The Sydney Swans are flying high at the moment after taking down the league leaders in an absolutely epic game of footy. The Swans 13.5 (83) were too good for the Adelaide Crows 11.14 (80) and have now snatched themselves a place in top four. In what was one of the games of the season, Sydney just did everything right when it was needed, and Adelaide will be rueing all their missed opportunities in front of goal.
The Swans have now won a staggering 13 from their last 15 games. Truly remarkable for a team that lost their first opening six games in one of the club’s worst Premiership starts ever. What was even more confusing for their supporters was that this was relatively the same team that made it to the Grand Final last year.
There were encouraging signs from Sydney’s skipper Josh Kennedy, who was straight back to his best after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. He scored a goal and managed to rack up 31 possessions against Adelaide on Friday night in a powerful display through the middle of the park. The side is always stronger with his leadership and no doubt Coach John Longmire will be delighted that his injury wasn’t serious and he’s now available for the finals.
They are now serious title contenders and the hunger from last year’s disappointment is surely surging them forward. They are currently third favourites to win the flag sitting just behind Adelaide and the GWS Giants. With the momentum that this squad has put together recently, they are rapidly becoming an extremely dangerous team, and one that other sides will be hoping to avoid in September.
Their next and final game of the normal season is against the Carlton Blues. The Melbourne team is massively outclassed for this match and the latest AFL odds have them at a whopping $8.00 to come away with a win. After defeating the number one team this year, the Blues should not pose that much of a challenge for the Swans. Also, they will want to finish strongly and keep their dominant form intact, as the team gets ready for their finals charge.
This is bad news unfortunately for Carlton supporters, who have they have had a rough time of it so far this year, and are basically just fighting to not receive the dreaded wooden spoon. They have only won 5 of their games so far this season and they won’t be looking forward to playing a team that is moving like a freight train out of control.
Sydney, however, do have quite a bit to play for and will be wanting to try and cement their place in the top four, as well as increase their chance of getting a finals game at home. It is certain that they will not be going easy in their last game and you would expect that this game could be a very one-sided affair.