Infotainment Factory: Swans suffer major Heeney scare in JLT trouncing

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Swans suffer major Heeney scare in JLT trouncing


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Sydney have thumped a youthful Gold Coast outfit by 42 points in an AFL pre-season game, with the Suns suffering several injury issues.

The Swans kicked seven straight goals either side of half-time at Oakes Oval in Lismore on Sunday on their way to a 19.9 (123) to 11.15 (81) win.

The Suns' cause wasn't helped by injuries during the game to last year's No.3 draft pick Izak Rankine and Aaron Young.

Rankine, who goaled with a drop punt from almost 60 metres in the first quarter, appeared to damage a hamstring, while Young had a leg and ankle issue.

Isaac Heeney

Both men will have a scan before any decision is made about their availability to face St Kilda in the opening round of the AFL.

Sydney star Isaac Heeney also spent some time off with an ankle issue.

"Isaac rolled his ankle, we finished him up a bit early and so he's okay," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

The Swans made two late changes to their team with Jake Lloyd ruled out through illness and ruckman Callum Sinclair withdrawn.

Izak Rankine

Swans officials said Sinclair was being managed and isn't in doubt for their first-round clash with Western Bulldogs on February 23, but his absence meant Aliir Aliir did most of the Swans' ruck work.

While the Suns dominated the hitouts via Peter Wright and Jarrod Witts, Sydney won the clearances, with Aliir impressing around the ground.

"He was good today, he gave us some real contest around the centre bounce, but also gave us some real spring and some run and carry," Longmire said.

First-round draft pick Nick Blakey produced an assured showing, but Longmire stopped short of declaring him an opening-round certainty as he waits on injury news from key forwards Lance Franklin, Dan Menzel and Tom McCartin.

Aaron Young

Luke Parker led Sydney's goalkicking with three and tallied 25 touches, while Tom Papley and former North Melbourne player Ryan Clarke also impressed.

Brayden Florini was lively for Gold Coast while Wright amassed 17 touches, 18 hitouts and kicked two goals and two behinds.

"It got away from us out of the middle in the second, obviously you can get some real momentum with the 6-6-6, not many safety nets," Suns coach Stuart Dew said.

The Swans will open their home and away season on Saturday, March 23 against the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium.

Sydney have thumped a youthful Gold Coast outfit by 42 points in an AFL pre-season game, with the Suns suffering several injury issues.

The Swans kicked seven straight goals either side of half-time at Oakes Oval in Lismore on Sunday on their way to a 19.9 (123) to 11.15 (81) win.

The Suns' cause wasn't helped by injuries during the game to last year's No.3 draft pick Izak Rankine and Aaron Young.

Rankine, who goaled with a drop punt from almost 60 metres in the first quarter, appeared to damage a hamstring, while Young had a leg and ankle issue.

Isaac Heeney

Both men will have a scan before any decision is made about their availability to face St Kilda in the opening round of the AFL.

Sydney star Isaac Heeney also spent some time off with an ankle issue.

"Isaac rolled his ankle, we finished him up a bit early and so he's okay," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

The Swans made two late changes to their team with Jake Lloyd ruled out through illness and ruckman Callum Sinclair withdrawn.

Izak Rankine

Swans officials said Sinclair was being managed and isn't in doubt for their first-round clash with Western Bulldogs on February 23, but his absence meant Aliir Aliir did most of the Swans' ruck work.

While the Suns dominated the hitouts via Peter Wright and Jarrod Witts, Sydney won the clearances, with Aliir impressing around the ground.

"He was good today, he gave us some real contest around the centre bounce, but also gave us some real spring and some run and carry," Longmire said.

First-round draft pick Nick Blakey produced an assured showing, but Longmire stopped short of declaring him an opening-round certainty as he waits on injury news from key forwards Lance Franklin, Dan Menzel and Tom McCartin.

Aaron Young

Luke Parker led Sydney's goalkicking with three and tallied 25 touches, while Tom Papley and former North Melbourne player Ryan Clarke also impressed.

Brayden Florini was lively for Gold Coast while Wright amassed 17 touches, 18 hitouts and kicked two goals and two behinds.

"It got away from us out of the middle in the second, obviously you can get some real momentum with the 6-6-6, not many safety nets," Suns coach Stuart Dew said.

The Swans will open their home and away season on Saturday, March 23 against the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium.

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