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Geelong vs Sydney

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2PF   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Fri, 23-09-2016 7:50 pm   Crowd: 71,772  
Geelong 0.5.52.8.207.10.528.12.60 C:  Chris Scott
Sydney 7.2.4411.3.6914.4.8815.7.97 C:  John Longmire
  SYD by 39SYD by 49SYD by 36SYD by 37  
Weather
min temp  9.8°C      max temp  16.5°C
rainfall  0.6mm    humidity  81%    air pressure  1012.4mb
wind speed 0km/h      wind direction  CALM

Match Report

This was a match that promised much. For most other than Sydney fans, though, it delivered little, with an early burst from the Swans taking the sting out of what most had expected to be a titanic struggle, even if Sydney was favoured to emerge victorious. As they had done against Adelaide a week earlier, the Swans charged out of the blocks to have Geelong on the ropes in the blink of an eye.

Against the Crows, Sydney had kicked six goals to two in the first 16 minutes of the match. This week against the Cats, it was five goals to nil, and the road back for Geelong from there was always going to be a long one. By quarter time the margin had blown out to 39 points; by the half it was 49. The Cats fought bravely to win the third and fourth quarters but the game was long lost by then and the Swans triumphed by 37 points to move into their fifth Grand Final in 12 years, aiming for a third premiership in that period.

While it took the Swans two and a half minutes to bot their first goal against Adelaide a week earlier, this week it would take just 29 seconds, with Ben McGlynn snapping Sydney's first. For McGlynn, this was significant, as he has missed out on premierships with both Hawthorn (in 2008) and Sydney (2012) because of injury. The Swans added a couple of behinds through Kieran Jack and McGlynn before Kurt Tippett marked and goaled to put his team 14 points clear. By then the alarm bells were ringing for the Cats, who had barely been able to get their hands on the ball.

It didn't get any better for Geelong over the next eight minutes as Luke Parker added a brace of goals and Tippett kicked his second. By the time the Cats managed a score, a rushed behind at the 16-minute mark, Sydney had 5.2 on the board and a commanding lead of 31 points. Isaac Heeney made that 37 early in time on with a running goal before Lance Franklin, who had been influential without scoring himself, kicked his first at the 26-minute mark. Geelong found some run late in the quarter but squandered chances, with Joel Selwood, Josh Caddy, Mitch Duncan and Tom Hawkins all missing, leaving the Swans ahead 7.2 to 0.5 at the first break.

Things got worse before they got better for the Cats in the second quarter, with a turnover from veteran Jimmy Bartel handing a goal to Gary Rohan, and the Swans were ahead by 45 points two minutes into the term. Geelong finally found some blessed relief at the five-minute mark when Hawkins kicked his first major, but it was short-lived, Xavier Richards responding for Sydney just two minutes later.

After each side added a behind, Tom Papley extended Sydney's lead an even 50 points with his first at the 15-minute, by which time the inevitability of a Geelong win was virtually set in concrete. Franklin's second major extended the margin to 55 before a late goal to Bartel cut the Cats' deficit to 49 points at the long break, but only the most optimistic of fans would have believed a comeback was possible from there.

Needing an early goal in the third term to give themselves even half a chance, Jed Bews almost provided it for the Cats at the three-minute mark but his long, raking kick clipped the post. After Xavier Richards responded with a behind for the Swans, Sam Naismith took the margin out to a game-high 55 points with his first goal at the seven-minute mark. Selwood clawed one back for the Cats and Caddy made it two in a row for Geelong with a major at the 10-minute mark but thoughts of a comeback were put aside when Papley kicked his second midway through the term to restore a 49-point Sydney lead.

Harry Taylor, who had been switched into attack in an effort to spark the Cats, kicked a goal at the 17-minute mark, and when he followed up with another major on the cusp of time on, the margin was back to 36 points and Geelong had the faintest glimmer of hope. But Papley bobbed up again to kick his third and the Swans' lead was once again over 40 points. The Cats came again, though, and a Patrick Dangerfield goal just before the three-quarter time siren had Geelong within six goals at the last change of ends. 

It took only two minutes for the Cats to add another major in the final term, with Rhys Stanley kicking his first, but a goal to Rohan three minutes helped to settle any nerves that may have been welling up in fans of the Swans. Incredibly, that proved to be the last major of the match, the two sides trading in behinds only as Sydney decided it would be content to sit on its comfortable lead and shore up its defences.

With Geelong unable to penetrate those defences, the last 20 minutes saw the match almost peter out as a spectacle, the Swans advancing to the "big dance" with 37 points to spare. 

Second-year player Isaac Heeney had a huge game for the Swans, gathering 28 possessions, laying seven tackles and kicking a goal, while Dane Rampe (26 possessions, 11 marks) and Tom Mitchell (27 touches, six tackles) made vital contributions to the win. For Geelong, too much was left to too few, and it was their year-round contributors, Joel Selwood (13 tackles, 39 disposals) and Dangerfield (39 possessions and five tackles) who once again had to fly the flag for Geelong. 

Geelong now faces a period of reflection and some hard decisions to make, with Jimmy Bartel and Corey Enright perhaps about to have their careers at the Cats ended, either by their own choice or that of the coaches. 

For the Swans, a date with the Western Bulldogs awaits them in the Grand Final next Saturday. The Dogs have beaten them in their last two encounters, both at the SCG, but it will be Sydney who start favourites when the ball is bounced. 

GOALS
Geelong: Taylor 2; Hawkins, Bartel, Selwood, Caddy, Dangerfield, Stanley
Sydney: Papley 3; Parker, Tippett, Franklin, Rohan 2; McGlynn, Heeney, Richards, Naismith

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Geelong: Dangerfield, Selwood, Bartel, Taylor, Duncan
Sydney: Heeney, Mitchell, Rampe, Hannebery, Franklin, Grundy, Papley

BEST - THE SATURDAY AGAE
Geelong: J Selwood, Dangerfield, Enright, Taylor, S Selwood, Bartel
Sydney: Mitchell, Rampe, McGlynn, Franklin, Heeney, Rohan, Hannebery, Parker, Jack

INJURIES
Geelong: Taylor (hand)
Sydney: Aliir (knee)

UMPIRES: Donlon, Stevic, Jeffery

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Dennis Cometti, Leigh Matthews, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson, Tim Watson

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 14 2 12 26 1 1 0 2 1 0 32y 294d 305 202
24 Bews, Jed 8 5 5 13 0 2 0 1 0 1 22y 284d 31 1
46 Blicavs, Mark 6 3 7 13 0 0 17 8 2 4 25y 179d 90 23
23 Caddy, Josh 7 2 5 12 1 1 0 3 0 1 23y 361d 95 76
18 Cowan, Josh 7 1 7 14 0 0 0 5 1 3 25y 191d 14 5
35 Dangerfield, Patrick 19 5 20 39 1 0 0 5 3 1 26y 171d 178 187
22 Duncan, Mitch 14 6 6 20 0 2 0 5 3 1 25y 105d 135 104
44 Enright, Corey 10 2 16 26 0 0 0 5 1 2 35y 9d 332 66
29 Guthrie, Cameron 8 3 12 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 24y 35d 108 35
26 Hawkins, Tom 5 4 5 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 28y 64d 189 387
25 Henderson, Lachie 3 2 5 8 0 0 0 4 1 0 26y 284d 136 108
8 Kolodjashnij, Jake 5 1 5 10 0 0 0 4 1 0 21y 45d 29 0
13 Lonergan, Tom 9 5 7 16 0 0 0 0 1 0 32y 129d 186 55
4 Mackie, Andrew 6 4 9 15 0 0 0 4 1 2 32y 47d 257 97
6 McCarthy, Lincoln 3 0 6 9 0 1 0 1 0 0 22y 337d 24 19
27 Menegola, Sam 6 1 11 17 0 0 2 6 0 2 24y 200d 8 6
32 Motlop, Steven 6 1 7 13 0 1 0 1 0 0 25y 195d 112 153
14 Selwood, Joel 17 2 22 39 1 1 0 13 6 0 28y 120d 228 138
16 Selwood, Scott 4 2 14 18 0 0 0 6 0 1 26y 180d 140 37
9 Smith, Zac 4 0 1 5 0 0 18 3 2 0 26y 214d 88 43
1 Stanley, Rhys 5 2 6 11 1 0 11 2 1 3 25y 297d 87 63
7 Taylor, Harry 7 5 2 9 2 0 0 2 0 1 30y 103d 204 45
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 173 58 190 363 8 12 48 81 24 22 26y 341d 2976 1850
Sydney Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
36 Aliir, Aliir 2 1 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 22y 18d 13 0
23 Franklin, Lance 'Buddy' 7 8 12 19 2 0 0 1 0 0 29y 237d 246 786
39 Grundy, Heath 10 6 7 17 0 0 0 3 0 0 30y 113d 212 23
4 Hannebery, Dan 10 4 19 29 0 0 0 8 1 2 25y 212d 169 82
5 Heeney, Isaac 20 6 8 28 1 0 0 7 4 0 20y 141d 37 44
29 Hewett, George 6 3 4 10 0 0 0 9 1 1 20y 269d 23 17
15 Jack, Kieren 13 4 7 20 0 1 0 13 2 4 29y 87d 209 144
10 Jones, Zak 17 1 5 22 0 0 0 4 1 2 21y 192d 30 4
12 Kennedy, Josh 10 2 15 25 0 1 0 8 0 3 28y 95d 182 112
11 Laidler, Jeremy 8 3 5 13 0 0 0 2 2 0 27y 49d 83 7
44 Lloyd, Jake 18 5 7 25 0 0 0 1 0 0 23y 3d 68 17
31 Marsh, Harry 3 1 5 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 22y 254d 7 0
21 McGlynn, Ben 11 3 4 15 1 1 0 7 2 2 31y 48d 170 195
6 Mitchell, Tom 8 1 19 27 0 0 0 6 2 0 23y 115d 64 36
35 Naismith, Sam 3 2 1 4 1 1 18 9 0 2 24y 69d 12 3
41 Papley, Tom 5 2 3 8 3 0 0 5 3 0 20y 72d 19 29
26 Parker, Luke 7 2 10 17 2 0 1 6 0 3 23y 334d 126 102
24 Rampe, Dane 18 11 8 26 0 0 0 4 1 0 26y 113d 97 6
42 Richards, Xavier 8 4 5 13 1 1 0 1 0 1 23y 151d 11 13
16 Rohan, Gary 12 6 6 18 2 1 0 1 2 1 25y 108d 78 66
40 Smith, Nick 10 6 6 16 0 0 0 3 0 1 28y 103d 166 9
8 Tippett, Kurt 8 2 5 13 2 0 5 1 1 2 29y 138d 168 318
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 214 83 162 376 15 7 24 102 22 24 25y 100d 2190 2013

Footnotes

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