Buddy beautiful! Swans dethrone Giants in front of record crowd

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    Sydney have claimed their biggest scalp yet and made it nine wins from their last ten with a 13-point victory over the GWS Giants on Saturday night.

    The thirteenth edition of the Sydney slam (I’m not calling it the Battle of the Bridge) brought a record 21924 fans to Spotless Stadium, the biggest crowd yet seen at the ground for any event.

    As if their injury list wasn’t long enough already, GWS were hit with arguably their biggest out yet – Jeremy Cameron withdrawn before the bounce due to a hamstring injury, with Tendai Mzungu not exactly a like-for-like replacement.

    The Giants dominated most of the first term and put the first goal of the game on the board through Toby Greene, who kicked a second in that quarter.

    However, they generally struggled to capitalise on their early advantage in the middle, while the Swans were much better at taking their opportunities.

    That, along with a free kick and 50-metre penalty that gifted the Swans a shot at goal, saw Sydney kick four majors to two in the first.

    The Swans also started to even things up in the midfield after that point, and as a result both the second and third quarters were fairly even.

    In fact, both sides kicked three goals each in the second, and a further three goals each in the third.

    Lance Franklin was important with a pair of back-to-back majors in the second giving Sydney a timely boost, while on the other side of the team sheet, Josh Kelly kicked a classy pair and Jonny Patton launched two big ones from long-range.

    The margin was 12 points to the Swans at the quarter-time break, then 11 at half-time, and 13 at the final change. It was a tight game of footy is what I’m saying, and the stage set for a dramatic final term.

    The Giants drew in as close as a single goal away when Steve Johnson, who had kicked a handy one before three-quarter time, booted his second in a row, the first of the final term.

    But they wouldn’t get any closer than that. While former Swan and known snag-lover Shane Mumford kicked two to keep the Giants in it, Lance Franklin kicked two of his own in response (four for the night), and Tom Papley chimed in with another two as well (three for the night) including the sealer.

    The result makes one thing pretty clear – the Swans’ season has come around the full circle since their lowest ebb when they were smashed by the Giants at home Round 5.

    Tonight Sydney is wearing red and white! And not just because Arsenal are in town.

    Final score
    GWS Giants 12.11.83
    Sydney Swans 14.12.96

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    The Crowd Says (24)

    • July 15th 2017 @ 10:24pm
      Roger of Sydney said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:24pm | ! Report

      Swannies forward line was not good at all and a lot of players well down on form, but a win is a win. Give me the Crows & the Cats

      • July 16th 2017 @ 12:07pm
        Mark said | July 16th 2017 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

        Think the forwards were doing alright consider they had less inside 50s and clearances. Defence won them the game.

        It’s good to see that tackling pressure the swans are known for was working against a top tier team. If they keep this against the other four top 8 contenders they may stay for September action. Who would have thought?

    • July 15th 2017 @ 10:42pm
      Cam said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:42pm | ! Report

      Would have been a slow night getting home from Olympic Park with a full house at Spotless and ANZ.

      AFL is doing well in the Harbour City.

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        July 15th 2017 @ 11:07pm
        AdelaideDocker said | July 15th 2017 @ 11:07pm | ! Report

        Isn’t every night a slow night getting home in Sydney?

      • July 16th 2017 @ 12:12am
        rod said | July 16th 2017 @ 12:12am | ! Report

        I was home at Croydon within 35 minutes. Not bad, very surprised. Well done sydney rail. Finally kicked one

        • July 16th 2017 @ 9:54am
          GoSwans said | July 16th 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

          Soccer fans mostly gone by the time we left. Also Disney on Ice but couldn’t see that crowd anywhere.

    • July 15th 2017 @ 10:49pm
      Mattician6x6 said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:49pm | ! Report

      Getting the feeling it will be a Adelaide vs Sydney grand final this year.

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      July 15th 2017 @ 10:56pm
      Scott Pryde said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:56pm | ! Report

      Ah, the headline strikes again.

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        July 15th 2017 @ 11:07pm
        AdelaideDocker said | July 15th 2017 @ 11:07pm | ! Report

        Every weekend, aye.

        Josh has quite the knack for headlines.

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      July 15th 2017 @ 11:04pm
      hairy fat man said | July 15th 2017 @ 11:04pm | ! Report

      This is pretty much the result I expected, but there’s plenty of upside for the Giants. I’m still not sure if this is a prolonged mid-season lull, or it’s just not going to be their year.

      • July 16th 2017 @ 9:56am
        GoSwans said | July 16th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        July is the best month for a form slump. Three players coming back from injury plus Cameron out.

        Swan’s defence won it.

    • July 16th 2017 @ 12:07am
      Mitcher said | July 16th 2017 @ 12:07am | ! Report

      Full respect for rejecting the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ malarkey.

      Not convinced by the slam, but acknowledge your decision not to enshrine in capitals.

      I’m happy with Sydney Derby personally. If the clash actually gains some genuine meaning down the track (let’s be honest, the heat between the lists is not even closely reflected among the fan groups) and something organic develops then so be it. But let’s not force it Q Clash style. Not everything needs the marketing boffins’ brush.

      As I type more on this, I fear I’m over thinking it… anyway….

      Fantastic win to the Swans. Great ride this season following the inauspicious start.

      • July 16th 2017 @ 2:10am
        Eddy Jay said | July 16th 2017 @ 2:10am | ! Report

        I like the idea of the Battle of the Bridge. The idea back in 2012 proposed by Kevin Sheedy didn’t specify which bridge, so we can move it around for each Sydney Derby. This match was for the Hen and Chicken Bay Bridge, which is half way between the SCG and the Sydney Showgrounds. A worthy prize.

      • July 16th 2017 @ 10:53am
        Bruce said | July 16th 2017 @ 10:53am | ! Report

        Yeh good comment. You can’t manufacture a rivalry. It has to come from a pulsating big stakes final.

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