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Melbourne vs Sydney

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Round: 15   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Fri, 30-06-2017 7:50 pm   Crowd: 47,464  
Melbourne 4.0.244.1.255.4.347.8.50 C:  Simon Goodwin
Sydney 1.8.145.15.458.16.6411.19.85 C:  John Longmire
  MELB by 10SYD by 20SYD by 30SYD by 35  
Weather
min temp  7.1°C      max temp  12.3°C
rainfall  4.4mm    humidity  84%    air pressure  1031.2mb
wind speed 0km/h      wind direction  CALM
Brownlow Medal 3 Luke Parker (SYD)2 Lance 'Buddy' Franklin (SYD)1 Josh Kennedy (SYD)

Match Report

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.

GOALS
Melbourne: T.McDonald, Petracca 2; Hannan, Hunt, Melksham
Sydney: Franklin 4; Papley 2; Parker, Heeney, Jack, Reid, Lloyd

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
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

INJURIES
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

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
32 Bugg, Tomas 3 2 3 6 0 1 0 4 0 1 24y 86d 93 30
17 Frost, Sam 9 5 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 23y 306d 51 8
11 Gawn, Max 7 5 5 12 0 0 29 2 1 1 25y 182d 66 35
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
14 Hibberd, Michael 21 4 12 33 0 0 0 2 0 0 27y 178d 94 12
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
15 Stretch, Billy 2 1 7 9 0 0 0 4 1 0 20y 295d 34 8
12 Tyson, Dom 10 1 11 21 0 0 0 8 2 1 24y 22d 84 40
23 Vince, Bernie 14 1 6 20 0 1 0 3 2 1 31y 271d 206 111
7 Viney, Jack 9 4 8 17 0 0 0 3 0 1 23y 78d 84 24
42 Wagner, Josh 10 3 10 20 0 0 0 2 0 1 23y 6d 19 0
41 White, Mitch 5 4 6 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 21y 81d 4 0
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 171 68 176 347 7 8 37 70 20 21 24y 133d 1626 689
Sydney Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
13 Florent, Oliver 5 3 4 9 0 1 0 2 0 1 18y 343d 8 4
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
4 Hannebery, Dan 5 3 11 16 0 0 0 2 0 1 26y 126d 184 91
5 Heeney, Isaac 16 3 8 24 1 1 0 2 1 1 21y 56d 48 54
29 Hewett, George 15 10 14 29 0 0 0 4 3 3 21y 183d 38 22
15 Jack, Kieren 16 5 7 23 1 0 0 10 2 0 30y 2d 219 149
10 Jones, Zak 17 6 9 26 0 0 0 5 2 1 22y 107d 44 9
12 Kennedy, Josh 12 3 16 28 0 1 0 6 1 1 29y 10d 197 125
44 Lloyd, Jake 19 5 8 27 1 0 0 1 1 1 23y 283d 83 21
3 McVeigh, Jarrad 14 10 10 24 0 0 0 1 0 0 32y 84d 290 194
43 Melican, Lewis 9 5 5 14 0 0 0 3 1 2 20y 238d 9 0
14 Mills, Callum 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 20y 89d 36 1
35 Naismith, Sam 5 4 7 12 0 1 27 2 0 1 24y 349d 22 3
28 Newman, Nic 19 8 6 25 0 1 0 5 2 0 24y 166d 11 5
41 Papley, Tom 12 5 13 25 2 1 0 4 0 3 20y 352d 31 44
26 Parker, Luke 20 6 18 38 1 2 0 6 2 0 24y 248d 141 112
24 Rampe, Dane 11 6 10 21 0 0 0 1 0 0 27y 28d 105 6
20 Reid, Sam 9 8 5 14 1 1 2 1 2 0 25y 185d 112 115
16 Rohan, Gary 11 8 5 16 0 3 0 3 0 1 26y 23d 86 72
40 Smith, Nick 4 5 9 13 0 0 0 1 0 1 29y 18d 181 10
22 Towers, Dean 10 5 6 16 0 1 0 4 0 0 27y 57d 39 20
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 254 126 185 439 11 19 29 65 21 20 25y 125d 2372 1907

Match highlights

Kieren Jack had 10 tackles for Sydney vs. Melbourne (AFL, Premiership Season, R15)

Footnotes

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