The Sydney Swans became an entity in 1982, when the then-VFL relocated South Melbourne, long known as the Bloods, to form the first non-Victorian team in the competition we now know as the Australian Football League.
After many decades of misery, the Sydney Swans have emerged as perennial contenders. They have played in five grand finals for two flags since 2005, when they ended a 72-year premiership drought with a nail-biting victory over the West Coast Eagles.
But after a meek exit in the first week of the 2018 finals series, there are growing doubts about Sydney’s future. The squad is ageing, premiership stars have moved on and years of sustained success has left the club with minimal leverage in the draft.
Thus, 2019 could prove to be a critical year for John Longmire and his charges. Let’s check in with the bookies and see how the Swans are shaping up in the major AFL betting markets for 2019.
About the Sydney Swans
|Home ground:||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Premierships:||5 – 1909, 1918, 1933, 2005, 2012|
|2018 ladder finish:||7th|
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Updated Swans futures betting
|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$12||$1.70||$2.75||J Kennedy $34||–||L Franklin $5|
|Feb||$15||$1.80||$4.50||J Kennedy $34||N Blakey $26||L Franklin $5|
|Mar||$21||$1.80||$4.50||J Kennedy $67||N Blakey $26||L Franklin $5|
|Apr||$67||$6.50||$26||J Kennedy $67||N Blakey $26||L Franklin $9|
Best Sydney bets for the 2019 AFL season
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- Sydney started 2018 among the favourites for the flag, but they only just scraped into finals and bowed out in the first week. Some important players have started to show their age, leading pundits to wonder whether the Swans dynasty might be drawing to close. Never say never while Buddy Franklin and Josh Kennedy are still kicking, but there are better options for the flag this year.
- It is a rare thing indeed, but there is serious doubt as to whether or not the Swans can qualify for finals. They only just held on in 2018 and will face even tougher competition this year with the likes of Adelaide and Essendon expected to improve. It might come down to which of the vulnerable incumbents – Geelong, GWS, Hawthorn and Sydney – are most likely to secure another term, in which case John Longmire’s men are right on the borderline.
- Lance Franklin and Josh Kennedy have led the way for Sydney in Brownlow Medal betting for years, but it might be time for a changing of the guard. Isaac Heeney can play midfield or forward and his best is about as good as it gets, so don’t be surprised if he puts it all together this year and goes very high in the count.
- Nick Blakey and Riley Stoddart are Sydney’s best bets for the 2019 Rising Star, but neither are among the frontrunners. While Blakey is a fair chance to earn a nomination, the winner will come from somewhere else.
- Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin has done it before and again looms as the Swans’ best shot of claiming the coveted Coleman Medal. A four-time winner of the award, the former Hawthorn forward starts the year as joint-favourite with West Coast’s Josh Kennedy and is every chance of becoming the first man since Coleman himself to top the league goalkicking five times.
Sydney Swans 2019 AFL fixture
|1||Western Bulldogs||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, March 23||7:25pm AEDT|
|2||Adelaide Crows||SCG||Friday, March 29||7:50pm AEDT|
|3||Carlton Blues||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, April 6||1:45pm AEDT|
|4||Melbourne Demons||SCG||Thursday, April 11||7:20pm AEST|
|5||Richmond Tigers||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, April 20||7:25pm AEST|
|6||GWS Giants||SCG||Saturday, April 27||7:25pm AEST|
|7||Brisbane Lions||The Gabba||Saturday, May 4||4:35pm AEST|
|8||Essendon Bombers||SCG||Friday, May 10||7:50pm AEST|
|9||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Blundstone Arena||Saturday, May 18||7:25pm AEST|
|10||Collingwood Magpies||SCG||Friday, May 24||7:50pm AEST|
|11||Geelong Cats||GMHBA Stadium||Saturday, June 1||4:35pm AEST|
|12||West Coast Eagles||SCG||Sunday, June 9||3:20pm AEST|
|14||Hawthorn Hawks||SCG||Friday, June 21||7:50pm AEST|
|15||Gold Coast Suns||SCG||Saturday, June 29||4:35pm AEST|
|16||Essendon Bombers||MCG||Saturday, July 6||1:45pm AEST|
|17||Carlton Blues||SCG||Saturday, July 13||1:45pm AEST|
|18||Fremantle Dockers||Optus Stadium||Saturday, July 20||6:10pm AWST|
|19||Geelong Cats||SCG||Sunday, July 28||3:20pm AEST|
|20||GWS Giants||Sydney Showground||Saturday, August 3||2:10pm AEST|
|21||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, August 10||1:40pm ACST|
|22||Melbourne Demons||MCG||Friday, August 16||7:50pm AEST|
|23||St Kilda Saints||SCG||TBA||TBA|
Swans players to watch in 2019
For talent alone, there are few players in the competition who belong in the same bracket as Heeney. The prodigiously gifted Hunter native is set to become a fixture of the Sydney midfield group this season, so sit back and enjoy the show.
The good will surrounding Menzel at Geelong ran out last season when questions were raised about his work rate and defensive efforts. Nevertheless, the Swans clearly see value in a bloke who averages around two goals per game despite his well-documented injury woes.
Mills missed most of last season through injury, so his return to action is like a new signing for the Swans. As with Heeney, the 2016 Rising Star will spend most of his time in the midfield this season as the Swans look to rejuvenate their on-ball brigade.
Sydney Swans records
Most matches: Adam Goodes – 372
Most goals kicked in one match: 16 – Tony Lockett (Round 19, 1995 vs. Fitzroy)
Most matches as coach: 202 – Paul Roos
Most goals in a season: 150 – Bob Pratt (1934)
Most career goals: Bob Pratt – 681
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