BOB MURPHY 4:52pm Like a fishing boat on the open seas, a footy season lifts and falls over and over and over again. Even from week to week, the physical and mental state of teams and individual players has a rhythmic sway.
Adam Pengilly Jake Lloyd reckons the wins and losses ''come with football''. In that respect, he has only ever known one-half of the game he took so long to establish himself in.
Sydney Swans youngster Jake Lloyd wins Round 21 AFL Rising Star nomination
ANDREW WU Sydney have dodged a bullet as premiership-winning duo Josh Kennedy and Craig Bird are likely to return before the finals after injury scares during the weekend.
ROHAN CONNOLLY The contenders are dropping like flies, but this year's Brownlow Medal could still provide a remarkable winner.
ANDREW WU Sydney's injury toll is mounting at the wrong end of the season after Josh Kennedy became the latest key Swan to enter the casualty ward on Saturday.
ANDREW WU Lance Franklin was again the headline act in his 200th game but what lies in the fine print could have a bigger bearing on Sydney's premiership aspirations.
ANDREW WU Sean Dempster says if Sydney's fabled team of 2005 were to come up against the Swans of today, they would struggle to match it with John Longmire's ''electric'' class of 2014.
MARTIN FLANAGAN Farewell Lewis Roberts-Thomson, I salute you as a player. So gangly and awkward to begin with, you were as brave as they come and, if one measure of a footballer is getting up for big matches, you were a champion.
TOM DECENT Two-time premiership winning defender Lewis Roberts-Thomson has announced his immediate retirement from the AFL.
ANDREW WU Lance Franklin's goalkicking numbers this year could be a case of ''lies, damned lies and statistics''.
ROHAN CONNOLLY This year's premiership is likely to be won by the team that can still find something a little extra.
ANDREW WU Ben McGlynn is the latest Sydney star to burst into All Australian calculations after continuing his rich vein of form against Port Adelaide, and he could be one of as many as eight Swans to be shortlisted for the AFL's team of the year.
ASHLEY PORTER Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley believes one has to give the Sydney Swans something like their own medicine - tall forwards to worry about.
ASHLEY PORTER After enduring a week of players hospitalised with viral infections and injuries from training mishaps, Port Adelaide was run over by the 7.40 Sydney express on Saturday night, losing by 26 points.
ANDREW WU Gary Rohan is over the leg soreness which curtailed his start to the season and is now shaping as a potential wildcard Sydney can use at either end in their push for a second flag in three seasons.
ROHAN CONNOLLY When Sydney played Hawthorn a couple of weeks back, you could have forgiven Swans little man Ben McGlynn the temporary indulgence of looking around the MCG and wondering what might have been.
JAKE NIALL The AFL is looking at overhauling the father-son draft rules.
ANDREW WU Lance Franklin will make his return from injury on Saturday night against Port Adelaide - the team he almost single-handedly beat earlier this year - as Sydney nears full strength for the run into the finals.
ANDREW WU Rhyce Shaw says he will wait until the end of Sydney's premiership campaign before deciding whether he will play on next year.
JESSE HOGAN The importance of Mike Pyke to Sydney's premiership bid has soared after reserve ruckman Tom Derickx was ruled out for the year with a hamstring injury.
ANDREW WU Premiership favourites Sydney are entering the last month of the home and away season with a near full strength list, but it bodes ill for club legend Ryan O'Keefe, whose hopes for a senior recall fade with every week.
Adam Pengilly No $10 million man, no Buddy worries. Lance Franklin's load was spread wide as flag favourites Sydney vindicated John Longmire's gamble to scratch his marquee man - barely - as the ladder-leading Swans edged past the Bombers by 22 points at the SCG on Friday night.
Lee Crossley Follow the action from this compelling Friday night clash at the SCG.
ALANA SCHETZER Essendon midfielder Brendon Goddard has declared the Sydney Swans are ‘without deficiencies’ as the Bombers start their uncertain march towards finals.
Adam Pengilly Ted Richards knows all about the ''resting ruckman'', shuffling forward in his vicinity in search of a breather.
WAYNE CAREY Sydney has arguably been the greatest ‘team’ in the AFL over the past decade, but Hawthorn is setting the standards.
Adam Pengilly One loss - in more than three months nonetheless - and Sydney's all-star midfield is already talking about redemption.
WILL BRODIE Lance Franklin’s girlfriend Jesinta Campbell has taken to the airwaves to express her disappointment at Hawthorn fans booing her superstar partner.
JESSE HOGAN Match review panel member Joel Bowden is expecting a base penalty of more than a month when Richmond's Ty Vickery faces the tribunal on Tuesday evening for his blow to West Coast's Dean Cox at the weekend.