AFL Finals Week 1- Adelaide v Sydney: A comfy old pillow

I like my pillow, its durable, supporting, hard working, a little worn at the edges and cost me about $10 from Kmart a decade ago. Sure there are flashier versions with dodo bird feathers or maybe endorsed by Buzz Aldrin, but I like mine just the same. I depend upon it. The Sydney Swans are just like my trusty pillow.

As a Swans supporter you know two things in life:

1) Since Paul Roos arrived at the club every week your team will turn up and have a crack, they will be hard at the contest and show respect for one another and their supporters.

2) Warrick Capper could actually play football once upon a time and kicked 200 goals over two seasons (with credit to Hafey, Williams, Healy and a loose hands in the back rule).

As a football supporter all you can ask is that your team has a crack and the Swans deliver this in spades. They are not the most talented team (with exception to Goodes and Jetta) but they follow instruction and are as hard working as the day is long. If we get beaten it is usually because we have simply been outplayed (note Geelong two weeks ago), however the term “piss poor effort’ is not in a Swans supporters dictionary.

When the Swans recruited Mitch Morton I thought the recruiting manager may have made the decision after an extended visit to the Bourbon and Beefsteak bar in the cross. I saw he had kicked 70 odd goals in the ACT League playing for the ressies this year but was pretty sure the Adelaide Crows defence would mark harder than the Tuggeranong Hawks. Low and behold he plays a corker and is doing all the 1 per centers that Terry Wallace only dreamed of.

Early in the season I was actually considering calling immigration to revoke Mike Pyke’s visa. He proves me wrong and becomes a valuable player and even had the hide to turn Scarlett inside out in a marking contest earlier this year.

4 weeks ago the vet was about to pull the curtain on Jude Bolton, he just took a couple of Panadols, put a band aid on and got on with things.

The win on the weekend versus Adelaide was classic Swans football, cracking in, chasing hard.. pressure pressure pressure. I expected nothing less because that has been the standard for the last decade.

I feel very lucky to be a Swans supporter and while I hope that the next 3 weeks will bring the ultimate success I know that win, lose or draw the effort will be there and that makes me as proud as punch.

Time will tell

About craig dodson

Born in the sporting mecca that is Wagga Wagga and now reside in Melbourne with my lovelly wife Sophie and son's Jack and Harry. Passionate Swans supporter and formally played cricket at a decent level and Aussie Rules at a not so decent level! Spend my days now perfecting my slice on the golf course and the owner of the worlds worst second serve on the tennis course.


  1. Jake "Cobba" Stevens says

    Spot on Craig. Could’nt agree more, most fortunate supporters are we!

  2. Earl O'Neill says

    Agree with everything Craig, except the pillow. Your head will spend a third of its life thereon, buy a good one!

  3. Peter Schumacher says

    Just wish that my mob (Brisbane) and in their absence in particular Adelaide had the Swans ticker.

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