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Sam Reid tipped to be right for grand final

Sam Reid celebrates a goal.

Sydney are confident Sam Reid will be fit for next Saturday's AFL grand final after the big forward jarred his knee in their huge preliminary final victory over North Melbourne.

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.

Sam Reid finally fitting in on field with Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett for Sydney Swans

Key personnel: Kurt Tippett, Buddy Franklin and Sam Reid.

Andrew Wu Sam Reid has been told by Jarrad McVeigh don't be afraid to leap over Sydney's million-dollar twin towers.

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Sam Reid to miss Lance Franklin's SCG debut as a Swan

Key personnel: Buddy Franklin and Sam Reid.

Andrew Wu Lance Franklin's importance to Sydney is set to be magnified in the coming weeks after the club ruled out Sam Reid for at least another fortnight.

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Sam Reid also chance to return for Sydney Swans

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Andrew Wu Sydney Swans selectors face the prospect of having three big names returning from injury this week.

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Sydney's Sam Reid will mix playing in attack and defence for the Swans in 2014

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Sydney key forward Sam Reid is set to join older brother Ben as an AFL swingman, with Swans coach John Longmire revealing he will also use him down back in 2014.

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Lance Franklin and Sam Reid to team up for first time for Swans against West Coast

David Sygall With their forward line likely to feature players blessed with generous doses of height and mobility, the Swans may be the prototype modern football team.

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Hawthorn into another grand final after thrilling win over Port Adelaide

Happy Hawks: David Hale celebrates a goal with Jarryd Roughead.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn will play Sydney in next week's grand final for a shot at its 12th premiership and second set of back-to-back flags, in the most dramatic possible reunion with former star forward Lance...

Nick Malceski hints he would like to remain a Sydney Swan

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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.

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 brilliant as the Swans’ bandwagon bears down on MCG

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Malcolm Knox The strictly first-world problem faced by the Sydney Swans this year was that it was as early as round eight, back on May 9, when they showed the competition they were a grand final team.

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AFL preliminary final: Sydney v North Melbourne

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Luke Parker of the Swans congratulates Adam Goodes of the Swans after he kicked a goal during the 1st Preliminary Final AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at ANZ Stadium on September 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Lee Crossley Sydney is widely expected to advance to another grand final but the Kangaroos are now playing with extreme confidence this September.

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5 Questions Sydney v North Melbourne

Todd Goldstein's stats make his likely impact on the game

Matt Murnane How important is the weather?

Preliminary final preview: strengths and weaknesses of the four contenders

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Wayne Carey Preliminary finals are unlike any other match in September. They're played with the intensity of a grand final, yet the pain of losing one can arguably be more excruciating.

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AFL preliminary finals by the numbers

Jesse Hogan Head-to-head form during the regular season is not necessarily consequential when it comes to finals. For this year's four preliminary finalists, that argument is stronger than usual.

2014 AFL finals teams: week three

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The selected line-ups for week three of the 2014 AFL finals series.

Scott Thompson has Lance Franklin in sights again

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Melissa Woods He's done the job once already this season, but North Melbourne's Scott Thompson says stopping Sydney's superstar Lance Franklin a second time is a much tougher task.

North Melbourne's Scott Thompson v Sydney's Lance Franklin ... Hercules versus the Hydra

Tall order: Scott Thompson has a herculean task on Buddy Franklin.

Liam Mannix This weekend, North Melbourne’s Scott Thompson will need to be herculean, as the fullback faces football’s own version of the Hydra, Sydney spearhead Lance Franklin.

North Melbourne's backmen face tall order

Will either Lachie Hansen or Brent Harvey line up for North Melbourne this weekend?

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott wants Lachie Hansen fit and ready to go for a possible recall for Friday night's preliminary final against Sydney.

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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