Sydney Swans

Barry Mitchell follows the write path

Rohan Connolly   In more than 30 years involvement with league football, former Sydney star Barry Mitchell has seen a lot of highs and lows. Now, as an aspiring writer, he's bringing a different perspective to stories about the game. And they're not always pretty.

Sydney seething after 'unnecessary' contact

Bumped: Luke Parker.

Andrew Wu   Sydney returned to the winner's list but were left fuming after star midfielder Luke Parker was interfered with by Port Adelaide's Matthew Broadbent as he was about to receive medical treatment.

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Swans battle setbacks to score gutsy win

Winding back the clock: Adam Goodes.

Andrew Wu   All the talk leading into the game was why Sydney would not win. Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett were suspended, the Swans were coming off a shocker, Port had their season on the line.

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Sydney prospect Mills back in action soon

Going well: Callum Mills and Jacob Hopper.

Emma Quayle   Callum Mills has had to sit, watch and wait as the 2015 draft order has started to take shape around him.

Quick Witts: how Pies ruckman proved doubters wrong

Benchmark: Witts (right) battling with Docker Aaron Sandilands.

Peter Hanlon   Jarrod Witts is one of the biggest men in a game that's no longer foreign, and his impact continues to grow.

Swans scoring just half the problem

Dejected: Dan Hannebery of the Swans leaves the field.

Rohan Connolly   Sydney's job against Port Adelaide has become tougher thanks to suspensions to Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett. But the Swans have a problem no less significant with their recent second-half disappearing act.

Former cricketer Nankervis to fill shoes of Buddy, Tippett

Toby Nankervis

Andrew Wu   Sydney's next debutant is a former cricket junior who claimed the wicket of Ashton Agar.

Swans still dangerous without Franklin

No Buddy, no problems: Ken Hinkley says the Swans are dangerous even without Lance Franklin.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has downplayed the absence of Lance Franklin from the Sydney team as the Power seek to kickstart their stuttering AFL campaign on Thursday.

MRP was wrong, not just careless

Lance Franklin reported

Michael Gleeson   Swans pair Buddy Franklin and Kurt Tippett got off lightly when intent was carelessly mistaken. One week for each was wrong.

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AFL push for gay unions

I do: Adam Goodes features in the Australian Marriage Equality campaign.

Samantha Lane   The AFL playing collective has joined a formal movement lobbying to legalise gay marriage in Australia, joining some 376 organisations nationally.

No Buddy or Tippett, but same approach: McVeigh

Bad night:  Lance Franklin of the Swans looks on from the sideline.

Sebastian Hassett   They might be without two of the AFL's most dominant - and expensive - forwards but the suspension of Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett won't see the Sydney Swans radically overhaul their the game plan for Thursday night's clash with Port Adelaide.

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'Unsociable' Hawks are good guys compared to some

Bad guys? Hawthorn and North Melbourne players wrestle with each other after a high hit by Luke Hodge on Andrew Swallow in round five.

Jesse Hogan   They've built a reputation around their brand of "unsociable football", the club that plays closest to the edge, in terms of aggression.

The Swans, or the draft? Josh Dunkley has time to make up his mind

Josh Dunkley.

Emma Quayle   Josh Dunkley has a decision to make later this year – Sydney, or the draft?

Franklin, Tippett suspensions challenge Swans

Lance Franklin

Andrew Wu   Sydney faces a major overhaul of its forward line as it seeks to atone for last week's failure after Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett were suspended by the AFL's match review panel on Monday.

Swans accept one-match bans for Franklin, Tippett

Lance Franklin will miss the game against Port Adelaide.

Jesse Hogan   Sydney will only have to cope without Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett for Thursday's match at home to Port Adelaide after rapidly accepting the one-match bans offered to them by the match review panel for their weekend indiscretions.

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Sydney set to lose Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett to suspension

Bad night:  Lance Franklin of the Swans looks on from the sideline.

Jesse Hogan   Sydney are likely to be without both forward pillars, Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett, for only the second time in their one and a half seasons at the club once the match review panel rules on the incidents they were cited for at the weekend.

Franklin, Tippett reported as Richmond stun Swans

Big win: Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers and teammates celebrate winning at the SCG.

Andrew Wu   It was supposed to be a night of celebration for Sydney but by the end they were counting the cost after a dramatic night at the SCG where Richmond claimed another major scalp.

Was Adam Goodes guilty of a 'squirrel grip'?

Swans v Tigers

Footy fans were quick to question Adam Goodes' motives after TV footage showed him with his arm between the legs of Richmond opponent Taylor Hunt on Friday night.

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Swans deny Buddy rattled by report

One to forget: Lance Franklin of the Swans is challenged by Alex Rance of the Tigers.

Andrew Wu   Sydney coach John Longmire says Lance Franklin's booking had no impact on the superstar forward's second-half fade out.

AFL live: Sydney Swans v Richmond

Gary Rohan of the Swans beats Tiger Nick Vlastuin in the marking contest.

Lee Crossley   Last time Richmond recorded a memorable win over Sydney - their ninth in succession - to reach the finals for the second year in a row. What will happen on Friday night?

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