Swans flying as playoffs loom
THIS season, Sydney have had to cope with the Adam Goodes saga, a season-ending injury to Luke Parker, a thrashing from Hawthorn and criticism of Kurt Tippett and Sam Reid.
Yet the feel-good factor is returning to the Swans.
Last night’s 97-point demolition of St Kilda was their third win in a row and with a struggling Gold Coast waiting in the last regular season round, fourth spot and a qualifying final meeting with Fremantle is Sydney’s to lose.
After the opening 20 minutes this was a brutal smashing of a developing Saints side, but it was the list of contributors that bodes well for the seasondefining battles to come.
Tippett (pictured), under fire from critics this year, continued his renaissance as a ruck-forward and he seems like a different player.
Sharing centre-bounce duties with Mike Pyke, Tippett has a new lease of life drifting forward and wreaking havoc inside 50m.
Tom Mitchell had to fight his way into this side and has been the sub on occasion.
But yesterday’s 35 touches makes it 76 in a fortnight and he seemed in great touch.
Defender Ted Richards, who celebrated his 250th game, said: “We haven’t had the most consistent year, but we’ve been playing well over the last month.
“It’s a good time of the year to be doing that so hopefully it can continue.”