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Swans achieve key goals

Sydney Swans Media  February 24, 2018 12:34 AM

Gary Rohan runs down his GWS opponent during Friday's practice match at Henson Park.

Gary Rohan runs down his GWS opponent during Friday's practice match at Henson Park.

Stand-in coach John Blakey could not be more please with what his side was able to achieve in Friday night’s practice match against GWS at Henson Park.

The match was cut short midway through the last quarter due to a power outage with the Swans prevailing by 26 points.

Lance Franklin and Josh Kennedy both showed no signs of concern following off-season surgery as they got important game time under their belt.

There was also plenty of youngsters on show for the Swans with Tom McCartin proving important up forward and Ryley Stoddart getting a run late in the game to showcase his pace.

Senior coach John Longmire handed to reins to Blakey for the match with the Head of Coaching and Development pleased with what he saw in the contest.

“With the pre-season and the how it is structured we have guys coming back into full fitness now so it is about getting minutes and time into them,” Blakey said.

“We went as strong as we could go, we had a few missing but we have to just try and get minutes into them over the next three weeks leading into round 1.

“Unfortunately the lights didn’t come on because we would have like to have had that last quarter to play the 25 minutes.

“I think what both teams wanted to get out of the game happened and it was a success tonight.”

Dane Rampe, Gary Rohan, Tom Papley, Callum Sinclair and George Hewett were lively for Sydney, with Aliir Aliir playing much of the game.

Notable absentees for the Swans included Dan Hannebery, Heath Grundy, Isaac Heeney and Zak Jones.

It was the presence of McCartin who took a number of strong grabs and had multiple shots on goal that caught the eye of the coaching staff.

“I like the way McCartin goes about his footy up forward because he works extremely hard,” Blakey said after the match.

“He had a couple of shots on goal tonight, he didn’t kick them but he ended up kicking one so I like the way he moves.”

The Swans will now prepare for their first JLT Series match next Saturday afternoon when they travel to Moreton Bay to take on the Brisbane Lions.