南京夜网,南京桑拿论坛,南京夜网论坛 Powered by Ally!

Key Swan Tippett expects to be fit for final against Bombers

The AFL’s much-maligned pre-finals bye proved a speed bump for the Sydney Swans’ in 2016, but it’s set to have the opposite effect this year with ruckman Kurt Tippett confident he will recover from an ankle injury in time for the elimination final against Essendon.
Nanjing Night Net

Tippett and fellow ruckman Callum Sinclair both picked up ankle injuries in Saturday’s final-round win over Carlton, the former put on ice for the last quarter in a bid to preserve him for the play-offs. Neither trained with the team on Thursday morning.

Twelve months ago the Swans entered the finals on a six-match winning run, but lost momentum during the bye week and were beaten by GWS in the first week of the finals.

Sydney could yet face a selection dilemma ahead of the Bombers clash at the SCG next Saturday, with ruckman Sam Naismith expected to return in this weekend’s NEAFL semi-final against Gold Coast after missing a month with a hip injury.

Swans head of football Tom Harley said earlier in the week that Naismith would enter the selection conversation for the Essendon game, should he successfully navigate the Gold Coast assignment.

That would potentially give Sydney three fit ruckmen to choose from.

“I’m pretty confident in the fact that my ankle will be good enough to play,” Tippett said.

“The ankle’s recovering well. It’s something that’s unfortunately been around all year and I’ve hurt it a couple of times so I certainly know what I need to do to get it right.

“It hurts a bit. It’s a bit of a shock at the time but it’s something that’s happened a few times over the course of playing a lot of sport.

“I’m certainly hoping my best football for this season is ahead of me. The last four weeks has been good and I feel like I’ve been building and feeling better each game. Hopefully my best is yet to come.”

The Swans are facing a monumental top-eight equation after finishing sixth, thanks to a remarkable run of 14 wins from their last 16 games.

Should they beat the Bombers, they will run into the loser of the Geelong-Richmond clash with a preliminary final against either Adelaide or Greater Western Sydney awaiting.

Yet the aforementioned quartet of top four teams are thinking the same thing about potentially running into the Swans.

“Depending on how results play, it looks like Sydney is the team that looks like it is going to go the whole way,” Crows defender Daniel Talia said.

“The other team is obviously GWS but if we knock them off [in the qualifying final] it gives us a good chance of not playing them [in the grand final].

“But they’re the form sides of the whole year, along with us, and I think if we’re there, it’s going to be one of those two.”

Tippett brushed off talk labelling the Swans as flag favourites.

“Are we? I don’t know, It’s not something we spend much time thinking about,” Tippett said.

“We’ve seen how fickle it is. We’ve been down the bottom and had to work our way up so we’re just concentrating on what allowed us to be a good team.

“Rewind to the start of the season and we hadn’t won a game after six rounds. It’s a big turnaround, it’s something that took a lot of effort and energy and it’s really been worth it.

“We’ve given ourselves the best chance we possibly could have.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

About