Sydney Swans

Franklin masterclass sees Swans down Giants

David Sygall 12:00 AM   A Lance Franklin-led Swans produced a masterclass in composure and effectiveness going forward to defeat cross-town rivals Greater Western Sydney in a spirited derby.

Goodes decided to play on before 2014 finals

Adam Goodes breaks free against the UWS Giants in the NEAFL.

Samantha Lane 8:11 PM   Adam Goodes made his decision to play on for a 17th season well before last year's finals series even commenced, and was even guaranteed a contract mid-last year.

Goodes jumps first hurdle on journey back

Adam Goodes

David Sygall 6:04 PM   As he has done so many times across his all-conquering career, Adam Goodes set himself a target and reached it.

Giant task to shut down game's most dangerous duo

Swans forward Lance Franklin.

David Sygall   Phil Davis's career is all about disrupting, smothering and spoiling the plans of the competition's seemingly endless supply of big, strong and athletic forwards. But Saturday's assignment is as tough as they come.

'Rocks in their heads': Rhyce Shaw slams critics telling Adam Goodes to quit

Comedy act: Heath (left) and Rhyce Shaw play up to the media to promote the clash between the Swans and GWS.

Adam Pengilly   Rhyce Shaw says those who think Adam Goodes should quit AFL have "rocks in their heads" on the eve of the Sydney derby at the SCG.

Rhyce Shaw slams Goodes' doubters

Adam Goodes at Sydney training.

Sydney Swans defender Rhyce Shaw says anyone who thinks it's time for Adam Goodes to retire has got "rocks in their heads".

Goodes will be back for Swans, but not in a leading role: Paul Kelly

Down to reserves: Adam Goodes.

David Sygall   The man who captained Adam Goodes in his first four seasons at the Swans and presented him with his second Brownlow Medal, in 2006, believes the 353-game veteran's days of playing a leading role in the team are almost certainly over.

Swans and Giants make one change each for clash

In for Adam: Harry Cunningham comes in for Adam Goodes.

David Sygall   The Swans have resisted the temptation to bring back small forward Ben McGlynn for the round three clash with Greater Western Sydney on Saturday, opting instead to select Harry Cunningham as a replacement for Adam Goodes, who has requested to play a full game in the reserves rather than wear the substitute's vest.

Goodes dropped by Sydney Swans

Form sagging: Adam Goodes has been well below his best.

David Sygall   Two time Brownlow Medallist can no longer command an automatic place in the Swans' senior team.

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Giants must go distance against Swans

Challenge ahead: Callan Ward wants a four-quarter effort from the Giants against the Swans.

David Sygall   Callan Ward is sick of saying it. Now he is imploring his team to do it.

Numbers tell tale of Swans dominance

Dominant performance: Josh Kennedy runs with the ball against Port Adelaide.

David Sygall   In the background to their first-up wins this season the Swans can boast statistics to show their hallmark strengths are soaring.

Goodes to be used more as a sub this season

Star sub: Adam Goodes.

Sydney coach John Longmire has mooted a much-diminished role for dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes this season, insisting the move should come as no surprise.

Memorabilia stolen from Goodes' mother's house

Adam Goodes

Sebastian Hassett   Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes has put a plea to the public to contact police if they see any of his memorabilia being offered for sale after his mother's home in the Victorian regional city of Ballarat was broken into.

Jude Bolton says Adam Goodes is struggling

One year too many? Adam Goodes signals to teammates during the Swans' season opener.

Former Sydney champion Jude Bolton says his two-time premiership-winning teammate Adam Goodes may have erred in deciding to press on for a 17th AFL season.

Ruthless Swans tear Port apart

Ted Richards is carried off the field by Heath Grundy and Mike Pyke after a win in his 200th game for the Swans on Saturday.

Ashley Porter   This wasn't only about four premiership points, but two teams seeking to make an early statement, with Sydney seeming to shout, "How dare anyone suggest we are falling from grace".

Longmire has nothing but praise for his team

Keep up the good work: Swans coach John Longmire encourages Luke Parker during a break.

Ashley Porter   Coaches are usually coy about praising their own players, but Sydney Swans coach John Longmire couldn't hold back after beating Port Adelaide.

Ainslie and Eastlake get off to losing start

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David Polkinghorne   Ainslie coach Chris Rourke is expecting a tough Canberra derby next after both ACT teams were outplayed in their NEAFL season openers on Saturday.

Blue Bloods: Swans NSW representation at all-time high

State of the Swans: Craig Bird, Ben McGlynn, Jarrad McVeigh, Dane Rampe,  Kieren Jack, Harry Cunningham and Isaac Heeney at the SCG.

David Sygall   Rarely is a big deal made about a player reaching his 50th appearance. However, in Dane Rampe's case, it is warranted for both the single-mindedness with which it was achieved and its significance to the game's development in NSW.

Swans cannot afford sluggish start: Richards

Never looked back: Richards has been a Sydney mainstay.

David Sygall   It's not often a defender can count having eight goals kicked against him as a stroke of good fortune. For Ted Richards, however, his nightmarish 2005 encounter with Brisbane key forward Jonathan Brown set in motion his passageway to Sydney, where he was given the opportunity to realise his potential and took it.

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Swans set for double boost in lead-up to Port clash

Jarrad McVeigh.

David Sygall   The Swans are set to receive a massive boost for their round two clash against Port Adelaide, with Jarrad McVeigh and Ben McGlynn strongly tipped to be available for selection.