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Beginnings: The Sydney Swans are an Australian rules football club that play in the Australian Football League. The club is reigning from Sydney, New South Wales. The club, founded in 1874, was known as the South Melbourne Football Club until it relocated to Sydney in 1982 to become the Sydney Swans. Sydney is the only AFL club based in New South Wales, and was also the first club in the competition to be based outside of Victoria.

Records:
  • * Record Attendance: Telstra Stadium - 72,393 in round 21 2003
  • * Most Games: 60 by John Rantall 1963-72 & 1976-9
  • * Largest Finals Crowd: 104,239 for 1970 1st semi final at the MCG
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
1 Sydney 22 17 5 0 2221 1469 151.2 68

Swans set for community visits

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Jarrad McVeigh, Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker and Nick Smith with students at the Paul Kelly Cup in Coffs Harbour.

The Sydney Swans will visit metropolitan and regional towns right across New South Wales as part of the 2018 Australia Post AFL Community Camps.

Players will visit 10 locations across two days meeting locals and helping to develop stronger links between Australian Rules Football and the community.

The Swans will visit Terrigal, Newcastle, Port Macqurie, Wollongong, Bowral, Coffs Harbour, Armidale, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and schools in Sydney during the camp.

Taking place on February 5-6 the camp will focus on engaging local kids in schools and grassroots football along with focusing on diversity and inclusion.

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the AFL Community Camps are an essential part of the AFL calendar which recognizes the importance of...


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Behind the Lens of Phil Hillyard

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Phil Hillyard's work will be showcased at an exhibition at The Gallery, Hyatt Regency from December 8th.

Multi award winning photographer Phil Hillyard has captured some of the game’s most iconic images over his three decades behind the camera.

There is one photo which is arguably the Daily Telegraph snapper’s favourite, and it just might be ours too.

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“There was no moment like Micky O in the 2006 Qualifying Final giving it to those West Coast supporters on the boundary after he kicked the match-winning goal,” Hillyard said.

Over the years, Hilyard has captured some amazing images of Sydney Swans players including this year’s award winning image of Lance Franklin for our Marn Grook game.

Hillyard also took an iconic image of Adam Goodes where he re-enacted Nicky Winmar lifting his jumper to mark 20-years of the famous moment.

“I’m not a photographer who will come back with 15...


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Gallery: The band is back together!

The band is officially back together as the senior players joined their younger teammates for their first session of the pre-season on Monday.

While the first-to-fourth years have been hard at it for the past three weeks, it was their more experienced teammates' turn to be put through their paces at Darlinghurst's Weigall Oval.

With the likes of Lance Franklin, Heath Grundy and Dan Hannebery on lighter duties, Dane Rampe and alike hit the ground running to impress all watching on during the running blocks before backing it up with a solid performance in the skills sessions.

See some of Getty photographer Mark Evan's best shots from training below.

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Ollie Florent leads a group around the Weigall Oval track.

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Jake Llloyd juggles the mark.

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Kieren Jack looks for an option.

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Will Hayward feels the burn.

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As does Isaac Heeney.

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Dane Rampe leads the way.

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John Longmire fronts the press.

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Tadhg...


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Gallery: The band is back together!

The band is officially back together as the senior players joined their younger teammates for their first session of the pre-season on Monday.

While the first-to-fourth years have been hard at it for the past three weeks, it was their more experienced teammates' turn to be put through their paces at Darlinghurst's Weigall Oval.

With the likes of Lance Franklin, Heath Grundy and Dan Hannebery on lighter duties, Dane Rampe and alike hit the ground running to impress all watching on during the running blocks before backing it up with a solid performance in the skills sessions.

See some of Getty photographer Mark Evan's best shots from training below.

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Ollie Florent leads a group around the Weigall Oval track.

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Jake Llloyd juggles the mark.

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Kieren Jack looks for an option.

AFL 2017 Training - Sydney 041217
Will Hayward feels the burn.

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As does Isaac Heeney.

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Dane Rampe leads the way.

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John Longmire fronts the press.

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Tadhg...


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Longmire backs young defenders

Longmire press conference - December 4, 2017 John Longmire speaks with the media during preseason training at Weigall Oval.

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Aliir Aliir has been backed by his coach to take the next step and recapture his 2016 form.

Sydney coach John Longmire wants his emerging AFL key defenders Lewis Melican and Aliir Aliir to take the load of their more experienced colleagues next season.

Melican, 21, displayed composure and assurance in his first season and became a permanent fixture in the Swans side after debuting in round five.

He played 17 games before a quadriceps injury ended his run in the side just prior to the finals.

23-year-old Aliir made his first 13 appearances in 2016, thrilling fans with his dash and athleticism before a knee injury ruled him out of the grand final.

A toe problem and form issues in 2017 restricted him to just three senior games early in the season.

With his...


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Longmire backs young defenders

Longmire press conference - December 4, 2017 John Longmire speaks with the media during preseason training at Weigall Oval.

AFL 2017 Training - Sydney 041217

Aliir Aliir has been backed by his coach to take the next step and recapture his 2016 form.

Sydney coach John Longmire wants his emerging AFL key defenders Lewis Melican and Aliir Aliir to take the load of their more experienced colleagues next season.

Melican, 21, displayed composure and assurance in his first season and became a permanent fixture in the Swans side after debuting in round five.

He played 17 games before a quadriceps injury ended his run in the side just prior to the finals.

23-year-old Aliir made his first 13 appearances in 2016, thrilling fans with his dash and athleticism before a knee injury ruled him out of the grand final.

A toe problem and form issues in 2017 restricted him to just three senior games early in the season.

With his...


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Runners-up for Jarryd and Mark

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Mark Smith and Jarryd Haines touched the hearts of people all around the world with their story.

It’s been a whirlwind couple of months for Swans fans Jarryd Haines and Mark Smith who have become global stars after their heart-warming story of friendship and love of AFL went viral.

On the back of hearing about a young boy who was commentating the Swans Round 23 game at the SCG for his blind friend, we started an online search for the unknown duo.

After tracking them down through the power of social media, the boys came into the club for a tour, meet and greet and also ran through the banner with the team at the Elimination Final against the Bombers at the SCG.

Their heart-warming story gathered quite a lot of traction across the country and made its way to the other side of the world which resulted in the pair being nominated for the ‘Best Sporting Moment’ in the Laureus World...


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Runners-up for Jarryd and Mark

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Mark Smith and Jarryd Haines touched the hearts of people all around the world with their story.

It’s been a whirlwind couple of months for Swans fans Jarryd Haines and Mark Smith who have become global stars after their heart-warming story of friendship and love of AFL went viral.

On the back of hearing about a young boy who was commentating the Swans Round 23 game at the SCG for his blind friend, we started an online search for the unknown duo.

After tracking them down through the power of social media, the boys came into the club for a tour, meet and greet and also ran through the banner with the team at the Elimination Final against the Bombers at the SCG.

Their heart-warming story gathered quite a lot of traction across the country and made its way to the other side of the world which resulted in the pair being nominated for the ‘Best Sporting Moment’ in the Laureus World...


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Read more: Runners-up for Jarryd and Mark

The story of a True Believer

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Sydney Swans ambassador Mike Willesee has launched his first book, Memoirs.

Sydney Swans ambassador and revered television journalist Mike Willesee has launched his first book: Memoirs, detailing his extraordinary life.

In 2015, Willesee was inducted to the Sydney Swans Heritage List, along with fellow True Believers, John Gerahty, Craig Kimberley, Basil Sellers and Peter Weinert.

At a time when the future of the Sydney Swans looked in doubt, the group stepped in to ensure the survival of the club they loved.

The five men provided the Swans with enormous financial support, lobbied other clubs to allow the AFL to assist, and made huge personal sacrifices along the way.

In Memoirs, Willesee details his passion for the Swans, as well as his journey from football star to crusading journalist.

His extraordinary tale includes times as a Vietnam War correspondent for This Day Tonight and...


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The story of a True Believer

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Sydney Swans ambassador Mike Willesee has launched his first book, Memoirs.

Sydney Swans ambassador and revered television journalist Mike Willesee has launched his first book: Memoirs, detailing his extraordinary life.

In 2015, Willesee was inducted to the Sydney Swans Heritage List, along with fellow True Believers, John Gerahty, Craig Kimberley, Basil Sellers and Peter Weinert.

At a time when the future of the Sydney Swans looked in doubt, the group stepped in to ensure the survival of the club they loved.

The five men provided the Swans with enormous financial support, lobbied other clubs to allow the AFL to assist, and made huge personal sacrifices along the way.

In Memoirs, Willesee details his passion for the Swans, as well as his journey from football star to crusading journalist.

His extraordinary tale includes times as a Vietnam War correspondent for This Day Tonight and...


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Read more: The story of a True Believer

Young recruits impress coach

Longmire press conference - December 4, 2017 John Longmire speaks with the media during preseason training at Weigall Oval.

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Draftee Ryley Stoddart prepares for training with his senior teammates for the first time on Monday morning.

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire has been impressed by what he’s seen in the Club’s new recruits, singling out their fleet-footedness and willingness to take the game on.

It’s, of course, “only early days” but Longmire was glowing in his assessment of the new draftees and rookies when pressed at Monday’s session at his first media call of the pre-season.

Draftees Matthew Ling, Tom McCartin and Ryley Stoddart, along with rookies Angus Styles, Joel Armartey, Jake Brown and James Bell are into their second week of training already.

The talented group was joined by their senior counterparts on Monday as the Sydney Swans’ pre-season campaign got into full...


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Young recruits impress coach

Longmire press conference - December 4, 2017 John Longmire speaks with the media during preseason training at Weigall Oval.

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Draftee Ryley Stoddart prepares for training with his senior teammates for the first time on Monday morning.

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire has been impressed by what he’s seen in the Club’s new recruits, singling out their fleet-footedness and willingness to take the game on.

It’s, of course, “only early days” but Longmire was glowing in his assessment of the new draftees and rookies when pressed at Monday’s session at his first media call of the pre-season.

Draftees Matthew Ling, Tom McCartin and Ryley Stoddart, along with rookies Angus Styles, Joel Armartey, Jake Brown and James Bell are into their second week of training already.

The talented group was joined by their senior counterparts on Monday as the Sydney Swans’ pre-season campaign got into full...


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Papley's nod to family history

Pap's got his back Tom Papley is following in his grandfather's footsteps, switching to the No. 11 jumper.

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Tom Papley has swapped the No. 41 for No. 11 ahead of season 2018, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Max who wore the number playing for South Melbourne in the 1960s.

Exciting forward Tom Papley will follow in his grandfather's footsteps by wearing the No. 11 for season 2018 and beyond.

Papley wore the No. 41 during his first two seasons of AFL but, following the retirement of its previous wearer Jeremy Laidler at season's end, the former rookie jumped at the chance of returning the No. 11 to the family.

Max Papley, or "Pap", is listed on the No. 11 locker at the SCG, with the tough centreman having worn the famous number for 45 of his 59 games with South Melbourne from 1964-67 (switching to No. 17 in his final season).

While Max Papley’s VFL career was brief, his...


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Papley's nod to family history

Pap's got his back Tom Papley is following in his grandfather's footsteps, switching to the No. 11 jumper.

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Tom Papley has swapped the No. 41 for No. 11 ahead of season 2018, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Max who wore the number playing for South Melbourne in the 1960s.

Exciting forward Tom Papley will follow in his grandfather's footsteps by wearing the No. 11 for season 2018 and beyond.

Papley wore the No. 41 during his first two seasons of AFL but, following the retirement of its previous wearer Jeremy Laidler at season's end, the former rookie jumped at the chance of returning the No. 11 to the family.

Max Papley, or "Pap", is listed on the No. 11 locker at the SCG, with the tough centreman having worn the famous number for 45 of his 59 games with South Melbourne from 1964-67 (switching to No. 17 in his final season).

While Max Papley’s VFL career was brief, his...


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Mills to build on strong foundation

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Callum Mills has returned to the track in strong shape to start the 2018 pre-season.

After setting a strong foundation during his first two years in the AFL, defender Callum Mills knows the importance of continuing to improve in 2018.

The 20-year-old will enter his third season of football with 46 games under his belt, a standard matched by few his age.

Mills has made himself a consistent member of one of the best defensive units in the competition, averaging 18 disposals and five marks a game.

“Obviously it gets tougher and tougher the more you play but I really enjoyed it,” he told Radio Sport National on Wednesday.

“I learnt plenty of things (during year two), which was the main thing, but now that is behind me I am really looking forward to year three.

“Time flies pretty fast actually.”

The young defender stood up to physical pressure cast his way throughout the 2017 season as...


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Mills to build on strong foundation

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Callum Mills has returned to the track in strong shape to start the 2018 pre-season.

After setting a strong foundation during his first two years in the AFL, defender Callum Mills knows the importance of continuing to improve in 2018.

The 20-year-old will enter his third season of football with 46 games under his belt, a standard matched by few his age.

Mills has made himself a consistent member of one of the best defensive units in the competition, averaging 18 disposals and five marks a game.

“Obviously it gets tougher and tougher the more you play but I really enjoyed it,” he told Radio Sport National on Wednesday.

“I learnt plenty of things (during year two), which was the main thing, but now that is behind me I am really looking forward to year three.

“Time flies pretty fast actually.”

The young defender stood up to physical pressure cast his way throughout the 2017 season as...


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AFL participation rates grow in NSW

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Club participation grew by 8.2% in NSW during the 2017 season.

The popularity of AFL in New South Wales continues to grow at a rapid rate with strong participation numbers today revealed by AFL NSW/ACT.

Club participation grew 8.2% in 2017 off the back of a phenomenal 78% increase in the number of female participants playing in registered Club football competitions across the state and territory.

Overall participation in AFL competitions and programs across the region grew 7.3% in 2017 to over 250,000 participants making the AFL community in NSW and the ACT.

This makes up Australia’s third largest participation base in the country behind Victoria and Western Australia.

AFL NSW/ACT continues to see rapid growth in the AFL 9s product with a 30% increase in participation in AFL’s official modified, non-contact version of AFL.

The fun, fast, free-flowing football is played with nine...


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NEAFL fixture released

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Jordan Foote in action during the Sydney Swans NEAFL Grand Final against Brisbane.

The Sydney Swans fixture for the 2018 NEAFL home and away season has been released.

Once again in season 2018 the Swans will play a number of curtain raisers to the AFL side at the SCG.

See below the full fixture for the season ahead.

Round

Date

Opponent

Time

Venue

Round 1

Saturday, April 7 Giants Home

Giants Reserves

3.45pm

SCG

Round 2

 Saturday, April 14 Away

Brisbane Lions

12:00pm

 Burpengary

Round 3

Saturday, April 21

BYE

Round 4

Saturday, April 28  Away

Gold Coast Suns

12:00pm

Lismore, Oakes Oval

Round 5

Saturday, May 5 Home

 Aspley

3.45pm

SCG

Round 6

Saturday, May 12  Away

Giants Reserves

10.05am

Spotless

Round 7

Saturday, May 19  Home

Southport

3.45pm

SCG

Round 8

Saturday, May 26 Away

Brisbane Lions


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Brown full of praise for Academy pathway

Brown ready to start Jake Brown speaks with SwansTV about his journey to the Swans.

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Jake Brown, in action for the U18s Academy, looks for an option while James Bell provides support.

Jake Brown is full of praise for the QBE Sydney Swans Academy for helping to make the near impossible possible after landing on the Swans' rookie list on Monday.

Brown, 19, who joined the inaugural Coffs Harbour Academy in 2010, was pre-selected as a Category B Rookie ahead of Monday's Rookie Draft alongside fellow academy graduate James Bell.

Brown says his long-held dream of reaching the AFL would have remained only a pipe dream had it not been for the "amazing support" he'd received over the journey from the many coaches and support staff both in Coffs and, in recent years, Sydney.

"The Academy has been great," he told SwansTV on his first official day at the Club.

"The coaching staff have been...


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Brown full of praise for Academy pathway

Brown ready to start Jake Brown speaks with SwansTV about his journey to the Swans.

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Jake Brown, in action for the U18s Academy, looks for an option while James Bell provides support.

Jake Brown is full of praise for the QBE Sydney Swans Academy for helping to make the near impossible possible after landing on the Swans' rookie list on Monday.

Brown, 19, who joined the inaugural Coffs Harbour Academy in 2010, was pre-selected as a Category B Rookie ahead of Monday's Rookie Draft alongside fellow academy graduate James Bell.

Brown says his long-held dream of reaching the AFL would have remained only a pipe dream had it not been for the "amazing support" he'd received over the journey from the many coaches and support staff both in Coffs and, in recent years, Sydney.

"The Academy has been great," he told SwansTV on his first official day at the Club.

"The coaching staff have been...


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