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Swans star Lance Franklin stands tall in win over GWS Giants

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Swans sink gentle Giants

Sydney Swans win their 10th game in a row defeating Greater Western Sydney by 46 points at the SCG.

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SYDNEY 4.4 8.9 12.11 15.16 (106) GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 1.4 1.7 4.10 8.12 (60)
Goals: Sydney: L Franklin 5 J Kennedy 2 K Tippett 2 B McGlynn C Bird K Jack L Jetta S Reid Z Jones. Greater Western Sydney: J Cameron 2 T Bugg 2 C Ward D Smith L Whitfield W Hoskin-Elliott.
BEST Sydney: Franklin, Jack, Malceski, Richards, Kennedy, Parker GWS: Shiel, Kelly, Davis, Smith.
Injuries: Greater Western Sydney: H Shaw (concussion).
Umpires: Troy Pannell, Tristan Burgess, Leigh Fisher.
Official Crowd: 27,778 at SCG.

Lance Franklin could not stop the Sydney derby from turning into a fizzer but the Swans restored natural order at the SCG on Saturday night.

A howling gale blew across Sydney but unfortunately for the Giants that was the only destruction coming from the west.

Celebrate good times, come on: Swans spearhead Lance Franklin reacts after potting a major.

Celebrate good times, come on: Swans spearhead Lance Franklin reacts after potting a major. Photo: Anthony Johnson

The derby proved a bridge too far for the Giants, who received a timely reminder from the Swans just how far they still have to go to consistently match it with the best.

Revenge came swiftly for the Swans, who posted their 10th consecutive victory, though it was not the bloodbath many had thought it would become in the first half.

Round one was memorable for the apocalyptic weather and the Giants' historic upset but few will want to watch a replay of this game.

Ruck battle: Giants big man Shane Mumford and Swans counterpart Mike Pyke go head to head.

Ruck battle: Giants big man Shane Mumford and Swans counterpart Mike Pyke go head to head. Photo: Anthony Johnson

The Swans needed only to operate in fits and spurts to get over the line but the Giants were never close enough to make them look into their rearview mirrors with any concern.

The Giants had entered the game off the best month of their short existence but there was a massive gulf in class between the two sides.

The result of this game was beyond doubt before quarter time though the Giants could take some pride in denying the Swans faithful a grisly slaughter.

Lance Franklin takes on Tim Mohr. Click for more photos

Swans v GWS - Round 15

Sydney Swans 106 defeat Greater Western Sydney 60 during round 15 match at the SCG. Follow us at twitter.com/photosSMH Like these photos? Go to www.fairfaxphotos.com Photo: Anthony Johnson

Not that they would have been overly disappointed as they were given another stellar display from Franklin.

On a night where highlights were few and far between, Franklin continued his red hot form with another high-class performance.

There will be far bigger stages for Franklin to earn his cash but this occasion proved money for jam for a player at the top of his game.

The superstar booted another five goals, taking his tally to 26 in the past six games, and at times appeared to be doing as he pleased.

His repertoire included a contender for the goal of the week. After sharking a tap from Mike Pyke, Franklin put on the afterburners, took a bounce and goaled from 50.

When not kicking them himself, he was setting them up for his teammates. Kurt Tippett was one beneficiary, snapping truly in the second term after receiving a handball from his fellow Bondi millionaire.

Luke Parker had suggested earlier in the week the Swans had been slightly complacent in round one but it was soon apparent they would not make the same mistake twice.

The Swans were four goals up within 25 minutes and the Giants a man down, losing Heath Shaw in a sickening collision which resulted in him being stretchered off the field.

Shaw's absence proved significant, not necessarily to the outcome - few expected lightning to strike twice for the Giants - as much as preventing a blowout.

It proved a good one for Shaw to miss as his teammates in the Giants' defence were being sold up the creek by their midfield, where Kieren Jack, Luke Parker and Josh Kennedy controlled proceedings.

Jack was excellent, particularly in the first half when he collected 22 possessions.

The Giants' pressure was not up to the benchmark they had set in the past month, allowing the Swans to sweep the ball inside their forward 50 with ease.

This proved the perfect ingredient for Franklin to weave his magic, whether it be in the air or at ground level.

The Giants' young forwards were finding life far more difficult at the other end. When the Giants pushed forward, they took their time, allowing the Swans to push numbers back.

Jeremy Cameron was no match for Ted Richards. He did not have a possession until well into the second quarter though did kick two consolation goals.

If there was a play which highlighted the difference in fortunes from round one to here it came from Shane Mumford. Dominant in round one he had little influence on the game. His night was best summed up by a shot at goal which bounced on its end on the goal line allowing Richards to clear. It was that sort of night for the Giants.

Dominant in round one, he had little influence on the game.

7 comments so far

  • Just looking through the previous rounds and the rounds yet to be played this season and see that Port and Hawthorn only have to play each other on 1 occasion,,,which was in round 10. Sydney on the other hand have to play each of these teams twice....Im absolutely buggered if I can see how this becomes an equal season for teams. Hawthorn and Port obviously have the dream draw and will be playing probably 99% of games against teams below them on the ladder...WHY there cant be the old system of teams playing EACH other twice a season in home and away is beyond me.

    Commenter
    Mikeydney on the other hand have to
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    June 29, 2014, 1:04PM
    • Oh my God, how did this happen to the AFL's love child? Better call in the fixturing police! There are 18 teams. How on earth do you expect them to play each other twice? The only way to fix this problem is to have every team play each other once. BTW have you seen Freo's run home?

      Commenter
      Catherine
      Date and time
      June 29, 2014, 2:43PM
    • Yeah, probably the same run home as Sydney, so whats your complaint besides your team not doing overly well this year???.

      Commenter
      Mike
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 29, 2014, 3:08PM
  • All square

    Commenter
    JR Brand
    Date and time
    June 29, 2014, 3:49PM
    • This was supposed to be a local derby - where were the Giant's fans last night - I doubt there would have been 1000 there. Not even 200 in their supporters section behind the goal.

      Commenter
      Swannie
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 29, 2014, 4:25PM
      • Probably back in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, in the pubs and clubs playing the Pokies and watching on the Televisions there...too tight to travel from what I saw at the ground.

        Commenter
        Mikeydney
        Location
        SYDNEY
        Date and time
        June 29, 2014, 8:26PM
      • Us westie's can't afford both the train fare and a $32 ticket, that's why we live in the GW of Sydney.

        Commenter
        peakn
        Date and time
        June 30, 2014, 10:57PM

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