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Swans too Goodes for Adelaide


Ashley Porter, Adelaide

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Swans shock Crows in qualifying final

Sydney convincingly defeat Adelaide by 29 points in the qualifying final at AAMI stadium.

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SYDNEY 2.2 7.2 8.4 11.5 (71) ADELAIDE 1.3 2.7 3.10 5.12 (42)
GOALS Sydney: Goodes 3, Jetta 2, Morton 2, McGlynn, Kennedy, Parker, Reid. Adelaide: Johncock, Callinan, van Berlo, Sloane, Walker.
BEST Sydney: Goodes, Kennedy, O'Keefe, Richards, Roberts-Thomson, Shaw. Adelaide: Doughty, Thompson, Dangerfield, Mackay, Vince, Sloane.
INJURIES Sydney: McGlynn (hamstring). Adelaide: Talia (broken right arm).
UMPIRES Schmitt, Stevic, Farmer.
CROWD 44,849, at AAMI Stadium.

THE Sydney Swans, led by big-game performer Adam Goodes, stood up to all of their doubters and dumped Adelaide by 29 points in a tough second qualifying final at AAMI Stadium yesterday.

Coming off two losses, and going into this game with an appalling record here and against the Crows, Sydney left no doubt it is still very much in this premiership race by advancing to a home preliminary final.

Gotcha: Swan Daniel Hannebery can't escape the clutches of Crow Taylor Walker.

Gotcha: Swan Daniel Hannebery can't escape the clutches of Crow Taylor Walker. Photo: Getty Images

It leaves Adelaide with the mountainous task against Geelong or Fremantle here on Friday night, and if somehow it recovers, it faces Hawthorn away. The finals dream has virtually been extinguished.

Goodes, whose ability in the latter part of this season had perhaps been most scrutinised, typified the ''I'll show you'' attitude and was an inspirational leader.

Adelaide capitulated under the enormous pressure, and remarkably had 22 more inside-50 entries and one more score, yet was never really in the hunt. And don't dare suggest it was unlucky.

Lewis Jetta of the Swans celebrates a goal with Jude Bolton. Click for more photos

AFL 2nd Qualifying Final : Adelaide v Sydney Swans

The Swans who lead at every change against Adelaide ran out winners by 29 points to give them a home final. The win came at a cost though, as Ben McGlynn will miss the rest of finals after tearing his hamstring in third qtr. Final score 11.5(71)to 5.12(42). Photo: Getty Images

The Crows cracked under the relentless pressure from Sydney, missing many easy shots.

At half-time it was Sydney 7.2 to 2.7, a reflection of how disciplined the Swans were in defence.

The Crows were hustled into mistakes, and Sydney advanced through a suspect defence with pace and brilliant execution of every skill in the book.

To kick 11.5 from only 37 inside-50 entries was outstanding. For Adelaide to be restricted to 5.12 from 59 entries was great defence rather than simply bad play from Adelaide.

Lewis Roberts-Thomson, whose forced return to the back lines because of the suspension of Heath Grundy, was supposed to hurt Sydney badly. It may have up forward, but in the end Sydney did not need a big score, and Roberts-Thomson was magnificent in defence against Kurt Tippett.

Ted Richards was also outstanding as he made it tough for Adelaide's other key forward, Taylor Walker, who had just two kicks for the game.

However, in a final that required someone to stand tall, Goodes was the man. He had 22 disposals - others had a lot more - but he was the one who really stamped his mark on the game in the first half that set up this win.

He kicked the first two goals of the match, and when Adelaide looked like responding well late in the second, it was Goodes again who goaled from 50 metres and virtually made the challenge too great for Adelaide.

There were many other magnificent performers for Sydney, and a close second to Goodes was Josh Kennedy with 35 hard-earned disposals - 21 of them contested.

Add Marty Mattner against his old club, Rhys Shaw, Ryan O'Keefe - another big-game player - Daniel Hannebery, and Shane Mumford, who matched the brilliance of Sam Jacobs in ruck, and Sydney looked great.

Adelaide not only let itself down badly kicking for goal, but it made far too many unforced errors.

A kick and/or handball a half-a-metre short or wide here and there saw Sydney swoop and clear.

After so many 100-plus-point games this season, the Crows were restricted to their lowest score since round 18 last year, against St Kilda, and not once this season have they been so starved of clear passages of play as they were yesterday.

Scott Thompson and Patrick Dangerfield battled gamely, while Michael Doughty, in his last campaign, Rory Sloane and David Mackay had their quality moments, but overall too many Crows failed to live up to the incredibly high expectations of a state.

Sydney looked so well-drilled, was admirably determined, and remained calm under the pressure. It was a thoroughly controlled performance, one expected of a top-four side come the finals.

In the opening 10 minutes of the third term Walker missed two set shots that he has nailed all season, and Mackay missed one on the run. The Crows could have easily got within a goal or two and reversed the pressure, but instead Sydney steadied.

From Goodes' goal moments before half-time, to Adelaide's third goal at the 22-minute mark of the third, there were 31 minutes of goal-less play, but like a classy soccer match it was still great to watch.

Players from both sides threw themselves at everything and everyone, a reminder that this is a game for the courageous.

Adelaide's endeavour should not be questioned; just its ability to perform on a bigger stage where the pressure can be unbearable.

They call it finals football, and Sydney played it so well.


Experience obviously plays a big part in finals, and Sydney went into this game with four players with a premiership medal from 2005 - Adam Goodes, Ryan O'Keefe, Jude Bolton and Lewis Roberts-Thomson. Adelaide has no premiership players on its list.


Sydney's Kieren Jack wore a helmet during the last quarter, but not because of concussion during the match. He had a badly cut head, and the helmet was helping to stem the blood flow. It was effective.


The pain goes on for the Crows in finals - they have now lost five of their past six finals, with the only win during these lean times in 2009. This was just the fifth win by Sydney in its past 18 games against Adelaide.

Quarter 1
It was a tight first term with both sides refusing to present easy opportunities. Adelaide went into its inside-50 zone 14 times to Sydney's seven, yet trailed at quarter time, 2.2 to 1.3.The key was Sydney's defence, led by Lewis Roberts-Thompson. Adelaide's three behinds came from set shots; wasted opportunities that may prove costly. The match-ups were absorbing. NAB Rising Star winner Daniel Talia was on Adam Goodes, but could not prevent Goodes kicking both of the Swans' goals. Swans by 5 points

Quarter 2
Goodes continued to have a huge impact, and the Swans were looking great. He was responsible for setting up another goal, and kicked another just before half-time. The Crows were stunned by Sydney's ferocity, and failed to capitalise on their inside-50s because of Sydney's defence. They went in 14 more times in the first half, yet did little to the scoreboard. Sydney's run and passing was outstanding. Also inflicting pain on the home crowd was Josh Kennedy. The Crows will need to learn to kick for goal. Swans by 25 points

Quarter 3
The game remained tight, and Adelaide still failed to penetrate Sydney's superb defence. After 31 minutes of play, from late in the second term, a goal was finally scored - a six-pointer to the Crows' Rory Sloane. But the Swans responded immediately, from Mitch Morton. Sydney was just far too good the way it moved the ball across and downfield, and keeping Adelaide under pressure. Remarkably, Adelaide had 17 more inside-50s and one more scoring shot, yet trailed by four goals. Swans by 24 points

Quarter 4

Adelaide threatened a revival when Graham Johncock kicked his first goal. But a few minutes later, Luke Parker snapped a brilliant goal for Sydney, and the writing was on the wall; it wasn't pretty for the Crows. Sydney maintained the pressure and Adelaide struggled to make the most of its inside-50s, kicking the ball too high and giving Sydney time to position itself well defensively. The Crows got to within 18 points in the last quarter, but merely gave their fans false hope. Sydney simply polished off a great game. Swans win by 29 points

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COL vs MEL 14:10MCG
SYD vs ADE 16:35SCG
CAR vs NTH 19:20ES
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COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
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ESS vs ADE 13:45ES
NTH vs STK 14:10BA
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HAW vs PTA 19:50ES
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COL vs RIC 13:45MCG
GWS vs SYD 14:10Spotless Stadium
GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
STK vs GEE 19:20ES
ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
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GEE vs COL 19:50MCG
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HAW vs BRI 14:10AS
NTH vs WBU 16:35ES
ESS vs RIC 19:20MCG
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RIC vs NTH 00:00ES
HAW vs CAR 00:00MCG
GEE vs ADE 00:00SS
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West Coast Eagles 8 6 2 0 158.17 24
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GWS Giants 8 6 2 0 118.87 24
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