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Sydney vs Essendon

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Round: 1   Venue: Stadium Australia   Date: Sat, 04-04-2015 4:35 pm   Crowd: 23,274  
Sydney 0.1.11.7.133.8.2610.12.72 C:  John Longmire
Essendon 4.3.275.5.359.6.609.6.60 C:  James Hird
  ESS by 26ESS by 22ESS by 34SYD by 12  
Weather
min temp  17.7°C      max temp  18.2°C
rainfall  24mm    humidity  91%    air pressure  1016.8mb
wind speed 17km/h      wind direction  SSE
Brownlow Medal 3 Ben Howlett (ESS)2 Kieren Jack (SYD)1 Kurt Tippett (SYD)

Match Report

Sydney shrugged off three quarters of lethargy against Essendon on Saturday to storm home and defeat the Bombers by 12 points at Stadium Australia. The Swans have been notoriously slow starters in recent seasons and it looked as though they would notch up a round-one loss to match their effort against GWS in 2014 as they slipped to a 41-point deficit late in the third quarter. But a late goal before the final break and a big last-quarter surge saw Sydney run all over Essendon, holding the Dons scoreless as it piled on 7.4 to record a remarkable 12-point win.

The Bombers started the match full of running, kicking four goals in the opening term while Sydney, who had been expected to come out firing after it's capitulation to Hawthorn in the 2014 Grand Final, could muster no more than a single behind. Things improved for the Swans in the second term, but only slightly. They restricted Essendon 1.2 but could only add 1.7 of their own and still trailed by 22 points at the long break. 

Things did not improve for Sydney in the first 20 minutes of the third term, as the Dons scored three of the first four goals of the quarter to jump out to a 41-point lead, one which appeared to be match-winning. But Sydney was not about to roll over and a late goal to Jeremy Laidler reduced the deficit to 34 at the last change, giving the Swans a ray of hope. 

That hope was buoyed by one other unusual factor. Many Essendon players had not participated in pre-season practice matches due to voluntary self-imposed suspensions related to the on-going supplements saga at the club, and there were doubts about their ability to run out the game. Those doubts appeared to be well-founded as Sydney went onto the dominate the final quarter, kicking seven goals - two each of those to Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin, who had been well held by Michael Hurley all day - and not allowing the Bombers so much as a behind. The Swans hit the front at the 31-minute mark and capped off a great comeback with a goal to first-gamer Isaac Heeney to seal a two-goal win.

Best for the Swans included Luke Parker (35 disposals, six tackles), Kieran Jack (29 touches and five marks) and Dan Hannebery (26 disposals, eight tackles), while Essendon was well served by Dyson Heppell (26 touches and five marks), Ben Howlett (12 tackles and 19 disposals) and Jake Melsham (nine tackles and 20 possessions). 

Sydney will look to make it two from two when it takes on Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, while Essendon will face the other 2014 Grand Finalists, Hawthorn at the MCG next Sunday.

GOALS
Sydney: Franklin 3; Tippett, Bird 2; Laidler, Jack, Heeney
Essendon :Cooney 3; Daniher, Colyer, Watson, Heppell, Melksham, Goddard

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Sydney: Parker, Jack, Kennedy, Laidler, Grundy, Bird
Essendon: Heppell, Melksham, Watson, Hurley, Cooney, Hooker

INJURIES 
Sydney: Parker (concussion)
Essendon: Myers (shoulder)

SUBSTITUTES
Sydney: Jake Lloyd replaced Adam Goodes in the third quarter
Essendon: Ben Howlett replaced David Myers in the first quarter

UMPIRES: Dalgleish, Chamberlain, Armstrong

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COMMENTATORS: Dwayne Russell, Jason Dunstall, Jonathan Brown, Cameron Mooney

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Sydney Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
14 Bird, Craig 11 3 9 20 2 0 0 3 2 2 26y 73d 132 55
7 Cunningham, Harry 5 3 12 17 0 0 0 3 0 0 21y 119d 32 19
23 Franklin, Lance 'Buddy' 9 1 3 12 3 1 0 4 3 5 28y 64d 205 662
37 Goodes, Adam 4 2 5 9 0 1 0 4 0 1 35y 86d 352 439
39 Grundy, Heath 6 2 11 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 28y 306d 165 23
4 Hannebery, Dan 12 1 14 26 0 0 0 8 3 1 24y 39d 121 54
5 Heeney, Isaac 13 3 4 17 1 2 0 7 0 0 18y 334d 1 1
15 Jack, Kieren 17 5 12 29 1 2 0 3 0 2 27y 280d 164 121
32 Jetta, Lewis 12 2 3 15 0 0 0 3 0 1 25y 335d 104 85
12 Kennedy, Josh 10 1 20 30 0 0 0 6 3 2 26y 288d 135 80
11 Laidler, Jeremy 11 1 11 22 1 0 2 0 2 0 25y 242d 46 6
44 Lloyd, Jake 10 4 3 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 21y 196d 22 8
26 Parker, Luke 17 1 18 35 0 0 1 6 2 2 22y 161d 83 60
38 Pyke, Mike 5 0 0 5 0 0 37 5 2 3 31y 11d 91 44
24 Rampe, Dane 8 5 10 18 0 0 0 6 1 2 24y 306d 49 4
20 Reid, Sam 3 3 6 9 0 0 4 1 0 0 23y 98d 77 78
25 Richards, Ted 7 2 1 8 0 0 0 1 1 0 32y 83d 232 32
16 Rohan, Gary 9 4 6 15 0 1 0 0 0 2 23y 301d 44 29
2 Shaw, Rhyce 13 2 4 17 0 0 0 2 0 1 33y 170d 214 43
40 Smith, Nick 10 1 4 14 0 0 0 2 2 0 26y 296d 122 9
8 Tippett, Kurt 6 3 4 10 2 2 22 3 2 0 27y 331d 131 259
22 Towers, Dean 6 1 10 16 0 0 0 2 1 0 24y 335d 7 3
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 204 50 170 374 10 12 66 71 24 25 26y 152d 2529 2114
Essendon Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
29 Ambrose, Patrick 3 3 8 11 0 0 2 11 0 2 23y 215d 17 13
12 Baguley, Mark 9 4 2 11 0 0 0 5 1 2 27y 318d 51 2
2 Bellchambers, Tom 3 2 5 8 0 1 37 0 2 1 25y 269d 70 51
22 Carlisle, Jake 4 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 23y 185d 69 40
3 Chapman, Paul 12 4 6 18 0 0 0 3 1 0 33y 150d 272 358
32 Colyer, Travis 13 0 6 19 1 1 0 2 1 0 23y 223d 47 30
13 Cooney, Adam 9 1 4 13 3 1 0 2 2 2 29y 186d 220 189
6 Daniher, Joe 4 2 5 9 1 0 0 4 0 3 21y 31d 27 32
31 Fletcher, Dustin 15 3 4 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 39y 332d 394 70
35 Gleeson, Martin 9 2 5 14 0 0 0 2 2 0 20y 222d 10 2
9 Goddard, Brendon 10 2 11 21 1 1 0 1 3 0 29y 319d 248 140
21 Heppell, Dyson 19 5 7 26 1 0 4 3 3 0 22y 325d 85 21
1 Hibberd, Michael 13 3 5 18 0 0 0 1 0 0 25y 91d 64 8
26 Hooker, Cale 13 7 6 19 0 1 1 0 1 0 26y 173d 112 7
40 Howlett, Ben 10 1 9 19 0 0 0 12 3 1 26y 165d 98 47
18 Hurley, Michael 16 5 3 19 0 0 0 1 2 2 24y 307d 101 103
17 Melksham, Jake 16 4 4 20 1 1 0 9 2 6 23y 218d 97 51
7 Merrett, Zach 11 2 6 17 0 0 0 5 2 0 19y 183d 21 11
23 Myers, David 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 25y 278d 84 26
5 Stanton, Brent 10 3 2 12 0 0 0 5 0 2 28y 338d 227 147
4 Watson, Jobe 9 3 13 22 1 0 4 6 0 1 30y 55d 189 106
11 Zaharakis, David 8 3 11 19 0 0 0 4 0 1 25y 42d 111 87
  Totals 217 60 122 339 9 6 48 77 25 24 26y 94d 2614 1541

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.