Sydney coach John Longmire is pondering whether to go small or tall with his forward line after the club accepted one-match AFL bans to star spearheads Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett.
Franklin was punished
for a bump on Richmond's Shane Edwards and Tippett for an elbow to
Dylan Grimes in last Friday's match at the SCG.
Between them, Franklin (36) and Tippett (22) have accounted for over a third of the goals kicked by Sydney this year.
Swans proved they were capable of kicking a big winning score on the
only occasion when both Franklin and Tippett were unavailable.
Sydney kicked 18.15 against the Lions in Brisbane last year, winning that game by 79 points.
said one obvious switch would involve swingman Sam Reid, who has spent
time down back this year, being moved forward for Thursday's home game
with Port Adelaide,
Veteran Adam Goodes is likely to stay forward and Longmire and his match committee have a number of options.
"We're looking at do we go taller or smaller in our front half?," Longmire said on Monday.
"Whether it's Dean Towers, Toby Nankervis, different types of players we can have in our front half.
"Those discussions are happening at the moment and they will be ongoing. We will make that decision a bit later in the week."
will also lose Tippett as their backup ruckman, but Longmire is hoping
to have his first-choice Mike Pyke back after missing the Richmond game
with a knee issue.
"We'd expect him to have a real chance of
playing this week, at this stage he's more likely to play than not,"
Longmire said of Pyke.
Longmire has defended Tippett against
criticism in some quarters that the big money player hasn't produced
enough this year and he accentuated the value he offers through his ruck
"He's kicked 22 goals at the halfway point ... playing a mixture of forward and ruck," Longmire said of Tippett.
"He's changed his role fairly dramatically this year, playing more ruck, he's allowed us to do other things.
he came home at the end of the season with a 40-plus goal performance
and playing a fair bit in the ruck it wouldn't be too bad a year."
certainly things in his game he can improve and we're working with him
constantly to do that but we understand that those roles have changed
since he's been here."
Longmire expected rookie forward Isaac
Heeney and midfielder-small forward Ben McGlynn to both make comebacks
from injury this week in the reserves.