News Swans Talk in the Media 2020

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Kennedy Parker

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1-4 Jan 2020
Stephens Breakout Prediction ~ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl...-who-could-create-a-buzz-20200101-p53o0f.html

5-11 Jan 2020
Wallace's big improvers ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/01...e-believes-could-make-a-quantum-leap-in-2020/
Wallace's big improvers ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/01...e-believes-could-take-a-quantum-leap-in-2020/
Buddy Injured ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/365142/buddy-big-blow-superstar-swan-undergoes-knee-surgery
Buddy Injured ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...s/news-story/335ac795aa1c72141beaa93f81536a22
Blog on Buddy & Danger moves ~ https://themongrelpunt.com/afl-season-2020/2020/01/07/legacy-in-danger/
Franklin ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/01/08/swans-will-not-put-a-cap-on-franklin-in-2020/
Swans on Charity SoO Game ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/01/08/swans-support-charity-state-of-origin-game-but-want-a-say/
Charlie Gardiner on Sen ~ https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=543827
Pre-season ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...s/news-story/6e1c5d5eec16541ecaa742c93dafac9f
Lewis regarding Franklin ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/01/09/why-lewis-is-confident-franklin-will-have-huge-2020/
Horse = All-Stars Coach ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/365462/all-stars-coach-thrilled-to-play-a-part-to-help-bushfire-victims
Replacements ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/365186/the-replacements-who-will-step-up-to-fill-the-void-at-your-club-

12-19 Jan 2020
Bushfires ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/365694/face-to-face-with-flames-sydney-pair-s-brush-with-nsw-bushfires
Horse on forward line ~ https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/553059/forward-line-a-strong-point-longmire
Cornes' 18 Breakouts ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/01/14/kane-cornes-18-breakout-players-for-2020/
Daniher's Groin ~ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl...gain-to-visit-groin-guru-20200115-p53rif.html
Priorities ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/366067/january-focus-your-club-s-biggest-pre-season-priority
SoO Selection Criteria ~ https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/553718/state-of-origin-selection-criteria-revealed

20-26 Jan 2020
Season Preview ~ https://themongrelpunt.com/afl-seas...ad-and-ugly-sydney-swans-2020-season-preview/
Tommy Walsh ~ https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2020/0122/1110221-its-harder-to-be-a-gaa-footballer-than-an-afl-player/
Swans Podcasts On Sen ~ https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news-and-media/podcasts
Richards Report w/ Chris Keane ~ Papley @ Training ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/01...t-swans-training-following-failed-blues-move/
Forwards ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/01/24/who-are-you-clubs-six-most-dangerous-forwards/

27-31 Jan 2020
The Blakeys ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/366791/coach-dad-best-mate-how-the-blakeys-juggle-footy-and-family
Heeney Injury ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/368109/star-swan-set-for-surgery-after-awkward-landing-at-training
Heeney Injury ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...y/news-story/c387d1121232e2936782d65629b0d78e
Round 1 Best 22 ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...s/news-story/eb41053f4ed260c4bc0dbb84302c0137
Longmire Podcast ~ https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=545888
1 Feb 2020
Most Important Defenders ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/01/31/who-are-your-clubs-most-important-defenders/
Point to prove ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/367924/who-has-a-big-point-to-prove-in-2020-

2-8 Feb 2020
Round 1 Ready Draftees ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/368731/plug-and-play-the-10-draftees-ready-for-round-one
2020 Predictions ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...m/news-story/acdff4e6977e6727025ea818ad85b343
Wallace Worried ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/02...s-worried-about-heading-into-the-2020-season/
Swans Review @ 33:33 ~ https://footyology.com.au/footyology-podcast-the-sore-points-of-this-summer/
Hayward and Paps 2020 goals ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/video/afl/afl/swans-goals-for-2020!763866
Best Ever @ Each Club ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/02/07/who-is-the-best-ever-player-at-your-club/

9-15 Feb 2020
Midfield Rankings ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/02/10/champion-data-ranks-all-18-afl-teams-by-each-position/
Buddy Update ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/371980/round-one-unlikely-despite-buddy-good-progress
Heeney Update ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/sy...e/news-story/3c63aca542772d73628ed39c41b6b00f
Franklin ~ https://au.yahoo.com/sports/buddy-franklin-resume-running-next-week-234904312--spt.html

16-22 Feb 2020
Matthew Ling ~ https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news...OegmZnmepo0MAj64HpomFIJeg6EmRZbHF7fuZ55gqLAGQ
Toughest Players of 80s and 90s ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/02...me-their-toughest-players-of-the-80s-and-90s/

23-29 Feb 2020
Amazon ~ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl...d-shake-up-the-afl-on-tv-20200224-p543v4.html
List Ratings ~ https://www.espn.com/afl/story/_/id/28732045/afl-club-list-rated-short-long-term
Australian Dream ~ https://footyology.com.au/footyology-podcast-australian-dream-or-nightmare/
Maths ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...n/news-story/cab387292378f5181f62e14e23b8b177
Draftees For Round 1 ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/377973/your-club-s-draftees-who-s-flying-who-s-r1-ready-who-needs-time-
Amazon Doco ~ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl...bs-in-documentary-series-20200225-p544ao.html
Teddy ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/378448/2012-flag-hero-among-four-swans-added-to-club-hall-of-fame
Joe D ~ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl...e-daniher-than-the-swans-20200226-p544oz.html
Collissions ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/02...hat-live-with-umpire-chamberlain-to-this-day/
Goodes Docos ~ https://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article/adam-goodes--in-retrospectives?amp=1
Marsh 1 ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/379457/giants-send-early-warning-by-crushing-crosstown-rivals
Kirk Presser ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...s/news-story/1b863847eba1566e618a640dd860e7bd
Longmire Extension ~ https://wwos.nine.com.au/afl/jake-n...-preview/7327f7b9-74c2-4259-9867-9b10a4a263e3
1-7 Mar 2020
Goodesy Interview ~ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/mar/02/adam-goodes-interview-racism-walk-away-afl
Wallace ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/03/03/the-four-clubs-that-must-fire-up-in-final-marsh-series-games/
Pass Mark ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...n/news-story/a97e86c59893da586062113a2ac05ed2
Amazon Doco ~ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl...tarts-filming-this-month-20200304-p546wt.html
Harley ~ https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/03/06/swans-ceo-confident-they-can-do-some-damage-in-2020/
16th Ranked Midfield ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...g/news-story/1aa72906e9a2c0da4c525212f4ca4f6f
Parker Speech ~ https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/vide...dal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1583372949001

8-14 Mar 2020
COR ~ https://amp.irishexaminer.com/break...entment-986289.html?__twitter_impression=true
Best Spine ~ https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...s/news-story/da43b4974c90cb5632410b103d992c32
Kennedy's Expectations ~ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl...pes-for-rebounding-swans-20200311-p548yu.html
Real Estate ~ https://www.realestate.com.au/news/...t-at-auction/?rsf=syn:news:nca:news:spa:strap

15-21 Mar 2020
Next Captain Mills? ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/384857/your-club-s-next-captain-current-skippers-earmark-their-successor
Rampe Interview ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/384837/if-you-heard-clarko-sooking-it-up-on-the-radio-then
Gray and Paps ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/387562/look-out-crows-the-gray-and-paps-show-is-coming
Safety Measures ~ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl...res-for-away-game-travel-20200320-p54c52.html

22-28 Mar 2020
Swans beat Crows ~ https://www.afl.com.au/news/387964/tex-sprays-sealer-swans-survive-crow-scare

29-31 Mar 2020
Doomsday ~ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl...this-time-with-17-others-20200328-p54etl.html
 
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Terrorgraph article for those who cant or wont pay for subscription



Sydney and GWS were fighting for their very existence after coronavirus shutdown


Above water Sydney might have maintained all the grace of a Swan, but under it they were paddling furiously for their very lives.
The Sunday Telegraph can reveal one of the strongest clubs in Australian sport faced the prospect of insolvency at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic unless urgent action was taken.

It was a secret fight for survival that defines the ruthlessness of a financial crisis which has caused billions of dollars of damage across all codes.

Coming into 2020, the Sydney Swans were in the best financial position in the proud club’s 146-year history.

Yet less than 48 hours after an undermanned outfit rallied for a famous round one victory over Adelaide, club bosses were racing the clock in a financial emergency as genuine as when flamboyant former owner Geoffrey Edelsten left the Swans on the brink of bankruptcy in the early 1990s.


“There were real concerns,” Swans chairman Andrew Pridham said about the days that followed the indefinite postponement of the competition. Are we going to be able to survive this?

“It was serious and real and scary. We didn’t know where it was going to go.”


Chief executive Tom Harley spoke to Pridham on the phone 10 times a day, bunkered in a war room at Swans headquarters from first light until late night, alongside COO Drew Arthurson, coach John Longmire and head of football Charlie Gardiner.


“Just phone call after phone call and none of it pleasant,” says Longmire, as Harley and Gardiner bore the brunt of telling dozens of staff members they were stood down with no certainty as to when or even if they would return.

Sydney were forced to immediately surrender their lease for a $65 million training and administration facility at Moore Park, and started burning through cash reserves they’d spent the past 20 years building.

Along with the pragmatism of the board, significant announcements ultimately saved them: A federal government package which protected board directors from any personal liability for trading while insolvent and a critical line of credit secured from the banks by the AFL.

“In effect it ensured our solvency,” says Harley.

Up until that point we had no assurance of our going concern. It was pretty hairy there for a couple of weeks. We were very much in survival mode.”

THE GIANT JOB OUT WEST
Across town the AFL’s youngest club, GWS Giants, were also discovering the new definition of backs to the wall.

“The club is very resilient. Built on confronting a lot of challenges,” says chief executive David Matthews.

“But nothing like this.”

The Giants’ smaller size has worked to its advantage in terms of financial survival.

Their position was assured the moment AFL Chairman Richard Goyder gave a definitive opening address at the first meeting of club heavyweights in the wake of the crisis.

“’We have 18 clubs going into this disaster, and we’re going to have 18 clubs coming out of it. That is it,’” recalls GWS chairman Tony Shepherd of Goyder’s call to arms.

But merely “coming out of it” was not going to cut it if the COVID disaster destroyed the milestone advancements the club had made in nine years of blood, sweat and tears in rugby league heartland.

“My starting point as the leader of an organisation was, ‘how do we protect what we’ve built as a club?’ ” says Matthews.

“How do we protect jobs? How do we protect our revenue base and continue to thrive? As a young club and as a start-up, we were less exposed on things like ticketing revenue than a number of the big clubs, and in some ways were better placed to weather the storm. But I think the Sydney market becomes more important to the AFL going forward now. You’ve got to recalibrate costs, but try not to back away from investments.”

THE V’LANDYS EFFECT
For years the AFL has feasted on the NRL’s bumbling incompetence and made ominous inroads into enemy territory. But now there’s a new sheriff in town.

The canonisation of Peter V’landys for the minor miracle he’s performed in getting rugby league back has been scorned inside the AFL’s gilded bubble in Victoria. But not by the heavyweights who are directly competing against him in the same city.

Respective club chairmen, Shepherd and Pridham, praise V’landys as “outstanding” and have urged the AFL not to slow its mission in NSW, despite the inevitable financial cutbacks that loom.

“I think if I was Peter V’landys I’d be hoping the AFL did (pause) because I think that would be very much to their benefit,” says Pridham.

“Rugby league are formidable opponents, they’re going to get their act together. The biggest issue for the AFL in NSW is facilities. We need more ovals.”

THE HUMAN TOLL
Swans coach John Longmire has been involved in football at the highest level for over 30 years and has never experienced anything tougher than the crushing human impact of the virus.

“It was tough on us but the people you’re telling and their families, they’re the ones that really felt it,” Longmire said.

“To not have an answer for the people you’re standing down, other than it’s just a number. That can be challenging to hear.”

Club legends Tadhg Kennelly and Stuart Maxfield are among those stood down and the stress hit home quite literally for Swans young gun Nick Blakey, whose father John is part of Sydney’s coaching staff.

“That was tough,” he says.

“Not knowing whether dad would even have a job when we go back to training was just a weird situation to be in.”


Over at GWS, a new reality suddenly hit for the competition high flyers.

“You go from being in this certain world, playing in a grand final nine months ago, and then suddenly … 80 per cent of our staff were stood down,” says Giants coach, Leon Cameron. “That wrenches at you, because you have great people who have families and wives and kids they have to feed and want to know, ‘what’s happening in a month’s time? What’s happening at the end of the year?’ There was so much stress.”

THE PLAYERS

Fresh from their round one win, Giants stars Stephen Coniglio, Heath Shaw and Toby Greene were kicking back to watch former teammate Jon Patton play his first match for Hawthorn on TV when phones started buzzing on Sunday afternoon.

“That’s where we were when the season got postponed,” says Coniglio, who then made a mad dash to the airport to get home to family in Perth before he would have been quarantined on Rottnest Island.

The roller-coaster of emotions took a while to sink in for GWS rookie Tom Green, who packed up his things and drove back to Canberra hours after sneaking in a debut that very nearly never happened.

Coach Cameron was powerless to do anything about the unavoidable fact some of his players dispersed around the country would not have access to the weights needed to stay AFL ready.

Sydney co-captain Luke Parker says there’s no escaping the fact players have been rocked by the unprecedented environment they now find themselves in.

“It just shows how quickly things can be taken away from you.”


WHAT NOW?
GWS are set to welcome spectators back to Giants Stadium for next week’s season restart. Sydney has launched a campaign called “Bloods 2020” aimed at extending a moniker historically sacred to the playing group, to convince members to stick solid in what will be the first year in more than a decade that the Swans finish the season in debt.

The fight is far from over but Parker sums up the belief on both sides of the Anzac Bridge, that the Swans and Giants will eventually thrive once more.

“My hope for next year is it will be one of the biggest years in football.”
 
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Jewelsbon

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I liked that the club has given us a choice in what we want to do with our membership for the rest of the year.
Not sure what other clubs are doing but my son in law is an Essendon member and has heard nothing from them.
 

bedford

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I liked that the club has given us a choice in what we want to do with our membership for the rest of the year.
Not sure what other clubs are doing but my son in law is an Essendon member and has heard nothing from them.
I haven't received anything , what are they offering ?
 

brad cooper

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I haven't received anything , what are they offering ?
can only speak for wa so not sure if same, option 1 let your membership continue and you get some sort of upgrade for nest year
option 2 cease paying from now on
option 3 ask for full refund minus the cost of any merchandise that comes with your package, but your membership will not automatically renew for 2021
 

Jewelsbon

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I haven't received anything , what are they offering ?
There were four options.
Option 1 was to simply maintain your 2020 membership as is with a list of advantages in doing so.
Option 2 was to downgrade to be a Swans Supporter for 2020 with a potion of membership fees refunded, a few advantages offered and your membership continuity maintained.
Option 3 was to place your membership on hold for the remainder of the year and get a portion of fees already paid refunded but keep the continuity of membership.
Option 4 was to completely cancel membership, get a full refund but lose the continuity.

I thought it was pretty fair and decent of the club to make a variety of offers as i imagine there would be plenty of people that could do with that money coming back to them at the moment.
 

Millky95

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There were four options.
Option 1 was to simply maintain your 2020 membership as is with a list of advantages in doing so.
Option 2 was to downgrade to be a Swans Supporter for 2020 with a potion of membership fees refunded, a few advantages offered and your membership continuity maintained.
Option 3 was to place your membership on hold for the remainder of the year and get a portion of fees already paid refunded but keep the continuity of membership.
Option 4 was to completely cancel membership, get a full refund but lose the continuity.

I thought it was pretty fair and decent of the club to make a variety of offers as i imagine there would be plenty of people that could do with that money coming back to them at the moment.
Got the same as a Vic based member.

I was really proud that given the situation they would offer to have your money back
 

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General Giant

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My understanding is this will be for the corporate boxes
dont know mate.

Superfooty just released an article (that i cant read) that says Giants fans have been given a green light. Now some are saying thats about 1k fans for us, would think the Swans would get the same deal.
 

Jewelsbon

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I have a close contact in corporate hospitality at the scg and they told me they are working through it with them at the moment, but its looking like, for the time being at least, it will be Swans corporates only, no members.
 

BloodySwan

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RW

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The idea that a flag can be copyrighted seems ludicrous to me
Not so ludicrous apparently. The copyright in the flag is actually still owned by the artist who created it in 1971 - he granted the clothing company a licence to use it a couple of years ago.

 

Millky95

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Not so ludicrous apparently. The copyright in the flag is actually still owned by the artist who created it in 1971 - he granted the clothing company a licence to use it a couple of years ago.

I find that absolutely hilarious for no real well thought out reason
 

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