What would the Swans and Giants look like if they merged?

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    If the two New South Wales teams, the Sydney Swans and the GWS Giants, merged into one line-up, it would be a fascinating football squad.

    There are few shocks in the 22 individuals I have chosen for this challenging experience.

    Swans, Giants

    Coach: John Longmire (Swans)
    Co-captains: Luke Parker (Swans), Josh Kelly (Giants)

    B: Nick Smith (Swans), Adam Tomlinson (Giants), Nick Newman (Swans)
    HB: Callum Mills (Swans), Heath Grundy (Swans), Dayne Rampe (Swans)
    C: Tom Scully (Giants), Dylan Shiel (Giants), Dan Hannebery (Swans)
    HF: Will Hayward (Swans), Lance Franklin (Swans), Isaac Heeney (Swans)
    F: Toby Greene (Giants), Jeremy Cameron (Giants), George Hewett (Swans)

    Foll: Rory Lobb (Giants), Josh Kelly (Giants), Luke Parker (Swans)
    Int: Josh Kennedy (Swans), Callum Ward (Giants), Zak Jones (Swans), Lachie Whitfield (Giants)

    Coach
    It was a tough job to pick the coach of this merged team, but John Longmire just edged out Leon Cameron by the fact that he is a premiership coach.

    John Longmire Sydney Swans AFL 2017

    (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

    Captains
    I couldn’t decide between Luke Parker and Josh Kelly. They are both good leaders. Parker had the most disposals of any Swans player last season, while Kelly was named in the All Australian squad. Both deserve the accolade of being captain.

    Back line
    Nick Smith is one of the best small defenders in the competition. Adam Tomlinson started his career as a forward but has been a revelation in the back line for the Giants.

    Nick Newman is a star of the future – every possession he gets is efficient – and he is one of the more understated characters in the competition. Callum Mills provides lots of run for the Swans and is someone who can play through the midfield.

    Dayne Rampe has been a solid performer ever since the Swans match committee gave him a chance to play in the AFL. Heath Grundy should be regarded as one of the best tall defenders in the league as he usually negates the oppositions best tall forward.

    Midfield
    All three midfielders selected are all left-footed skilful exponents of using the footy. Dylan Shiel is very important to the Giants and was an astute pick in the national draft a few years ago.

    Dylan Shiel

    (Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

    Forward line
    Will Hayward is a promising youngster who averages more than a goal per game. He doesn’t get a lot of the footy, but when he gets possession, he uses it well.

    Lance Franklin is universally regarded as one of the best tall forwards going around. He is also extremely mobile and capable of kicking a goal from outside 50, pulling off the freakish and unfathomable.

    Isaac Heeney is a talented young player who can play through the midfield or up forward and who averages slightly more than a goal per game.

    Followers
    Rory Lobb should thrive as the Giants number one ruckman after the retirement of Shane Mumford and will benefit from the time he has spent plying his trade as a tall forward target. Josh Kelly and Luke Parker are both in their respective leadership groups. They are both no-fuss elite midfielders.

    Interchange bench
    The captain of the Swans and Giants are listed on the interchange bench as they can both add to the midfield rotations. Zak Jones and Lachie Whitfield are both capable of playing off half back or on a wing.

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    The Crowd Says (11)

    • March 19th 2018 @ 10:50am
      josh said | March 19th 2018 @ 10:50am | ! Report

      The only thing that would happen is the Midgets getting 20k instead of 10k….and still claiming the whole of Western Sydney is in love with them.

    • March 19th 2018 @ 10:53am
      truetigerfan said | March 19th 2018 @ 10:53am | ! Report

      Gotta say this is a pretty formidable team you’ve picked, Doran. Add to this depth players to satisfy the naysayers suggesting positional changes and you’d have a team who would take a power of beating.

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      March 19th 2018 @ 11:21am
      mds1970 said | March 19th 2018 @ 11:21am | ! Report

      Interesting that Josh Kelly is named as a captain, when he isn’t one of the Giants’ current captains; and yet Callan Ward (not Callum as the article says) is in the team.

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      March 19th 2018 @ 2:13pm
      JamesH said | March 19th 2018 @ 2:13pm | ! Report

      Fair side. I’d probably have Kennedy in the starting midfield and Parker at half forward ahead of Hewitt or Hayward, with one of those two omitted to squeeze Coniglio onto the pine.

    • March 19th 2018 @ 3:55pm
      Johnny Banter said | March 19th 2018 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

      Kennedy would be close to first picked in the starting line up, no way he’s benched.

      Some odd choices like Will Hayward & Nick Newman – both fringe Swans who wouldn’t be guaranteed a starting spot in the red & white.

    • March 19th 2018 @ 5:33pm
      Winston said | March 19th 2018 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

      Half fun exercise, but it’s a bit difficult to critique without having all players from both teams listed as well. We need to know who you’ve ditched as well as who you picked. Or maybe I’m just lazy.

      Should Patton be there? There’s no strong marking forward. Brett Deledio doesn’t get a game? And if you’re going to pick Hayward and Hewett on the back of talent, what about Jacob Hopper and Zac Williams?

      To me this team is very Swans biased (and that’s coming from a Swans fan).

      • March 19th 2018 @ 6:12pm
        Doran Smith said | March 19th 2018 @ 6:12pm | ! Report

        This is a subjective exercise. There was not one ounce of bias to any team, it was purely based on my opinion. I only selected to tall forwards, in Franklin and Cameron and they are the two best for the merged team. I am a big fan of Deledio, both as a person and as a player, however, he was injured most of last Season, but I hope he proves me wrong in omitting him from my merged team. You can’t keep everyone happy, re leaving out Hopper and Williams. I still picked 9 Giants players.

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