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John Longmire praises Sydney Swans performance

Sportal September 22, 2012, 10:22 am
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Sydney coach John Longmire has praised his side's 'all-over performance' after his charges snapped their 11-game losing run against Collingwood with a dominant 26-point victory at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

The Swans will play the winner of Saturday's clash between Hawthorn and Adelaide in next weekend's AFL Grand Final at the MCG.

In front of a raucous 57,156 crowd, the hosts dominated the first three quarters and withstood a late fightback from the Magpies to seal an impressive victory.

Longmire refused single out any individuals when asked what pleased him most about his side's 13.18 (96) to 10.10 (70) triumph, praising the efforts of all 22 players.

"When you get to the preliminary final stage you need every player playing a role and they did it," Longmire said.

"Every player played their role within the structure of the team and that's what helps.

"If you get the structure right and you get the pressure and intensity right which we did early in the game, it goes a long way to winning it.

"And that's what it all boiled down to, we just looked at it contest by contest and made sure we focused on the moment which was a real positive.

"When the ball was in our forward line I thought we applied really strong pressure and won the contested ball count (160-132) and that's the kind of footy you need to play at this time of the year and we were fortunate enough to be on the right side of it."

Longmire is confident All-Australian defender Ted Richards will be available for the decider despite rolling his ankle in the first term.

The coach was less certain when asked of Ben McGlynn's chances of returning from a hamstring injury suffered in the qualifying final against Adelaide.

"We don't know yet, we'll see how he goes during the week," he said of McGlynn.

"He's given himself every chance ... and we'll give him the time this week and see how he goes, he's still got to get over a few things this week and let's just see how he goes about it.

"Teddy rolled his ankle and went off and came back on and played the game out.

"You don't get to this stage of the year without a few blokes pulling up a bit sore but I'm sure they'll all be okay."

Veteran Jude Bolton said the breakthrough win over Collingwood was the perfect way to celebrate his 300th AFL game.

"The emotion's always running pretty high in those sorts of games, you know what's on the line ... it's win at all costs and certainly we should have kicked a bit straighter but it's good to break the hoodoo and also get into a grand final," Bolton said.

"It's (the 11-game losing streak) been hanging over us for a while but there's no better way to do it though I guess.

"It's been frustrating, they've been a quality team for a long time and certainly it took a big effort from our guys to get over the top of them tonight.

"Now we'll just lick our wounds and get ready for next week."

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  1. Hunter08:33pm Saturday 22nd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well done swans the magpies played good football for the first half of the season but the last was poor

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