–Returning stars a good problem for Swans

July 22, 2017

Sydney’s match committee are facing some pleasant potential selection posers in coming weeks with fringe players stepping up and big man Kurt Tippett finally showing some form.

The Swans 42-point home win over St Kilda at the SCG on Saturday was their 10th victory from their past 11 games.

Their 0-6 start seems like an eternity ago and their early-season injury crisis a thing of the past.

Virtually all of the key players still at the club who were part of their 2016 grand final side are fit and performing well.

That includes veterans and former co-captains Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack, who both battled with injury problems early in the season..

While mainstays Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker Dan Hannebery, Dane Rampe Lance Franklin and Heath Grundy are all on song, it was some of the less-heralded and emerging Swans who starred on Saturday.

Forward-ruckman Callum Sinclair kicked a career-best five goals, Dean Towers notched 19 touches and eight marks and re-signed young defender Lewis Melican was also prominent.

Sinclair only got a run because key forward Sam Reid was injured.

Reid could be back for Friday’s MCG clash with Hawthorn, while fellow forward-ruckman Tippett has stuck his hand up after a difficult couple of months due to injury and form issues.

Tippett logged five goals, nine marks and 21 disposals in the reserves on Saturday.

“He moved well, he marked the ball really cleanly and he looked a real threat in the air whenever the ball was forward and finished off the game pretty strongly,” Longmire said of Tippett.

First-season senior player and forward Will Hayward will also push for promotion after a six-goal haul in the NEAFL.

“A few of those boys in the reserves have played pretty strong footy, which is good to know that you’ve still got that depth if you need it,” Longmire said.

Hawthorn were the last team to beat Sydney, winning a six-point thriller at the SCG in May.

The Swans have won their six subsequent matches while the Hawks have lost just one of their last five.

“They’ve kicked again after a slow start, a bit similar to us, so we look forward to that challenge this week,” Longmire said. – #1 News in a FLASH

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