Saturday’s last AFL Round 8 match is between Sydney Swans and Fremantle Dockers with the game to be played at Sydney Cricket Ground. The opening bounce is set to commence at 7:40pm local time with home team Sydney Swans currently holding favouritism in what looks to be a competitive match on paper. View our AFL live scores, odds and results for the game between Sydney Swans and Fremantle Dockers.
WHERE AND WHEN: SCG, Saturday May 18, 7:40pm
Sydney Swans vs Fremantle Dockers on Saturday, 7.40pm at the SCG. The Swans are expected to win this one at home, although the Dockers could certainly challenge them hard. Both teams are expected to make the finals, and with Sydney currently in fifth and Fremantle in sixth, this will be a hard fought match. Fremantle are likely to struggle from the loss of both Jon Griffin and Aaron Sandilands, however, especially against a Swans outfit with more hit outs per game than any other side.
B: Nick Malceski, Ted Richards, Nick Smith
HB: Marty Mattner, Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe
C: Lewis Jetta, Ryan O’Keefe, Dan Hannebery
HF: Jarrad McVeigh, Sam Reid, Jude Bolton
F: Tommy Walsh, Adam Goodes, Ben McGlynn
Foll: Mike Pyke, Josh Kennedy, Kieren Jack
Int: Mitch Morton, Shane Mumford, Craig Bird, Luke Parker
Emerg: Tony Armstrong, Andrejs Everitt, Jesse White
In: Morton, Mumford, Walsh
Out: White, Armstrong, Lamb
B: Lee Spurr, Zac Dawson, Michael Johnson
HB: Garrick Ibbotson, Luke McPharlin, Alex Silvagni
C: Danyle Pearce, Ryan Crowley, Paul Duffield
HF: Michael Barlow, Chris Mayne, Nathan Fyfe
F: Matt de Boer, Zac Clarke, Michael Walters
Foll: Jack Hannath, Clancee Pearce, David Mundy
Int: Cameron Sutcliffe, Hayden Ballantyne, Hayden Crozier, Nick Suban
Emerg: Tom Sheridan, Tanner Smith, Tendai Mzungu
In: Clarke, Fyfe
Out: Griffin, Mzungu
Swans were soft against Hawks: Bolton
Sydney Swans midfielder Jude Bolton says the message this week, as his below-par premiership AFL side plot to take down Fremantle, has been simple: harden up.
After watching a video replay of last weekend’s 37-point loss to Hawthorn, the 33-year-old conceded the Swans had collectively admitted they were soft in patches.
“We had to be pretty brutal on ourselves,” said Bolton before training on Thursday.
“It was an ordinary performance and they comprehensively beat us.
“As a player, you don’t like seeing bits of footage where you could have worked a bit harder.
“There were times when we were pretty soft.”
The Swans will want to click into gear at the SCG on Saturday night against an injury-depleted Dockers before capping a tricky month by facing fellow top-four candidates Collingwood and Essendon.
Fremantle will aim to replicate their final-quarter defensive intensity against Collingwood last round when they suffocated the free-running Magpies to concede just one goal.
“They’re a quality side,” said Bolton, who says he’s no closer to making a call on whether to play on next season.
“They’ve lost a couple with injury but we saw how well they jumped Collingwood last week and their pressure has been elite.”
And the return from a two-match suspension of slick Fremantle midfielder Nat Fyfe has come at the perfect time given his standout record at the Sydney venue.
Fyfe has polled seven of a possible nine votes from Fremantle’s past three games at the SCG.
“Yeah, he’s a star,” said Bolton.
“He’ll come straight back into their side and he’s definitely one we’ll have to watch.”
Doubts remain over the fitness of Swans ruckman Shane Mumford, who ran separately from the main squad at training after missing last round with a groin strain.