Demons make NEAFL season Swansong a winner

Updated: Jan 24, 2019

By David Polkinghorne, Article courtesy of THE AGE

The Demons get around Andrew Swan in his last game for the season. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

If Andrew Swan had his time again, the Canberra Demons forward wouldn't have opted for the LARS procedure to reconstruct his knee.


But he'll go to the operating table on a high after the Demons won their third straight game for the first time in the club's history - knocking off the Brisbane Lions 9.12 (66) to 6.8 (44) at Manuka Oval on Saturday.


The win also meant they've beaten all three AFL reserves teams they've played so far this year.


It will be Swan's last game of the season as he goes under the knife to have a traditional reconstruction of his anterior cruciate ligament on Thursday.


The 25-year-old opted for LARS - Ligament Advanced Reinforcement System - surgery five years ago because of the faster recovery time, but the artificial ligament used started to fail this season.


It's a decision he would change if he had've known he'd end up back on the operating table.


"I heard at the time that a few had failed ... but being at that young age and just trying to play footy, come back as soon as I can, the option was there and that's what I went with," Swan said.


"It shown now that it's probably not the right technology and I should've just gone traditional, but hindsight's a great thing."


Swan ended his season buoyed by the Demons' win and confident he'll return to the field next season to a team heading in the right direction.


The Demons sit fifth on the NEAFL ladder following their win over the Lions, but are only percentage away from third-placed Brisbane.


"It's the first time in the club's history we've won three in a row and it has a real good vibe and feel around the club at the moment," Swan said.


"Everyone's starting to gel together a bit more, pretty exciting what's to come."


Klemke praised Swan's efforts against the Lions, with the versatile forward kicking two goals in the 22-point win.


He also praised onballers Alex Smout and Isaac Taylor, as well as Mitch Maguire.


Such was Maguire's dominance, Lions coach Mitch Hahn sent AFL-listed Brandon Starcevich to tag him.


Klemke, who spent time on Essendon's list, felt Maguire was worthy of a shot in the AFL.

He challenged the 20-year-old to add consistency to his game this season, something he felt he'd done.


"I was really impressed with Mitch Maguire, his first quarter was outstanding," Klemke said.


"They sent an AFL-listed player to tag him [and] he still finished with 29 [possessions]. He was great.


"He struggled for a quarter and a bit [after the tag], but in the second half he got back in the game and out-worked him.


"That just shows you the footy he's playing this year."

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