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    St Kilda vs. Sydney Swans

    Etihad Stadium
    AFL Home and Away May 20, 2017
    St Kilda 68, Sydney Swans 118
    St Kilda Sydney Swans
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q13220   4226
    Q25434   7345
    Q37547   12880
    Q410868   1810118

    Match result:

    If we weren’t sure before today, then we definitely are now; Sydney, after a crushing 50-point win over a hapless St Kilda, are officially back.

    » Click here to read the full match report

    Final score
    St Kilda Saints 10.8.68
    Sydney Swans 18.10.118

    Match preview:

    Two teams in red-hot form will lock horns at Etihad Stadium when the St Kilda Saints host the Sydney Swans. Join The Roar for live scores, updates and analysis from 1:45pm AEST.

    Many pundits tipped St Kilda to be one of the biggest improvers this season, and with five wins from their past six games, the Saints’ five-year finals drought looks set to end in 2017.

    It has been a long and at times painful rebuild under coach Alan Richardson, but the Saints appear to finally be reaping the rewards for their patience, giving their supporters genuine hope that an elusive second premiership may be just around the corner.

    The likes of Jack Steven and Seb Ross have been enormous in midfield, Tim Membrey has continued his rise into the game’s elite up forward, and the arrival of Nathan Brown and Jake Carlisle’s return from a doping suspension has filled the key defensive void that has plagued the Saints in the past.

    And the inclusion of Brown and Carlisle has had a flow-on effect, with the newly freed up Dylan Roberton in All-Australian form across half-back.

    An upset win over GWS in Round 7 got the footy world talking, with the Saints’ slick ball movement, ferocious tackling and brilliance up forward leading some to consider them a genuine premiership chance this season.

    And while they weren’t quite as impressive against Carlton, their ability to grind out a win against a troublesome opponent would have been almost as satisfying for the coaching staff.

    And with Paddy McCartin running rampant in the VFL, the selectors have had the luxury of omitting Josh Bruce for this match, with the 2014 No.1 draft pick coming in for his first game since Round 3.

    While many predicted the Saints’ rise, the Swans’ fall from grace has taken the football community by complete surprise.

    The struggles of Luke Parker and Dan Hannebery in midfield were noted, as was the lack of supply afforded to Lance Franklin up forward, and when the Swans were defeated by Carlton in Round 6, the eulogies were already being prepared.

    But with their season on Death Row, the Swans have finally found something resembling their best form, and while they were always expected to beat lowly Brisbane in Round 7, their triumph over an in-form North Melbourne was more like the Sydney of old.

    Parker and Hannebery have found some badly needed touch in the past few weeks, Isaac Heeney’s return from illness has been crucial, and youngsters Will Hayward and Zak Jones have continued to impress.

    Even more encouragingly, their 42-point win over the Roos featured only one goal from Franklin, with the Swans sharing the load around with eleven goalkickers.

    Remarkably, despite their 2-6 record, the Swans are still very much in the finals race, and a win here would confirm that they are, in fact, back to their best.

    Dane Rampe’s return into the backline is a huge bonus for Sydney, who have sorely missed his intercept marking and calm head in defence, while Kurt Tippett’s inclusion will give Callum Sinclair some support in the ruck and up forward.

    It’s difficult to judge whether Sydney have truly turned around their season, given that both Brisbane and North Melbourne are predicted to finish in the bottom six this season. St Kilda present a much tougher challenge, and at the end of the day, it should be the Saints saluting their fans with a fourth consecutive victory.

    St Kilda by 17 points

    Saints captain Jarryn Geary has won the admiration of teammates and fans alike with his fierce courage and determination, and the veteran is one of three milestone men for this game, with his 150th appearance coinciding with teammate Jack Newnes and Swan Dane Rampe’s 100th games.

    Can Geary mark the occasion by leading his team to another confidence-boosting win? Or will the Swans prove to the footy world that they can’t be discounted in 2017 just yet?

    Tune into The Roar from 1:45pm (AEST) for our rolling blog of the match, and remember to leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

    Live Score Updates

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    Quarter 1
    3' BEHIND - Kurt Tippett (Sydney Swans)
    4' GOAL - Harry Cunningham (Sydney Swans)
    7' GOAL - Will Hayward (Sydney Swans)
    9' BEHIND - Paddy McCartin (St Kilda)
    13' GOAL - Dylan Roberton (St Kilda)
    15' GOAL - Dan Hannebery (Sydney Swans)
    18' BEHIND - Jack Sinclair (St Kilda)
    20' GOAL - Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
    21' GOAL - Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
    25' BEHIND - Rushed (Sydney Swans)
    26' GOAL - Dan Hannebery (Sydney Swans)
    Quarter 2
    1' GOAL - Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
    5' GOAL - Josh P. Kennedy (Sydney Swans)
    9' GOAL - Harry Cunningham (Sydney Swans)
    13' GOAL - Sam Reid (Sydney Swans)
    20' BEHIND - Maverick Weller (St Kilda)
    22' BEHIND - Lance Franklin (Sydney Swans)
    23' GOAL - Tim Membrey (St Kilda)
    24' BEHIND - Paddy McCartin (St Kilda)
    Quarter 3
    1' BEHIND - Sebastian Ross (St Kilda)
    3' BEHIND - Callum Sinclair (Sydney Swans)
    4' GOAL - Dean Towers (Sydney Swans)
    6' BEHIND - Rushed (Sydney Swans)
    8' BEHIND - Lance Franklin (Sydney Swans)
    10' BEHIND - Will Hayward (Sydney Swans)
    13' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Sydney Swans)
    14' GOAL - Blake Acres (St Kilda)
    17' GOAL - Gary Rohan (Sydney Swans)
    19' GOAL - Tim Membrey (St Kilda)
    20' BEHIND - Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
    23' GOAL - Kurt Tippett (Sydney Swans)
    27' GOAL - Nic Newman (Sydney Swans)
    Quarter 4
    2' BEHIND - Rushed (St Kilda)
    4' GOAL - George Hewett (Sydney Swans)
    6' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Sydney Swans)
    8' GOAL - Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
    10' GOAL - Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
    12' BEHIND - Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
    14' BEHIND - Kurt Tippett (Sydney Swans)
    17' BEHIND - Maverick Weller (St Kilda)
    21' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Sydney Swans)
    22' BEHIND - Maverick Weller (St Kilda)
    24' GOAL - Paddy McCartin (St Kilda)
    25' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Sydney Swans)
    27' GOAL - Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
    30' GOAL - Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
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    • Roar Guru

      Cat said | 4:51pm | ! Report

      Playing NM and Brisbane they were always going to win. Saints was never worse than a 50/50 game. They look good one week, terrible the next. Next three rounds will tell us a bit more, if the Swans are back they should win them all and square up their record.

    • Roar Guru

      Tim Miller said | 4:41pm | ! Report

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      Sydney 18.10 (118) defeated St Kilda 10.8 (68) by 50 points at Etihad Stadium.


      Sydney: Franklin 4, Papley 2, Hannebery 2, Cunningham 2, Newman, Kennedy, Hewett, Towers, Hayward, Tippett, Reid, Rohan.

      St Kilda: Riewoldt 3, Membrey 2, Gresham 2, McCartin, Roberton, Acres.


      Sydney: Kennedy, Hannebery, Newman, Lloyd, Papley, Mills.

      St Kilda: Steven, Billings, Roberton.


      Sydney: Cunningham (foot).

      St Kilda: Newnes (concussion).

    • Roar Guru

      Tim Miller said | 4:39pm | ! Report

      That’s it from me today. Sydney triumphant by 50 points over a woeful St Kilda. Are they back? It looks that way, but I guess they’ll have to keep on winning to push for finals. Be sure to jump on the blog for Richmond-GWS, which has just started up. But for me, it’s curtains. Catch you later.

    • Roar Guru

      Tim Miller said | 4:37pm | ! Report

      Sydney: J. Kennedy, three votes.

      A captain’s game if ever there was one for the star Swan. Was ferocious in close and worked hard to rack them up on the outside. The Saints’ woes began with their struggles in close, despite winning the clearances handsomely, and for that reason, Kennedy just pips Hannebery for my 3. Used the ball exceptionally well as well, but it was his work in close, as it has been for so long, that made him the most influential player on the ground in my book.

    • Roar Guru

      Tim Miller said | 4:35pm | ! Report

      Sydney: D. Hannebery, two votes.

      When the Swans lost six games on the trot to start the season, much of the blame was squared on Hannebery and Parker for their ordinary form. But he’s come back with a vengeance in the past three weeks, racking up plenty of uncontested marks and delivering the ball to his forwards with trademark skill. Kicked two early goals in the first quarter when the match was still up for grabs, and worked supremely hard all day to give teammates an option to pass to. 30 touches and 12 marks in his best game for the season.

    • Roar Guru

      Tim Miller said | 4:32pm | ! Report

      Predictive Brownlow time, and as you could expect, it’s dominated by Swans.

      Sydney: N. Newman, one vote.

      I love this bloke, and I have no idea why John Longmire doesn’t seem to. He’s been absolutely fantastic in the past two weeks, roaming all over the ground from half-back. Today, he was responsible for initiating plenty of the Swans’ rebound chains that ended in goals further up the ground. He’s not overly quick, but he uses the ball well and I can’t remember seeing him panic today. For the sake of my Fantasy teams, let’s hope he can keep his spot for the foreseeable future.

    • Roar Pro

      Nicholas Nakos said | 4:24pm | ! Report

      That was a very, very ordinary display from St Kilda, particularly the second half.

      They totally butchered the ball coming out of their defensive end and disposal into the forward line was no better.

      As I suspected, they are an over-hyped team based on a victory over GWS who have been patchy at best the past month.

      I struggle to understand how Sam Gilbert and Dylan Roberton maintain their spot game after game with the way they approach the game at times…awful. Gilbert particularly has such a lazy approach at times.

      • Roar Guru

        Tim Miller said | 4:30pm | ! Report

        Not sure about Roberton, I thought he was one of their better players across half-back. But I agree, the Saints were pretty woeful today. They were smashed in midfield, their backline received little support, and their forwards weren’t given enough quality supply to even threaten to kick a winning score. But you have to give Sydney some credit; their attack on the man and their pressure forced the Saints into errors aplenty. Not all of it was St Kilda’s fault (though a good deal of it was).

    • Roar Guru

      Tim Miller said | 4:16pm | ! Report


      Late free for the Saints and Riewoldt takes the mark on the lead seconds before the siren. From 40 out on a tight angle, Roo bags his third, but it’s merely a consolation prize.

      St Kilda 10.8 (68)
      Sydney 18.10 (118)


    • Roar Guru

      Tim Miller said | 4:15pm | ! Report

      Geary gathers outside 50 and with nothing to lose, he goes for broke but sprays it out on the full thanks to some superb Rohan pressure at the last minute. Typifies the Swans today.

    • Roar Guru

      Tim Miller said | 4:14pm | ! Report


      That was dismal from the Saints. As good as they’ve been in the past few weeks, they have put in a stinker today. On this occasion, Acres butchers a five-metre handball that’s nowhere near Stevens, and Papley can’t believe his luck as he gathers and snaps through his second.

      St Kilda 9.8 (62)
      Sydney 18.10 (118)

      Q4, 0.58 left

    • Roar Guru

      Tim Miller said | 4:12pm | ! Report


      Buddy with some more junk time, but this was a ripper!

      Sydney again break forward and Franklin gathers. Just outside 50, he weighs up his options, takes a step and monsters it towards goal, and Geary misjudges it on the line for it to bounce through! Everything falling the Swans’ way, and somehow, Franklin has 4 after a pretty dirty day by his standards!

      St Kilda 9.8 (62)
      Sydney 17.10 (112)

      Q4, 2.30 left

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