Sydney Swans 2019 AFL Season Preview & Analysis
It’s been a decade since the Swans weren’t part of September footy but 2019 shapes as their toughest test since. Can John Longmire’s men extend their extraordinary finals run?
Finished in 2018: 7th (14 wins, 9 losses)
Key ins: Daniel Menzel (Geelong) Ryan Clarke (North Melbourne) Jackson Thurlow (Geelong)
Draft Picks: Nick Blakely (#10) James Rowbottom (#25) Justin McInerney (#44) Zac Foot (#51)
Key outs: Dan Hannebery (St Kilda) Gary Rohan (Geelong) Nic Newman (Carlton) Kurt Tippett (retired) Alex Johnson (delisted) Dean Towers (delisted) Jordan Foote (delisted)
Coach: John Longmire
Captain(s): Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker & Dane Rampe
Playing AFLX: Aliir Aliir (Flyers) Isaac Heeney (Flyers) Josh Kennedy (Flyers) Luke Parker (Bolts)
Summary: The Swans faded to miss the top four last season and were then swiftly bundled out of the finals at the hands of their crosstown rivals. The footy world is waiting for the Swans to drop off but as we’ve seen throughout the century, they find a way to stay at the pointy end and we think 2019 will be no different. Isaac Heeney leads a core group of young guns ready to carry the Swans into the next decade and managed to get a steal in the draft with their father-son selection of Nick Blakley. Top four might be a stretch but we’re confident the Swans can continue their remarkable finals run.
Key stat: The Swans have missed finals just once since 2003.
Round 1: Western Bulldogs v Sydney Swans @ Marvel Stadium – Saturday, March 23 – 07:20 PM
Best Brownlow Hope: Lance Franklin
Prediction: Over 12.5 wins @ $2* with Sportsbet
*Odds are correct as of time of publishing