14/04/2024
John Longmire, and the Sydney Swans are working to continue exceeding expectations

The Sydney Swans are continuing to exceed John Longmire's expectations, but there's more work to do. Picture: (Sydney Swans/Twitter)

Could the Sydney Swans cause headaches in September? It may have fallen short on the weekend, but it was again competitive against a top side.

How do the Sydney Swans keep exceeding expectations?

They may have fallen short against Port Adelaide on the weekend, but they were once again competitive against a top eight side.

Sydney has made a habit of bringing its best against the best in 2021, so could the Swans start looking towards causing headaches in September?

So far this season, it has won three of five games against top eight sides. losing the others by just nine and 10 points respectively.

Sydney is continuing to perform above and beyond, says coach John Longmire, and he spoke about matching up with the best this season.

“We’ve been really confident in our ability to do that, to play against some quality opposition, we were confident in the off-season that we could be able to do that,” he told media on Monday.

“We’ve been quietly confident all year that we can match it against some quality opposition. We’ve been able to get over the line in a couple of those games, get over the line really well, and we’ve come up short in a couple of them.

“The ability to be really competitive against a lot of those top eight, top ten teams has been a real positive to come out of the year, and we’re still [working] to take that next step.

That’s probably where we are as a team, is to be able to take that next step, to be able to capitalise on giving ourselves an absolute opportunity to match it with some of the best teams in the comp.”

Gallery: Sydney Swans v Geelong Cats, Round 7
Tom Papley celebrates his match-winning goal in Sydney’s narrow win over Geelong. (Photo: Sydney Swans)

With the amount of young talent that has emerged at Sydney, there’s a layer of unpredictability about the club, with youngsters having taken their opportunities with both hands when handed to them.

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Longmire went into detail about the unpredictability of the youngsters, with most if not all of them having exceeded both internal and fan expectations.

“No question, we’ve been really fortunate that Logan [McDonald], Errol [Gulden], Braeden Campbell and Chad Warner – these guys have been fantastic,” he said.

“They’ve added not just depth but a different style of footy to our team, and we’re really pleased with that as well.”

Sydney takes on West Coast in Geelong this Sunday, the Eagles coming off a big loss at the hands of the Western Bulldogs.

West Coast has been knocked below Sydney on the ladder after losing a huge chunk of percentage, and it will be looking to bounce back quickly.

No matter what kind of form they carry into their clashes, Longmire would never take the Eagles lightly.

“I’m always respecting West Coast, I mean you look at their lineup, their lineup is very experienced, quality players all over the place,” he said.

“Some of their players that came back from injury last week have another game under their belts, so all those things come into it.

“Obviously they are rebounding [and] so are we. In the end we’ll take that as it comes as well.”

Sydney takes on West Coast at GMHBA Stadium at 1.10pm on Sunday.

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