2015 AFL Grand Final – Live Viewing Party

2015 AFL Grand Final – Live Viewing Party 0

With the AFL finals just around the corner, it’s time to buy your tickets to the Chicago Swans’ live grand final viewing party. This year’s party will be at The Crossing, at 2548 N Southport Ave.

The night kicks off at 9 p.m. on Friday, October 2nd. There will be food and drink specials all night, and a chance to win over $1,000 in cash prizes.

Tickets are limited, and part of the night’s proceeds benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so secure your spot now by clicking the button below.

  • Thomas Shearman
Swans Apply the Heat to the Freeze

Swans Apply the Heat to the Freeze 0

The scene was set for a magnificent day of footy between two clubs that have a friendly rivalry, one that has swayed back and forth over the years.  The Swans jumped out of the blocks earlier this season and took the honors in their first game of the season in Madison.

Saturday saw a depleted Minnesota outfit, one could only assume it was wasn’t cold enough for the Freeze to bring a full squad, rolling up with 12.  Chicago not flushed with their full compliment, but a few blokes were willing to put their hands up to don the blue and white jersey to help make a competitive game of it.

The boys were serious about their last hit out before Nationals in Austin, TX this year.  And it was plain to see from the outset peppering the goals in the first quarter but not really damaging with only three majors from ten scoring opportunities.  One thing was for sure, forward 50’s which dictates the game these days saw the Swans in control.  The mid field led by ruckman Graeme Radford, were dominating.  GR finding the rovers, Pedro, and Wilhelm with relative ease.  Jayson Schmelzer came into an uncustomary role of playing in the middle and played very well, picking up telling kicks and getting in and under dishing out hand balls to the on ball brigade, and laying important tackles when new needed some grunt.

A similar result in the second with many inside 50’s but inefficient in front of the big white ones.  Corey Barker had the ball on a string in the front half notching up his third before half time.  There were however many contributors, Brad Clifton and Sam Svoboda was rebounding at will from the back line.  Making it difficult for the Freeze forward line to settle into a rhythm, with Alistair Martin (Swans) doing all the grunt work for the Freeze, but he didn’t have many friends up front and the Swans kept at it, pushing the first term lead (16 points) out to a 28 point lead.  Once again if it wasn’t for errant kicking the Swans could have put the game away by half time.

You could sense at half time that the Swans weren’t entirely happy with the results posted on the scoreboard, and were determined to make the premiership quarter theirs.  And they ran rampant, the red and whites piled on six goals to two in the third to blow the game wide open.  It has been a while since the Swans have been able to put a game away that was somewhat teetering.  Once again Corey Barker dictating terms in a lethal term of quality football.  Joining in the scoring frenzy, future Revo Jeff Kraemer showed us some glimpses of why the selectors have a keen eye on him.  Wilhelm, must still be on his honeymoon because he ran into two open goals that returned behinds, Stu Nicol wasn’t able to rub the shine off his boots on Saturday despite numerous attempts to kick a goal during the goal frenzy in the third.  Swans pushed their lead out to 53 points at lemon time.

The fourth saw a few unusual moves with Wilhelm and Stu Nicol relegated to the last line of defence.  Stu saw this as a huge opportunity, and found himself actually kicking a goal from the back pocket, coach might be onto something!  At this stage in the game the word around the stadium was there a possibility we would witness a Swans player kicking 10 goals in a match!  A feat at hasn’t been seen since Wazza was bedazzling the Swans faithful back in the good old days!  Corey finished with 9 and was unselfish in handing two out.  Nathan Bird played second fiddle today but finished the game with three and provided many forward thrusts with his creative play further up the ground.

All in all a great result for the club and the supporters who came out to support the boys in their last game before Nationals.  Some really good individual efforts, but more so to see the team effort overall to knock off Minnesota for the second time in a year.  No doubt we will come up against a full strength line up for the Freeze at Nationals.  This will certainly be something to look forward to.

The warm up for Nationals is in earnest with the last round of Metro this Friday night, and with just a few training sessions left, all of you attending Nationals should attempt to get out for these.  At this point we have one of our better squads heading down to Austin in October, any blokes on the fence about going this year should get on board.  Onwards to Victory!

Swans – 3.7 5.13 11.16 18.17
Freeze – 1.3 2.4 4.5 7.7

Goals – Corey Barker 9, Nathan Bird 3, Pedro Jimenez 2, Jeff Kraemer 2, Joe Swierupski, Jayson Schmelzer, Stu Nicoll, Brad Clifton

Best – Corey Barker, Sam Svoboda, Graeme Radford, Pedro Jimenez, Brad Clifton, Nathan Bird

  • Thomas Shearman
2015 Board Members and Committees Announced

2015 Board Members and Committees Announced 0

The Chicago Swans Australian Football Club met at The Brownstone this past weekend for their 2015 Annual General Meeting. A good mix of established and new leaders stood for office, and the following committees were formed to lead the Swans for the 2015 season.

Executive Committee:

President: Brian Hoyt

Vice President: Stu Nicol

Club Liaison Manager/Metro Commissioner: Andrew Woodman

Treasurer: Bradley Ross

Secretary: Keith Campion

Webmaster: Tom Shearman


Coaching Subcommittee:

Anthony Hendrie, Alistair MacGlashan, Sean Curran, Andrew Woodman

Communications Subcommittee:

Doug Malcolm (Social Media), Sam Svoboda (Internal Communications), Stu Nicol, Andrew Woodman, Tom Shearman

Branding Subcommittee:

Keith Campion, Drew Wolfe

Operations Subcommittee:

Michael Panek, Danny Yunes

2014 Red & White Night 0

Red + White night details as follows:

When: Saturday 15 November
Where: SideBar & Grill – 221 N LaSalle
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm (after party @ Benchmark)

Cost: $40 per person (Food, beer & Oxford Landing wine ALL inclusive)

Your payment will be via PayPal, click the button belowRight now, you should be making arrangements for sitters, dusting off your Red & White bag of fruit, and making sure your better halves are dolled up for this glamorous night of nights.

The MVP count will be a really interesting this year, a number of players have put their hands up, none other than Pedro who had a stellar year. Stu Nicol must have at least one hand (or boot) on the Al MacGlashan Goal Kicking award, and of course the coveted Rich Noty award, awarded to the best clubman. These and others will be presented over dinner and stories from the weekend will be revealed on 15 Nov.

Swans Head to Dublin

Swans Head to Dublin 0

This past weekend the boys headed over to Dublin, OH for the USAFL Nationals Tournament.  Four divisions of 6 teams and a women’s division rounds out the carnival with Clubs from as far as North as Calgary and the Squids in the South.

The Swans headed down there with a reasonable amount of confidence with solid wins over Nashville, Ohio Valley & an admirable loss to the Freeze in the lead up to the 2 day carnival.

The Red & Whites travelled with a squad of 23 and were pretty confident of a positive start to the carnival first up with a noon game against our rival, and Division Premier last year, Columbus Jackaroos.  The home team were always going to be hard to beat.  While the scoreline shows that we were beaten, it wasn’t without chances, and in 40 minutes of football you have to make the most of your chances.

A couple of marks in the forward line may have resulted in goals and this could have made the world of difference, but instead Revo half back, Chet was able to thwart a lot of our forward thrusts.  We did go down swinging but to no avail. We had a number of individual performances that were really pleasing.

Brad Ross on the wing had a stellar game, Webby was asked to step up and play center half back for the Tournament and his first game was superb.  Mike Panek was his usual reliable self.  Cliffy came in for his first Nationals with the Swans and fitted in very well, there is no frills with Cliffy, just hard at it honest football. Additionally, nationals newbie, Tommy ‘Sherman Tank’ Shearman was firing on all cylinders and providing some much needed grunt in the middle.  Woody was our sole goal kicker for the game, taking a fine mark and goaling after the half time siren.

Game 1 – Saturday @ Noon
Swans 1.1.7
Columbus 4.6.30

Goals: Woody
Best: Panek, Tommy, Brad Ross, Pony, Cliffy, Webby

Our next challenge was against unknown side, Houston Lonestars.  There was nothing lonely about their game, they were a tall group of athletic lads, and really rolled over the top of us, all too easily.  Our shining light from that game was the continued good form of Pedro.  He has impressed all year, and will look to see him polling well in this year’s MVP award.  With a scoreline like this, you would expect the back line to feature heavily in best player awards.

Once again Webby played really well, and interestingly enough, his soul mate, Danny showed us some glimpses of the sort of footy he has shown of his potential. Pony continued to battle but around the ground he was often left to do the ground work with some second efforts almost non existent.

This was quite a disappointing game for the Swans as I don’t believe we have ever been beaten that comprehensibly in a Nationals game.  We all recognized as a group that this was not the way the Swans play, and Rich Noty would have had a sleepless night knowing that we had one game on the Sunday morning to make amends.

Game 2 – Saturday @ 5pm
Swans 1.2.8
Houston 10.6.66

Goals: Stu
Best: Webby, Pedro, Pony, Joe, Danny, Stu

Dinner on Saturday was not as jovial as it could have been, however the food and Oxford Landing wine was really good at Mezzo, somewhat taking our minds off the days events.  The ball sat squarely in the lads court in the final game against, a once powerhouse Boston Demons.

The determination and will to get to the contest and tackle was a pleasure to see on Sunday morning on a dewy track. Boston burst out of the blocks and had 2 goals on the board before we had travelled past our own half forward.  To the boys credit they stood up and basically said this is our game and were gonna fight for it.  And fight for it they did.  Danny Yunes continued on from the 5 o’clock game against Houston to play a quality and valuable game for the Swans.  Panek took quite a few marks playing that kick behind play that he does so well.  Pedro has gone from strength to strength this year, and has really become one of the club leaders, recognized with being named, vice captain for the tournament.

It was really good to have the footy smarts of the junkyard dog, Joe on board for the tournament and his game against Boston was valuable.  Gambol who battled hard all weekend, took a couple good marks and was able to nullify his opponent.

Pony played an uncustomary role in the second half, giving us some much needed height at center half back, he played this role very good and even managed to kick a goal.  New the club Stu Nicol, made a special request to play back pocket, but coach Hendrie recognized pretty early on in the piece that he likes nothing more than to kick goals, his two goals proved to be the difference in the two sides, with Boston managing just one point in the second half.

Game 3 – Sunday @ 9am
Boston 2.2.14
Swans 4.2.26

Goals: Pony, Al, Stu 2
Best: Pedro, Panek, Joe, Gambo, Danny, Stu

Full credit to the squad that pulled on the jersey this weekend, we didn’t make the final but we did manage to come out Sunday morning and prove to ourselves and the supporters that came out to watch that we can play big city ball.  Let’s harness that energy and bring it back next year.

Our next event is Red & White night, where we recognize the individual efforts for the year.  Pedro would have to be in the hunt for MVP this year, Stu will have a big say in the Al MacGlashan goal kicking award this year, and who will win best first year and most improved?  All will be revealed in four weeks time.

Chicago Swans Roll the Ohio Valley River Rats

Chicago Swans Roll the Ohio Valley River Rats 0

Another glorious Saturday afternoon at Waveland saw the Chicago Swans seeking another win at home in consecutive weeks. Their opposition Ohio Valley River Rats, a combined squad of Cincinnati, Louisville & St Louis. Unfortunately one of their guys had a wedding and so headed up with 14 players. Big thanks to a 4 of our lads volunteering their services, to help even up the numbers, Frank, Nolan, Allan, & Tyler Dorsett pulling on the opposition jersey; full credit to them! Drakey turned back the clock and put on his dusty old boots for a crack at the visiting side.

The Swans had been working hard in recent weeks to go out hard early and were able to get off to an early lead in the first quarter with some straight kicking, leading by 19 point at the first break. The River Rats kicked just the solitary goal, but could have easily been a couple more, if it hadn’t been for the Swans defense being rock solid, led by Tommy Shearman and Eric ‘Mac’ McLimore, once again two players leading from the front. In the middle, Drakey, Hoyt, Alistair Martin, & Pedro who seems to be in the middle of a purple patch; great form that we hope he can carry into Nationals.

More of the same in the second kicking three straight to extend the half time lead to 30 points. Stu was creating some nice plays in the forward half and even picked up a couple goals for his troubles. Sammy and Joel were also chiming in with some hard work in the forward line and had it been for some straight kicking would have rewarded themselves for that good work.

The third quarter was pretty tight, with the Swans boys missing a couple golden opportunities, winning the quarter by just 3 points. Mike Panek took a spell off the ball in the third, Sammy came into the middle and after a few minutes getting acclimatized began to find the ball with ease. Tommy Shearman came into the middle in the second half and began to make an immediate impact. The Dockers had two fine players in the middle, Jack, who played for the Revos last month in Australia in the International Cup & Cookie both carried the grunt work for the visitors all day, they continued to be a thorn in our side.

The flood gates opened in the last with Big Al running riot in the last to bring his game tally up to 5 majors. Straight kicking throughout the day saw the Swans run out comfortable winners on the day by 63 points. The defense continued to send the ball into attack, with Joe the Junkyard, & Alistair Martin tireless back there. Brad C moved into attack and took some telling marks and selflessly gave away a couple goals he could have kicked himself.

It was a pleasing victory in as many weeks and a good workout in the lead up to Nationals in October. Next week is a massive game and one that we always look forward to. Minnesota will be at full strength and the Swans will need to be on top of their game next week to topple The Freeze.

4.1.25 3.0.18 2.4.16 6.2.38 15.7.97

1.0.6 1.1.7 2.1.13 1.2.8 5.4.34

Goals: Al 5, Stu 2, Alistair Martin 2, Tommy 2, Hoyt, Brad C, Sam, Joe
Best: Pedro, Mac, Al, Joe, Tommy Shearman, Alistair Martin, Sammy, Tommy