|Brownlow Medal||3 Luke Parker (SYD)||2 Lance 'Buddy' Franklin (SYD)||1 Josh Kennedy (SYD)|
Sydney's amazing push towards a place in the finals continues apace, with the Swans recording a convincing win over Melbourne - another side making September claims - at the MCG on Friday night. The Demons led at quarter time, but this was more through a huge discrepancy in accuracy in front of goal than anything else, as they had kicked 4.0 to Sydney's 1.8. The Swans straightened up from there, at least to a degree, and cantered to a 35-point win. The game was overshadowed by an ugly behind-the-play incident in the first term, which Swan Callum Mills felled by Melbourne's Tomas Bugg. The incident will almost certainly see Bugg spend a long period on the sidelines.
The Swans dominate the early proceedings but simply could not buy a goal. They kept the ball almost exclusively in their forward line for the first 10 minutes of the match but six shots at goal yielded six behinds, Gary Rohan the chief offender kicking three of them. When Melbourne finally had a shot at goal after the 12 minutes, Tom McDonald kicked truly to cancel out Sydney's hard work. It was during this first period of the match that Bugg flattened Mills, the Swan unable to take any further part in the match.
In the-on period of the quarter, Melbourne began to exert some influence, with Mitch Hanna, Jayden Hunt and Christian Petracca adding three further majors, while Sydney kept kicking points until Luke Parker finally found the big sticks after marking just before the siren. At quarter time, the scoreboard saw Melbourne with 4.0 to the Swans' 1.8.
It was more of the same for Sydney in the early stages of the second quarter as it added another three behinds to open the term, taking its score to a lamentable 1.11. Finally, at the 10-minute mark, Lance Franklin marked and kicked truly to bring the Swans within a point and, although they added another three behinds after that, they were clearly gaining the ascendancy. Isaac Heeney, Kieren Jack and Tom Papley added further majors before the half-time siren, and Sydney restricted the Demons to just one point for the term to go into the half with 20-point lead, one that should have been much greater given a difference of 15 in the number of scoring shots.
Melbourne made the early running in the third term but the Demons started having their own troubles with accuracy during this period, with a goal to Tom McDonald accompanied by behinds to Alex Neal-Bullen, Bugg and James Harmes. That brought Melbourne to within 11 points, but majors to Sam Reid, Jake Lloyd and Lance Franklin saw the Swans jump out to 30-point lead early in time on. Franklin's goal proved to be the last score of the term and the three-quarter time margin was an even five goals.
The Demons, needing the first goal of the last quarter, got just that within the first minute when Jake Melksham found the target on the run within the first minute. Melbourne then had chances to make further inroads but Mitch Hannan and Bernie Vince both missed shots and when Franklin kicked a beauty from a tight angle at the seven-minute mark, much of the Demons' early work had been undone. The two sides swapped behinds for the next 10 minutes until Franklin settled the result with his fourth at the 17-minute mark. Each side added one final goal as the Swans coasted to a 35-point win, one that took them to a 7-7 record, a remarkable achievement given their 0-6 start to the season.
Parker played an outstanding game for the victors, with 38 possessions and six tackles, while Michael Hibberd was a fine contributor for the Demons, collecting 33 touches and taking four marks.
The news got worse for Melbourne, with co-captain Jack Viney suffering a foot injury during the game that is likely to see him missing for some time. The Demons, who slipped from fifth to sixth as a result of the loss, will take on Carlton at the MCG on Sunday. Sydney will host Gold Coast on Saturday, and a win against the Suns could see the Swans move into the top eight.
Melbourne: T.McDonald, Petracca 2; Hannan, Hunt, Melksham
Sydney: Franklin 4; Papley 2; Parker, Heeney, Jack, Reid, Lloyd
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Melbourne: Hibberd, Vince, T.McDonald, Tyson, Jetta
Sydney: Parker, Kennedy, Lloyd, Jones, Franklin, Newman
BEST - THE SATURDAY AGE
Melbourne: Hibberd, Petracca, Oliver, Viney
Sydney: Parker, Kennedy, Hewett, Franklin, Heeney, Jack
Melbourne: Viney (foot)
Sydney: Mills (concussion), Jones (cut head)
REPORTS: T. Bugg (Melbourne) reported in the first quarter for striking C. Mills (Sydney Swans).
UMPIRES: Fisher, Stevic, McInerney
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network
COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Brian Taylor, Wayne Carey, Cameron Ling, Matthew Ricardson
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|17||Frost, Sam||9||5||3||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||23y 306d||51||8|
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|19||Hannan, Mitch||6||0||5||11||1||1||0||5||4||2||23y 113d||13||18|
|43||Harmes, James||6||2||6||12||0||1||0||1||0||0||21y 268d||36||24|
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|29||Hunt, Jayden||3||4||4||7||1||0||0||3||0||1||22y 88d||33||8|
|39||Jetta, Neville||5||3||11||16||0||0||0||8||1||1||27y 138d||108||24|
|6||Lewis, Jordan||11||3||5||16||0||0||0||1||2||2||31y 67d||275||149|
|28||McDonald, Oscar||12||8||6||18||0||0||0||2||1||0||21y 104d||29||0|
|25||McDonald, Tom||8||6||11||19||2||0||2||2||3||4||24y 285d||118||22|
|18||Melksham, Jake||8||3||9||17||1||0||0||3||1||4||25y 305d||125||61|
|30||Neal-Bullen, Alex||5||1||7||12||0||2||0||2||0||0||21y 172d||26||15|
|13||Oliver, Clayton||7||4||17||24||0||0||0||6||0||0||19y 343d||27||8|
|21||Pedersen, Cameron||5||3||10||15||0||0||6||4||2||1||30y 105d||70||60|
|5||Petracca, Christian||5||1||14||19||2||0||0||4||0||0||21y 177d||31||32|
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|12||Tyson, Dom||10||1||11||21||0||0||0||8||2||1||24y 22d||84||40|
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|23||Franklin, Lance 'Buddy'||15||11||4||19||4||3||0||1||1||3||30y 151d||261||827|
|39||Grundy, Heath||10||7||10||20||0||0||0||1||2||0||31y 28d||227||23|
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|5||Heeney, Isaac||16||3||8||24||1||1||0||2||1||1||21y 56d||48||54|
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|41||Papley, Tom||12||5||13||25||2||1||0||4||0||3||20y 352d||31||44|
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