Longmire plays down unbeaten Swans

Sportal April 29, 2012, 10:37 pm
John Longmire

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Sydney coach John Longmire refused to get carried away after his side notched a superb 37-point victory against Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium on Sunday.

The Swans entered the match with four wins from as many matches but faced their biggest test yet against the Hawks in Tasmania.

Longmire's men responded to the challenge though, celebrating Adam Goodes becoming the club's new games record holder with their 16.10 (106) to 10.9 (69) victory.

Goodes, who gathered 21 disposals in his 304th appearance for the club, kicked all three of his goals in the second half as Sydney booted 11 majors to two after the break to come from behind in Launceston.

"We've got off to a good start and I've said it before this game and I'll say it after the game, it's a good start and that's all it is," Longmire told reporters.

"We're really pleased with today's win, really pleased ... but the reality of AFL footy is we'll review the game tomorrow and get up and get into the next game on Saturday."

Longmire was pleased with his side's improvement in the contested possession, and intensity after the break as Sydney ran riot against a shocked Hawthorn outfit.

"There was just a couple of structural things but mainly in the first half we were minus 13 in contested possessions and in the second half we were plus 18," he said.

"Once you get your hands on the footy, I know it's obvious but it makes a big difference. Once we were able to do that we were able to get the game on our terms and I thought the players, in the second half, were sensational.

"The players just ramped up their intensity in the second half and I think it's a big game playing Hawthorn down here in Launceston, it's a stronghold for them and we knew it was going to be tough."

Former Hawk Josh Kennedy will be favourite to claim another three Brownlow Medal votes after he racked up 27 disposals, 11 tackles and three goals in a brilliant solo performance.

And Longmire is pleased with Kennedy's improvement in 2012, highlighting his marking and goal-kicking as two areas in which he has progressed this season.

"He (Kennedy) has been a really good player for us, he is clean, he is hard and can take a good mark," he said.

"That's probably the thing he has added this year, he is able to mark overhead and take a strong contested mark. He is now hitting the scoreboard as well which is probably the part of the game we wanted to improve over the summer."

Longmire also offered special praise to Goodes as his record-breaking performance ended in a special victory.

"Adam's general ability has been well documented and quite rightly but probably people underestimated his mental toughness, his ability to play with injuries and ability to impose himself on games at important times," he said.

Sydney's bid to win their sixth match on the trot will see them take on Adelaide at the SCG on Saturday night.

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