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AFL Home and Away, Saturday, 26 July 2014 - Round 18 - MCG

Time
Full Time
Team
Hawthorn
Score
15.14.104
Team
Sydney
Score
13.16.94
Hawthorn versus Sydney
Quarters 2.7.19 Q1 2.3.15
Quarters 4.8.32 Q2 5.9.39
Quarters 11.11.77 Q3 9.14.68
Quarters 15.14.104 Q4 13.16.94
Players Roughead (4.4), Breust (3.1), Smith (3.0), Puopolo (2.1), Gunston (1.2), Burgoyne (1.0), Hodge (1.0), Litherland (0.1), Mitchell (0.1), Simpkin (0.1) Scorers Goodes (4.0), Franklin (3.5), McGlynn (3.1), Tippett (2.2), Kennedy (1.1), Jack (0.1)

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Match Tracker

Hawthorn vs. Sydney

  1. 1 minute Hawthorn: Goal Jarryd Roughead
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute
  4. 4 minute Hawthorn: Behind Sam Mitchell
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute Sydney: Behind Lance Franklin
  7. 7 minute Sydney: Behind Lance Franklin
  8. 8 minute
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute Hawthorn: Rushed Behind
  12. 12 minute Sydney: Goal Lance Franklin
  13. 13 minute
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute Hawthorn: Behind Luke Breust
  16. 16 minute Hawthorn: Goal Isaac Smith
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute
  19. 19 minute
  20. 20 minute Hawthorn: Rushed Behind
  21. 21 minute Sydney: Goal Kurt Tippett
  22. 22 minute
  23. 23 minute Hawthorn: Behind Jarryd Roughead
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute Hawthorn: Behind Paul Puopolo
  26. 26 minute Hawthorn: Behind Angus Litherland
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute
  29. 29 minute Sydney: Behind Kurt Tippett
  30. QT Qtr time
  31. 31 minute
  32. 32 minute
  33. 33 minute
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute
  38. 38 minute
  39. 39 minute
  40. 40 minute

Hawthorn vs. Sydney

Hawthorn vs. Sydney

  1. 1 minute Hawthorn: Behind Jarryd Roughead
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute Sydney: Behind Lance Franklin
  4. 4 minute
  5. 5 minute Hawthorn: Goal Luke Breust
  6. 6 minute
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute
  9. 9 minute Sydney: Behind Lance Franklin
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute Sydney: Behind Lance Franklin
  14. 14 minute Sydney: Goal Lance Franklin
  15. 15 minute
  16. 16 minute Sydney: Rushed Behind
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute
  19. 19 minute Sydney: Rushed Behind
  20. 20 minute Sydney: Goal Ben McGlynn
  21. 21 minute
  22. 22 minute
  23. 23 minute Sydney: Behind Ben McGlynn
  24. 24 minute Sydney: Goal Kurt Tippett
  25. 25 minute
  26. 26 minute
  27. 27 minute Hawthorn: Goal Paul Puopolo
  28. QT Qtr time
  29. 29 minute
  30. 30 minute
  31. 31 minute
  32. 32 minute
  33. 33 minute
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute
  38. 38 minute
  39. 39 minute
  40. 40 minute

Hawthorn vs. Sydney

Hawthorn vs. Sydney

  1. 1 minute Sydney: Rushed Behind
  2. 2 minute Sydney: Goal Adam Goodes
  3. 3 minute
  4. 4 minute Sydney: Goal Adam Goodes
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute Sydney: Rushed Behind
  7. 7 minute Sydney: Rushed Behind Sydney: Behind Josh Kennedy
  8. 8 minute
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute Hawthorn: Behind Jarryd Roughead Hawthorn: Behind Jarryd Roughead
  13. 13 minute Hawthorn: Behind Jack Gunston
  14. 14 minute Hawthorn: Goal Luke Breust
  15. 15 minute
  16. 16 minute Hawthorn: Goal Jack Gunston
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute
  19. 19 minute Hawthorn: Goal Luke Breust
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute Hawthorn: Goal Isaac Smith
  22. 22 minute
  23. 23 minute Sydney: Goal Lance Franklin
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute Sydney: Behind Kurt Tippett
  26. 26 minute Sydney: Goal Ben McGlynn
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute
  29. 29 minute Hawthorn: Goal Isaac Smith
  30. 30 minute
  31. 31 minute Hawthorn: Goal Jarryd Roughead
  32. 32 minute
  33. 33 minute Hawthorn: Goal Jarryd Roughead
  34. QT Qtr time
  35. 35 minute
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute
  38. 38 minute
  39. 39 minute
  40. 40 minute

Hawthorn vs. Sydney

Hawthorn vs. Sydney

  1. 1 minute Hawthorn: Goal Jarryd Roughead
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute Hawthorn: Goal Paul Puopolo
  4. 4 minute
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute Sydney: Behind Kieren Jack
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute Sydney: Goal Josh Kennedy
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute
  14. 14 minute Hawthorn: Behind Jonathan Simpkin
  15. 15 minute Sydney: Goal Adam Goodes
  16. 16 minute
  17. 17 minute Hawthorn: Goal Shaun Burgoyne
  18. 18 minute
  19. 19 minute Hawthorn: Behind Jack Gunston
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute Sydney: Goal Adam Goodes
  22. 22 minute
  23. 23 minute
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute Sydney: Rushed Behind
  26. 26 minute
  27. 27 minute Hawthorn: Rushed Behind
  28. 28 minute Hawthorn: Goal Luke Hodge
  29. 29 minute
  30. 30 minute Sydney: Goal Ben McGlynn
  31. FT Full time
  32. 32 minute
  33. 33 minute
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute
  38. 38 minute
  39. 39 minute
  40. 40 minute

Hawthorn vs. Sydney

Statistics

Match Statistics
HawthornSydney

Grant Birchall

Craig Bird

Luke Breust

Goal
3
Behind
1

Harry Cunningham

Shaun Burgoyne

Goal
1

Lance Franklin

Goal
3
Behind
5

Jonathon Ceglar

Adam Goodes

Goal
4

Josh Gibson

Heath Grundy

Jack Gunston

Goal
1
Behind
2

Kieren Jack

Behind
1

Bradley Hill

Lewis Jetta

Luke Hodge

Goal
1

Josh Kennedy

Goal
1
Behind
1

Will Langford

Jeremy Laidler

Jordan Lewis

Jake Lloyd

Angus Litherland

Behind
1

Nick Malceski

Ben McEvoy

Ben McGlynn

Goal
3
Behind
1

Sam Mitchell

Behind
1

Jarrad McVeigh

Paul Puopolo

Goal
2
Behind
1

Luke Parker

Jarryd Roughead

Goal
4
Behind
4

Mike Pyke

Ryan Schoenmakers

Dane Rampe

Liam Shiels

Sam Reid

Jonathan Simpkin

Behind
1

Ted Richards

Isaac Smith

Goal
3

Gary Rohan

Ben Stratton

Nick Smith

Matthew Suckling

Kurt Tippett

Goal
2
Behind
2

Alex Woodward

Dean Towers

Hawthorn vs Sydney

  • Goals

    Hawthorn 15
    54% 46%
    Sydney 13
  • Behinds

    Hawthorn 14
    47% 53%
    Sydney 16
  • Scoring shots

    Hawthorn 29
    50% 50%
    Sydney 29
  • Goals/scoring shots

    Hawthorn 52%
    54% 46%
    Sydney 45%
  • Disposals

    Hawthorn 389
    53% 47%
    Sydney 345
  • Kicks

    Hawthorn 210
    51% 49%
    Sydney 204
  • Handballs

    Hawthorn 179
    56% 44%
    Sydney 141
  • Contested Possessions

    Hawthorn 138
    49% 51%
    Sydney 143
  • Uncontested Possessions

    Hawthorn 252
    55% 45%
    Sydney 204
  • Marks

    Hawthorn 85
    49% 51%
    Sydney 90
  • Tackles

    Hawthorn 47
    42% 58%
    Sydney 65
  • Hit-outs

    Hawthorn 46
    59% 41%
    Sydney 32
  • Clearances

    Hawthorn 35
    51% 49%
    Sydney 33
  • Frees for

    Hawthorn 16
    43% 57%
    Sydney 21
  • Frees against

    Hawthorn 21
    57% 43%
    Sydney 16
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    Hawthorn statistics
    Players D K M H CP UP T G B GB FF FA HO CL
    Grant Birchall 24 13 6 11 9 15 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 1
    Luke Breust 14 9 3 5 10 6 1 3 1 3.1 1 2 0 3
    Shaun Burgoyne 23 11 4 12 8 14 3 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 2
    Jonathon Ceglar 5 2 1 3 1 4 1 0 0 0.0 0 3 10 0
    Josh Gibson 21 10 5 11 6 15 2 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0
    Jack Gunston 13 6 2 7 5 9 4 1 2 1.2 0 3 0 0
    Bradley Hill 17 8 5 9 4 13 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0
    Luke Hodge 28 16 3 12 7 21 5 1 0 1.0 2 1 0 1
    Will Langford 16 7 2 9 8 9 1 0 0 0.0 1 2 1 2
    Jordan Lewis 35 19 6 16 15 22 2 0 0 0.0 2 1 5 5
    Angus Litherland 14 8 4 6 8 6 0 0 1 0.1 3 1 0 0
    Ben McEvoy 12 4 4 8 10 4 5 0 0 0.0 1 0 27 4
    Sam Mitchell 32 17 4 15 13 16 1 0 1 0.1 1 1 1 6
    Paul Puopolo 15 10 1 5 7 9 5 2 1 2.1 3 0 0 1
    Jarryd Roughead 18 10 7 8 5 13 3 4 4 4.4 0 0 1 3
    Ryan Schoenmakers 9 5 4 4 3 6 2 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0
    Liam Shiels 26 17 2 9 5 19 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
    Jonathan Simpkin 15 6 5 9 3 12 3 0 1 0.1 0 1 0 1
    Isaac Smith 18 11 7 7 3 15 1 3 0 3.0 0 1 0 2
    Ben Stratton 12 5 5 7 6 7 5 0 0 0.0 0 3 0 2
    Matthew Suckling 19 14 5 5 1 15 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1
    Alex Woodward 3 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Sydney statistics
    Players D K M H CP UP T G B GB FF FA HO CL
    Craig Bird 25 15 3 10 14 12 5 0 0 0.0 1 2 0 7
    Harry Cunningham 9 4 4 5 1 8 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Lance Franklin 18 13 7 5 13 7 4 3 5 3.5 3 2 0 1
    Adam Goodes 16 9 5 7 9 8 0 4 0 4.0 0 0 0 0
    Heath Grundy 12 9 1 3 3 9 2 0 0 0.0 1 1 0 0
    Kieren Jack 21 11 2 10 13 9 7 0 1 0.1 3 1 0 4
    Lewis Jetta 19 17 7 2 1 18 5 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0
    Josh Kennedy 25 16 5 9 10 13 4 1 1 1.1 2 2 1 4
    Jeremy Laidler 11 5 4 6 4 6 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0
    Jake Lloyd 17 8 4 9 6 11 2 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 2
    Nick Malceski 17 11 2 6 5 10 2 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 1
    Ben McGlynn 23 14 7 9 10 14 9 3 1 3.1 0 2 0 2
    Jarrad McVeigh 20 13 4 7 5 15 5 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0
    Luke Parker 15 8 5 7 6 9 6 0 0 0.0 0 1 3 3
    Mike Pyke 5 2 1 3 2 3 4 0 0 0.0 1 0 21 1
    Dane Rampe 24 12 9 12 8 16 4 0 0 0.0 3 1 0 1
    Sam Reid 13 2 0 11 8 5 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 6 6
    Ted Richards 15 10 8 5 5 11 1 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0
    Gary Rohan 9 6 3 3 6 3 1 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 1
    Nick Smith 15 10 1 5 4 11 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 0 0
    Kurt Tippett 9 7 6 2 7 2 0 2 2 2.2 1 0 1 0
    Dean Towers 7 2 2 5 3 4 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

    Latest Comments

    • Now all I need is for the woods to lose tomorrow and the tiges are 2 games out of the 8. One can always live in hope.

      wear the fox hat | July 26, 2014, 7:13PM
    • Missing Gaz?

      Catherine | July 26, 2014, 7:26PM
    • Great to see the MCG packed to the rafters for the best two teams in the comp.

      Andy | July 26, 2014, 8:03PM
    • If Richmond keep playing like they have they could finish ninth!Although Hardwick would say that it is just an aberration and they are really a top four side.

      angst_in_antwerp | July 26, 2014, 8:15PM
    • Astute recruiting, within the rules. How did the ball get to them? Through a stellar midfield and a miserly back line. So far so good, Sydney.

      What would Henry Do? | July 26, 2014, 8:49PM

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    Top Players

    Goals
    Player name Jarryd Roughead 4
    Player name Adam Goodes 4
    Disposals
    Player name Jordan Lewis 35
    Kicks
    Player name Jordan Lewis 19
    Handballs
    Player name Jordan Lewis 16
    Contested Possessions
    Player name Jordan Lewis 15
    Uncontested Possessions
    Player name Jordan Lewis 22
    Marks
    Player name Dane Rampe 9
    Tackles
    Player name Ben McGlynn 9
    Clearances
    Player name Craig Bird 7

    Match Details

    Start time:
    7:40pm
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. Scattered showers
    Umpires:
    Troy Pannell, Chris Donlon, Mathew Nicholls
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    AFL Express: Saturday 26 July

    Date

    Ronny Lerner

    Some Swans fans make their feelings known at the MCG on Saturday night.

    Some Swans fans make their feelings known at the MCG on Saturday night. Photo: Getty Images

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    FULL TIME

    HAWTHORN    2.7, 4.8, 11.11, 15.14 (104)
    SYDNEY        2.3, 5.9, 9.14, 13.16 (94)

    GOALS
    Hawthorn: Roughead 4, Breust 3, Smith 3, Puopolo 2, Gunston, Burgoyne, Hodge
    Sydney: Goodes 4, Franklin 3, McGlynn 3, Tippett 2, Kennedy

    DISPOSALS
    Hawthorn: Lewis 35, Mitchell 32, Hodge 28, Shiels 26
    Sydney: Kennedy 25, Bird 25, Rampe 24, McGlynn 23

    We have just witnessed arguably the game of the season.

    After trailing Sydney by 23 points at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter, Hawthorn fought back incredibly to boot 11 of the last 17 goals to pinch a memorable win.

    The result denied the Swans the chance to register a club record 13 games in a row but the margin wasn’t big enough to usurp Sydney from top spot on the ladder.

    The Swans have a narrow 0.8 percentage advantage over the second-placed Hawks.

    For the first two-and-a-half quarters, Hawthorn were struggling badly to contain Sydney’s key forwards Franklin, Tippett and Goodes.

    But from midway through the third term, Hawthorn managed to cut Sydney’s marks inside 50 right down and the momentum shifted dramatically in their favour as they piled on seven of the last nine goals in the third term.

    That purple patch really set it up for the Hawks and they never looked back.

    Hawthorn’s best players were Lewis, Mitchell, Hodge, Roughead, Breust, Isaac Smith and Shiels.

    For Sydney, the standouts were McGlynn, Franklin, Goodes, Laidler, Bird, Rampe and Kieren Jack.

    Q4 30 MIN, HAW 104 SYD 94

    Franklin handballs it to Jetta who spears it to McGlynn

    From 40m out on a slight angle, the ex-Hawk makes no mistake.

    0:19 to go.

    Q4 29 MIN, HAW 104 SYD 88

    Birchall's little chip kick finds Hodge 40m out from goal.

    The Hawthorn skipper lines them up on a slight and ends the contest! What a performance!

    1:06 to go.

    Q4 27 MIN, HAW 98 SYD 88

    Puopolo's shot on goal is rushed through by Richards.

    2:03 to go

    Q4 26 MIN, HAW 97 SYD 88

    Throw-in on the centre of the Southern Stand wing

    2:50 to go.

    Q4 26 MIN, HAW 97 SYD 88

    McEvoy takes a big pack mark on centre wing

    3:16 to go.

    Q4 25 MIN, HAW 97 SYD 88

    Malceski breaks the Hill tackle and kicks it to Kennedy who wins the free kick for being held in the centre square.

    Kennedy goes wide to the unattended Jetta who runs to 55m out , bombs it long, Goodes takes a good piece of the ball in the goal square but isn't paid the mark and Gibson rushes the behind!

    3:42 to go.

    Q4 23 MIN, HAW 97 SYD 87

    McGlynn tackles Stratton to the ground and there'll be a ball up 35m out from Sydney's goal

    5:01 to go

    Q4 23 MIN, HAW 97 SYD 87

    Kennedy pumps it forward but Gibson spoils Franklin and there'll be a throw-in right next to Sydney's behind post

    5:33 to go

    Q4 21 MIN, HAW 97 SYD 87

    72,760 fans in attendance - the largest home-and-away crowd that Sydney have ever played in front of

    Q4 21 MIN, HAW 97 SYD 87

    Goodes marks it 35m out from goal on a tight angle.

    The dual Brownlow Medalist lines them up and absolutely nails it! What a brilliant kick. That's his fourth goal.

    6:06 to go.

    Q4 20 MIN, HAW 97 SYD 81

    Throw-in 55m around from Sydney's goal.

    6:52 to go.

    Q4 19 MIN, HAW 97 SYD 81

    Hodge's rushed kick forward bounces off a Sydney defender and into Gunston's hands.

    Gunston is on an extremely tough angle in the pocket and can only manage to hit the post

    7:25 to go.

    Q4 17 MIN, HAW 96 SYD 81

    Burgoyne intercepts Nick Smith's kick across goal 45m out from goal!

    The former Power man lines them up from a slight angle and he splits the high diddle diddles!

    Nick Smith will be feeling very ordinary after that!

    Q4 16 MIN, HAW 90 SYD 81

    Mitchell's quick snap for goal from 30m out goes out on the full

    9:42 to go.

    Q4 15 MIN, HAW 90 SYD 81

    A chain of handballs involving McGlynn, Towers and Bird ends up with Goodes and the champion dribbles it through from 20m out! Game on!

    10:11 to go.

    Q4 14 MIN, HAW 90 SYD 75

    Simpkin runs to 45m out on a tight angle but misses to the right

    Q4 12 MIN, HAW 89 SYD 75

    McGlynn cleverly taps the ball over his head before it goes out of bounds.

    It falls to Reid who passes it to Kennedy and the ex-Hawk drills it from just inside 50m.

    The Swans needed that one!

    Q4 9 MIN, HAW 89 SYD 69

    Hawthorn lead the uncontested possessions 210-157

    Q4 8 MIN, HAW 89 SYD 69

    Kennedy's long ball forward goes over the top of the pack, Kieren Jack collects the loose pill in the pocket and his dribbler from the very tough angle hits the post

    Q4 7 MIN, HAW 89 SYD 68

    Hawthorn have executed a 44-point turnaround in less than a quarter of football against a side that has won its past 12 games and sits on top of the ladder.

    What a champion team the Hawks are

    Q4 6 MIN, HAW 89 SYD 68

    Lewis and Gunston combine to get it to Mitchell who centres it to the goal square where Rohan takes a crucial mark for Sydney

    Q4 3 MIN, HAW 89 SYD 68

    Puopolo drags Rampe to ground and wins the free kick for holding the ball.

    The little Hawk lines up from 35m out on a slight angle and makes no mistake!

    Hawthorn now lead by 21 points after trailing early in the third term! This relly is a champion team!

    Q4 2 MIN, HAW 83 SYD 68

    Grundy has been subbed off and Towers is in the game

    Q4 1 MIN, HAW 83 SYD 68

    Isaac Smith centres the ball beautifully to Roughead who lines up from 35m out and bangs home his fourth goal. What a start!

    THREE-QUARTER TIME

    HAWTHORN    2.7, 4.8, 11.11 (77)
    SYDNEY         2.3, 5.9, 9.14 (68)

    Goals
    Hawthorn: Breust 3, Smith 3, Roughead 3, Puopolo, Gunston
    Sydney: Franklin 3, Tippett 2, Goodes 2, McGlynn 2

    Disposals
    Hawthorn: Lewis 23, Mitchell 22, Shiels 20, Hodge 20
    Sydney: Bird 21, McGlynn 18, Rampe 16, K.Jack 16

    It was billed as the game of the season and it certainly isn’t disappointing!

    That third quarter was unbelievable.

    Goodes kicked the first two goals after half-time and it looked like it was game over when the Swans opened up a 23-point lead at the 10-minute mark.

    With Goodes getting in on the act up forward along with Franklin and Tippett, the result appeared as though it was going to go one way if supply to their forward line continued to unabated.

    But the Hawks managed to almost completely shut off the supply as they rallied, like they do so often, to boot seven of the last nine goals to take a nine-point lead at three-quarter time!

    Q3 32 MIN, HAW 77 SYD 68

    Langford centres the ball to the hot spot, Hill collects the spillage, runs to the goal square and Malceski lays a crucial tackle!

    Hill manages to get the handball away, it ends up with Roughead and big Rough kicks the goal from 5m out!

    The Hawks have now kicked three goals in a row and the 200-gamer also has three goals like Breust and Isaac Smith

    Q3 31 MIN, HAW 71 SYD 68

    Roughead takes the chest mark 25m out and his set shot is good! The Hawks take the lead with 67 seconds left in the quarter! What a clinker this game is!

    Q3 30 MIN, HAW 65 SYD 68

    Rohan lays a crucial tackle on Breust in the forward pocket and the sharpshooter was forced to throw the ball.

    Q3 28 MIN, HAW 65 SYD 68

    Isaac Smith collects the loose ball, burns Jetta (of all people) and snaps truly from 35m out! That takes some guts to take on Jetta!

    Q3 27 MIN, HAW 59 SYD 68

    Ceglar has been subbed off and Woodward gets his first taste of AFL footy. Good luck to him.

    Q3 25 MIN, HAW 59 SYD 68

    Reid's kick to Parker fails to hit the target, Parker picks it up on the half-volley, handballs it to Tippett who then handballs it to McGlynn and from the goal square the ex-Hawk's shot on goal just clears Gibson's fingers and survives a score review

    Q3 24 MIN, HAW 59 SYD 62

    Jetta bursts out of the middle and kicks it to Tippett who takes the chest mark in front of Schoenmakers 50m out from goal.

    Tippett's on a very tight angle and it proves too much.

    Q3 23 MIN, HAW 59 SYD 61

    Goodes passes it to Kennedy who kicks it forward to Franklin.

    Franklin shrugs Gibson aside, collects the loose ball, runs to 30m out and nails his third goal.

    The Swans needed that one!

    Q3 21 MIN, HAW 59 SYD 55

    Isaac Smith's set shot from 50m out on a 45-degree angle splits the big sticks!

    What an incredible turnaround! It has been all Hawthorn in the last 10 minutes!

    Q3 20 MIN, HAW 53 SYD 55

    Cunningham takes a very courageous mark in front of Burgoyne in Hawthorn's forward line

    Q3 19 MIN, HAW 53 SYD 55

    Birchall bursts up the corridor, roosts it forward and Breust takes a sensational contested mark against Nick Smith!

    From 40m out directly in front, Breust makes light work of the set shot. He now has three goals.

    What a fight back this has been from Hawthorn after they trailed by 23 points earlier in this quarter.

    They have now registered the last six scores (3.3) and three goals in a row.

    Q3 18 MIN, HAW 47 SYD 55

    Leading disposals: Mitchell 20, Hodge 19, Lewis 19, Bird 19, Gibson 16, Shiels 16, Rampe 16, McGlynn 16

    Q3 15 MIN, HAW 47 SYD 55

    Shiels gathers his dropped mark and chips it to Gunston in the forward pocket.

    From 30m out on a tight angle, the ex-Crow sneaks it home and the Hawks hit back!

    Q3 13 MIN, HAW 41 SYD 55

    Gunston intercepts Grundy's handball and dishes it off to Breust who snaps truly from 30m out

    The Hawks finally get that elusive goals after 7 inside 50s in a row

    Q3 12 MIN, HAW 35 SYD 55

    Hill did a great job of keeping the ball in play along the forward pocket boundary.

    He runs right up to the behind line, handballs it back, Gunston attempts a soccer shot on goal but it misses to the left

    Q3 12 MIN, HAW 34 SYD 55

    Roughead's long shot on goal from a tight angle goes across the face

    Q3 11 MIN, HAW 33 SYD 55

    Roughead's quick snap around the body misses to the right

    Q3 9 MIN, HAW 32 SYD 55

    McGlynn grabs Litherland's jumper on the Members Wing

    Q3 7 MIN, HAW 32 SYD 55

    Kennedy's shot on goal from outside 50m misses to the left

    Q3 6 MIN, HAW 32 SYD 54

    Bird's kick to the goal square is rushed through by Litherland

    Q3 6 MIN, HAW 32 SYD 53

    Kieren Jack kicks it to Franklin who marks strongly in front of Stratton.

    From 60m out, Franklin chips it to Goodes who marks it way in front of Litherland 35m out on a tight angle.

    Goodes lines them up, but it's off line and is punched through for a behind. He could have had three goals in three minutes there!

    Q3 3 MIN, HAW 32 SYD 52

    Goodes outmarks Stratton and from 35m out in front, he kicks another one! Goodes goes BANG BANG! And this game has now busted open. The key talls up forward are causing huge headaches for Hawthorn. At this rate, Sydney will win this comfortably.

    Q3 2 MIN, HAW 32 SYD 46

    Goodes you genius!

    The dual Brownlow Medalist collects the spillage from the pack, drops the ball and mid-drop decides to kick the ball with his left foot instead of his right from the pocket and he makes no mistake!

    Amazing stuff.

    Q3 1 MIN, HAW 32 SYD 40

    Goodes dodges one and kicks it to Parker 45m out from goal.

    Parker's shot on goal falls short, Tippett does a good job of trying to mark it on the behind line but he just fails to do so and the Swans score a behind

    HALF-TIME

    HAWTHORN    2.7, 4.8 (32)
    SYDNEY        2.3, 5.9 (39)

    Goals
    Hawthorn: Roughead, Smith, Breust, Puopolo
    Sydney: Franklin 2, Tippett 2, McGlynn

    Disposals
    Hawthorn: Mitchell 16, Lewis 16, Hodge 15
    Sydney: Rampe 16, McGlynn 14, Bird 12

    What a cracking contest this is. It really feels like a final.

    After winning the first quarter, the Hawks began the second term on top and got out to a 10-point lead early when Breust nailed his first goal.

    But from then on it was all Sydney.

    The Swans helped themselves to the next eight scores (3.5) and three goals in a row.

    Sydney outplayed Hawthorn for most of that quarter and the main reason for that was the dominance of their key forwards.

    Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett have got the better of their respective opponents Josh Gibson and Ryan Schoenmakers.

    Franklin, in particular, has a got a real hold of Gibson.

    It might be Gibson’s first game back in three months, but once you’re out there you’re good to go and he has had his colours lowered so far.

    Franklin already has 10 disposals (seven contested), six marks, three tackles and, most ominously, has scored 2.5.

    He could so easily have three or four goals already but, like the first time he faced Hawthorn, his radar has been off.

    Franklin and Tippett are the main reason why the Swans have more than doubled the Hawks for marks inside 50 (9-4).

    If the ball continues to be pumped into Sydney's forward line like it has been, the Hawks will struggle to prevent the Swans from registering a club record 13th win in a row.

    But Puopolo got an important late goal for the Hawks to ensure the deficit was just seven points at the major break.

    Q2 26 MIN, HAW 32 SYD 39

    Lewis sends a spiral punt forward, Puopolo beats Laidler in the foot race, Laidler falls to ground and that allows Puopolo to run to 20m out, steady and kick Hawthorn's first goal in over 20 minutes.

    Q2 24 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 39

    The real telling stat is that Sydney have more than doubled Hawthorn for marks inside 50 (9-4).

    Tippett and Franklin running amok

    Q2 24 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 39

    Tippett easily outmarks Burgoyne - where was Schoenmakers?

    From 35m out in front, Tippett easily kicks the goal and that is Sydney's third in a row.

    The Swans have now had the last eight scores (3.5).

    Q2 23 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 33

    Laidler handballs it to McGlynn whose snap for goal from 40m out hits the post

    Swans have all the momentum now

    Q2 20 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 32

    McGlynn's kick forward goes just out of Tippett's reach but it matters little as it luckily bounces through for a goal!

    The Swans have now had the last six scores (2.4) and four of the last six goals.

    Q2 19 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 26

    Nick Smith spears it into Tippett's chest in front of Schoenmakers on the 50m line.

    From a very tight angle, Tippett unloads but it falls short and Ceglar rushes it through.

    Q2 17 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 25

    Sydney leading the clearances 12-9

    Q2 17 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 25

    Langford is taken high by Kennedy 60m out from Hawthorn's goal

    Q2 16 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 25

    Bird's quick snap is punched through on the goal line

    Q2 15 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 24

    Leading disposals: Rampe 15, Mitchell 13, Gibson 12, Lewis 12, Hodge 11

    Q2 13 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 24

    McGlynn kicks it to Parker who takes an impressive mark on the half-forward flank.

    Parker drills it forward, it clears Tippett's outstretched hands, Franklin collects the loose pill, swings around on the left and kicks his second goal!

    He is killing Gibson.

    Q2 12 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 18

    Parker steadies and kicks it brilliantly to Franklin who takes the diving mark in the right forward pocket at the City End.

    Franklin lines them up from a very tight angle and his snap set shot is off line.

    Buddy has been dominating but he only has 1.5 to show for it.

    Q2 10 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 17

    Rampe's in the action again! This time he pings Bradley Hill in the Hawks' forward line! What a last few minutes he's having!

    Q2 9 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 17

    Hodge handballs it to Lewis who sends it forward and it goes over the back of the pack.

    Gunston collects the crumbs, runs into the open goal but he takes too long and Rampe runs him down!

    Q2 8 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 17

    Malceski kicks it to Jetta on the Swans' half-forward flank.

    Jetta then pops it forward and Franklin takes a very strong mark against Litherland who charged in.

    From 25m out in the pocket, Franklin's set shot was lucky to sneak in for a behind.

    Q2 6 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 16

    Hawthorn doing a good job of guarding the corridor and slowing the Swans up.

    Q2 6 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 16

    Laidler takes a very good contested mark against Puopolo on the Hawks' half-forward flank

    Q2 5 MIN, HAW 26 SYD 16

    Puopolo sends it forward, Breust outbodies Nick Smith superbly and takes a very good chest mark.

    From 30m out on a tight angle, Breust makes no mistake.

    Q2 3 MIN, HAW 20 SYD 16

    Hawthorn earn a downfield free kick after Franklin bumped Hodge after the Hawthorn skipper disposed of the ball.

    There wasn't much in it and the former premiership team-mates share a laugh.

    Q2 2 MIN, HAW 20 SYD 16

    Franklin wins the free kick after having his arm held by Litherland in the marking contest.

    From 50m out with hardly any angle to speak of, Franklin pushes it across the face

    Q2 0 MIN, HAW 20 SYD 15

    Hodge spears the ball to Roughead who is unattended at the top of the goal square.

    It doesn't get to Roughead on the full, forcing the big Hawk to trap the ball very well.

    He turns on a dime, attempts a snap but he is tackled as he kicks it and the ball goes through for another Hawthorn behind.

    QUARTER-TIME

    HAWTHORN    2.7 (19)
    SYDNEY         2.3 (15)

    Goals
    Hawthorn: Roughead, Smith
    Sydney: Franklin, Tippett

    Disposals
    Hawthorn: Mitchell 11, Gibson 10, Lewis 8, Birchall 7
    Sydney: Rampe 10, Franklin 6, Bird 6, McVeigh 6

    This blockbuster encounter has started off like an arm wrestle.

    There have been just four goals between the two sides, although the Hawks have had more chances to kick clear of the Swans.

    But as it stands, only four points separate these two sides.

    And the man who has dominated the lead-up to this game has also had a huge impact on the match.

    Lance Franklin already has six disposals, four marks and he has been involved in four of the Swans’ five scores to date.

    Gibson is really struggling on him at the moment in his first game back in three months.

    But across the ground the Hawks have had the slight edge.

    They lead disposals (104-83), inside 50s (13-9) and, most importantly, contested possesions (38-28).

    Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson will be very happy about that last stat given Sydney pride themselves on their reputation as a contested-ball side.

    The biggest concern for Hawthorn at the moment is the fact that Sydney have doubled them for marks inside 50 (6-3) despite having four less inside 50s.

    If it gets down there enough, it could spell trouble for the Hawks.

    Q1 29 MIN, HAW 19 SYD 15

    Bird's handball to Jetta in the middle of the ground is perfectly-weighted.

    Jetta runs clear of Breust and his kick forward is marked strongly by Tippett against Schoenmakers.

    From 40m out directly in front, Tippett misses to the right.

    Q1 27 MIN, HAW 19 SYD 14

    Isaac Smith tackles Bird brilliantly, forcing the Swan to kick it out on the full on the Southern Stand wing.

    Q1 26 MIN, HAW 19 SYD 14

    Litherland's long ball forward clears the pack and trickles through for a point.

    Q1 24 MIN, HAW 18 SYD 14

    Puopolo's shot on goal from 30m out is touched.

    Q1 24 MIN, HAW 17 SYD 14

    Franklin wins the free kick for a shove in the back on centre wing.

    It was unnecessary beause Hawthorn outnumbered him 3-to-1 there!

    Shows how Buddy-conscious they already are - and with good cause!

    Franklin has been brilliant, he has been involved in each of Sydney's four scores so far.

    Q1 23 MIN, HAW 17 SYD 14

    Breust cleverly gathers loose ball, breaks the Pyke tackle and chips it beautifully to Roughead.

    From 50m out on a tough angle, Roughead's set shot goes across the face.

    Q1 21 MIN, HAW 16 SYD 14

    Franklin gets rid of Gibson on the half-forwrd flank, goes for a run, kicks it forward and Tippett takes a strong mark against Schoenmakers.

    Tippett plays on and snaps truly from 30m out.

    Q1 20 MIN, HAW 16 SYD 8

    Puopolo's snap shot for goal is rushed through for a behind

    Q1 19 MIN, HAW 15 SYD 8

    Hawthorn leading contested possessions 27-16. Very un-Sydney like!

    Q1 19 MIN, HAW 15 SYD 8

    Match-ups:
    Gibson v Franklin
    Richards v Roughead
    Rampe v Puopolo
    Hill v Jetta
    Schoenmakers v Tippett
    N.Smith v Breust
    Simpkin v Malceski
    Stratton v Goodes
    Laidler v Gunston

    Q1 16 MIN, HAW 15 SYD 8

    Hawthorn have seven of the top eight ball winners: Lewis 6, Mitchell 5, Gibson 4, Suckling 4, Hodge 4, Hill 4, Burgoyne 4, Rampe 4

    Q1 15 MIN, HAW 15 SYD 8

    Lewis kicks it to Roughead with the precision of a surgeon.

    Roughead then passes it to Isaac Smith at the top of the 50m arc.

    From directly in front, Smith converts his 17th goal of the year with ease.

    Q1 15 MIN, HAW 9 SYD 8

    Breust's snap shot from 40m out misses to the left

    Q1 14 MIN, HAW 8 SYD 8

    Malceski almost take Lewis' head off on Sydney's 50m line

    Q1 12 MIN, HAW 8 SYD 8

    McVeigh passes it to Lloyd unattended on the wing and Lloyd drills it to Franklin 48m out from goal on a tight angle.

    Franklin lines them up and unloads a beauty! He now has all of Sydney's score (1.2).

    Q1 10 MIN, HAW 8 SYD 2

    Shiels' penetrating kick to Roughead is punched through for a behind by Grundy coming over the top

    Q1 7 MIN, HAW 7 SYD 2

    Kieren Jack chips it to Franklin whose set shot from 40m out on a tough angle misses to the left.

    Q1 6 MIN, HAW 7 SYD 1

    Richards passes it to Cunningham on the wing and the latter kicks it further afield to Franklin who takes an audacious one-handed mark on Litherland in the forward pocket and in front of a mass of booing Hawthorn fans.

    From 35m out on a very tight angle, Franklin's snap set shot misses to the right.

    Q1 5 MIN, HAW 7 SYD 0

    Lewis' long kick forward is marked by Richards

    Q1 3 MIN, HAW 7 SYD 0

    Grundy tackles Mitchell high and the former Hawthorn skipper earns the free kick.

    From 50m out on a 45-degree angle, Mitchell misses to the left.

    Q1 1 MIN, HAW 6 SYD 0

    Hodge chips it delicately to Roughead who marks it in front of Richards 35m out from goal.

    And on a very tight angle, the 200-gamer starts in perfect fashion with a ripping set shot!

    And he lets Buddy Franklin know all about it!

    Hawthorn have not lost consecutive games against Sydney since 2007.

    Sydney are aiming for a club record 13 consecutive wins tonight.

    There are no late changes for the big Hawks-Swans match-up.

    Debutant Alex Woodward is the starting sub for Hawthorn while Dean Towers is wearing the green vest for Sydney.

    Okay, it's time for the showpiece event of Round 18 - and probably the season!

    It's Hawthorn v Sydney from the MCG with top spot up for grabs!

    And there's also the 'minor' matter of Lance Franklin playing against the Hawks in Melbourne for the first time.

    FULL TIME

    BRIS.LIONS      7.7, 10.11, 14.14, 16.14 (110)
    GOLD COAST    1.2, 3.3, 6.6, 8.8 (56)

    GOALS
    Bris.Lions: Green 3, McGrath 2, Close 2, Hanley 2, Zorko 2, Maguire, Taylor, Rockliff, Crisp, McStay
    Gold Coast: Sexton 3, Hall, Stanley, Shaw, Martin, Day

    DISPOSALS
    Bris.Lions: Rockliff 46, Hanley 45, Zorko 30, Harwood 24
    Gold Coast: Stanley 23, Prestia 21

    Q4 27 MIN, BL 110 GC 56

    Rockliff (46) and Hanley (44) have both registered career-best disposal tallies

    Q4 25 MIN, BL 110 GC 56

    Close takes a brilliant, contested, juggling, diving, one-handed mark on the Lions' forward flank

    Q4 25 MIN, BL 110 GC 56

    McGrath passes it sideways to Gardiner and he spots up Close who marks 40m out with hardly any angle to speak of.

    But Close's set shot is an absolute shocker and fails to register a score.

    Q4 22 MIN, BL 110 GC 56

    Green handballs it to Rockliff whose shot on goal from 35m out on a tough angle is a floater, goes across the face and fails to make the distance

    Q4 21 MIN, BL 110 GC 56

    Lynch dishes it off to Sexton who runs to 20m out and boots his third goal

    Q4 19 MIN, BL 110 GC 50

    McStay boots his first AFL goal after snapping truly from the top of the goal square while being tackled by Cameron

    Q4 18 MIN, BL 104 GC 50

    Sexton's quick snap misses to the left

    Q4 17 MIN, BL 104 GC 49

    Close grabs May's arm in the marking contest before the ball even entered their vicinity in Brisbane forward line

    Q4 16 MIN, BL 104 GC 49

    Leading disposals: Hanley 43, Rockliff 41, Zorko 28, Harwood 23, Prestia 20

    Q4 10 MIN, BL 104 GC 49

    Russell's deep kick forward is marked by Lynch in front of Clarke a few metres out from goal.

    Lynch tries to con the umpire and straightens himself up, but the umpire isn't buying it.

    Lucky for Lynch because he embarrassingly missed from point-blank range!

    Lynch comes right around on the proper angle and his set shot goes across the face anyway, so justice prevails!

    Q4 9 MIN, BL 104 GC 48

    Green's quick handball under pressure goes to Zorko who snaps truly from 20m out.

    Q4 8 MIN, BL 98 GC 48

    Hanley's pass to Close is pinpoint and the latter takes a diving chest mark just inside the boundary line.

    From 48m out on a severe angle, Close decides to centre and Lynch takes an uncontested relieving mark for Gold Coast 20m out from the Lions' goal

    Q4 7 MIN, BL 98 GC 48

    Hanley is now sitting on a career-best 35 disposals. He should comfortably crack 40 for the first time too.

    Q4 2 MIN, BL 98 GC 48

    The ball fortuitously ends up with Sexton following a pack contest and from 15m out he becomes the Suns' first multiple goal kicker

    Q4 1 MIN, BL 98 GC 42

    Maguire courageously backs back into a marking contest and is crunched by Lynch.

    The ex-Saint grimaces immediately and clutches his hamstring. Hopefully it's just a corky.

    THREE-QUARTER TIME

    BRIS.LIONS      7.7, 10.11, 14.14 (98)
    GOLD COAST    1.2, 3.3, 6.6 (42)

    GOALS
    Bris.Lions: Green 3, McGrath 2, Close 2, Hanley 2, Maguire, Taylor, Rockliff, Crisp, Zorko
    Gold Coast: Sexton, Hall, Stanley, Shaw, Martin, Day

    DISPOSALS
    Bris.Lions: Hanley 33, Rockliff 33, Zorko 25
    Gold Coast: Stanley 17, Prestia 14, Swallow 13

    This has been such a disappointing night for Gold Coast.

    They came to the Gabba with the hope of keeping in touch with the top eight, but instead they find themselves 56 points in arrears at three-quarter time to a side that has only won four games this season.

    Not only will the Suns remain outside the top eight after tonight, but crucially their percentage looks set to take a huge hit and after Round 23 that could be the difference between playing finals and finishing in the bottom 10.

    Whichever way you look at it, it’s been a Brisbane domination from pretty much the first bounce.

    The hosts are comfortably on top in disposals (295-179), contested possessions (129-96), kicks (172-111), marks (54-20), clearances (46-28), centre clearances (14-7), inside 50s (49-27) and scoring shots (28-12).

    Brisbane have also got eight of the top nine ball winners on the ground and Gold Coast's cause is not being helped by the fact that Bennell (9 disposals), Harbrow (8), Swallow (13), Martin (11) and O’Meara (8) have hardly touched it.

    That really illustrates how badly they struggle without Gary Ablett. Gold Coast are on track to go 0-7 without their inspirational captain.

    The Lions have actually been quite wasteful in front of goal and should probably be up by a few more sausages.

    Q3 32 MIN, BL 98 GC 42

    Lynch kicks it forward and hits Day on the chest.

    From 35m out directly in front, Day becomes Gold Coast's sixth individual goal kicker just before the siren sounds.

    Q3 30 MIN, BL 98 GC 36

    Zorko collects the loose ball and from almost the same spot as a few minutes ago, he misses to the left

    Q3 28 MIN, BL 97 GC 36

    Martin taps it beautifully to Zorko from the throw-in, Zorko runs to 30m out and snaps a ripper! The misery continues for Gold Coast.

    Q3 26 MIN, BL 91 GC 36

    McStay boots it out on the full.

    Russell's set shot from right on the boundary 30m out is a really good effort but Gardiner has touched it on the goal line!

    In doing so, Gardiner takes out the goal umpire! But the goal umpire is okay and bounces back up with a smile on his face.

    Q3 25 MIN, BL 91 GC 35

    Lynch's set shot from 50m out fails to make the distance and is way off line.

    Q3 24 MIN, BL 91 GC 35

    Mayes has been subbed out, that won't do Swallow's cause any good when the match review panel reviews that incident.

    Beams is now in the game.

    Q3 23 MIN, BL 91 GC 35

    Stanley takes a very courageous mark with Merrett clumsily backing back straight into the Sun.

    Stanley didn't take kindly to contact and jumper-punched Merrett while the big Lion was on the ground. Stanley was probably lucky not to reverse it!

    In any case, Stanley lines them up and misses to the right from 45m out.

    Q3 20 MIN, BL 91 GC 34

    Green picks up the loose ball, runs to 35m out and kicks his third goal. He is now the leading goal kicker on the ground

    Q3 19 MIN, BL 85 GC 34

    Swallow almost takes Mayes' head off and concedes the free kick!

    Swallow might come under scrutiny from the match review panel too.

    Mayes was on his knees fighting for the ball and Swallow came charging in and kneed Mayes on the head. Very clumsy and crude from the young Sun.

    Mayes has left the ground as a result

    Q3 19 MIN, BL 85 GC 34

    The Suns have been a lot more competitive since quarter-time but the problem is their first quarter was so woeful they are still paying the price for it

    Q3 17 MIN, BL 85 GC 34

    Leading disposals: Hanley 30, Rockliff 26, Zorko 21, Patfull 14, Harwood 14, Mayes 14, Stanley 14

    Q3 15 MIN, BL 85 GC 34

    Zorko's hurried snap from 30m out on a tough angle floats through for a point

    Q3 14 MIN, BL 84 GC 34

    Jack Martin pounces on the spillage from a pack and bangs it home from 40m out

    Q3 14 MIN, BL 84 GC 28

    Crisp handballs it to Hanley who kicks the goal from the top of the goal square.

    That is unbelievable running from Hanley who started that whole play from the wing!

    Q3 12 MIN, BL 78 GC 28

    Hanley and Rockliff continue to wax the ball, they've already had 52 disposals between them

    Q3 8 MIN, BL 78 GC 28

    The ball is centred and Close outmarks Cameron 10m out from goal.

    The young Lion makes no mistake from point-blank range

    Q3 7 MIN, BL 72 GC 28

    Patfull chips it to Green just outside the 50m arc.

    Green sends a long ball forward, it hits the pack and falls to ground, Zorko does the roving but he can't curl it around far enough to split the big sticks

    Q3 5 MIN, BL 71 GC 27

    Lemmens wins the free kick after being held by Adcock in the marking contest.

    From 45m out on a slight angle, Lemmens quite possiblye kicks the worst set shot of season 2014.

    It goes right off the side of his boot, hardly got in the air and goes out on the full.

    Q3 2 MIN, BL 71 GC 27

    Russell toe-pokes it to Shaw who strolls in and from 30m out converts the goal.

    Q3 1 MIN, BL 71 GC 21

    Lester roves the throw-in but from 30m out his shot on goal hits the behind post on the full

    Q3 0 MIN, BL 71 GC 21

    Smith will play no further part in the game so Thompson is forced to do the ruck work.

    Suns already down to two rotations on the bench after Dixon was subbed out due to a groin injury in the first quarter

    HALF-TIME

    BRIS.LIONS      7.7, 10.11 (71)
    GOLD COAST    1.2, 3.3 (21

    GOALS
    Bris.Lions: Green 2, McGrath 2, Close, Maguire, Taylor, Hanley, Rockliff, Crisp
    Gold Coast: Sexton, Hall, Stanley

    DISPOSALS
    Bris.Lions: Hanley 22, Rockliff 21, Zorko 17
    Gold Coast: Prestia 10, Day 9, Stanley 9

    The Suns went some way to stemming the bleeding in that second quarter, but the damage was already done in the devastating first term.

    Gold Coast came to the Gabba with the hope of keeping in touch with the top eight, but instead they find themselves 50 points in arrears at the major break to a side that has only won four games this season.

    And given how wet the conditions are, the Suns might as well be 14 goals down.

    Whichever way you look at it, it’s been a Brisbane domination from pretty much the first bounce.

    The hosts are comfortably on top in disposals (205-99), contested possessions (91-53), kicks (111-61), marks (31-10), clearances (34-16), centre clearances (11-4), inside 50s (36-14) and scoring shots (21-6).

    Brisbane have also got 10 of the top 11 ball winners on the ground and Gold Coast's cause is not being helped by the fact that Bennell (7 disposals), Harbrow (6), Swallow (6), Martin (5) and O’Meara (5) have hardly touched it.

    The Lions have actually been quite wasteful in front of goal and should probably be up by a few more sausages.

    It’s like watching the Suns from 2011-12 rather than the 2014 version.

    There has been minimal run from Gold Coast, they are lethargic and are being smashed on the outside by the Lions.

    Gold Coast have also been reactionary and the Lions are cracking in and winning most of the contested ball.

    Q2 30 MIN, BL 71 GC 21

    Hanley takes a bounce and his delicate chip forward is centimetre perfect as McGrath takes a sliding chest mark.

    From 45m out on a 45-degree angle, McGrath splits the middle!

    Q2 28 MIN, BL 65 GC 21

    Clarke is taking high by Lynch a few metres out from Gold Coast's goal

    Q2 26 MIN, BL 65 GC 21

    Rockliff centres the ball to the hot spot but Aish spills the mark 10m out from goal and it goes through for a rushed behind

    Q2 25 MIN, BL 64 GC 21

    The Suns starting to level things up a bit.

    They only trail disposals this quarter 56-52 and inside 50s this quarter 10-7

    Q2 22 MIN, BL 64 GC 21

    Martin handballs it clear while being tackled, the ball lands in Stanley's arms and the ex-Magpie snap the Suns' second goal in a row.

    Q2 21 MIN, BL 64 GC 15

    Herbert off the ground getting his ankle attended to. The Suns seriously cannot buy a trick

    Q2 19 MIN, BL 64 GC 15

    Hall spears it forward and Lynch takes a very good mark in the wet conditions.

    From 35m out on a tight angle, Lynch's set shot never looked like it.

    Q2 18 MIN, BL 64 GC 14

    Hall wins the free kick for being held too long in the tackle.

    He ;ines up from 40m out on a slight angle and finally kicks the Suns' second goal.

    Q2 17 MIN, BL 64 GC 8

    Brisbane have the top nine ball winners on the ground. Hanley leads all comers with 19 disposals.

    Q2 15 MIN, BL 64 GC 8

    Mayes' pressured shot on goal from close range goes through for a behind

    Q2 14 MIN, BL 63 GC 8

    Gold Coast have taken a total of three marks so far. Mind-boggling.

    Q2 14 MIN, BL 63 GC 8

    Lynch earns the free kick and from 50m out on a tight angle he kicks it in to the man on the mark! Nothing going right for Gold Coast

    Q2 13 MIN, BL 63 GC 8

    Gold Coast's cause not being helped by the fact that Prestia (3 disposals), Swallow (3), Bennell (3), Martin (1) and O'Meara (1) have hardly touched it

    Q2 12 MIN, BL 63 GC 8

    McGrath and Lemmens leaving the ground after a heavy clash

    Q2 10 MIN, BL 63 GC 8

    Bewick loads up from 40m out but it's touched on the line and into the goal post

    Q2 9 MIN, BL 62 GC 8

    Crisp's quick shot on goal is off line

    Q2 5 MIN, BL 61 GC 8

    Crisp is slung in the tackle but manages to get boot to ball before being dumped to ground and, would you believe it, the ball trickles through for another one!

    Q2 4 MIN, BL 55 GC 8

    Brisbane already have 100 more disposals than Gold Coast (143-43) after just 36 minutes of playing time!

    Q2 4 MIN, BL 55 GC 8

    McGrath earns the free kick after being pushed in the back by Shaw and from 20m out directly in front the veteran Lion bangs home the set shot.

    Q2 1 MIN, BL 49 GC 8

    Smith and Day are also off the ground at the moment for the Suns. It just keeps getting worse for them.

    Adding insult to injury for the Suns, Dixon has been subbed out with what looks like a groin injury and Herbert is going to get his first taste of AFL footy.

    QUARTER-TIME

    BRIS.LIONS      7.7 (49)
    GOLD COAST    1.2 (8)

    Goals
    Bris.Lions: Green 2, Close, Maguire, Taylor, Hanley, Rockliff
    Gold Coast: Sexton

    Disposals
    Bris.Lions: Hanley 12, Martin 10, Zorko 8, Patfull 8, Harwood 8, Aish 8, Clarke 8
    Gold Coast: Day 6

    That was one of the most astounding quarters of the year.

    Gold Coast are playing to keep their finals hopes alive but you wouldn’t have thought so after watching that first 30 minutes!

    The Suns were absolutely pathetic against a team which has only won four games this year.

    It’s been an absolute Lions domination.

    They have already had 90 more disposals (125-35) believe it or not and the top eight ball winners on the ground are wearing Brisbane jumpers!

    But the lopsided nature of this contest doesn’t end there.

    Brisbane are also comfortably on top in contested possessions (50-21), kicks (68-19), clearances (17-6), centre clearances (7-2), inside 50s (23-4) and marks (22-1)!

    In fact it took Gold Coast 27 minutes to take their first mark courtesy of Sam Day!

    It’s like watching the Suns from 2011-12 rather than the 2014 version.

    There has been absolutely no run from Gold Coast, they are lethargic and they are being smashed on the outside by the Lions.

    Gold Coast have also been reactionary and the Lions are cracking in and winning all the contested ball.

    Q1 31 MIN, BL 49 GC 8

    The Suns concede a rushed behind

    Q1 29 MIN, BL 48 GC 8

    Rockliff is awarded the free kick after being held without the ball by Stanley.

    From 30m out directly in front, Rockliff makes no mistake! The Lions lead by 40! Unbelievable!

    Q1 27 MIN, BL 42 GC 8

    Sam Day has taken Gold Coast's first mark of the day! The Lions took the first 20!

    Q1 26 MIN, BL 42 GC 8

    Hanley scores another behind for the Lions.

    And making matters worse for Gold Coast is that the rain has come! It is absolutely bucketing down! You can hardly see the players!

    Q1 26 MIN, BL 41 GC 8

    Zorko's deft little chip forward is juggled by Merrett in the forward pocket in front of May.

    From 35m out on a tight angle, Merrett's set shot is off line and fails to make the distance.

    But from the spillage, McGrath's toe poke hits the post.

    Q1 23 MIN, BL 40 GC 8

    Hanley joins in the party!

    He receives the handball from 50-gamer Lester and snaps a beauty from 40m out!

    Q1 22 MIN, BL 34 GC 8

    May tries to punch the incoming ball out of bounds for a throw-in.

    But Green keeps the ball in play cleverly in Brisbane's forward pocket, handballs it to Taylor at the top of the goal square and the latter bangs home another one!

    The Suns are disinterested, you wouldn't think a finals spot is on the line for them.

    Q1 21 MIN, BL 28 GC 8

    Brisbane are leading the disposals 86-23. It is all one-way traffic.

    Q1 17 MIN, BL 28 GC 8

    Brisbane have the top 12 ball winners on the ground!

    The Lions are leading the total marks 17-0!! That's right, the Suns have not taken a mark yet!

    Q1 16 MIN, BL 28 GC 8

    Maguire's long bomb from 60m out on a 45-degree angle sails over the goal umpire's hat!

    A rare goal for the defender! Suns look to be in trouble here!

    Q1 14 MIN, BL 22 GC 8

    Harwood's chip forward is a beauty and Green marks it in front of the bigger Thompson 50m out from goal.

    Thompson's momentum takes him past Green who capitalises, turns on a dime, plays on and from 45m out on the run splits the big sticks!

    The Lions are running hot!

    Q1 14 MIN, BL 16 GC 8

    Bennell's ambitious shot on goal from right on the boundary line 35m out never looked like it

    Q1 12 MIN, BL 16 GC 7

    Justin Clarke rushes a behind from 40m out!

    Q1 12 MIN, BL 16 GC 6

    The long ball into Brisbane's forward line goes over the back of the pack, McGrath collects the loose ball but his shot on goal from 15m out goes across the face.

    The Lions wasting goal scoring chances.

    Q1 11 MIN, BL 15 GC 6

    Zorko bursts clear of the centre, takes a bounce and his kick from 50m out hits the post

    Q1 10 MIN, BL 14 GC 6

    Justin Clarke takes too long to kick the ball from the last line of defence and is run down by Hall.

    The scrubbered kick goes straight to Dixon who handballs it to Sexton and he kicks the easy goal from 25m out in front

    Q1 9 MIN, BL 14 GC 0

    It's been a Brisbane domination!

    They lead disposals (35-8), kicks (19-2), clearances (3-1), inside 50s (5-0), contested possessions (9-4) and kicking efficiency (70%-33%).

    Q1 8 MIN, BL 14 GC 0

    Martin's quick snap is off line

    Q1 7 MIN, BL 13 GC 0

    The ball unluckily bounces off Harbrow's heel and out of bounds on the fall next to Brisbane's behind post.

    Green makes light work of the difficult angle and curls it around beautifully!

    Q1 5 MIN, BL 7 GC 0

    Patfull handballs it under pressure to Aish in the centre square and the youngster's long ball forward is marked by Merrett 25m out from goal.

    But Merrett's set shot is a shocker and a goal there would have really given the Lions reward for their early dominance

    Q1 4 MIN, BL 6 GC 0

    Adcock is shoved in the back at centre-half back

    Q1 3 MIN, BL 6 GC 0

    Zorko dishes it off to Hanley whose long kick from the wing is an absolute beauty and hits Close on the chest!

    From 30m out on a tight angle, Close makes no mistake with his set shot.

    First blood to the Lions!

    Q1 1 MIN, BL 0 GC 0

    Martin grabs the ball from the first bounce, handballs it to Mayes who bangs it forward and Green takes a beautiful diving chest mark.

    From 45m out on a slight angle, Green's set shot fails to make the distance.

    Congratulations to Ryan Lester who is playing his 50th game today

    Gold Coast are aiming for back-to-back wins against the Brisbane Lions for the first time ever today.

    There is a late change at the Gabba.

    Michael Rischitelli has pulled out of the Gold Coast line-up and he has been replaced by debutant Louis Herbert.

    Herbert will also be the Suns' sub and Claye Beams is wearing the Kermit The Frog vest for the Lions.

    Welcome to another edition of AFL Express.

    All eyes will be on tonight's clash at the MCG between Hawthorn and Sydney for many reasons.

    Firstly, Swans superstar Lance Franklin will play his old side in Melbourne for the first time.

    It will be very interesting to see what kind of reception he receives from Hawthorn fans!

    But perhaps more importantly, top spot is up for grabs.

    If Hawthorn win, and win by enough, they could be sitting on top of the AFL pile after tonight.

    But there's a game taking place before that and QClash 8 at the Gabba looms as an intriguing curtain raiser.

    Gold Coast are playing to stay in touch with the top eight but to do so they will have to win a match without Gary Ablett for the very first time.

    Can they do it? The Lions will be doing everything in their power to ruin the finals chances of their Queensland neighbours.

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    • Eddie McGuire AKA Trashman?

      Commenter
      L
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      July 26, 2014, 8:54PM
      • Well, the Swan's fans have got it right with their banner. It's a pity that the AFL spend the pennies though.

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        Trashman
        Location
        Date and time
        July 26, 2014, 9:33PM
      • I'm with you Trashman. The Swans cry poor and then spend all the extra money on one player and pay the rest of their 'strugglers' the same as every other AFL player.

        We'll see in a couple of years when he's no longer playing but their still paying him and then the Swna will want more assistance. Change their mascot to a Lamprey?

        Commenter
        wear the fox hat
        Location
        Date and time
        July 26, 2014, 9:44PM
    • Interesting, as I write this piece only two players have scored for the Swans. The players that have scored well in their pay packets.

      Commenter
      Trashman
      Location
      Date and time
      July 26, 2014, 8:23PM
      • The kicking in front of goal for both teams has been pretty ordinary irrespective of how much they are getting paid.

        Commenter
        Andy
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 26, 2014, 8:48PM
      • Astute recruiting, within the rules. How did the ball get to them? Through a stellar midfield and a miserly back line. So far so good, Sydney.

        Commenter
        What would Henry Do?
        Location
        Date and time
        July 26, 2014, 8:49PM
    • If Richmond keep playing like they have they could finish ninth!Although Hardwick would say that it is just an aberration and they are really a top four side.

      Commenter
      angst_in_antwerp
      Location
      If Richmond keep playing like they have they could finish ninth!
      Date and time
      July 26, 2014, 8:15PM
    • Great to see the MCG packed to the rafters for the best two teams in the comp.

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      July 26, 2014, 8:03PM
    • Missing Gaz?

      Commenter
      Catherine
      Location
      Date and time
      July 26, 2014, 7:26PM
    • Now all I need is for the woods to lose tomorrow and the tiges are 2 games out of the 8. One can always live in hope.

      Commenter
      wear the fox hat
      Location
      Date and time
      July 26, 2014, 7:13PM

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