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Sydney Swans red-hot in putting Carlton Blues to the sword

Whooping it up: Sam Reid enjoys booting a major against the Blues.

Whooping it up: Sam Reid enjoys booting a major against the Blues. Photo: Anthony Johnson

SYDNEY 2.4 6.6 16.10 18.14 (122) CARLTON 1.2 5.5 5.6 7.9 (51)
GOALS Sydney: Franklin 6, Reid 4, Goodes 2, Parker 2, Rohan, Lloyd, McVeigh, Malceski. Carlton: Henderson 2, Everitt, Johnson, McLean, White, Bell.
BEST Sydney: Franklin, Kennedy, Reid, McGlynn, Parker, Jack, McVeigh Carlton: Murphy, Gibbs, Simpson
UMPIRES Mollison, Rosebury, Harris.

At half time, Sydney were in the midst of a red-hot contest, their hopes of equalling a club record of 12 consecutive wins on the line, against a Carlton team taking the game up to the flag favourites.

The Blues were on, their spirits lifted further by Blaine Johnson's first goal in league footy on the half-time siren, which resulted in every single Blue mobbing the third-gamer.

Oops: Sydney forward Lance Franklin gets tangled with Carlton's Sam Rowe.

Oops: Sydney forward Lance Franklin gets tangled with Carlton's Sam Rowe. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Q4 27:39
Sydney versus Carlton
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Players Franklin (6.2), Reid (4.0), Parker (2.2), Goodes (2.0), Rohan (1.2), Lloyd (1.0), Malceski (1.0), McVeigh (1.0), Kennedy (0.2), Bird (0.1), Jetta (0.1), McGlynn (0.1), Towers (0.1) Scorers Henderson (2.0), White (1.1), Bell (1.0), Everitt (1.0), Johnson (1.0), McLean (1.0), Casboult (0.1), Docherty (0.1), Judd (0.1), Thomas (0.1), Tuohy (0.1)

But half an hour later the Swans, with another herculean performance by Lance Franklin, had slammed the door shut on the Blues and in doing so had sounded out an ominous warning to Hawthorn before the clash of the two heavyweights in a fortnight's time.

The Swans, victorious over the Blues by 71 points, have played some breathtaking football this year but they may have set a new benchmark on Saturday night.

In 35 minutes of near flawless football, the Swans piled on 10 goals, yes 10, to reaffirm their status as the team to beat for this year's flag.

Adam Goodes marks. Click for more photos

Sydney Swans v Carlton Blues

Action from the Sydney Swans v Carlton Blues match held at the SCG on Saturday July 12, 2014. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Worryingly for their rivals, the Swans still have Kurt Tippett, Rhyce Shaw Dan Hannebery to return in the run into September.

Buddy was in the thick of things again, of course, this time with a bag of six, including five in the Swans' blistering third term.

Franklin had been quiet in the first half, held goalless and limited to only five possessions by Michael Jamison, but was unstoppable once the Swans clicked out of their slumber.

There was simply nothing Franklin could not do. If he was not banging them through from 60 out, he was jagging them on the run from the boundary line or killing the Blues in the air.

When he is on song it's almost as if his opposition are the Washington Generals, called in just so Franklin can do his thing.

As dominant as Franklin was, however, Sam Reid could have mounted a strong case to press the superstar for best-on-ground honours based on his first three quarters.

Whereas Franklin reigned when the Swans were on top, Reid shone when the contest was at its fiercest in the first half, kicking two vital goals to keep the Blues at bay.

Reid finished the night with four goals but, of equal importance, appears to have regained the sticky mits that make him such a powerful contested mark.

With Tippett likely to come back in a fortnight, Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson, missing Brian Lake and Josh Gibson, faces close to mission impossible to find the manpower to quell Sydney's star-studded forwards.

He will have no hope if the Swans midfield dominates in the manner they did in the third term against the hapless Blues, who managed just one behind.

Sometimes numbers do not paint the whole picture, in this case they did. The Swans won the possession count 110-57, were up 48-22 for contested possessions and 60-30 for the uncontested ball.

It translated to a lop-sided inside 50 count of 17-3 and turned a half-time lead of seven points to 70 by the last change.

Not surprisingly, the likes of Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker, Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack held sway, aided by Mike Pyke, who turned in arguably his best game of the year.

The pyrotechnics of the second half were in marked contrast to the first two quarters when the Blues, led by Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs, provided stiff resistance.

The Blues matched the Swans in intensity and hung tough though what happened after half time provided a reality check for where the once mighty club sits.

Carlton's forward thrusts were rare, though they forced some uncharacteristic errors from Ted Richards and Heath Grundy but failed to make the Swans pay.

The Blues, not lacking in endeavour, were able to trap the ball in their forward 50 for long periods in the second term but for little reward, whereas the Swans were able to capitalise on Carlton's lapses in concentration.

For example, the Blues controlled much of the play in the first 15 minutes of the quarter but had just one goal, to Simon White, for their efforts. The Swans, through Reid, jagged two in a minute from their next two forward 50 entries, blowing the margin out to 19 points.

The Blues fought their way back into the game admirably but were to have no answer to what came after half-time.

13 comments so far

  • A million dollars more than any other club has in the salary cap due to the COLA you would expect wins like this. It is definitely not a level playing field and until the AFL has the guts to abolish the COLA this is what fans are going to have to put up with. No wonder fans are turning away in droves.

    Date and time
    July 12, 2014, 11:41PM
    • Turning away in droves? 35,000 people there last night (including me) would disagree

      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 2:28PM
    • Have a look around the Melbourne clubs at all the ex-swans homesick Melbourne boys (and homesick WAGS) to see why the COLA is needed. But that wouldn't suit your own narrative would it?

      How is it the Swannies take cast-offs from other clubs and turn them into champions, yet Carlton take champions from other clubs and turns them into duds?

      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 2:45PM
    • Yesterday's victory had nothing to do with COLA and everything to do with a phenomenally well-managed and talented team belting a dysfunctional one. We could give Carlton half of our list and they'd still manage to stuff things up.

      Leaving aside for a minute the fact that Sydney is Australia's most expensive city and consequently some acknowledgement of that might be appropriate, the reason Sydney is so strong is down to superb recruitment and a very strong culture. We have taken players not deemed enough by Melbourne's renaissance men and turned them into champions. Richards. Kennedy. McGlynn. We have players from the country that are turning into superstars. Cunningham. Rohan. Jetta. That is why we're where we are - and bloody hard work.

      Perhaps a bit more focus on what we've got right and serial under-performers like Carlton continue to get so wrong might be a bit more productive than the continued whinging about how unfair life is.

      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 3:41PM
    • Try living in Sydney with your Melbourne pesos and you'll see its quite fair.

      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 4:32PM
  • What a third quarter blitz! Seamless skills, team work and hard at the ball, the Swans showed why they are a force to be reckoned with. Great to see Ben Reid kick his four, and Buddy, oh Buddy - a left foot slingshot from the boundary: poetry in motion! Hard to see how to make room for all those who are out at the moment. Come September, there may be some very disappointed players so worthy of inclusion.
    Love those Swannies!

    South of Sydney
    Date and time
    July 13, 2014, 11:47AM
    • Kate, its amazing the change in the Swans, under Roos they were critisized for playing a boring ultra Defenesive game, but hey it won them thier first flag in years. Now they can play the boring Defence when needed but equally be very attacking with the quality forwards they have. Its good for football, just wish my Blues had that talent. Swans, Hawks and Dockers could be the three strong teams fighting it out for the flag for the next 5 years or so

      Go Blues
      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 3:33PM
    • 'twas a pleasure to be there to see it. Buddy is a champ and the team is a ripper. Go Swans!

      Peter Cain
      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 3:48PM
  • You beauty

    Date and time
    July 13, 2014, 11:54AM
    • Get rid of Malthouse...

      Curl Curl
      Date and time
      July 13, 2014, 12:03PM

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