AFL Saturday Round 23 Preview


Swans v Blues My Preview
The Swans have an intriguing finish to the season with the slight possibility of finishing in the top four and obtaining the converted double chance. It has been a strange season for the Swans with them starting with six successive losses. It is remarkable that the Swans are now in calculations for a top four spot. The Swans have had an even contribution throughout their 22. Nic Newman is indicative of the depth in the club having performed well over a few weeks, but being dropped due to the inclusion of captain Josh Kennedy. Kurt Tippett has also been forced to earn his spot in the line up. Jordan Dawson continues to perform at NEAFL level, with the likes of Harry Cunningham providing depth to the Swans squad. The defensive side of the Swans game plan has been pivotal to their rise up the ladder; Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe and Nick Smith always performing their role for the team. The addition of Lewis Melican has been exciting, meaning remarkably that Aliir remains a depth player.

Coach Brendan Bolton can be pleased with the progression of his side. Much like the Lions there will be many positives to arise from the season review. The likes of Charlie Curnow and Jacob Weitering developing every week. Marc Murphy and Sam Docherty have been standouts and Bryce Gibbs has continually been in the best players. Kruezer has battled manfully in the ruck. Despite the ladder position of the Blues, the endeavour has always been there. Kade Simpson and Sam Kerridge have performed their roles effectively. Knocking over the Hawks should give the Blues plenty of confidence. However, coming up against the Swans should be a step up in terms of difficulty with the Swans being arguably the most consistent team in the competition. The Swans can be seen as a yard stick for the Blues as they will have to test themselves against the best.

Swans Game Changer: Lance Franklin
Blues Game Changer: Sam Docherty
My Prediction: Swans

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