16/04/2024
John Longmire is firmly focused on the next assignment after an eventful round two. Picture: Joshua Davis/The Inner Sanctum.

John Longmire is firmly focused on the next assignment after an eventful round two. Picture: Joshua Davis/The Inner Sanctum.

“Our preparation is on Richmond this weekend, so, that’s a question for Essendon not for me.”

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire is ready to move on from the fiery encounter that occurred last Saturday night.

The Swans won their third game in a row to continue their unbeaten start to the season, but the main talking points have been a series of clashes between themselves and Essendon, two of which resulted in charges by the match review panel.

Nevertheless, Longmire is not interested in discussing the ‘Essendon Edge’ that was on display, preferring to focus on Richmond this coming Sunday.

“[On the ‘Essendon edge’] That’s a question you’d have to ask Essendon, we’re into the Tigers this week, we’ve moved on,” he said.

“Our preparation is on Richmond this weekend, so, that’s a question for Essendon not for me.”

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When discussing the most notable incident of the weekend’s clash, Peter Wright on Harry Cunningham, Longmire is pragmatic when discussing whether the game is moving in the right direction over Wright’s sanction for the incident.

“I think the game is on the right track, and I think you’ll still see things happen in a game of football that you look at and go ‘Oh jeez, I’m not sure about that’,” he said.

“I think that’s always going to happen no matter what we do, there’s things that are always going to happen on an AFL ground, or a rugby league ground, or a rugby union ground. [There are things] in sport that’s going to happen that you look at and go ‘that needs adjusting.’

“That’s always going to be the case, no matter what happens, from the rule changes or things like that. There’s always going to be things we debate and discuss and are not sure about.

“What I’m confident is, as we are moving along as an industry, we’re moving as quickly as we can to try and keep adjusting to what we’re learning about different things in our game.

“We’ll try and keep coaching that as we move. But I’m pretty confident that the care we’ve got amongst our playing groups all over the AFL will remain at the forefront.

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