Not since 1935 have the Swans been in such form.
Then based in South Melbourne, the red and white lost just twice during the 18 round season, but went down in the decider.
80 years and two premierships later, the Swans are set to equal the record of 12 straight wins at competition level. However forward turned utility Ben McGlynn says the side isn’t concentrating on their winning run.
“We’re just focusing on each week,” he said.
“It’s great for the club but the boys are focused on getting the four points every time we run out.
“We are only one bad game away from letting it all unfold,” McGlynn added.
While it’s a far cry from the 23 game unbeaten record set by Geelong in 1953, the streak has been good on and off the field for the club.
“It’s great,” McGlynn said. “The turn outs we are getting here at the SCG and in the new grandstand is obviously supporting that but the boys are playing good footy which is also appealing as well.
“We’ll just continue to play the brand of footy we know we can play and hopefully that brings along all those accolades.”
An outcast in brown and gold when playing for Hawthorn, McGlynn has re-invented himself at the Swans. With Franklin and Tippet occupying a lethal forward fifty, John Longmire transitioned the small forward into a midfield role, and he is loving the challenge.
“Last year I was challenged by the coaches… to kind of push into the midfield,” he said.
“That opportunity arose, and I’ve taken it. With Keiren [Jack] getting tagged alot earlier in the year I’ve helped him out a little bit as well.”
And this versatility is an integral part of the modern day Swans success.
“It’s great that we have that depth and blokes can play in various roles, when the midfielders and the small forwards can rotate through the middle.”
As for the weekend, many predict Sydney to keep the momentum rolling against the Blues, but McGlynn says the squad aren’t underestimating the Carlton outfit.
“They’re obviously coming off the back of a good game, and they’ve got a lot of talent in their team.
“I guess if you play the way they want to they will hurt us so we are pretty focused on getting the game on our terms.” – Patrick Boddan
Top photo of McGlynn by Daniel Walker.