Sydney's loss to North Melbourne in round four is of no relevance to Friday night's preliminary final, as the Swans are now barely recognisable to the side which started the...

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AFL backs ANZ Stadium for Sydney finals

Big capacity: Lance Franklin celebrates a goal against the Dockers at ANZ Stadium earlier this month.

Andrew Wu The AFL has defended its contractual arrangement to stage Sydney's finals at ANZ Stadium due to its greater capacity than the SCG.

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Geelong or North Melbourne: who do the Sydney Swans want to play?

Jimmy Bartel and Joel Selwood.

Andrew Wu We look at who Sydney would rather play next week?

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Buddy Franklin 'feeling young again' after move to Sydney Swans

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Andrew Wu Considering the length of the contract Lance Franklin has signed, Swans fans would be relieved to hear the superstar forward say the move to Sydney has made him "feel young again".

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Swans have room to improve, says Josh Kennedy

Room for improvement: Josh Kennedy believes the all-conquering Swans are yet to hit their peak.

Andrew Wu Geelong or North Melbourne will have to find another gear on whatever they produce this Friday if they are to match it with a refreshed Sydney side which Josh Kennedy feels is yet to peak.

Nick Malceski hamstring cleared for Sydney Swans finals bid

Positive result: Nick Malceski looks likely to feature in Sydney's preliminary final on Friday week.

Andrew Wu Sydney appear set to keep their strongest team on the park in their bid for a grand final berth next week after Nick Malceski was cleared of serious damage to his hamstring on Monday.

Shaw tips Gary Rohan to keep taking risks

Vote of confidence: Gary Rohan has been backed his Swans teammate Rhyce Shaw.

Andrew Wu Rhyce Shaw is backing Gary Rohan to continue to take the game on despite a shaky performance on the weekend.

Swans chairman Pridham says it's too early to call long-term Franklin deal a success

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Andrew Wu Sydney Swans chairman Andrew Pridham believes Lance Franklin has made the club better but warns it is too early to say the superstar forward's nine-year deal has paid off.

Nick Malceski's injury a blow for victorious Swans

Nick Malceski is consoled by teammate Rhyce Shaw after being forced out of the match due to an injury.

Andrew Wu Nick Malceski is in danger of becoming this year's September hard-luck story after injuring his hamstring in the Swans' qualifying-final victory over Fremantle on Saturday.