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St. Kilda vs Sydney

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Round: 22   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sun, 30-08-2015 3:20 pm   Crowd: 27,856  
St. Kilda 1.5.113.9.274.12.364.14.38 C:  Alan Richardson
Sydney 4.3.2710.6.6615.10.10020.15.135 C:  John Longmire
  SYD by 16SYD by 39SYD by 64SYD by 97  
Weather
min temp  8.4°C      max temp  12.5°C
rainfall  2.2mm    humidity  67%    air pressure  1023.4mb
wind speed 9km/h      wind direction  SSW
Brownlow Medal 3 Josh Kennedy (SYD)2 Dan Hannebery (SYD)1 Isaac Heeney (SYD)

Match Report

Sydney tuned up for another assault on a premiership with a seemingly effortless 97-point win over St Kilda at Docklands on Sunday afternoon. The Swans were on song from early in the match and had opened up a 39-point lead by half time. They then went into overdrive, adding 10 goals in the second half, restricting the Saints to just one and record a percentage-boosting win. That extra percentage could come in handy if Sydney were to suffer an unexpected loss to Gold Coast next weekend. The Swans were also able to ease Lance Franklin back into the side in his return from a back injury. Franklin was subbed off in the third term, a planned move according to coach John Longmire.

The match got off to a rather slow start. St Kilda probably had the best of the early exchanges, but the Saints reward was a lead of only three behinds to one after 10 minutes. Thew Swans then got going and converted their forward forays into goals from Lewis Jetta and Jarrad McVeigh at the 11 and 12-minute marks. Adam Schneider, playing his 228th and last AFL match, got St Kilda's first major on the run at the 15-minute mark but Sydney closed out the quarter with goals to Sam Reid and Kurt Tippett to lead by 16 at the first break. 

Saint skipper Nick Riewoldt cut the margin to nine points with a mark and goal early in the second term but Sydney dominated most of the next half hour with six consecutive goals through Mike Pyke, Isaac Heeney (two), Lance Franklin, Tippett and Adam Goodes. Brodie Murdoch broke the run with a goal just before the main break but the Swans still held sway by 39 at the half. 

Schneider's second gave the Saints brief hope early in the third quarter but that was to be the last goal of is career and St Kilda's last of the match. The Swans kicked goals through Sam Reid, Heeney, Goodes, Harry Cunningham and Tom Mitchell to lead by 64 points at the turn and added five more to zip in the final term to get within three points of victory by a three-figure margin.

Best for the winners included Dan Hannebery (39 disposals, seven marks) and Josh Kennedy (33 possessions, seven marks), while St Kilda was well served by Jack Steven (33 touches, six tackles) and David Armitage (25 disposals, seven tackles). While the Swans will try and maintain a top four place with a win over the Suns on Saturday at the SCG, the Saints will try and ruffle the Eagles out of their top-two nest with an unlikely win at Subiaco.

GOALS
St Kilda: Schneider 2; Riewoldt, Murdoch
Sydney: Heeney 4; Tippett, Goodes 3; Mitchell, Reid, Pyke 2; Jetta, McVeigh, Franklin, Cunningham

BEST - THE AGE
St Kilda: Steven, Geary, Roberton, Montagna, Schneider
Sydney: Hannebery, Mitchell, Heeney, Kennedy, Tippett

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
St Kilda: Steven, Armitage, Roberton, Fisher, Savage
Sydney: Kennedy, Hannebery, Mitchell, Heeney, Jack, Tippett

INJURIES 
St Kilda: Nil
Sydney: Smith (hamstring)

SUBSTITUTES
St Kilda: Tom Hickey replaced by Luke Dunstan in the third quarter.
Sydney: Lance Franklin replaced by Gary Rohan in the third quarter.

UMPIRES: Bannister, Stephens, Ryan

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Dennis Cometti, Hamish McLachlan, Leigh Matthews, Andrew Welsh

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

St. Kilda Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
20 Armitage, David 14 6 11 25 0 2 0 7 2 1 27y 75d 127 78
27 Bruce, Josh 4 1 2 6 0 1 0 2 1 1 23y 83d 45 55
24 Dempster, Sean 7 7 7 14 0 0 0 0 1 0 31y 222d 202 20
7 Dunstan, Luke 3 2 6 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 20y 213d 34 21
25 Fisher, Sam 16 11 8 24 0 0 1 1 0 1 33y 51d 215 22
14 Geary, Jarryn 10 10 13 23 0 0 0 0 0 1 27y 68d 119 21
19 Gilbert, Sam 8 2 10 18 0 1 2 3 1 1 29y 11d 156 31
33 Goddard, Hugh 6 4 6 12 0 0 3 0 1 1 19y 6d 7 0
1 Hickey, Tom 1 1 1 2 0 1 3 1 1 0 24y 177d 41 17
45 Holmes, Jason 1 0 2 3 0 0 18 2 0 1 25y 306d 2 0
41 Minchington, Darren 6 2 2 8 0 0 0 2 0 2 21y 264d 10 12
11 Montagna, Leigh 9 5 15 24 0 0 0 3 0 0 31y 301d 248 146
30 Murdoch, Brodie 6 7 5 11 1 0 0 0 1 0 21y 221d 19 7
16 Newnes, Jack 14 5 8 22 0 0 0 4 2 2 22y 187d 68 10
12 Riewoldt, Nick 12 10 2 14 1 0 5 1 0 1 32y 317d 297 648
17 Roberton, Dylan 13 6 12 25 0 0 0 2 0 1 24y 70d 83 11
6 Ross, Sebastian 10 7 9 19 0 1 3 2 1 1 22y 115d 36 5
5 Savage, Shane 14 6 7 21 0 0 0 3 1 1 24y 237d 89 50
13 Schneider, Adam 10 4 2 12 2 0 0 1 0 2 31y 110d 228 259
3 Steven, Jack 15 5 18 33 0 2 0 6 0 0 25y 155d 111 74
29 Webster, Jimmy 11 4 5 16 0 1 0 2 2 0 22y 63d 38 2
44 Weller, Maverick 6 2 7 13 0 2 0 2 0 2 23y 198d 67 18
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 196 107 158 354 4 14 35 46 14 19 25y 256d 2242 1507
Sydney Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
7 Cunningham, Harry 8 3 9 17 1 1 0 5 2 0 21y 267d 49 28
23 Franklin, Lance 'Buddy' 5 3 2 7 1 0 0 1 1 1 28y 212d 220 705
37 Goodes, Adam 10 9 5 15 3 2 0 1 0 2 35y 234d 369 461
39 Grundy, Heath 13 6 13 26 0 0 0 2 1 0 29y 89d 184 23
4 Hannebery, Dan 19 7 20 39 0 1 0 3 2 0 24y 187d 141 67
5 Heeney, Isaac 12 8 9 21 4 0 0 4 1 0 19y 117d 11 13
33 Jack, Brandon 9 4 7 16 0 0 0 4 0 1 21y 97d 25 16
15 Jack, Kieren 11 7 18 29 0 0 0 8 3 0 28y 63d 184 131
32 Jetta, Lewis 10 4 2 12 1 0 0 4 0 0 26y 118d 124 99
10 Jones, Zak 12 5 6 18 0 0 0 2 0 0 20y 168d 12 1
12 Kennedy, Josh 18 7 15 33 0 2 0 6 2 1 27y 71d 155 92
11 Laidler, Jeremy 5 3 15 20 0 0 0 1 1 0 26y 25d 65 6
3 McVeigh, Jarrad 13 4 14 27 1 0 0 2 0 0 30y 145d 264 183
6 Mitchell, Tom 20 9 14 34 2 1 0 4 1 1 22y 91d 36 22
38 Pyke, Mike 6 4 7 13 2 0 15 1 0 0 31y 159d 107 48
24 Rampe, Dane 9 4 6 15 0 0 0 2 0 1 25y 89d 69 4
20 Reid, Sam 12 10 6 18 2 0 0 3 1 1 23y 246d 96 90
25 Richards, Ted 6 7 10 16 0 0 0 2 1 2 32y 231d 250 32
16 Rohan, Gary 6 4 1 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 24y 84d 58 42
2 Shaw, Rhyce 12 5 8 20 0 0 0 3 1 2 33y 318d 234 44
40 Smith, Nick 10 5 4 14 0 0 0 1 1 0 27y 79d 141 9
8 Tippett, Kurt 11 7 9 20 3 4 15 3 2 2 28y 114d 149 294
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 237 125 200 437 20 15 30 65 20 14 26y 262d 2943 2410

Match highlights

Dan Hannebery had 20 handballs for Sydney vs. St. Kilda (AFL, Premiership Season, R22)
Ted Richards played his 250th V/AFL game: Sydney vs. St. Kilda (AFL, Premiership Season, R22)

Footnotes

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