Sydney 6-5 7th
They were simply stunning early on winning 5 in a row after dropping their 1st. So sitting 5-1 everyone was wondering how far the Swans? But a closer look at their victories, and with the joy of hindsight, perhaps they just beat the easier teams. 4 weeks in a row they beat teams in the bottom 4, their most credible win against Brisbane who were 5th at the time and their own rich vein of form, however we all know where that ended up for Brisbane. Then they came up against the legit sides in Geelong, the Dogs and Freo and were caught up short, and even beaten by a team that appears to be a peer in the Hawks. Back in the winning circle after downing the Dons last week, they go into the half way mark with a positive win loss and with losing streak of 4 snapped.
Its been a starkly different Swans with the stalwarts of Hall, Jolly, O'loughlin and Barry all retiring. This brigade is younger, flashier and more exciting. They take more risks yet still maintain typical Swans grit and hardness at the footy. They need more from Goodes and Ryan O'Keefe up forward. Both have been generally below their best, and if they lift more wins than losses will come.
During the next 4 rounds they have an excellent chance to consolidate their position with Port, Richmond and North, all beatable but sadly their hoodoo team the Pies as well. It gets tougher in their run home with games against 5 current top 4 challengers as well as the Hawks and the Lions away. They should break even or so by the end of the year and stay in the 8.