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Sydney vs Gold Coast

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Round: 23   Venue: S.C.G.   Date: Sat, 05-09-2015 7:25 pm   Crowd: 25,424  
Sydney 6.3.399.7.6111.11.7719.13.127 C:  John Longmire
Gold Coast 0.2.26.3.397.7.499.10.64 C:  Rodney Eade
  SYD by 37SYD by 22SYD by 28SYD by 63  
Weather
min temp  11.5°C      max temp  21.7°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  67%    air pressure  1022.4mb
wind speed 11km/h      wind direction  SE
Brownlow Medal 3 Josh Kennedy (SYD)2 Tom Mitchell (SYD)1 Sam Reid (SYD)

Match Report

The Sydney Swans made sure of a top four birth and a double-chance in the finals with a big win over Gold Coast at the SCG on Saturday night. But the lost came at a cost with Kieran Jack straining a medial ligament and being subbed out of the match at quarter time. The injury is likely to see him miss three weeks, meaning his only chance of playing again in 2015 would be in the Grand Final. The Swans received further bad news in the days after that match, with star forward Lance Franklin ruled out of the first week of the finals with a mental health condition. 

Sydney got off to a flying start on Saturday night's match, virtually sealing the result in the first quarter. Isaac Heeney got the ball rolling with a goal at the three-minute mark and Josh Kennedy followed up with another six minutes later to take a 13-point lead. Dan Hannebery and Kennedy scored another brace of goals at the 14 and 17-minute marks, and Dean Towers and Harry Cunningham closed out the term with another pair of goals giving Sydney a 37-point quarter-time lead. 

The Suns turned things around to a large degree in the second quarter, with goals to Tom Lynch, Trent McKenzie and Charlie Dixon cutting the margin to just 20 points half way through the term. The two sides alternated goals after that and the Swans were 22 points to the good at the long break.

Gold Coast attacked heavily at the beginning of the third term and could have made things very interesting with straight kicking but a goal to Lynch was a accompanied by a miss to Danny Stanley and a rushed behind. Brandon Matera and Jarrod Garlett added further behinds and the Suns were within 14 points midway through the quarter before majors to Sam Reid and Heeney saw Sydney's lead back out to 28 at 'orange time.

Sydney quickly put the result beyond doubt in the first 10 minutes of the final quarter, with goals to Adam Goodes, Kurt Tippett, Reid and Dean Towers. McKenzie then got one back for the Suns, but the Swans closed out the match and the home and away season with four of the last five majors to win by more than 10 goals.

The Swans' best included Tom Mitchell (36 possessions and 12 tackles) and Kennedy (31 touches, two goals), while the Suns were well-served by Aaron Hall (31 disposals and five marks) and Danny Stanley (22 touches and a goal). 

Sydney will now head to Subiaco to take on Fremantle in a Qualifying Final on Saturday. A win in that match would give the Swans a week off and a home Preliminary Final. A loss will see them host either North Melbourne or Richmond in week two of the finals. 

For the Suns, 2015 was a year to forget with skipper and star Gary Ablett plagued buy injury and playing only six games ands the side recording only four wins and a draw under new coach Rodney Eade. Gold Coast will go into next season without Dixon and Harley Bennell, who will both be traded. 

GOALS
Sydney: Cunningham, Reid 3; Heeney, Kennedy, Towers, Tippett 2; Goodes, Hannebery, Rampe, Mitchell, Franklin
Gold Coast: Lynch, Dixon, McKenzie 2; Stanley, Garlett, Kolodjashnij

BEST - SMH.COM.AU
Sydney:
Mitchell, Kennedy, Tippett, Hannebery, Reid, Towers
Gold Coast: May, Stanley, Hall

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Sydney: Kennedy, Tippett, Reid, Hannebery, Mitchell, Heeney
Gold Coast: Hall, Kolodjashnij, Miller, Lynch, Rischitelli, Stanley

INJURIES
Sydney: Jack (knee)
Gold Coast: Broughton (leg)

SUBSTITUTES
Sydney: Lewis Jetta replaced Kieren Jack at quarter-time.
Gold Coast: Luke Russell replaced Greg Broughton in the first quarter.

UMPIRES: Brown, Ryan, Jeffery

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Matthew Campbell, Mark Thompson, Alastair Lynch, Barry Hall

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
7 Cunningham, Harry 11 2 7 18 3 0 0 4 2 1 21y 273d 50 31
23 Franklin, Lance 'Buddy' 11 6 2 13 1 1 0 2 1 0 28y 218d 221 706
37 Goodes, Adam 5 4 10 15 1 0 0 2 1 1 35y 240d 370 462
39 Grundy, Heath 11 6 8 19 0 0 0 0 1 1 29y 95d 185 23
4 Hannebery, Dan 17 4 15 32 1 0 0 5 1 1 24y 193d 142 68
5 Heeney, Isaac 11 8 6 17 2 0 0 3 0 0 19y 123d 12 15
33 Jack, Brandon 9 4 6 15 0 1 0 2 0 3 21y 103d 26 16
15 Jack, Kieren 4 3 3 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 28y 69d 185 131
32 Jetta, Lewis 14 2 5 19 0 0 0 2 0 1 26y 124d 125 99
10 Jones, Zak 10 2 3 13 0 0 0 2 1 0 20y 174d 13 1
12 Kennedy, Josh 16 3 15 31 2 1 0 5 2 1 27y 77d 156 94
11 Laidler, Jeremy 13 4 9 22 0 0 0 1 1 3 26y 31d 66 6
44 Lloyd, Jake 13 10 7 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 21y 350d 41 11
6 Mitchell, Tom 19 5 17 36 1 1 0 12 2 0 22y 97d 37 23
38 Pyke, Mike 1 6 10 11 0 0 13 2 0 2 31y 165d 108 48
24 Rampe, Dane 13 5 8 21 1 0 0 3 1 0 25y 95d 70 5
20 Reid, Sam 12 11 13 25 3 3 2 4 0 0 23y 252d 97 93
25 Richards, Ted 2 0 7 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 32y 237d 251 32
16 Rohan, Gary 10 5 2 12 0 0 0 1 1 1 24y 90d 59 42
2 Shaw, Rhyce 13 8 10 23 0 0 0 0 0 2 33y 324d 235 44
8 Tippett, Kurt 10 9 8 18 2 3 15 1 2 0 28y 120d 150 296
22 Towers, Dean 12 6 8 20 2 0 0 3 1 0 25y 124d 15 7
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 237 113 179 416 19 13 30 56 17 17 26y 96d 2614 2253
Gold Coast Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
36 Broughton, Greg 1 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 28y 341d 110 19
12 Day, Sam 3 4 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 22y 364d 78 51
23 Dixon, Charlie 7 2 6 13 2 0 9 1 2 4 24y 347d 65 94
41 Garlett, Jarrod 9 3 6 15 1 1 0 2 0 1 19y 125d 9 4
33 Hall, Aaron 19 5 12 31 0 0 0 1 1 0 24y 300d 61 55
28 Kolodjashnij, Kade 16 5 7 23 1 0 0 2 2 0 20y 27d 40 10
40 Lemmens, Sean 6 2 5 11 0 0 0 2 1 1 20y 307d 36 6
37 Lonergan, Jesse 6 1 6 12 0 0 0 4 1 3 20y 295d 31 3
19 Lynch, Tom 9 7 4 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 22y 309d 80 124
7 Malceski, Nick 12 3 6 18 0 0 0 2 1 0 31y 21d 192 70
4 Martin, Jack 9 6 5 14 0 0 0 2 1 2 20y 219d 23 21
32 Matera, Brandon 12 5 2 14 0 2 0 1 0 0 23y 178d 74 78
17 May, Steven 7 4 7 14 0 1 0 0 0 1 23y 238d 71 15
18 McKenzie, Trent 6 2 1 7 2 1 0 0 1 0 23y 155d 92 22
44 Miller, Touk 10 3 9 19 0 0 0 6 0 1 19y 195d 22 7
35 Rischitelli, Michael 14 6 7 21 0 1 0 4 1 2 29y 240d 199 85
8 Russell, Luke 7 2 7 14 0 0 0 4 0 0 23y 224d 70 29
20 Schade, Henry 4 2 5 9 0 0 0 2 1 0 21y 332d 15 0
26 Shaw, Matt 9 6 7 16 0 0 0 2 2 0 23y 212d 87 31
2 Smith, Zac 3 1 8 11 0 0 20 4 1 1 25y 195d 65 31
25 Stanley, Danny 16 3 6 22 1 1 0 2 2 1 27y 199d 88 39
16 Thompson, Rory 6 5 4 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 24y 177d 65 7
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 191 77 128 319 9 10 29 43 17 17 23y 294d 1573 801

Match highlights

Tom Mitchell had 12 tackles for Sydney vs. Gold Coast (AFL, Premiership Season, R23)
Kurt Tippett played his 150th V/AFL game: Sydney vs. Gold Coast (AFL, Premiership Season, R23)

Footnotes

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