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    Sydney Swans vs. North Melbourne

    SCG
    AFL Home and Away May 5, 2018
    Sydney Swans 66, North Melbourne 68
    Sydney Swans North Melbourne
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q12113   3321
    Q24428   5535
    Q36844   71052
    Q491266   91468

    Match Result:

    The North Melbourne Kangaroos have stunned the Sydney Swans on Saturday evening at the Sydney Cricket Ground, winning by two points.

    Final score
    Sydney 9.12 (66)
    North Melbourne: 9.14 (68)

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    The Sydney Swans will host North Melbourne in a Saturday night clash at the SCG. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7:25pm AEST.

    Full of confidence after a come-from-behind win over Geelong, the Swans showed no Lance Franklin forces their talented forward line to find the ball themselves.

    North Melbourne suffered a loss to Port Adelaide last Saturday afternoon and will attempt to get back on the winner’s list in round seven.

    It was a reasonable game from the Roos, Ben Brown kicking four goals, but Port steadily kicked away to a 30 point victory throughout the afternoon.

    Dean Towers is back for Sydney this week, replacing Dan Robinson (omitted). The versatile tall man will be support for Callum Sinclair in the ruck.

    North Melbourne has made three changes going in to this Saturday night clash with Sydney, Sam Wright, Shaun Higgins and Mason Wood have been added to the team of 22.

    Majak Daw is out with a foot injury, Jarrad Waite has been rested and Luke Davies-Uniacke was omitted from the Roos’ line up.

    The good news story for this week is the return of Sam Wright, 701 days since his last AFL game.

    The defender suffered several injury setbacks on the road to recovery, first hurting his right ankle in early 2016.

    It is also a big game for Gary Rohan, as he will reach the 100 game milestone in his ninth season of AFL.

    Prediction
    North Melbourne have shown promise to start this year, but the Swans are firing. Sydney’s two losses for the year have been at home and they will be out to rectify this poor start at home, taking a big win over the Kangaroos.

    Sydney Swans by 31 points.

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    Events
    Quarter 1
    1' BEHIND - Rushed (North Melbourne)
    5' GOAL - Mason Wood (North Melbourne)
    7' BEHIND - Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
    7' GOAL - Callum Sinclair (Sydney Swans)
    17' GOAL - Dean Towers (Sydney Swans)
    24' BEHIND - Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
    26' GOAL - Billy Hartung (North Melbourne)
    27' GOAL - Shaun Higgins (North Melbourne)
    29' BEHIND - Kieren Jack (Sydney Swans)
    Quarter 2
    1' BEHIND - Ben Ronke (Sydney Swans)
    2' BEHIND - Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne)
    4' GOAL - Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
    5' GOAL - Will Hayward (Sydney Swans)
    8' BEHIND - Kieren Jack (Sydney Swans)
    9' GOAL - Robbie Fox (Sydney Swans)
    19' GOAL - Jy Simpkin (North Melbourne)
    24' BEHIND - Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
    25' BEHIND - Cameron Zurhaar (North Melbourne)
    Quarter 3
    1' BEHIND - Will Hayward (Sydney Swans)
    3' GOAL - Mason Wood (North Melbourne)
    6' GOAL - Will Hayward (Sydney Swans)
    10' BEHIND - Jed Anderson (North Melbourne)
    14' BEHIND - Trent Dumont (North Melbourne)
    21' BEHIND - Kieren Jack (Sydney Swans)
    22' BEHIND - Shaun Atley (North Melbourne)
    24' BEHIND - Ben Ronke (Sydney Swans)
    24' GOAL - Luke Parker (Sydney Swans)
    25' BEHIND - Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans)
    29' BEHIND - Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne)
    30' GOAL - Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne)
    32' BEHIND - Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne)
    Quarter 4
    2' GOAL - Will Hayward (Sydney Swans)
    4' BEHIND - Will Hayward (Sydney Swans)
    5' GOAL - Zak Jones (Sydney Swans)
    8' BEHIND - Oliver Florent (Sydney Swans)
    14' GOAL - Mason Wood (North Melbourne)
    16' GOAL - Jake Lloyd (Sydney Swans)
    18' BEHIND - Dean Towers (Sydney Swans)
    20' BEHIND - Rushed (North Melbourne)
    21' BEHIND - Kayne Turner (North Melbourne)
    23' BEHIND - Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne)
    27' BEHIND - Ryan Clarke (North Melbourne)
    29' GOAL - Mason Wood (North Melbourne)
    32' BEHIND - Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
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    • 9:10am
      Chris said | 9:10am | ! Report

      We may have seen the best of Sydney. They may be on the slide. They have had their window of opportunity, their moment in the limelight and blew it. Seems like a drawing board job now!

    • 11:05pm
      Kangajets said | 11:05pm | ! Report

      Sydney can’t make the 8 this year

    • Roar Guru

      10:52pm
      Sarah Wildy said | 10:52pm | ! Report

      North hold on at the SCG

      The North Melbourne Kangaroos have defeated the Sydney Swans by two points at the SCG on Saturday night.

      It was an arm wrestle all night, with several lead changes in the last quarter, but North managed to hold on in the dying seconds.

      The Swans kicked the first two goals to start the final quarter and from there most expected them to run away with the win, as they had seven days earlier against Geelong.

      A string of behinds by North in the middle of the term cut Sydney’s lead to three, and then Mason Wood’s fourth goal put the Roos in front.

      Tom Papley had an opportunity to steal the game late, but his set shot was off target, much like most of the kicks by both teams tonight.

      It was too little too late by the Swans, North holding out for a two point victory away from home.

      Shaun Higgins (31 disposals, 1 goal) was key to North’s play, finding plenty of the ball in influential positions. The Swans didn’t tag him and many would say that was a big mistake.

      Mason Wood came in for his first AFL game for 2018 and led the scoring with four goals from 17 disposals, providing a marking presence in the air as well.

      Josh Kennedy (31 disposals, 9 tackles, 9 clearances) was good for Sydney, as was Will Hayward up forward kicking 3 goals.

      It wasn’t the greatest quality game; disposal efficiency sat around 70 per cent for both teams and was particularly poor in the third quarter.

      If not for the close contest, more would have switched off. It was low scoring, but thankfully some lead changes made it an exciting finish.

      The match was not without its controversy either, with the goal review system coming into question again. The automatic review before the ball is bounced in the middle failed to identify a Jarrad McVeigh touch on Billy Hartung’s first quarter goal.

      The main injury concern for the Kangaroos is Ed Vickers-Willis. He came from the ground after a collision with the goal post and ended the game on crutches with his right knee iced.

      For Sydney, Callum Mills (right ankle) and Josh Kennedy (right leg) both came from the field with injuries, but returned to play out the game.

      Next up for Sydney is a Friday night clash with Hawthorn at the MCG; the inclusion of Lance Franklin – if he is fit – would headline this fixture. North Melbourne will host reigning premiers and the in-form team, Richmond, at Etihad on Mother’s Day.

      • 11:05pm
        Perry Bridge said | 11:05pm | ! Report

        Starting to get ‘the band’ back together.

        Great to see Sam Wright back, and Mason Wood. Ben Jacobs showed how big a miss he’s been. Just need Taylor Garner to make it back – but doubting he will this first half of the season.

        The improvement in Jed Anderson continues.

    • 10:40pm
      Doctor Rotcod said | 10:40pm | ! Report

      I don’t care that my tips are shot,what a great game.Roos and Tigers next week.Tigers will be quaking.

    • 10:24pm
      Birdman said | 10:24pm | ! Report

      Just a shame this wasn’t the FTA game tonight.

      Hartung’s goal will get lots of media attention thru the week. Was the different in the end.

      • 11:07pm
        Perry Bridge said | 11:07pm | ! Report

        not sure it was so conclusive as to over turn the call of goal.

    • Roar Guru

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

      If any game this season deserved no result, this was probably the one. Just a slog and a half. Teams need to start kicking drills this week because there’ll be 100 behind kickers before there’s another 100 goal kicker.

    • Roar Guru

      10:07pm
      Sarah Wildy said | 10:07pm | ! Report

      When Sydney kicked the first two goals of the last quarter everyone expected them to run away with it, but North Melbourne kept grinding away as a team and can be extremely pleased with that 2 point win.

      Wood great with 4 goals and presence in the air, Higgins was everywhere with 31 disposals.

      Only bad news for the Roos: Vickers-Willis on crutches with ice on his knee after that collision with the goal post.

    • 10:06pm
      RooBoy18 said | 10:06pm | ! Report

      Gutsy win by North! This is worth more than 4 points…what a massive lift this will give the whole team for the rest of the season. Been worth the wait beating the Swans on their own turf! Go the mighty Roos!

      • 10:49pm
        Kangajets said | 10:49pm | ! Report

        A win for the good guys

        Good old North Melbourne

    • Roar Guru

      10:05pm
      Cat said | 10:05pm | ! Report

      Sydney now 1-3 at home and 3-0 on the road. This is an odd odd season.

    • Roar Guru

      10:04pm
      Sarah Wildy said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      STATISTICS

      Goals
      Sydney: Hayward 3, Towers, Fox, Jones, Lloyd, Parker, Sinclair
      North Melbourne: Wood 4, Brown, Cunnington, Hartung, Higgins, Simpkin

      Disposals
      Sydney: Kennedy 31, Jack 24, Grundy 22
      North Melbourne: Higgins 31, Jacobs 29, Anderson 24

      Score
      Sydney: 9.12 66
      North Melbourne: 9.14 68

    • Roar Guru

      10:03pm
      Cat said | 10:03pm | ! Report

      Yay north won! Guess swannies will be hiding this week.

    • Roar Guru

      10:01pm
      Sarah Wildy said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      Full-Time

      Wow.

      North Melbourne defeat the Sydney Swans by 2 points.

      (probably should have won by more too)

      Sydney: 66
      North Melbourne: 68

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