|Brownlow Medal||3 Shaun Burgoyne (HAW)||2 Lance 'Buddy' Franklin (SYD)||1 Dan Hannebery (SYD)|
For the second year running, Hawthorn has snatched victory from Sydney at the SCG with a late goal to skipper Jarryd Roughead from the boundary line outside the 50-metre arc giving the Hawks a memorable six-point win which may have killed off the Swans' finals chances. In an eerie echo of the corresponding match last year, the Hawks kicked the last two goals of the match with the second-last coming from Shaun Burgoyne, just as it had in the round-17 encounter between the two sides at the same venue last year.
Hawthorn was on song from the very start of the match, with a goal after a free kick to Luke Breust within a minute of the start, and with follow-up majors to Jack Gunston and Brendan Whitecross, the Hawks were out to a 16-point lead after 14 minutes. Lance Franklin got the Swans on the board with a classic 'Buddy' goal from outside 50 midway through the term but the next two majors went Hawthorn's way, one each to Paul Puopolo and Breust, before Franklin's second had Sydney back within 15 points at quarter time.
The match took on a dour, defensive tone in the first 10 minutes of the second quarter, with each side managing just a solitary behind. Tom Papley broke the drought at the 11-minute mark with a goal to the Swans to cut the margin to nine points and the home side followed up with another major, albeit not until the 18-minute mark, when captain Josh Kennedy kicked his first. The margin at that point was only four points but Hawthorn dominated the time-on period and goals to Breust, James Sicily and Shaun Burgoyne gave the visitors a 21-point half-time lead.
Sydney looked to be back in the match when Zak Jones and Franklin kicked the first two goals of the third quarter to cut the Swans' deficit to nine points, but the Hawks responded through Whitecross and debutant James Cousins and the margin was back to 21 midway through the term. Franklin's fourth goal soon after kept the home side in touch, and when the Swans closed out the quarter with two more majors through Gary Rohan and Franklin again, they were back within five points at the final end-change.
Tom Papley had thew chance to put Sydney in front early in the final quarter but his snapped missed. The Swans did finally grab the lead at the seven-minute mark with a goal to Isaac Heeney and when Heeney back up with another major the home side was ahead by eight points and with all the momentum. Importantly, the Hawks, despite not being able to find the goals themselves over the next 12 minutes, stemmed the flow of Sydney goals and when Burgoyne marked and kicked a long goal at the 22-minute mark, the visitors were within a point.
A further rushed behind levelled the scores at the 25-minute mark, and then three minutes later Jarryd Roughead marked 45 metres out on an angle. His kick from outside 50 never looked like missing, and the Hawks were back in front with just over a minute remaining. Sydney was unable to score in the final manic seconds and the final siren heralded a famous victory for Hawthorn, and kept its slim finals hopes alive.
Liam Shiels (31 disposals, 10 tackles) was a standout for the victors, while Franklin's 16 touches and five goals made him one of the best for the Swans.
With a 4-6 record, Hawthorn is now within a game of the top, although eighth-placed Port Adelaide have a game in hand and are 65 percentage points clear of the 14th-placed Hawks, who will actually take on the Power on Thursday. The Swans are 15th with a 3-7 record and will have a bye before facing the Western Bulldogs (6-4) for the second time this season at the SCG on Thursday week.
Sydney: Franklin 5; Heeney 2; Papley, Kennedy, Jones, Rohan
Hawthorn: Bruest 3; Burgoyne, Whitecross 2; Gunston, Puopolo, Sicily, Cousins, Roughead
BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Sydney: Franklin, Hannebery, Kennedy, Heeney, Rampe, Smith
Hawthorn: Burgoyne, Shiels, Mitchell, Smith, Burton, Hodge
BEST - THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Sydney – Franklin, Hannebery, Kennedy, Parker, Heene
Hawthorn - Shiels, Mitchell, Burgoyne, Hodge, Smith, Roughead
Sydney: Jake Lloyd (concussion), Sam Reid (concussion)
UMPIRES: Donlon, Fisher, Rosebury
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network
COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Brian Taylor, Wayne Carey, Cameron Ling, Brad Sewell
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|67||Franklin, Lance 'Buddy'||12||6||4||16||5||1||0||2||1||1||30y 116d||257||819|
|39||Grundy, Heath||2||3||6||8||0||0||0||0||1||1||30y 358d||223||23|
|4||Hannebery, Dan||17||3||18||35||0||0||0||3||0||0||26y 91d||180||89|
|9||Hayward, Will||8||3||1||9||0||1||0||1||0||0||18y 212d||9||11|
|5||Heeney, Isaac||14||1||5||19||2||0||0||7||1||1||21y 21d||44||50|
|29||Hewett, George||6||1||10||16||0||0||0||2||2||1||21y 148d||34||20|
|10||Jones, Zak||10||4||12||22||1||1||0||11||2||0||22y 72d||41||9|
|12||Kennedy, Josh||10||2||23||33||1||0||0||6||0||0||28y 340d||193||123|
|44||Lloyd, Jake||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||23y 248d||79||18|
|43||Melican, Lewis||7||2||6||13||0||0||0||1||0||0||20y 203d||6||0|
|14||Mills, Callum||13||4||1||14||0||1||0||3||1||0||20y 54d||32||1|
|28||Newman, Nic||13||4||5||18||0||0||0||4||1||0||24y 131d||7||3|
|41||Papley, Tom||10||6||8||18||1||2||0||3||2||0||20y 317d||27||38|
|26||Parker, Luke||10||1||12||22||0||1||0||3||2||2||24y 213d||137||108|
|50||Rampe, Dane||12||6||6||18||0||0||0||0||0||1||26y 358d||101||6|
|20||Reid, Sam||0||0||4||4||0||0||1||2||0||1||25y 150d||108||109|
|16||Rohan, Gary||6||0||3||9||1||1||0||4||2||0||25y 353d||83||70|
|18||Sinclair, Callum||6||2||3||9||0||0||30||2||1||2||27y 245d||53||32|
|40||Smith, Nick||6||4||6||12||0||0||0||2||3||1||28y 348d||177||10|
|8||Tippett, Kurt||7||4||5||12||0||1||28||4||1||0||30y 18d||174||321|
|22||Towers, Dean||4||1||11||15||0||0||0||3||0||1||27y 22d||35||20|
|30||Brand, Kaiden||13||6||7||20||0||0||0||0||1||1||23y 48d||16||0|
|22||Breust, Luke||10||3||3||13||3||0||0||5||1||1||26y 196d||150||288|
|67||Burgoyne, Shaun||9||4||17||26||2||0||0||5||1||2||34y 217d||329||264|
|5||Burton, Ryan||16||9||4||20||0||0||0||0||0||2||20y 115d||13||2|
|46||Cousins, James||7||1||7||14||1||0||0||6||1||1||19y 68d||1||1|
|8||Duryea, Taylor||14||10||2||16||0||0||0||3||0||2||26y 32d||89||14|
|6||Gibson, Josh||10||8||8||18||0||0||0||2||0||0||33y 74d||223||5|
|19||Gunston, Jack||12||4||8||20||1||0||0||3||2||1||25y 222d||137||281|
|37||Hardwick, Blake||10||8||5||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||20y 110d||8||0|
|31||Henderson, Ricky||10||8||14||24||0||0||0||1||0||1||28y 257d||97||46|
|15||Hodge, Luke||19||8||5||24||0||0||0||0||0||0||32y 345d||295||192|
|17||Howe, Daniel||14||10||1||15||0||0||0||3||1||1||21y 173d||21||3|
|7||McEvoy, Ben||4||2||5||9||0||0||41||4||1||0||27y 319d||156||65|
|3||Mitchell, Tom||17||6||14||31||0||0||0||5||0||3||23y 360d||75||40|
|28||Puopolo, Paul||8||1||4||12||1||0||0||3||0||1||29y 175d||143||143|
|2||Roughead, Jarryd||12||2||6||18||1||1||0||3||1||1||30y 123d||241||508|
|26||Shiels, Liam||18||4||13||31||0||1||0||10||0||0||26y 27d||152||52|
|21||Sicily, James||7||3||6||13||1||2||0||2||1||1||22y 140d||32||43|
|16||Smith, Isaac||21||11||9||30||0||1||0||5||1||1||28y 147d||145||116|
|27||Vickery, Ty||8||5||7||15||0||1||6||2||1||0||26y 360d||124||160|
|11||Whitecross, Brendan||12||7||3||15||2||0||0||2||0||0||27y 121d||100||42|
|20||Willsmore, Dallas||4||3||5||9||0||0||0||3||0||1||21y 362d||1||0|