Sydney Swans

Mitchell passes test in bid to join midfield

David Sygall 9:22 PM   Tom Mitchell admits to having been frustrated at starting this season back in the reserves. But it meant that when he got his opportunity, he wasn't going to miss out.

Hawks' potent offence will test Swans

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David Sygall   Sydney Swans visit the MCG to take on the team that beat them in last year's grand final, Hawthorn Hawks.

Swans pay price for a grand upset

That famous day: The Hawks enjoy a sweet victory on grand final day.

Rohan Connolly   Sydney stole a famous upset over Hawthorn on grand final day in 2012. But the Swans have paid a price at the hands of the Hawks ever since.

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A battle of the running men

Garry Lyon

Garry Lyon   Have you been for a run lately? It's bloody hard. Dust off the runners and hit the pavement, and it will bring back all sorts of reminders as to why walking is our most natural form of self-propelled transport.

Let's get physical against Swans: Clarkson

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson wants a tough game against Sydney.

Jon Pierik   Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has urged his team to be "really physical" early in the grand final rematch against Sydney, as the Swans prepare for retribution.

Swans poised for midfield-led response against Hawks

Grand final loss no longer on radar: Sydney's Kieren Jack heads out to training with the Swans at the SCG.

David Sygall   The Sydney Swans' acclaimed engine room will be perfectly set to deliver redemption when they take on Hawthorn in their first opportunity since they were swamped in the 2014 grand final.

Hawks regain key trio for Swans clash

Brian Lake is back to face the Swans again.

Daniel Cherny   Hawthorn have been bolstered by the inclusion of three key members of their 2014 premiership side for their clash with Sydney on Saturday night.

Miffed Franklin to show Birchall he is no buddy

Sore loser: Lance Franklin has something in store for the Hawks.

Jon Pierik   Hawthorn is bracing for Lance Franklin to physically target former premiership teammates for stinging comments made in last year's grand final.

Longmire has his eye on the ball, not on the fall

John Longmire

Tom Decent   Sydney coach John Longmire says last year's grand-final defeat by Hawthorn will not play on his mind when the Swans travel back to the MCG seeking to atone. 

Swans dig deep for McVeigh milestone

Jarrad McVeigh of the Swans is chaired from the ground.

David Sygall   The Swans marked co-captain Jarrad McVeigh's 250th appearance with a hard-fought but convincing come-from-behind win over Geelong at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Parker says Geelong performance his best all season

Impressive: Luke Parker kicked a career-high five goals against Geelong.

Tom Decent   Sydney midfielder Luke Parker says his career-high five goal tally against Geelong was his best game of the season.

Longmire lauds exceptional Parker

Impressive: Luke Parker.

David Sygall   John Longmire is not one for hyperbole, but even he realised after the Swans 43-point pounding of Geelong at ANZ Stadium there was no downplaying the outstanding performance of midfielder Luke Parker. 

Don't mess with the Rohan, he'll fight

Through the dark times: Swans speedster Gary Rohan is back to his best after breaking his leg.

David Sygall   The challenge just to walk again was hard enough. The injury that greasy Sydney night had been so graphic players nearby were sickened and the broadcaster chose not to show replays.

Injury-free Tippett relishing dual role for Swans

Safe hands: Swans big man Kurt Tippett  is enjoying his dual role this season.

David Sygall   Kurt Tippett's first clear early season run of games in three years is helping him settle well into his role as both a forward and ruckman, he says. 

Mitch Clark keen to play as his battle continues

Tom Hawkins and Mitch Clark celebrate a goal in the round six match against Collingwood.

Peter Hanlon   Big Cat's mental health struggle can help others, says coach Chris Scott.

McVeigh reflects on milestone with junior coach

Old fortress: Sydney Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh, who is set to play his 250th match against Geelong Cats at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night, returned to his junior club, the Pennant Hills Demons, speaking to his under 11,12 and 14's coach, Peter Jack.

Tom Decent   Peter Jack remembers the day he met Jarrad McVeigh as a vivacious 10-year-old boy ready to play football for the Pennant Hills Demons at Ern Holmes Oval.

Rare donut not a concern for Swans star Franklin

Lance Franklin played a different role against the Demons.

David Sygall   Lance Franklin's teammates were intent on reminding him that he went goalless in the Swans' 38-point win over the Demons last round.

Longmire says Heeney resilient enough to overcome knee injury

Back in the mix: Isaac Heeney.

Tom Decent   Sydney Swans coach John Longmire says Isaac Heeney has the resilience to overcome his first major injury since making his AFL debut.

Harley joins chorus to banish sub rule

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Roy Ward   Swans football manager Tom Harley is another who believes the substitute position will be gone by next season.

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Longmire, Roos bemoan AFL sub rule

Dees coach Paul Roos says the sub rule "drives him mad".

In John Longmire and Paul Roos' dream world there is no substitute in the AFL.