, The club also trains on the SCG during the season and has its indoor training facilities and offices located within the stadium. After a tight slog against the Suns, the Swans played the Giants once more and were defeated in the club's 100th game. The 2014 AFL Grand Final was played on Saturday 27 September 2014 in near perfect weather conditions, with Sydney seen as favourites leading up to the match. The game was played in front of 93,102 at the MCG. Previously, a reserves team was first created for South Melbourne in 1919, initially in the form of the Leopold Football Club, which was the leading junior club in the district and which had won five Metropolitan Junior Football Association premierships in its history. May 9th, 2019 .  The oval is located less than one hundred metres adjacent to the SCG and since undergoing a redevelopment in 2018/19, has the same dimensions as the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. These plans halted when the South Melbourne board, recognising the structural difficulties it faced with long-term viability and financial stability in Melbourne, made the decision to play all 1982 home games in Sydney.  However the club pulled out of the agreement in April 2020 due to the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.. However, the new board did not have the power to unilaterally stop the move to Sydney: under the VFL constitution, to rescind the decision that had been made on 29 July required a three-quarters majority in a vote of all twelve clubs, and at a meeting on 14 October it failed to obtain this majority. After leading by a scant 2-point margin at half time, the Bulldogs pulled away towards the end of the fourth quarter to hand Sydney their second grand final loss in three years. After a loss to North Melbourne in Round 4, the Swans' won twelve games in a row, including victories against 2013 grand finalists Fremantle and Hawthorn, Geelong by 110 points at the SCG and then ladder leaders Port Adelaide. However, the Swans are confident they'll be cleared to … Please try to keep recent events in historical perspective and add more content related to non-recent events. By the end of the 1970s South Melbourne were saddled with massive debts after struggling for such a long period of time. Having qualified for the finals for a sixth consecutive season, the Swans defeated North Melbourne in the elimination final before losing to the Western Bulldogs the following week. Match coverage can be heard anywhere in the world via live streaming at the official AFL website or by downloading the AFL app for smartphones such as the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. Roos continued a record as a successful coach with the Swans for the eight full seasons that would follow.  During the 2015 season, with the Swans team stretched by aging players and injuries, it had become apparent that the trade restrictions that had prevented the Swans from participating in the 2014 draft, had impacted the list. The Swanettes did not get much performance time, owing to the short intervals between quarters of play in the VFL and the lack of space in which they might perform while other activities take place on the field. The Sydney Swans said the change is 'reflective of who we are' as a club. After several years with only limited success, South Melbourne next reached the grand final in 1945. This policy is said to have paid off in the Roos era, as they implemented a strict culture of discipline at the club. He was and still is known to Swans fans everywhere as "Captain Courageous". They bounced back to win against top spot North Melbourne, and the Hawks at the MCG, with Lance Franklin booting 3 goals, including a bomb from 80 metres. The Sydney Swans will today wear black arm bands for Life Member Bob Clutterbuck. The Swans then made the finals for four of the next five full years that Rodney Eade was in charge. The Sydney Swans' mascot for the AFL's Mascot Manor is Syd 'Swannie' Skilton. Ironically, the truck driver was a South Melbourne supporter.. He is named after Swans legend Bob Skilton. It would take them to their third grand final in 5 years, against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG. The club had early success and won three VFL premierships in 1909, 1918 and 1933. Nick Davis! The club had been operating at a loss of at least $150,000 for the previous five years. In 2000, the Swans reserves team – known as the Redbacks – joined the Sydney AFL competition, but was so dominant in the lower competition that it withdrew prior to the finals series because the club felt the difference in standard was too greatly in favour of the Swans. They defeated Fremantle at home in the first qualifying final in Round one of the finals series and so earned a one-week break. ", For the records of every player to play for the club, see, Tony Lockett and grand final return: 1995–2001, Australian Football Hall of Fame inductees. AFL Statistics Home: AFL Fixture Players Teams Player Rankings Team Rankings Rising Stars AFL Draft Brownlow Medal AFL Ladder Coaches Attendances Supercoach AFL Fantasy AFL Highlights AFL Team Selections Past Players AFL Player Contracts AFL Injury List: Records : Advanced stats available for this page! 1995 would be Barassi's last year in charge. In the last few minutes, the Sydney defence held strong, with Leo Barry marking the ball just before the siren to stop the Eagles' final desperate shot at goal.  In response to continued discussions between the club and league, as well as lobbying by the AFLPA, the league further relaxed the trade restrictions for the Swans during the 2015 AFL Finals. Then, from 2003 until 2010, the Sydney reserves recombined to a single team, which contested the higher standard AFL Canberra, winning four consecutive premierships between 2005 and 2008. Between Round 7, 1972 and Round 13, 1973, the team lost 29 consecutive games. The final would create history, being the first Sydney Derby to be played in a final. Carlton won the match by 28 points, and from then on, South Melbourne struggled for many years. The Swans beat Hawthorn in 2012 by 10 points to claim their fifth premiership. After an even and physical first half, Sydney went on to win by 63 points. Foxtel also signed a new broadcast deal for the 2012 – 2016 seasons which included screening all AFL matches (including all Swans games) live across Australia on their Fox Sports and Fox Footy channels. Paul Kelly Fans, New Braunfels, Texas. He was and still is known to Swans fans everywher The rivalry between the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles has become one of the great modern rivalries. Paul Kelly. In Round 17, the Swans defeated Carlton to match a winning streak set three times in club history, the last of which came way back in 1935, and eventually closed out the season with their first minor premiership in 18 years and a club record 17 wins for the season, eclipsing the previous highest of 16, which was achieved on six past occasions in 2012, 1996, 1986, 1945, 1936 and 1935. , Legend:  Over its first decade as an amalgamated club, South Melbourne won five VFA premierships – in 1881, 1885 (undefeated), and three-in-a-row in 1888, 1889 and 1890 – and was runner-up to the provincial Geelong Football Club in 1880, 1883 and 1886. The Premiership was the Swans' first in 72 years and their first since being based in Sydney. Matches played at other times and days are broadcast on the ABC NewsRadio station's analogue AM/FM frequencies for listeners in Sydney, Newcastle, the NSW Central Coast and Canberra. Former Hawthorn player Rodney Eade took over the reins in 1996 and after a slow start (they lost their first two games of the season), turned the club around into powerful force. The Swans lost their first game after the bye, their 3rd of the season to Richmond at the SCG, 11.11 (77) to 14.11. In the finals, the Swans won one of the most thrilling AFL preliminary finals in history after Plugger Lockett kicked a behind after the siren to win the game. The Opera House design was first used at the start of the 1987 season, replacing the traditional red "V" on white design. Collingwood won the match, six goals to five, in front of an estimated crowd of 12,000.. Sydney Swans Hall-of-Famer and former captain Andrew Dunkley has revealed his relationship with his former club is "non-existent" after a post-career role with the Swans never eventuated. They narrowly missed the finals in 1952, but from 1953 to 1969, they never finished any higher than eighth on the ladder. It was their earliest exit from the finals since 2001 and was a culmination of a mostly disappointing season, as only victories against lesser teams saw them through to a fifth consecutive finals campaign. In recent years, the club has proven to be one of the most consistent teams in the AFL era, failing to make the finals in only five seasons since 1995, playing the most finals matches and winning the second-most matches overall (only behind Geelong) since 2000 and boasting a finals winning record of over 50% in the same period. Sydney's tight-knit football community is reeling after former Swans star Brad Seymour's shock split from his model turned author wife Melissa after almost 20 years of marriage. F Share T Tweet Q SMS W WhatsApp B Email G J Tumblr L LinkedIn. The Hawks dominated the game quite early and eventually defeated the Swans 11.8. Anthony Hudson's TV call of Nick Davis' fourth and match-winning goal in the semi-final against Geelong on Network Ten, Stephen Quartermain's TV call of Leo Barry's match- and title-clinching mark on Network Ten. The Paul Kelly Cup, named after the former Swans captain and Brownlow medallist, is the largest AFL primary school competition in the state. Between 2001 and 2002 the Swans affiliated themselves with the Port Melbourne Football Club in the VFL, sending most of its reserves players there, while also retaining the Redbacks in the Sydney AFL as a junior development team – which was more suited to the level of competition, but had limited onfield success. He was the Swans' captain until 5 May 2005, when he stood down from the position. This video shows highlights of Brownlow Medalist Paul Kelly. [d] Between 2013 and 2018 the club competed in five grand finals and lost all of them. Pyke impressed with young Swans Sydney Swans Assistant Coach Don Pyke has praised the efforts of the fresh faces at… The 2012 season began for the Swans with the inaugural Sydney Derby against AFL newcomers Greater Western Sydney. The match was notable for Leo Barry's effort in nullifying the impact of St Kilda full-forward and eventual Coleman Medallist Fraser Gehrig, whom Barry restricted to only two possessions for the entire match. The club survived, despite strong rumours in 1992 that it would merge with the Brisbane Bears to form a combined New South Wales/Queensland team, fold altogether, or even move back to South Melbourne. Four of those six games were finals, and 2 grand finals. A big coup for the club was recruitment of St Kilda Football Club champion Tony "Plugger" Lockett in 1995. The venue has been home to Swans home games since the club's relocation to Sydney in 1982. These games are screened on the 7mate channel in these regions. (74) to 21.11.(137). Paul Kelly (actor) (1899–1956), American stage and screen actor. Sydney finished the 2007 home and away season in 7th place, and advanced to the finals, where they faced and were defeated by Collingwood by 38 points in the elimination final. It won premierships in 1909, 1918 and 1933 before experiencing a 72-year premiership drought—the longest by any team in the competition's history. In 2005, the Swans came under enormous public scrutiny, even from AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou, for their unorthodox, "boring" defense-oriented tactics that included tightly controlling the tempo of the game and starving the opposition of possession (in fact, seven teams that season had their lowest possession total while playing against the Swans). (Siren in background)...The longest Premiership drought in football history is over! Paul Kelly (U.S. musician) (1940–2012), American soul singer-songwriter. Edelsten resigned as chairman in less than twelve months, but had already made his mark. The 2006 AFL Grand Final was contested between the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 30 September 2006. May 9th, 2019. During the Edelsten years, the Swans were seen by the Sydney public as a flamboyant, flashy club, typified by the style of its spearhead, Warwick Capper, his long bright blond mullet and bright pink boots made him unmissable on the field and his pink Lamborghini, penchant for girlfriends who were fashion models and his general showy eccentricity made him notorious off the field – all somewhat fashionable in the 1980s. This was the first time in a finals series that former Hawk player Lance Franklin would play against his former team, one of very few players to have played back to back grand finals for two different teams. The club was originally established in 1874 as the South Melbourne Football Club, and played amongst other clubs based in Melbourne, Victoria.  On 29 July 1981, the VFL formally accepted the proposal, and paved the way for the Swans to shift to Sydney in 1982. The rivalry grew in 2013, when Hawthorn forward Lance Franklin transferred to the Swans as a free agent on a nine-year, $10 million deal. Sydney lost their first game against Greater Western Sydney and then to Collingwood before becoming the first non-South Australian team to win at Adelaide Oval defeating Adelaide by 63 points with Lance Franklin and Luke Parker kicking 4 goals each. and Canberra via the Prime TV network (now branded as Prime7). They started the season poorly with just one win in their first seven matches, although they would briefly recover after winning five of the next seven games.  It was, however, announced in March 2014 that this allowance would be scrapped. After missing the finals in 2000, the Swans rebounded to finish 7th in 2001, but were beaten by Hawthorn by 55 points in their elimination final at Colonial Stadium. Some of their best wins include against the reigning premiers the Bulldogs, GWS, and comeback wins against Richmond and Essendon. I don't believe it! Sydney was able to recruit another St Kilda export in the Lockett mould, Barry Hall. During the off-season, when the ground is configured for cricket, the Swans train on the nearby Tramway Oval (previously known as Lakeside Oval) at Moore Park. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the VFL became strategically interested in seeing a club based in Sydney, as part of a long-term plan to broaden the appeal of the game in Queensland and New South Wales, beyond its traditional Victoria base. Michael J. Shea and John F. Shea. At the end of the 1896 season, Collingwood and South Melbourne finished equal at the top of the VFA's premiership ladder with records of 14–3–1, requiring a playoff match to determine the season's premiership; this was the first time this had occurred in VFA history. The West Coast Eagles avenged their 2005 Grand Final defeat by beating the Sydney Swans by one point, only the fourth one-point grand final margin in the competition's history. Paul Maurice Kelly AO (born 13 January 1955) is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter and guitarist. A lean patch of form which included upset losses to Gold Coast (for the first time ever) and Essendon (for the first time since 2011) had them looking likely to miss finals altogether.  The following week the Swans were knocked out of the finals in a one-sided contest against North Melbourne, struggling to score throughout the first half with the game effectively over by half-time. Desperate to hang on, the club was keen to enlist the biggest names and identities in the AFL, and recruited legendary coach Ron Barassi who helped save the club from extinction while serving them as coach from Round 7, 1993 to 1995.