1 - Swans have two weeks to work on Nick Malceski's hamstring
Malceski hurt his hamstring in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the match with the red substitute's vest. However, his season may not be over given the club now has two weeks to treat the injury ahead of the preliminary final. The 30-year-old has been one of the Swans' best in 2014, was a candidate for All Australian selection and vitally important to the club's premiership tilt. He had his left hamstring strapped by the end of the game. Longmire said he would be monitored during the week. "He just felt his hamstring a little bit when he kicked around the body," the coach said. The Swans will host Geelong, Essendon or North Melbourne in a fortnight's time. It will be the club's third preliminary final in as many seasons.

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2 - You can only keep champion players down for so long
While it is a cliché, the phrase "cometh the hour, cometh the man" most accurately applied to Lance Franklin on Saturday. Alex Silvagni had an excellent game, keeping the champion forward well contained for most of the match. Franklin was also frustrated by some less-than-ideal delivery and Fremantle's tactic of double-teaming him at the marking contest, as Garrick Ibbotson floated back to block his run. Pushed up the ground to get a bit more into the game, Franklin stepped up to kick two important goals in the last term. The first, at the four-minute mark with the Swans' lead reduced to 10 points following two consecutive Freo goals, came after Franklin gathered the footy well outside 50 and launched a massive drop punt that sailed over the goal umpire's hat. The second came a couple of minutes later when the 27-year-old weaved some magic from deep in the left forward pocket. He finished the game with three majors.

3 - Pavlich gets Dockers close with vintage skipper's performance
Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich put in a supreme effort on Saturday afternoon, defying the greasy conditions and the efforts of the close-checking Ted Richards to kick four goals in close to a best-on-ground performance. He also had three marks and 19 disposals. Whether it was on the lead or in a pack, Pavlich was the most threatening forward on the ground over the four quarters, and the 33-year-old finished just two goals short of his best ever finals haul of six against Geelong in the 2012 elimination final.

4 - Inclement weather dampens some fans' spirits
The official crowd of 35,998 may have been below par in the eyes of some, given the Swans' minor premiership-winning season to date so far. However, it exceeded the historical average (34,996) of finals crowds for the first two weeks of September at the venue. Even excluding the disappointing 19,127 crowd in the 2008 elimination final against the Roos, ANZ Stadium averages 38964 for AFL finals in the first two weeks. Preliminary finals are a different story - the 57,156 for the 2012 encounter with Collingwood is the lowest of the three held at Homebush. Swans coach John Longmire shrugged off questions about the attendance: "I just assess the win. If I could get 80,000 there I would, clearly. But I worry about what I can control." Heavy rain at 10am may have put off some from coming – Sydney experienced three times its average monthly rainfall in August – although the match started under bright skies at 2.45pm. Local sport - it was grand final weekend for many grass roots leagues - may have also been another factor. Let's hope more turn up in two weeks. 

5 - Finals pressure is real. Just ask Gary Rohan
Gary Rohan is no stranger to finals, having played four post-season matches as part of the Swans' September campaigns in 2011 and 2013 heading into Saturday's contest. However, the 23-year-old was exposed early in the match when he gave away a free kick for running too far that resulted in a goal to Tendai Mzungu. An ill-timed attempt to spoil minutes later gave Pavlich the opportunity to mark and run into an open goal. Then in the second term, his two attempts at goal when put clear slewed off the side of the boot. He steadied in the second half but was still a bit fumbly in the greasy conditions.

6 - AFL boss full of praise for Swans
During Saturday's pre-match function, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan handed the McClelland Trophy to Swans president Andrew Pridham for taking out this year's minor premiership. McLachlan then had some very strong words for how far the Swans have come in the AFL. Once a club on the brink of ruin, it has now made the finals in 11 of the past 12 seasons. "The Swans were a club no one associated with September," McLachlan said. "They almost exclusively played from March to August each year. Now, it's a club everyone thinks about when September rolls around. This is a club that effectively owns the month of September. This year, they managed to conquer all before them, despite being saddled with enormous expectations."

There were plenty of seats at ANZ Stadium but it was a solid Swans crowd. Picture: AFL Media