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    Western Sydney vs. Sydney

    ANZ Stadium
    2012 AFL Premiership Season March 25, 2012
    Sydney won by 63 points
    Western Sydney  Sydney
    Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
    1335Goal 481314
    2347Behinds 14816
    8212237Points 255286100

    Four years of planning comes to fruition tonight when the AFL’s newest club, GWS Giants, debuts in a standalone game against cross-town rivals the Sydney Swans to open the AFL 2012 season. Join us at 7.20pm AEST as we follow Australian sporting history in the making with live scores and commentary.

    In reality, the vision for a second AFL team in Sydney goes back a long way.

    Even in the years when the Swans were struggling to make a mark in Australia’s largest city, the AFL understood that the future prosperity of the game depended on a larger presence, and that inevitably meant a minimum of two teams.

    It’s an audacious move by the AFL, one fraught with risk, but one that could equally help change the face of the game over the next 50 years.

    When the AFL plans something, it’s thinking decades ahead.

    But forget the future, this is the here and now, and for all the hype, the publicity, the planning, the controversy, it’s time for the 18th club to send 22 blokes out onto the paddock.

    In over your head, a tough initiation, boys against men, thrown in the deep end: think of any sporting cliché that comes to mind, and it will not be exaggerating what the GWS boys are facing tonight.

    And they are boys. Seventeen of them will be debuting in the AFL tonight, as many as debuted in 1991 in the Crows’ first ever game.

    But there are massive differences between this Giants outfit and that Crows team, who were able to enter the competition with the best of the SANFL in what was almost a State of Origin team.

    The Giants go into the game tonight with a long list of teenagers, up against one of the hardest teams in the AFL.

    Some of these teenagers have impressed in the pre-season with their willingness to put their head over the ball. Watch out tonight for youngsters such as Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith and Stephen Coniglio.

    Mid-sized forwards such as Jeremy Cameron and Curtly Hampton have shown a bit of class as well.

    Phil Davis might be able to break even with Swans power forward Sam Reid, and Callan Ward might be able to do the same against Kieren Jack (both are Giants co-captains).

    Even Coniglio could match it with Andrejs Everitt this early in his career, but from there, it falls away very rapidly for the Giants.

    Across the lines, it’s teenagers up against hardened, experienced professionals, and despite the odd man-on-man win to the Giants, one can see the Swans getting away to an early lead and building on that as the game progresses.

    By the time we make it to half time, a large chunk of the young Giants will be feeling battered and bruised: they’ll be wanting to see it through until the end, but their legs may struggle to carry them.

    Sheeds has Tim Mohr on Adam Goodes, which looks like a match with only one possible victor. But who can play on Goodes? Could an ageing Chad Cornes stay with him?

    To rub salt into the wounds, Harry Cunningham of Wagga, from inside the GWS zone but rejected by them, will make his debut for the Swans.

    Unfortunately for the Giants, experienced players such as Luke Power, Dean Brogan, Setanta o’hAilpin and Tom Scully are out injured, while number one draft pick Jonathon Patton is getting over pre-season surgery.

    Had they had all these players, the Giants would have stood a chance of getting within 10 goals of the Swans. Without them, well, we’re looking at a scoreline not to dissimilar to what the Suns endured in their first game last season.

    It is an historic moment tonight, but Giants fans will need to ignore the scoreboard. Watch out for the glimmer of hope some of these teenagers will provide, and think longer term.

    A giant step for the AFL, but tonight, it will be a matter of baby steps, cramps, bruised bodies and a massive reality check for the young Giants.

    It’s an historic night for the AFL in Sydney. Will there be any surprises – of any magnitude? AFL 2012 kicks off tonight at 7.20pm AEDT this evening and we’ll have all the action from the first bounce. If you’re watching, give us your thoughts in the space below.

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    Events
    Quarter 1
    1' GOAL - Kieren Jack (Sydney)
    2' BEHIND - Andrejs Everitt (Sydney)
    4' BEHIND - Curtly Hampton (Western Sydney)
    7' GOAL - Craig Bird (Sydney)
    11' GOAL - Craig Bird (Sydney)
    16' GOAL - Callan Ward (Western Sydney)
    19' BEHIND - Devon Smith (Western Sydney)
    25' GOAL - Josh P. Kennedy (Sydney)
    Quarter 2
    1' BEHIND - Jarrad McVeigh (Sydney)
    3' GOAL - Lewis Roberts-Thomson (Sydney)
    6' BEHIND - Sam Reid (Sydney)
    11' GOAL - Ben McGlynn (Sydney)
    13' GOAL - Nathan Wilson (Western Sydney)
    14' GOAL - William Hoskin-Elliott (Western Sydney)
    16' BEHIND - Curtly Hampton (Western Sydney)
    18' BEHIND - Rushed (Sydney)
    23' GOAL - Jude Bolton (Sydney)
    31' GOAL - Shane Mumford (Sydney)
    Quarter 3
    1' GOAL - Jarrad McVeigh (Sydney)
    4' GOAL - Josh P. Kennedy (Sydney)
    6' GOAL - Lewis Jetta (Sydney)
    6' BEHIND - Curtly Hampton (Western Sydney)
    10' GOAL - Lewis Jetta (Sydney)
    13' GOAL - Gary Rohan (Sydney)
    16' BEHIND - Sam Reid (Sydney)
    20' BEHIND - Rushed (Sydney)
    23' BEHIND - Kieren Jack (Sydney)
    29' BEHIND - Andrejs Everitt (Sydney)
    Quarter 4
    3' BEHIND - Craig Bird (Sydney)
    6' BEHIND - Rushed (Sydney)
    7' BEHIND - Devon Smith (Western Sydney)
    9' BEHIND - Adam Kennedy (Western Sydney)
    11' GOAL - Jonathan Giles (Western Sydney)
    14' GOAL - Andrejs Everitt (Sydney)
    16' BEHIND - Andrejs Everitt (Sydney)
    16' BEHIND - Gary Rohan (Sydney)
    19' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Sydney)
    21' BEHIND - Gary Rohan (Sydney)
    24' GOAL - James McDonald (Western Sydney)
    26' BEHIND - Adam Goodes (Sydney)
    28' BEHIND - Alex Johnson (Sydney)
    30' BEHIND - Craig Bird (Sydney)

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    • 10:42pm
      BigAl said | 10:42pm | ! Report

      I don’t understand !!

      The season opener , an historic game and CH 7 use the LOUSIEST commentary team I have ever heard. !!!!!

      What were CH 7 thinking ???????

    • Roar Guru

      10:08pm
      mds1970 said | 10:08pm | ! Report

      When the Swans kicked those five quick goals at the start of the third term,he floodgates could so easily have opened. But these Giants have fighting spirit and really fought it out to the end. We may not have won, but as I leave ANZ Stadium I’m a proud Giant tonight.

    • Roar Guru

      10:07pm
      The Cattery said | 10:07pm | ! Report

      It’s been an historic day for the AFL today.
      Thanks for joining me, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    • Roar Guru

      10:05pm
      The Cattery said | 10:05pm | ! Report

      63 pt win for the Swans, a lot better than we expected for the Giants, they worked so hard in that first half, were overrun well and truly in the 3rd and were pretty much spent by half way through the last, with so many teenagers in the team, they need another 1 or 2 preseasons to get that run in their legs, but the attack on the footy was pretty good all night long

    • Roar Guru

      9:59pm
      The Cattery said | 9:59pm | ! Report

      FT
      GWS 5.7 (37) Swans 14.16 (100)

      GWS coaching staff will be please with the first half where they applied good tackling pressure on the Swans and won a bit of contested footy, had a very good period mid 2nd quarter where some of the youngsters showed their class and potential.

      But the warning signs were there late in the 2nd quarter, Mumford was giving his on -ballers first use, clean take aways and spotting up forwards in the 50 with better ball use, Reid took some grabs, Bolton and Kennedy won plenty of it, and no one could keep up with Jetta and his blistering pace.

      For the Giants, Mohr, Cornes and Davis were very good down back, Ward and Coniglio were good around the middle, and Hampton showed some class but his kicking let him down around the goals.

      Well done to the giants on debut.

      • 10:02pm
        Norm said | 10:02pm | ! Report

        Good effort from Giants. Sure they surprised many who predicted 100 point blow-out. Gr8 to see Chad Cornes doing well. Excellent crowd. Will be interested in TV viewing figures, Cattery 🙂

    • Roar Guru

      9:55pm
      The Cattery said | 9:55pm | ! Report

      FT
      GWS 5.7 (37) Swans 14.16 (100)

      Palmer pinged for diving on the ball, its a swans free from just inside 50, it’s Bird with the kick, misses, and siren goes – it’s all over!

      • 10:08pm
        TomC said | 10:08pm | ! Report

        Interesting symmetry between this game and the result of Swans-Suns last season:

        36 to 106 that day.

    • Roar Guru

      9:53pm
      The Cattery said | 9:53pm | ! Report

      28 min
      GWS 5.7 Swans 14.15

      Bolton runs straight at the footy, collects, dishes out and Cunningham has a shot and misses

    • Roar Guru

      9:51pm
      The Cattery said | 9:51pm | ! Report

      26 min
      GWS 5.7 Swans 14.14

      Goodes with a rare mark, misses from a long way out, which is sad for me because I think I made him my captain in SC!!

    • Roar Guru

      9:50pm
      The Cattery said | 9:50pm | ! Report

      25 min
      GWS 5.7 Swans 14.13

      I’m not sure who it was, I think it was Hannebery, he took the handball on 50m, was winding up for the shot, and Izzy came in from behind and nabbed him red hot mid kick, and absolutely put him on his tail bone, he would have felt that!

    • Roar Guru

      9:48pm
      The Cattery said | 9:48pm | ! Report

      24 min
      GWS 5.7 Swans 14.13

      Big tackle from Izzy then, caught someone red hot unawares, then followed the ball, clean hands, now a shot for goal from McDonald, gets it, well done Izzy!!

    • Roar Guru

      9:47pm
      The Cattery said | 9:47pm | ! Report

      23 min
      GWS 4.7 Swans 14.13

      Cornes with another strong mark in the goal square to save the day for the Giants, good game from Cornes tonight, both sets of players going through the motions now,

    • Roar Guru

      9:45pm
      The Cattery said | 9:45pm | ! Report

      22 min
      GWS 4.7 Swans 14.13

      Rohan wins the footy, one-two, shoots from 40m on run, misses

      • Roar Rookie

        9:47pm
        David Jones said | 9:47pm | ! Report

        Has Izzy touched the ball in the second half?

        • 9:49pm
          Ian Whitchurch said | 9:49pm | ! Report

          Good timing. Izzy just tackled Hannebery hard and fair, roved his own footy, and it ends up with a goal to McDonald.

          Chad Cornes ran fifty meters to congratulate him.

          Add not being destroyed as the backup ruckman, and Im very, very happy with his performance.

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