John Longmire dismisses Sydney Swans’ recent history
Sydney coach John Longmire has dismissed the relevance of his team’s losing streak against potential preliminary final opponents Collingwood, the only team he has yet to beat as a senior coach.
SYDNEY coach John Longmire has dismissed the relevance of his team’s losing streak against potential preliminary final opponents Collingwood, the only team he has yet to beat as a senior coach.
A 29-point away win over Adelaide last Saturday has earned the Swans home advantage at ANZ Stadium on Friday week against the winner of Saturday’s Collingwood-West Coast clash.
Sydney have lost 11 straight against Collingwood, including their last seven at ANZ, while they have won six straight against West Coast, including three out of four at the main 2000 Olympic Stadium.
While those stats might have most Sydney supporters praying for an Eagles win at the MCG, Longmire insists he’s not fussed who Sydney play.
Adelaide were the only other team apart from Collingwood Longmire hadn’t enjoyed a win against as coach.
“I really think what has happened in the past is not that relevant, it’s what happening right now is the important thing,” Longmire said.
“That’s what we’ll be concentrating on session by session this week.”
Longmire has pointed to the example of Jude Bolton – who is set to play his 300th game in the preliminary final, as inspiration for injured forward Ben McGlynn, who will be out for two to three weeks with a hamstring strain.
Longmire said he had told McGlynn to remain positive and was encouraged by his attitude, though reluctant to speculate on whether the former Hawk will play again this season.
“He was a bit more upbeat on the plane on the way home, he was already into the mindset of getting himself right and that’s a good start for him,” Longmire said. “There’s no better example than looking at Jude Bolton and what he was able to do after everyone probably thought he did his ACL.
“His ability to come back and do a job for us in such a quick space of time.”
Longmire said he would wait to see who Sydney’s preliminary final opponent was before deciding whether to switch Lewis Roberts-Thomson back to the forward line.
Roberts-Thomson performed admirably down back against Adelaide in the absence of the suspended Heath Grundy, who will be available on Friday week.
He was pleased with the persistence of forward Mitch Morton, who made a significant contribution against Adelaide in his first full game for Sydney.
“I think he’s improved in a number of areas throughout the year,” Longmire said.
Longmire is convinced any hype surrounding Bolton’s milestone won’t distract his side in the preliminary final.
He pointed to wins over Hawthorn and Carlton in Adam Goodes’ 300th and Ryan O’Keefe’s 250th games respectively, as evidence of his team’s ability to focus on the result. – AAP