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Geelong vs Sydney

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Round: 20   Venue: Kardinia Park   Date: Fri, 04-08-2017 7:50 pm   Crowd: 30,833  
Geelong 2.3.155.6.367.8.508.13.61 C:  Chris Scott
Sydney 7.5.4710.5.6511.9.7516.11.107 C:  John Longmire
  SYD by 32SYD by 29SYD by 25SYD by 46  
Weather
min temp  5.4°C      max temp  13.7°C
rainfall  2.6mm    humidity  82%    air pressure  1004.4mb
wind speed 15km/h      wind direction  N
Brownlow Medal 3 Luke Parker (SYD)2 Dan Hannebery (SYD)1 Sam Menegola (GEEL)

Match Report

They're still no certainties to make the finals, but if the Sydney Swans do get there in September, the other seven sides in the eight will all likely be afraid - very afraid. And with good reason, based on the demolition job they did on Geelong on Friday night. For most sides who visit the venue, Kardinia Park is a footballing Bermuda Triangle, where form and the prospect of victory disappear without a trace. For Sydney, though, the stadium holds no such fears, and the Swans burst out of the blocks with a seven-goal-to-two first quarter, and then comfortably held the Cats at bay to record an impressive 46-point win.

Geelong, which was missing Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield through suspension, had the better of the first few minutes, and a mark and goal to Tom Hawkins at the three-minute mark gave the home side an early seven-point lead. From there, though, the Swans dominated, and a goal to Sam Reid set off a chain of Sydney goals, with Tom Papley, Luke Parker, Will Hayward and Papley again seeing the visitors jump out to a 25-point lead. Zac Smith managed to break the run with a major at the 20-minute mark, but further goals to Dan Hannebery and Reid gave Sydney a commanding 32-point lead at quarter time.

The Cats managed to stem the flow of Sydney goals in the second term, but were unable to make an impact on the scoreboard themselves. The first 13 minutes of the term saw only one behind, which went Geelong's way to Jordan Murdoch, and when a goal finally came, it was to Sydney's Gary Rohan after a mark, extending the Swans' lead to 37 points. The Cats got that goal back almost immediately through Tom Hawkins, and when Sam Menegola and Hawkins again added two further majors, the deficit was back to three goals and Geelong looked a chance. But Sydney wrested control back just before half time, and Rohan's second goal followed by Lance Franklin's first had the Swans back out to a 29-point lead at the half.

Geelong looked threatening in the early stages of the third quarter, and a goal to James Parsons had the Cats within 22 points after four minutes. From there, though, both defences got on top, neither side managing anything more than minor scores until just before time on when a goal to Sydney's Nic Newman took the wind out of the Cats' sails. Geelong immediately clawed that back via Cameron Guthrie, but couldn't conjure a follow-up, the Swans adding another two behinds to go into the last change 25 points to the good.

If it was to make a game of it, Geelong needed to get the first goal of the final term but Dan Hannebery squashed that dream after just 51 seconds, running in to kick a goal for Sydney to extend the lead beyond five goals. An indiscretion from Cats then saw Tom Papley get a free kick and a 50-metre penalty, and he converted easily from the goal-square to end any thoughts of a home victory. The Swans added further majors through Isaac Heeney and Hayward as the margin blew out to 49 points, after which Geelong was competitive but it was all too little, too late. Each side added one further goal, Sydney coasting to a win of nigh on eight goals.

Luke Parker was a driving force for the Swans in the win, collecting 23 touches and laying 13 tackles. For Geelong Mitch Duncan (32 possessions, nine marks) and Scott Selwood (13 tackles, 26 disposals) were among the best, but the Cats received further bad news with the revelation that the other Selwood, captain Joel, would miss the remainder of the home and away season with an ankle injury sustained during the match. 

While the Cats (fourth, 12 and a half wins) can't miss the eight, their hold on a place in the top four is tenuous, with three games to play. They will face fellow top-four sides Richmond and GWS at Kardinia Park in rounds 21 and 23, with an MCG encounter against the improved Collingwood (who beat the Cats earlier in the season) sandwiched in between. None of those matches will be easy. Sydney's fate remains in its own hands. Currently a game inside the eight, the Swans will face Fremantle, Adelaide and Carlton over the final three weeks. They will start favourites at home against the Dockers and Blues, and victories in those two games should see them into another finals series.

GOALS
Geelong: Hawkins 3; Menegola 2; Smith, Parsons, C.Guthrie,
Sydney: Papley, Hayward 3; Reid, Rohan, Hannebery 2; Parker, Heeney, Franklin, Newman

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Geelong: Duncan, S. Selwood, Menegola, Smith, Lonergan, Hawkins
Sydney: Parker, Hannebery, Papley, Rampe, Newman, Reid, McVeigh

INJURIES
Geelong: J. Selwood (left ankle)
Sydney: Tippett (corked thigh)

UMPIRES: Donlon, Nicholls, Hosking

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Hamish McLachlan, Wayne Carey, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Geelong Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
24 Bews, Jed 3 1 4 7 0 0 0 2 0 1 23y 233d 44 3
12 Buzza, Wylie 4 1 3 7 0 0 7 3 3 1 21y 183d 4 3
22 Duncan, Mitch 13 9 19 32 0 1 0 6 0 3 26y 55d 154 115
29 Guthrie, Cameron 8 4 6 14 1 2 0 5 0 3 24y 350d 124 38
39 Guthrie, Zach 6 1 5 11 0 0 0 2 1 1 19y 35d 5 0
26 Hawkins, Tom 9 9 4 13 3 0 0 4 0 1 29y 14d 207 433
25 Henderson, Lachie 15 11 8 23 0 0 0 2 1 2 27y 233d 152 110
8 Kolodjashnij, Jake 10 7 9 19 0 0 0 2 0 2 21y 360d 41 0
13 Lonergan, Tom 7 5 6 13 0 0 0 3 0 0 33y 79d 204 55
4 Mackie, Andrew 17 8 6 23 0 0 0 2 1 0 32y 362d 274 99
27 Menegola, Sam 14 6 11 25 2 3 0 7 1 2 25y 150d 24 15
21 Murdoch, Jordan 12 5 6 18 0 1 0 3 2 0 25y 134d 88 60
3 Parfitt, Brandan 4 1 5 9 0 0 0 4 0 2 19y 99d 10 6
34 Parsons, James 3 0 7 10 1 0 0 2 0 0 20y 114d 15 12
14 Selwood, Joel 11 2 9 20 0 0 0 2 5 2 29y 70d 246 144
16 Selwood, Scott 12 5 14 26 0 1 0 13 5 2 27y 130d 148 39
37 Simpson, Sam 8 3 5 13 0 1 0 1 1 0 19y 51d 3 1
9 Smith, Zac 8 1 8 16 1 1 32 3 2 0 27y 163d 103 49
44 Stewart, Tom 10 4 4 14 0 0 0 6 0 1 24y 142d 15 2
7 Taylor, Harry 6 6 7 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 31y 53d 223 61
40 Thurlow, Jackson 15 6 8 23 0 0 0 3 2 1 23y 129d 37 8
2 Tuohy, Zach 10 4 16 26 0 0 0 6 1 1 27y 237d 139 46
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 205 99 170 375 8 13 39 83 25 25 25y 170d 2260 1299
Sydney Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
23 Franklin, Lance 'Buddy' 5 1 3 8 1 1 0 2 1 1 30y 186d 266 839
39 Grundy, Heath 7 3 6 13 0 0 0 1 1 1 31y 63d 232 23
4 Hannebery, Dan 8 4 13 21 2 0 0 5 1 1 26y 161d 189 94
9 Hayward, Will 9 4 3 12 3 1 0 5 1 0 18y 282d 14 17
5 Heeney, Isaac 10 4 9 19 1 1 0 3 0 1 21y 91d 53 56
29 Hewett, George 6 2 11 17 0 0 0 8 2 4 21y 218d 43 27
15 Jack, Kieren 16 2 5 21 0 0 0 1 1 0 30y 37d 224 150
10 Jones, Zak 10 4 5 15 0 0 0 5 1 3 22y 142d 49 12
44 Lloyd, Jake 13 6 7 20 0 0 0 3 1 1 23y 318d 87 22
3 McVeigh, Jarrad 11 5 10 21 0 1 0 6 1 0 32y 119d 295 196
43 Melican, Lewis 5 3 4 9 0 1 0 1 0 2 20y 273d 14 1
14 Mills, Callum 8 2 8 16 0 0 0 4 1 1 20y 124d 41 1
28 Newman, Nic 9 3 10 19 1 0 0 7 2 1 24y 201d 16 6
41 Papley, Tom 8 2 4 12 3 2 0 4 1 0 21y 22d 36 54
26 Parker, Luke 11 2 12 23 1 1 0 13 3 3 24y 283d 146 114
24 Rampe, Dane 11 4 7 18 0 0 0 2 0 1 27y 63d 110 6
20 Reid, Sam 12 7 4 16 2 1 1 1 4 0 25y 220d 115 118
16 Rohan, Gary 7 3 2 9 2 1 0 1 0 1 26y 58d 90 80
18 Sinclair, Callum 11 3 6 17 0 1 18 6 3 2 27y 315d 59 38
40 Smith, Nick 6 4 4 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 29y 53d 186 10
8 Tippett, Kurt 6 2 2 8 0 0 16 4 1 2 30y 88d 175 321
22 Towers, Dean 5 1 2 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 27y 92d 44 23
  Totals 194 71 137 331 16 11 35 84 25 25 25y 221d 2484 2208

Match highlights

Scott Selwood had 13 tackles for Geelong vs. Sydney (AFL, Premiership Season, R20)
Luke Parker had 13 tackles for Sydney vs. Geelong (AFL, Premiership Season, R20)

Footnotes

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