The Sydney Swans fairytale season came to an end with a loss to Adelaide in the semi final on the 2024 competition.
While it wasn’t the result the team had been hoping for coach Scott Gowans said he is proud of everything they have achieved this season.
“We were beaten by a really good footy side – they were bigger and stronger than us and we have a little bit of work to do in that area, our team is still developing,” Gowans said.
“My heart says that they gave everything they possibly could out there, they kept at it, and it was just one of those games where we were beaten by a better side.
"We went in with the strategy of trying to control the contested ball and couldn't do it, then we tried plans B, C and D. We're just not quite there yet, which is fine, we're on a journey and learning, and we got a good lesson tonight.
"The big thing for me was our pressure factor stayed around 2.4, and we had a target of 2.3, and we achieved that in the game, it never dropped off. Our GPS was our second-highest for the year, so our work-rate was there, we were just beaten by a better side."
The Swans finished the season winning six home-and-away games and last week's qualifying final against the Gold Coast.