Swans poised for maiden NEAFL Premiership
An astonishing 41 AFL-listed players will line up in the NEAFL Grand Final this weekend when the Sydney Swans take on the Brisbane Lions at the SCG.
The two best teams from the home-and-away season will clash for a chance to lift the NEAFL Premiership Cup. For the Swans, a victory would be their first taste of NEAFL glory while the Lions last won back in 2013.
The Sydney Swans have been on the wrong end of three NEAFL Grand Finals, and will be eager to finally break their duck in the competition. They have been runners-up in three of the last four Grand Finals, losing by a combined total 14 points. This included an eight-point loss to the Lions in 2013, meaning revenge is on the cards.
This year could be their year with a very strong team named, making it clear that Swans coach, Rhyce Shaw is taking no chances.
The Swans have been boosted by the inclusion of Kurt Tippett and Will Hayward who have been in and out of the NEAFL side this season. Both last played in the NEAFL in the Swans home game defeat of the NT Thunder. Hayward kicked six goals and Tippett kicked five, so expect another big scoring performance from the pair of them.
Ruckman, Sam Naismith drops out of the side after being named in the AFL, while promising Academy prospect Sam Wicks comes out, but has been named as an emergency.
Brisbane have also named a strong team featuring a number of big name AFL players and promising Academy prospects. Rohan Bewick, Josh Clayton and Claye Beams are among the Lions stars expected to shine on the big stage.
The game immediately follows the AFL Elimination Final between the Sydney Swans and Essendon at the SCG on Saturday, 9 September 2017. The NEAFL match starts at 7.45pm, with free entry to the ground.
For those staying on after the Elimination Final, please see all the details as previously published.
MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Sydney Swans vs. Brisbane Lions
Date: Saturday, 9 September 2017
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
Entry: Free (details here)
Watch: Streaming live on NEAFL TV
SELECTED SYDNEY SWANS SIDE
B: 46. Sam Murray 21. Jack Maibaum 2. Alex Johnson
HB: 38. Colin O’Riordan 11. Jeremy Laidler 31. Harrison Marsh
C: 45. Sam Fisher 33. Brandon Jack 13. Oliver Florent
HF: 30. Tyrone Leonardis 19. Shaun Edwards 25. Ben Ronke
F: 1. James Rose 47. Toby Pink 9. Will Hayward
Foll: 8. Kurt Tippett 6. Jordan Foote 34. Jordan Dawson
Inter: 36. Aliir Aliir 7. Harry Cunningham 32. Michael Talia 27. Daniel Robinson 55. Jarrod Osborne
Emer: 48. Sam Wicks 53. Sam Barkley 52. Harry Carr
In: 9. Will Hayward 8. Kurt Tippett
Out: 35. Sam Naismith 48. Sam Wicks
SELECTED BRISBANE LIONS SIDE
B: 42. Mitch Hinge 41. Matt Eagles 59. Jack Payne
HB: 47. Reuben William 20. Cedric Cox 24. Liam Dawson
C: 19. Josh Clayton 16. Jarrad Jansen 8. Rohan Bewick
HF: 34. Jono Freeman 60. Connor Ballenden 37. Jacob Allison
F: 40. Matthew Hammelmann 33. Michael Close 39. Corey Lyons
Foll: 44. Archie Smith 1. Ben Keays 17. Claye Beams
Inter: 46. Oscar McInerney 54. Luke O’Sullivan 53. Campbell Walker 48. Blake Grewar 11. Cian Hanley
Emer: 52. Jack Clayton 55. Ben Sloan 50. Ryan Dadds
In: 48. Blake Grewar 11. Cian Hanley 37. Jacob Allison 60. Connor Ballenden
Out: 52. Jack Clayton 55. Ben Sloan 50. Ryan Dadds