14/04/2024

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Sydney Swans AFLW coach Scott Gowans talked to the media ahead of the teams’ visit to Victoria Park to take on the Collingwood Magpies. He was also able to provide an injury update on top-draft pick Montana Ham.

Gowans had time to reflect on the team’s performance against St Kilda after the emotion subsided.

“Any coach will tell you they want to try and win”, he said. “On reflection, you can look back at the event and overall it was such a win for the club to have 8000 plus people at North Sydney Oval, the largest AFLW crowd in NSW in AFLW history was fantastic.”

From a ball-movement perspective, Gowans would like to see the team utilise the wings more when playing out from the back.

Gowans observed, “We went up the corridor with our ball movement from deep 50 and gave it back to the Saints too much; that’s not us and not how we want to play”.

The boutique confines of North Sydney Oval influenced play to a certain degree, and Gowans said the team is looking forward to playing at historic Victoria Park.

Sydney will have some familiarity with Collingwood, the two teams met in a practice match at Blacktown just over two weeks ago.

It was the Swans’ first-ever practice match, and they started strong, leading at the half before Collingwood gained momentum and ran away with the match late.

“Up until then, we only had time to learn one way to play, particularly with ball movement, and we focused on learning something well.”

Gowans mentioned that the focus in recent weeks has been to develop multiple playing styles. “What we will be able to do a little bit is change the way we play if Collingwood does gain momentum.”

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Gowans acknowledged that it will be a difficult task facing Collingwood, winners last week against Carlton. Adding to the challenge is that it will be the first away experience for the club.

“Collingwood is an amazing outfit,” said Gowans, “and we need to be smarter with decision-making. It’s a big task for us, but we need to get away from it being our first game on the road and focus on football strategy and stick to the game plan and how we want to move the ball.”

Montana Ham Injury Update

Fans and players feared for the worst Saturday night when Ham was injured in the tackle, and immediate concerns were that it was an ACL injury. Thankfully, that is not the case.

When asked for an update on Montana Ham, Gowans revealed, “she’s going well, she’s in good spirits.”

“She’s 3-4 weeks away, it depends on how her knee recovers. It was a knee strain in the end, and something that could have been bad for Montana has turned out not too bad.”

The lineup will need re-shuffling to replace Montana Ham.

“Match committee is Wednesday night, and there certainly are players sticking their hands up for some game time”, Gowans said.

“We are on the lookout for a midfielder, and there are several players who we think can do it.

“We will have a look at Collingwood and see their strengths and weakness from last week from their round one game against Carlton, so will pick the side from there. There’s a chance at least one player will make their debut.”

Sydney Swans face Collingwood Magpies at Victoria Park on Sunday, September 4, at 1:10 pm AEST.

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