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    Sydney Swans vs. GWS Giants

    AFL Home and Away April 7, 2018
    Sydney Swans 103, GWS Giants 87
    Sydney Swans GWS Giants
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q13422   2517
    Q27446   51040
    Q312577   71355
    Q4167103   121587

    The match of the round is the NSW derby as the Sydney Swans host the GWS Giants at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:25pm AEST.

    Every matchup between the cross Sydney rivals seems to have something a bit extra riding on it these days, now that both are consistently seen as premiership contenders.

    The last meeting between these teams saw the Swans in the middle of a remarkable winning streak while the Giants were doggedly holding onto a top four spot.

    In a tight, gruelling game Sydney did enough to stay ahead all day to record a narrow, important win.

    The home team’s form is not quite as impressive, having faded uncharacteristically against Port Adelaide last week to lose by 23 points.

    GWS have been better, notching a big win against the Dogs before outlasting Collingwood at the MCG, and they now sit at the top of the ladder at this very early stage.

    They’ll have to contend with the imperious form of Buddy Franklin, who already has 12 goals this season and leads all comers.

    The Sydney full forward has a pretty good record in these contests, but his typical opponent in Phil Davis generally prevents him from getting a big bag.

    At the other end, Jeremy Cameron has also started the year well, but the Giants will be missing the influence of Toby Greene, missing for a second consecutive week.

    Both sides are blessed by powerful midfields. Between Luke Parker, Josh P Kennedy, Dan Hanneberry, Isaac Heeney and Kieren Jack for the Swans, and Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield, Stephen Coniglio, Josh Kelly and Dylan Shiel for the Giants it’s hard to split them.

    The Swans head into this one as narrow favourites at the bookies, but I’d imagine most would see this game as too close to call.

    Sydney are a stronger contested side, and the small SCG suits them more than the Giants.

    But my feeling is that GWS seem to have started the season, and have a few more players at or near their peak form. I think on balance they can play the game on their teams for longer, and get a narrow win tonight.

    GWS by 6 points.

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    Quarter 1
    3' BEHIND - Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
    4' BEHIND - Daniel Lloyd (GWS Giants)
    9' BEHIND - Oliver Florent (Sydney Swans)
    10' BEHIND - Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
    12' GOAL - Daniel Lloyd (GWS Giants)
    15' BEHIND - Rushed (GWS Giants)
    17' GOAL - Gary Rohan (Sydney Swans)
    18' BEHIND - Stephen Coniglio (GWS Giants)
    20' BEHIND - Rushed (Sydney Swans)
    22' BEHIND - Rushed (GWS Giants)
    24' GOAL - Callum Sinclair (Sydney Swans)
    26' BEHIND - Rushed (GWS Giants)
    27' GOAL - Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans)
    30' GOAL - Matt de Boer (GWS Giants)
    Quarter 2
    3' GOAL - Stephen Coniglio (GWS Giants)
    4' BEHIND - Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants)
    5' BEHIND - Harry Himmelberg (GWS Giants)
    5' GOAL - Matt de Boer (GWS Giants)
    9' BEHIND - Josh Kelly (GWS Giants)
    15' GOAL - Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
    16' BEHIND - Rushed (GWS Giants)
    21' GOAL - Gary Rohan (Sydney Swans)
    26' GOAL - Sam Reid (Sydney Swans)
    29' GOAL - Sam Reid (Sydney Swans)
    31' GOAL - Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants)
    33' BEHIND - Daniel Lloyd (GWS Giants)
    Quarter 3
    5' GOAL - Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants)
    7' GOAL - Rory Lobb (GWS Giants)
    12' GOAL - Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
    15' GOAL - Callum Sinclair (Sydney Swans)
    17' GOAL - Will Hayward (Sydney Swans)
    23' GOAL - Will Hayward (Sydney Swans)
    26' BEHIND - Josh Kelly (GWS Giants)
    27' BEHIND - Sam Reid (Sydney Swans)
    28' BEHIND - Rushed (GWS Giants)
    31' BEHIND - Lachie Whitfield (GWS Giants)
    33' GOAL - Callum Sinclair (Sydney Swans)
    Quarter 4
    2' BEHIND - Rory Lobb (GWS Giants)
    6' GOAL - Luke Parker (Sydney Swans)
    8' GOAL - Josh P. Kennedy (Sydney Swans)
    9' GOAL - Harry Himmelberg (GWS Giants)
    14' GOAL - Daniel Lloyd (GWS Giants)
    18' BEHIND - Sam Reid (Sydney Swans)
    20' GOAL - Jacob Hopper (GWS Giants)
    24' GOAL - Jonathon Patton (GWS Giants)
    25' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Sydney Swans)
    26' BEHIND - Josh Kelly (GWS Giants)
    28' BEHIND - Will Hayward (Sydney Swans)
    30' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Sydney Swans)
    33' GOAL - Jeremy Cameron (GWS Giants)

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    • 9:54am
      Roger of Sydney said | 9:54am | ! Report

      I am surprised theat Heeney did not get best on ground, he is the Tom Mitchell now, gets in and gets the ball out

    • 12:44am
      Rod said | 12:44am | ! Report

      Umpire 10 is an idiot

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 10:27pm | ! Report

      Match report

      The Sydney Swans have won the NSW derby after a hard fought slog at the SCG.

      In greasy conditions that made good footy difficult, the Swans were in control for most of the night, with the Giants scoring only in occasional flurries.

      From the outset Sydney’s defensive pressure and contested strength was at the fore, as they locked the ball in their forwardline for much of the opening quarter. While they couldn’t quite make their dominance tell on the scoreboard, they did eke out a five point lead.

      The Giants clearly wanted to open the game up in the second quarter, and with a bit of extra pace and fluency started the term brightly and looked like they might get the game on their terms.

      But they still had great difficulty clearing the ball out of defence, as Jonathon Patton demonstrated with a bad error near his own behind post, panicking and handballing across the goalface where Papley was able to soccer through a major.

      That sparked a run of four straight goals for the home team. At the same time, an injury to Lobb that forced him out of the ruck gave the Swans an advantage in that position.

      A late rally by the Giants closed the halftime margin to six points, and when they kicked the opening goal of the third quarter it appeared they were well in the game.

      But once again the Swans took a stranglehold. Their defence continued to hold firm, forcing GWS to kick long and aimlessly.

      The Giants in contrast were nowhere near as well organised or resilient, and cracks began to open up that Sydney duly exploited. While they were having trouble finding superstar Buddy Franklin, other players were finding enough space forward to make up the difference, with the Swans running up a four goal lead going into the last change.

      GWS’ listlessness continued into the last term, as further goals to Parker and Kennedy extended the home team’s margin to a seemingly unassailable 33 points.

      And then, almost out of nowhere, the Giants sparked into life. A long bomb from Himmelberg was followed by a spectacular effort by Lloyd to bring the margin back within four kicks with plenty of time left.

      Scoring wasn’t easy, but further goals to Hopper and Patton closed the margin to ten points, but it was at this moment that Franklin emerged from his slumber.

      An extraordinary roost from 60 metres out, having imperiously fended off a GWS defender, was followed by a more typical mark and goal to truly ice the contest.

      Individually, Josh Kennedy was mighty in the slippery conditions, while Heeney and Mills were also good. Will Hayward in the forwardline was a consistent threat, while Sinclair dined out after the injury to Lobb.

      For the Giants, Coniglio and Ward were very good.

      While it was Buddy brilliance that ended the match, it was a victory for Sydney’s typical discipline and doggedness.

      GWS, in many respects now one of the most experienced teams in the league, seemed to wilt in confidence like youngsters when they were unable to score easily against a determined backline.

      Tonight’s performance doesn’t say much for Leon Cameron’s team’s ability to deal with adversity.

      That said, the conditions tonight should raise some eyebrows. As far as I’m aware it was perfectly dry in Sydney today and throughout the week. There’d be some humidity around but I wouldn’t have thought enough to create the slippery slide that was tonight’s surface.

      I assume the ground was watered before play. I’d suggest maybe too much was added, and this really detracted from the quality of the game.

      But that’s incidental in the scheme of things. Both sides are now 2-1 and still real premiership chances, but the Swans certainly have an edge over their cross town rivals at the moment and would feel more confident about the season ahead at this point.

      • 3:19am
        Kiama Chris said | 3:19am | ! Report

        The ground was much less slippery than the previous week and both teams handled the ball better. There was some pretty decent contested marking from both sides. The biggest difference imo is that Sydney were more precise in their entries and many shots came from better positions hence their better goal percentage. Both sides were very wound up and emotional at times though they mostly held it in. Tackles were stuck and often hurt. The intensity was palpable.
        Both sides take something out of the game but Sydney got the choccies.
        Cameron was bang on “Sydney were better for longer”.

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 10:07pm | ! Report

      That’s full time

      Sydney 16.7.103
      GWS 12.15.87

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 10:07pm | ! Report

      GOAL GWS

      Cameron kicks a consolation goal as the seconds run out.

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 10:04pm | ! Report


      Franklin puts the full stop on this game with a goal from 50m out.

      Sydney 103
      GWS 81

      Certainly a deserved win for the Swans.

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 10:00pm | ! Report


      Franklin with an extraordinary goal!

      He gathered cleanly inside the centre square, fended off Nick Haynes and then lashed a kick from 60m out that bounces through for a goal.

      Sydney 96
      GWS 80

      The Giants appeared to be coming, but Franklin has changed the look of this game with a goal out of nothing.

      Tough now with five minutes left for GWS.

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 9:58pm | ! Report

      GOAL GWS

      Oh, a 50m penalty against the Swans!

      Patton had marked in a fairly unthreatening position outside 50, and Kennedy ambled into the protected area.

      A very harsh penalty indeed given how many of those are let go.

      Patton kicks straight from 25m out to bring this game back within two kicks.

      Sydney 90
      GWS 80

      In the context of the game that is a very difficult outcome to stomach. So many are let go.

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 9:56pm | ! Report

      A great defensive spoil by Franklin to force a neutral when Davis looked a monty to take the mark and drive GWS forward once more.

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 9:56pm | ! Report

      7 minutes to play, and the Giants need 3 goals.

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 9:55pm | ! Report

      GOAL GWS

      A kick to the top of the square. Reid reaches up to spoil toward the boundary line, but instead knocks it straight to Hopper, who cooly snaps through a goal.

      Two bad errors from Reid at either end in the last few minutes, keeping this game alive.

      Sydney 90
      GWS 74

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