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Round: 22   Venue: Adelaide Oval   Date: Fri, 18-08-2017 7:20 pm   Crowd: 51,466  
Adelaide 2.2.145.5.358.10.5811.14.80 C:  Don Pyke
Sydney 5.1.317.1.4311.3.6913.5.83 C:  John Longmire
  SYD by 17SYD by 8SYD by 11SYD by 3  
Weather
min temp  8.2°C      max temp  14.6°C
rainfall  5.8mm    humidity  78%    air pressure  1025.9mb
wind speed 9km/h      wind direction  S
Brownlow Medal 3 Josh Kennedy (SYD)2 Rory Sloane (ADEL)1 Lance 'Buddy' Franklin (SYD)

Match Report

Friday night's match between Adelaide Sydney was touted as a potential Grand Final preview, somewhat bizarrely considering the Swans are sitting outside the top four and went into the game without a place in the finals guaranteed. Based on the way the match panned out, if that forecast does indeed come to pass and the two face off on the last day in September, football fans will be in for a Grand Final treat.

This match had all of the twists and turns one would want in a premiership decider, along with highlights that will long live in memories, and a finish that saw the two sides eventually separated by less than a goal. The ultimate winner was Sydney, by three points, and the win does now ensure the Swans will play finals, and the possibility of those two sides crossing paths again on the last Saturday in September is now stronger.

A thrilling encounter seemed unlikely as the first quarter unfolded, with the Swans making an early break. Adelaide managed a rushed behind in the first 90 seconds, but Sydney dominated the next 20 minutes, with goals to Lance Franklin, Gary Rohan, ex-Crow Kurt Tippett and Franklin again giving Sydney a four-goal lead heading into time on. Mitch McGovern finally got the Crows on the board at the 20-minute mark, but Kieran Jack responded soon after - courtesy of a mark and a 50-metre penalty. A late snap from Rory Sloane found its mark, and the Crows were back within striking distance, trailing by 17 points at the first break.

With early second-quarter goals to Zak Jones and skipper Josh Kennedy, Sydney's lead was extended to 29 points after six minutes, and the match threatened to become a blow-out. But there was a shift in momentum after that. It was subtle at first, as the Crows at first stemmed the flow of Swans goals, and then midway through the term it became more pronounced, as Adelaide began to hit the scoreboard itself. After behinds to McGovern and Eddie Betts, Betts found the goals to cut the margin to 21 points, and quick follow-up majors to McGovern and Matt Crouch cut the margin back to nine points, with another behind to Betts seeing the margin back to just eight at the half.

The long break did not halt Adelaide's charge, with McGovern kicking his third within 22 seconds of play restarting to cut the deficit to just two points. A snap from Charlie Cameron two minutes later just missed, reducing it to one, and when Tom Lynch kicked truly at the four-minute mark, the Crows were in front and full of running. With control of the match slipping away from the Swans, Franklin took matters into his own hands as only he can, producing a scintillating long run along the boundary line before somehow finding the goals from an 'impossible' angle while at full tilt, restoring a one-point lead for Sydney. 

From there the match became a finals-like arm-wrestle. A long kick from Rohan skidded through for a major at the 11-minute mark, but Betts responded with an 'over the top' goal soon after and the margin was again one point. A mark and goal to Jarrad McVeigh extended it to seven once more, but the Crows dominated the play for the next 10 minutes, They could not find the big sticks, though, kicking four behinds to one before a late mark and goal had the Swans ahead by 11 points at three-quarter time.

Adelaide came out firing in the last quarter and, after an early miss from Brad Crouch, cut the margin to just four points when McGovern kicked his fourth. The Crows continued to pepper the goals from there. Cameron and Riley Knight both missed shots, but when Taylor Walker dribbled one through at the 12-minute mark, the home side was in front by four points. After a behind to Swan Jake Lloyd, a free kick and goal to Josh Jenkins saw Adelaide extend its lead to nine midway through the term, but that was to be the Crows' last major score of the match.

The two sides swapped a minor score each over the next five minutes, before Sam Reid marked and kicked his second goal from about 40 metres out on an angle at the 21-minute mark, cutting the margin to just three points. Three minutes later, an errant kick into the forward line from Crow Rory Atkins resulted in a turnover that saw Max Papley kick a running goal at the other end, and Sydney was back in front. The next four minutes saw Adelaide desperately try and find an avenue to goal, but the Swans' defence held firm and the siren sounded at the 30-minute mark with Sydney the victors by three points. 

Franklin was inspirational for the victors with his three goals and 16 disposals, while Kennedy - returning from an injury layoff - was also a major factor in the win, collecting 31 touches and laying seven tackles. For the Crows the two Rorys - Sloane (14 tackles, 29 disposals) and Laird (34 possessions, 10 marks) were standouts.

For Sydney, the win keeps its slim hopes of sneaking into the top four alive. The Swans will need to defeat Carlton at the SCG new Saturday and then hope for a Richmond loss to St Kilda on Sunday to maintain that chance. If both results come to pass, the final place in the top four could come down to the Swans' winning margin compared to that of Port Adelaide's, assuming the Power defeats the lowly Gold Coast on Saturday night. Adelaide meanwhile is guaranteed of a top two finish despite the loss but the Crows will not want to head into September with consecutive losses, and they will be looking to defeat West Coast at Subiaco in the final home-and-away game of the season next Sunday.

GOALS
Adelaide: McGovern 4; Betts 2; Sloane, M.Crouch, Lynch, Walker, Jenkins
Sydney: Franklin 3; Rohan, Reid 2; Tippett, Kennedy, Jack, Jones, McVeigh, Papley

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Adelaide: Sloane, M.Crouch, Laird, Lynch, McGovern, Jacobs
Sydney: Franklin, Kennedy, Rampe, Hannebery, McVeigh, Smith

BEST - THE AGE
Adelaide: Sloane, McGovern, MCrouch, Laird, Lynch, Jacobs
Sydney: Franklin, Kennedy, Parker, Hannebery, McVeigh, Smith

INJURIES
Adelaide: Talia (ankle)
Sydney: Nil

REPORTS: Zac Jones (Sydney) (unduly rough play)

UMPIRES: Deboy, Donlon, Pannell

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Brian Taylor, Wayne Carey, Cameron Lind, Mark Soderstrom 

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
21 Atkins, Rory 11 3 10 21 0 0 0 2 0 3 23y 37d 53 26
18 Betts, Eddie 9 3 7 16 2 3 0 5 1 0 30y 265d 273 526
16 Brown, Luke 10 3 7 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 24y 330d 111 11
23 Cameron, Charlie 7 3 3 10 0 2 0 4 3 0 23y 44d 69 80
2 Crouch, Brad 12 2 14 26 0 2 0 6 0 0 23y 216d 57 19
44 Crouch, Matt 10 4 24 34 1 0 0 3 1 1 22y 119d 68 15
26 Douglas, Richard 6 3 7 13 0 1 0 1 1 0 30y 193d 216 146
20 Greenwood, Hugh 7 3 14 21 0 0 0 11 0 2 25y 165d 12 8
24 Jacobs, Sam 11 3 3 14 0 0 48 3 1 1 29y 130d 170 44
4 Jenkins, Josh 12 3 7 19 1 2 5 4 2 1 28y 191d 110 222
42 Keath, Alex 5 2 7 12 0 0 0 5 2 0 25y 210d 5 0
8 Kelly, Jake 3 1 6 9 0 0 0 2 1 0 22y 209d 30 0
3 Knight, Riley 10 5 12 22 0 1 0 4 1 0 22y 144d 27 20
29 Laird, Rory 17 10 17 34 0 0 0 0 1 0 23y 232d 97 9
6 Lever, Jake 10 5 3 13 0 0 0 1 1 3 21y 166d 52 3
27 Lynch, Tom 15 7 9 24 1 0 0 5 0 1 26y 337d 102 153
14 Mackay, David 14 2 4 18 0 0 0 6 1 0 29y 24d 181 55
41 McGovern, Mitch 12 7 2 14 4 1 0 4 1 1 22y 311d 34 49
9 Sloane, Rory 19 3 10 29 1 0 0 14 8 1 27y 154d 162 104
33 Smith, Brodie 17 7 3 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 25y 216d 141 45
12 Talia, Daniel 6 1 5 11 0 0 0 2 2 0 25y 320d 143 6
13 Walker, Taylor 9 5 4 13 1 0 0 2 1 0 27y 115d 150 352
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 232 85 178 410 11 14 53 87 28 14 25y 204d 2263 1893
Sydney Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
23 Franklin, Lance 'Buddy' 13 5 3 16 3 1 0 1 2 3 30y 200d 268 846
39 Grundy, Heath 7 1 6 13 0 0 0 4 1 1 31y 77d 234 23
4 Hannebery, Dan 13 3 15 28 0 0 0 5 0 0 26y 175d 191 94
9 Hayward, Will 3 0 3 6 0 1 0 3 0 0 18y 296d 16 19
5 Heeney, Isaac 11 4 7 18 0 0 0 10 0 4 21y 105d 55 57
29 Hewett, George 6 0 17 23 0 0 0 10 1 2 21y 232d 45 27
15 Jack, Kieren 6 0 5 11 1 0 0 9 2 2 30y 51d 226 152
10 Jones, Zak 14 5 7 21 1 0 0 3 2 3 22y 156d 51 14
12 Kennedy, Josh 18 5 13 31 1 0 0 7 1 0 29y 59d 201 128
44 Lloyd, Jake 20 5 3 23 0 1 0 3 0 2 23y 332d 89 22
3 McVeigh, Jarrad 14 3 7 21 1 1 0 5 0 1 32y 133d 297 198
43 Melican, Lewis 9 5 4 13 0 0 0 2 0 1 20y 287d 16 1
14 Mills, Callum 8 7 6 14 0 0 0 3 0 0 20y 138d 43 1
41 Papley, Tom 12 0 4 16 1 0 0 9 1 1 21y 36d 38 57
26 Parker, Luke 14 1 16 30 0 0 0 4 0 2 24y 297d 148 117
24 Rampe, Dane 9 4 7 16 0 0 0 1 0 1 27y 77d 112 6
20 Reid, Sam 7 7 6 13 2 1 0 0 1 1 25y 234d 117 122
16 Rohan, Gary 5 1 3 8 2 0 0 7 1 1 26y 72d 92 84
18 Sinclair, Callum 5 1 3 8 0 0 25 1 1 1 27y 329d 61 39
40 Smith, Nick 7 5 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 29y 67d 188 10
8 Tippett, Kurt 7 2 7 14 1 0 17 3 1 2 30y 102d 177 324
22 Towers, Dean 2 3 4 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 27y 106d 46 23
  Totals 210 67 149 359 13 5 42 93 14 28 25y 311d 2711 2364

Footnotes

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