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Siobhan-Marie OConnor is fired up to face some of the best swimmers in the world in the European Championships. The 20-year-old from Bath has already stormed to one gold in London this week, not in the individual events but in the mixed 4x100m medley relay on Tuesday night.OConnor is part of the 26-strong squad in Brazil this summer desperate to improve on the two bronzes (Becky Adlington) and silver (Michael Jamieson) won by Team GB at London 2012.Londons Aquatic Centre is hosting Europes top swimming talent this week with OConnor next competing in the 200m individual medley on Wednesday and Thursday.It will be the perfect stage for OConnor and her British team-mates to pit themselves against some of the fiercest competitors they are likely to face in four months at the Olympics.OConnor, a Sky Academy Sports Scholar in the four-year build-up to Rio, told Sky Sports News HQ: Im really looking forward to the Europeans. Its so great to have another opportunity to race in front of a home crowd in my favourite pool which holds so many amazing memories! Siobhan-Marie OConnor opens up to SSNHQ about her Olympic selection I am in hard training preparing for Rio but this is a great chance to race against some of the best swimmers in Europe and see what happens.Im also really looking forward to being united with the GB Olympic team and racing together on home soil.This will be the second Games for her OConnor as she looks to build on her stunning form over the last year. 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The team that won the preliminary and grand finals averaged 81 games per player, a ridiculously low number. Outside of the crusty veterans, Matthew Boyd and Dale Morris, and a 176-game player in Liam Picken, they were callow youth, with nine players having logged fewer than 50 games. Hawthorn in 2015 had players averaging 167 games.You needed to delve back to Adelaides 1997 outfit to find a less-experienced premiership team, the Crows coming in at 73 games per player. This explains why the Dogs were so nervous on grand final day. Or not!2. Beveridges team came from seventh place, which we know is unheard of. In the 23 years the AFL has had a top-eight finals system, no one has done it from there, or even reached the grand final before. Since the current finals configuration was adopted in 2000, the Bulldogs are the first to win from outside the top four. The reasons for that are simple: it requires winning four finals (and in the Bulldogs case, two of them interstate). The only previous team to win four finals, Adelaide in 1997, did it under the previous finals system.The conventional wisdom, spouted year-after-year, is that you have to finish top-four to win the flag. Its just been blown out of the water.3. The Bulldogs are not a high-scoring team. In the era of Alastair Clarksons Hawthorn, and following on from Bomber Thompsons Geelong, it has been accepted thought that you needed to be a heavy-scorer, probably in the top-four rankings, to win a flag. Hawthorn in their three consecutive flags, were No.1 every time. Fox Footys much-hyped premiership standard suggests a premiership team needs to score at least 100 points a game and concede fewer than 86 points, for example.But in the regular season, the Bulldogs were 12th in scoring with an average of 86 points per game. 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