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Round: 16   Venue: Kardinia Park   Date: Fri, 08-07-2016 7:50 pm   Crowd: 24,339  
Geelong 3.1.195.1.317.4.469.6.60 C:  Chris Scott
Sydney 4.2.267.4.4611.7.7315.8.98 C:  John Longmire
  SYD by 7SYD by 15SYD by 27SYD by 38  
Weather
min temp  8.4°C      max temp  14.7°C
rainfall  6.8mm    humidity  94%    air pressure  1022.8mb
wind speed 0km/h      wind direction  CALM
Brownlow Medal 3 Kieren Jack (SYD)2 Dane Rampe (SYD)1 Patrick Dangerfield (GEEL)

Match Report

Friday night's encounter at Kardinia Park was a classic 'eight-point' game, with the two top-four sides locked together on 40m points and separated by only 1.6% prior to the match. Despite Geelong having the home-ground advantage, it was Sydney who was the better side on Friday night, the Swans winning all four quarters to grab second place on the ladder and send the Cats tumbling down to sixth. 

The Swans appeared to be on song from the very beginning, and a goal to Kieran Jack, whose family issues had had a very public airing in the lead-up to the match, getting them off to a perfect start with a goal inside the first minute. When Lance Franklin and Dean Towers followed up with further majors, Sydney was three goals ahead and the signs were ominous for Geelong. The Cats did, however, settle after that, kicking three of the next four goals - one each to Nakia Cockatoo, Daniel Menzel and Tom Hawkins - to be within seven points at the first break. 

Geelong looked to have taken control of the match early in the second quarter, with majors to Zac Smith and Menzel kicking majors to put them ahead by five points at the 10-minute mark. But the match turned again after that, and Menzel's goal was incredibly the Cats' let score of the first half. Sydney, meanwhile, added 3.2, with goals to youngsters Zak Jones, Tom Papley and George Hewett and it was the Swans by 15 points at the half.

Sydney continued to maintain control in the early third-quarter exchanges, adding two behinds and a goal to Jake Lloyd, extend the Swans' lead to 23, before Corey Enright kicked a goal for Geelong against the run of play at the nine-minute mark, a full quarter after the Cats' previous score. Enright's goal cut the margin to 17 points but Sydney regained the ascendency soon after, and majors to Jack, Ted Richards (playing up forward for a change) and Luke Parker extending the lead to 34 points. A late goal to Jordan Murdoch had the Cats back within 27 at the last change. 

If Geelong was going to have any chance, it needed the first goal of the last term, but that goal went to Sydney's Josh Kennedy after just one minute, and the only remaining unknown was what the Swans' final winning margin would be. The Swans added another major through Dean Towers after that, extending their lead to 39 points, after which the sides alternated goal-scoring, each team scoring two as Sydney coasted to a 38-point win. 

Dane Rampe played a fine defensive game for the victors, gathering 23 touches and six marks in the backline, while for Geelong, Patrick Dangerfield put in another potentially Brownlow-vote-winning performance, with a goal going a long with his 34 disposals. 

With second place in their keeping for the moment, the Swans have a chance to go one rung higher on the ladder next Thursday when they take on top side Hawthorn in the match of the round. Geelong will look to get back on the winners list at Subiaco on Friday night, when it faces 16th-placed Fremantle. 

GOALS
Geelong: Menzel, Hawkins 2; Cockatoo, Smith, Enright, Murdoch, Dangerfield
Sydney: Jack 3; Towers, Papley 2; Franklin, Mills, Jones, Hewett, Lloyd, Richards, Parker, Kennedy

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Geelong: Dangerfield, Mackie, Enright, Selwood, Menzel, Duncan
Sydney: Rampe, Parker, Hannebery, Mitchell, Jack, Allir, Mills

BEST - THE SATURDAY AGE
Geelong: Dangerfield, Mackie, Selwood, Enright
Sydney: Rampe, Mitchell, Kennedy, Jack, Parker, Towers

INJURIES
Geelong: Nil
Sydney: Nil

UMPIRES: Hosking, Meredith, McInerney

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Dennis Cometti, Cameron Ling, Jude Bolton

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Geelong Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
3 Bartel, Jimmy 10 3 6 16 0 1 0 5 0 1 32y 217d 298 197
46 Blicavs, Mark 6 1 9 15 0 0 11 4 0 2 25y 102d 81 21
19 Clark, Mitch 3 3 7 10 0 0 5 3 0 2 28y 263d 106 111
5 Cockatoo, Nakia 9 4 5 14 1 0 0 5 1 2 19y 259d 17 10
35 Dangerfield, Patrick 22 6 12 34 1 1 0 4 8 0 26y 94d 169 176
22 Duncan, Mitch 13 3 11 24 0 0 0 7 1 1 25y 28d 126 100
44 Enright, Corey 11 5 8 19 1 1 0 2 1 2 34y 298d 323 65
29 Guthrie, Cameron 7 3 8 15 0 0 1 1 0 0 23y 324d 99 31
26 Hawkins, Tom 5 2 3 8 2 0 0 3 2 1 27y 353d 180 365
25 Henderson, Lachie 5 4 5 10 0 0 0 3 0 1 26y 207d 131 106
8 Kolodjashnij, Jake 4 1 5 9 0 0 0 5 1 0 20y 334d 21 0
11 Lang, Darcy 5 2 3 8 0 0 0 1 1 1 20y 230d 33 25
13 Lonergan, Tom 6 2 7 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 32y 52d 177 55
4 Mackie, Andrew 19 5 9 28 0 0 0 6 2 1 31y 336d 249 97
6 McCarthy, Lincoln 3 2 4 7 0 0 0 5 0 3 22y 260d 16 11
10 Menzel, Daniel 5 3 6 11 2 0 0 1 1 0 24y 299d 35 58
32 Motlop, Steven 10 3 7 17 0 0 0 4 0 1 25y 118d 103 139
21 Murdoch, Jordan 9 6 4 13 1 0 0 1 1 0 24y 107d 69 50
36 Ruggles, Tom 8 2 6 14 0 0 0 3 1 0 24y 74d 11 0
14 Selwood, Joel 16 4 7 23 0 1 0 6 2 2 28y 43d 219 134
9 Smith, Zac 8 3 6 14 1 0 16 4 1 2 26y 137d 80 40
7 Taylor, Harry 9 6 6 15 0 0 0 2 1 0 30y 26d 195 41
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 193 73 144 337 9 6 33 75 24 23 26y 172d 2738 1832
Sydney Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
36 Aliir, Aliir 6 5 9 15 0 0 0 1 0 1 21y 307d 3 0
23 Franklin, Lance 'Buddy' 6 7 9 15 1 1 0 4 0 1 29y 160d 236 759
39 Grundy, Heath 8 2 8 16 0 0 0 1 0 2 30y 36d 202 23
4 Hannebery, Dan 13 3 18 31 0 0 0 5 2 1 25y 135d 159 76
29 Hewett, George 5 3 8 13 1 0 0 3 1 2 20y 192d 13 12
15 Jack, Kieren 16 4 8 24 3 0 0 10 2 3 29y 10d 200 139
10 Jones, Zak 9 3 7 16 1 0 0 2 0 1 21y 115d 28 4
12 Kennedy, Josh 14 3 10 24 1 1 0 9 1 0 28y 18d 172 101
44 Lloyd, Jake 16 2 4 20 1 0 0 3 1 0 22y 292d 58 16
3 McVeigh, Jarrad 7 0 8 15 0 0 0 3 3 0 31y 92d 278 189
14 Mills, Callum 17 6 6 23 1 0 0 2 0 1 19y 97d 14 1
6 Mitchell, Tom 9 0 24 33 0 1 0 6 1 2 23y 38d 54 30
35 Naismith, Sam 1 0 3 4 0 0 25 4 0 0 23y 358d 2 0
41 Papley, Tom 5 3 5 10 2 0 0 4 0 1 19y 361d 9 13
26 Parker, Luke 15 5 12 27 1 0 0 3 2 2 23y 257d 116 91
24 Rampe, Dane 14 6 9 23 0 0 0 1 2 0 26y 36d 87 5
25 Richards, Ted 4 3 5 9 1 2 0 1 1 0 33y 179d 260 34
16 Rohan, Gary 9 6 1 10 0 1 0 2 1 5 25y 31d 68 49
1 Rose, James 3 2 3 6 0 1 0 2 0 0 20y 83d 7 5
18 Sinclair, Callum 3 0 2 5 0 0 8 3 2 1 26y 289d 43 27
40 Smith, Nick 9 2 2 11 0 0 0 4 2 0 28y 26d 156 9
22 Towers, Dean 12 5 11 23 2 0 2 3 2 1 26y 65d 24 14
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 201 70 172 373 15 8 35 76 23 24 25y 94d 2189 1597

Footnotes

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