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Live AFL: Sydney Swans v Geelong

Date

Scott Spits

SYDNEY 7.0  8.2  10.6  12.8 (80)
GEELONG 1.1  3.3  6.6  11.8 (74)
Goals: Sydney: B McGlynn 2 K Jack 2 S Reid 2 A Everitt J Bolton J Kennedy L Jetta M Pyke T Armstrong. Geelong: J Podsiadly 2 P Chapman 2 C Enright J Hunt J Selwood S Motlop T Hawkins T Hunt T West
Umpires: Chris Donlon, Shane McInerney, Dean Margetts
Official Crowd: 27,400 at SCG

BEST:
Sydney:
Shaw, O'Keefe, Jack, Jetta, Grundy, Bolton
Geelong: Bartel, Selwood, Enright, Chapman, Mackie


ANALYSIS:
Another dramatic game in a brilliant season. Swans did exceptionally well to climb off the canvas when their scoring had completely dried up. Once Geelong had managed the final goal of the third quarter - to close within four goals - a final-term revival was on the cards. And so it played out. Importantly, the Swans found something extra (in the form of Everitt) to snatch the win. These types of victories are crucial when determining which teams make the top four and subsequently challenge for the premiership.

Q4 - 31.12: SIREN!
Swans hang on .... A cracking finish. Sydney gets two late behinds (including one right before the siren) to win by six points. Everitt the hero with the winning goal. Great move by Longmire to sub out Goodes and bring in Everitt!

Captivating final minute. Anything possible on a small ground ... Stoppages and clearances crucial.

Q4 - 28.28: GOAL!!!
Super Sub Everitt slots a huuuggge goal. From 50 metres. Swans back in front. 80 seconds to play ....

Q4 - 25.28:
Just over three minutes left. Two points the difference in Geelong's favour. Experienced Cats looking composed. Swans need an injection from an unexpected source. Cats are closing down on livewire Jetta.

The marking count is well in Geelong's favour, 102-70. Enright and Hunt with 11 each while Hawkins (seven) is getting on top of his opponent.

Q4 - 20.01: GOAL. Hawkins!
See-sawing contest. Burly forward marked, played on and snapped a goal across his body. Cats in front for the second time this match.

Q4 - 16.53: GOAL.
Jack for Sydney against the flow. Penetrating kick from beyond 50 bounced through. Swans regain the lead. The fans find their voice

Q4 - 13.52: GOAL.
Enright after a 50m penalty. Controversy reigns. Penalty against Reid was for just going over the mark ..... That's tough. Real chance Enright had played on. He certainly had gone just off his line. Playing on decisions the big talking point from this game. Geelong with the past six goals.  

Stats in Geelong's favour this term. Seven more tackles, six more contested possessions and five more touches overall.

Q4 - 8.57: GOAL!!
Chapman with back-to-back goals. Scrambled kick from the arc somehow keep bouncing and went through ... Cats are getting the rub of the green now.

Substitution. Longmire makes the bold move of taking off Goodes. Not entirely surprising. Veteran Swan was looking rusty but he is a game-breaker ..... Just a big gamble. Swans will never really know if they got that one wrong.

Q4 - 6.11: GOAL!!
Cats again. Chapman snap. Quick handball from Hawkins. Momentum with Geelong. Just 11 points the difference

Q4 - 2.09: GOAL!!
Hunt for Geelong. Set shot goal. The burly Cat delivers .... Game on!

Geelong activated their sub in the third term with Christensen coming on to replace Simpson. The nippy Cat had an immediate impact with fresh legs. Sydney still has Everitt on the bench wearing the vest.

ANALYSIS:
This match is far from safe for Sydney now. The margin has been in the four-five goal range since late in the first quarter and, importantly, the Cats enter the final break after having scored the last goal. Enright has been typically brilliant for Geelong, accumulating 24 touches thus far, with cohorts Bartel and Selwood (the clearance king) not far behind. Expect a compelling final quarter.

Q3 - 25.40: GOAL! And it's Geelong's. Hunt in close, on the end of a handball from Stokes. Cats close to within four goals ....

The Inside 50 ratio has worked its way in Geelong's favour. The play has been relatively even since quarter-time. My feeling that the opening scoring flurry could prove the difference still applies. Another question lurks: Will Sydney face a final-quarter Geelong revival, ala what Essendon produced two weeks ago?

Q3 - 16.47: GOAL.
Pods for Geelong. In close and crucially important. Can they get another one and close to within four goals? Barely more than five minutes left in the third term.

Here's one for water-cooler discussion. Goodes marked in the forward 50, looked one way and feigned to play on with a handball. He never (not even for a moment) left his line and didn't go through with the handball. He then went back to take his shot on goal. Instinctively his opponent ran and tackled him, thinking it was a play-on decision. The umpire agreed and Goodes lost possession. The Swans remonstrated and the crowd started booing. Would be great to hear your thoughts .....

Q3 - 13.12: MISS!
Hawkins hits the post when he should have done better. Could be crucial. Big man picked up the kick after a free kick

Q3 - 9.54: GOAL!!
Swans reply quickly. Again. Jack roved superbly to notch Sydney's 10th. That five-six goal barrier proving tough to break for Geelong.

Q3 - 7.59: GOAL.
West for Geelong. The Cats big man off-loads from the 50-metre arc. Margin still five goals though.

Fascinating to watch the game of Goodes. Returning after a lengthy layoff the Swans star was largely ineffective in the first half with just six touches. Expect him to slowly work his way into the contest and have an impact in the second half.

Q3 - 1.37: GOAL!!
Kennedy. What a superb clearance. He quickly took possession in the forward 50, took one step and drilled the goal from 25 metres. Tricky now for the Cats.

ANALYSIS:
One gets the feeling Sydney's attacking flurry at the start of the game might prove the difference. The Swans were superb early, earning the hard contested possessions before spreading and giving each other options. Geelong, in contrast, took time to come to terms with the uniquely-sized SCG ground. Experienced Cats Bartel, Enright, Selwood and Chapman were better in the second quarter but they still face a five-goal deficit against the new-look Swans. They have a wonderfully-balanced side with the likes of Jetta, Reid and Kennedy emerging as players at the same time as players such as Bolton are still offering plenty.

Q2 - 25.13: GOAL.
Selwood. Crucial goal. Lovely set shot from close to 50 metres. Such a composed kick and only moments before half time.

Q2 - 16.39: GOAL!
Reid with his second for Sydney. Contested mark. Inside 50 came from that speedstar Jetta. Swans extend lead.

Bartel having an influence in this game now. Star playmaker has a game-high 13 touches (along with Enright), including six contested possessions, and has been one of the reasons why the Cats steadied the contest in the second quarter.

Q2 - 12.52: BEHIND.
Sydney's first point. And their first score in nearly 20 minutes of play. Despite Geelong's improvement this quarter the margin is still nigh on five goals.

Sydney's scoring has completely dried up. Cats have adroitly slowing the play. After nine minutes of the second quarter Swans haven't scored and their last goal (still to score a behind in the match) came at the 23-minute mark of first term.

Q2 - 3.19: GOAL!
Geelong's second and the first goal of the second term. Pods converts from 25 metres after a contested mark. Margin reduced slightly.

ANALYSIS:
Putting it simply, the Swans took full advantage of their chances by scoring seven goals straight. Lewis Jetta is oozing with confidence. Only four touches for the quarter (at 100% disposal efficiency) but he has become a very damaging player. Sydney had seven extra Inside 50s, highlighting that they dominated play, even though many other statistical measures were pretty even. Geelong needs to completely reassess at the break. Sydney Swans 7.0 (42) Geelong 1.1 (7)

Q1 - 30.54: Siren!
A terrific start by the Swans. Cats right up against it now.

Jude Bolton continuing his recent excellent form with nine possessions in the first 26 minutes. O'Keefe and Kennedy hot on his heels.

Q1 - 23.36: GOAL!
Sydney with another. Amazing start. Seven goals in 23 minutes. Pike gets in on the action with a set shot goal. A brilliant (and accurate) start.

Q1 - 20.40: GOAL!!
Lewis Jetta on the run. He took the handball receive on the centre wing, quickly cleared from the pack and scored a beauty on the run from 55 metres. What a player he's become! Also named in Rohan Connolly's mid-season All-Australian team.

Q1 - 16.30: GOAL.
Red-hot start by Sydney. Armstrong with their fifth, goal assist came from that man McGlynn. They are playing the condensed SCG superbly.

Q1 - 14.24: GOAL.
McGlynn's second. Set shot. Geelong's coaching brains trust needs to shut him down.

O'Keefe on fire early for Sydney. Seven possessions and one clearance after just 13 minutes. McGlynn dangerous in the attacking half for the Swans.

Q1 - 8.58: GOAL.
Reid with Sydney's third. Battled well in the contest and gathered the loose ball. Reid did the hard work in the forward 50.

Q1 - 7.03: GOAL!
Motlop for Geelong. Scoring is fast and furious. Cats on the board.

Q1 - 6.01: GOAL.
Brilliant start by Sydney. Jude Bolton snaps truly after a snappy handball out of the pack. Swans with two goals and 16 minutes still to play in the term.

Q1 - 3.51: GOAL.
McGlynn snares the opener for the Swans. The nifty flanker scored on the run against the flow. Ball moved quickly (and impressively) by the Swans.

Q1 - 1.15:
Bruce McAvaney just made a great point on the tele. He said few people at the start of the season would have thought Pike-Simpson would have been the opening ruck match-up when these two teams meet. Great to see Goodes back in the Swans team by the way.

7.45pm:
Tonight is one of those classic 'eight-point' games. Sydney has the chance to create a two-game break on the Cats and consolidate fourth spot. Conversely, Geelong faces the prospect of drawing even with the Swans on wins and losses.

7.25pm:
Nick Davis was the hero for the Swans back in '05. Interestingly, he's now Sydney's runner. Check out Caroline Wilson's story on Davis and his finals heroics seven years ago.

7.03pm:
No late changes for either team. Andrejs Everitt is Sydney's substitute, with Allen Christensen wearing the vest for Geelong. The Swans also have Dan Hannebury, Craig Bird and Tony Armstrong on the interchange. Geelong's bench is: Joel Corey, Trent West, Mitch Duncan and Christensen.

12 comments

  • That play-on decision against Goodes was ridiculous.

    Commenter
    Jeff
    Date and time
    June 22, 2012, 10:37PM
    • Jeff - almost as ridiculous as the penalty against reid for going over the mark.

      Thank Goodes the Swans won because there were some shocker decisions.

      Commenter
      a don
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      June 22, 2012, 11:32PM
  • Really am losing my passion for watching the footy. Half the time trying to work out what the free kicks are given for, and the other half being dumbfounded by the decision! The AFL change the interpretation of the rules EVERY WEEK! It seems like they're really trying hard to ruin the game.
    The first quarter of that match tonight was so over-umpired that it was farcical. So many soft frees in that first quarter....Sydney ended with 22 frees for the match - and 10 of those were by quarter time! I just watched replays of some of those ruck frees - mostly the same umpire - and l can't for the life of me see what they're for!
    Just put the whistle away umpires....if you're not sure, don't guess! Footy fans want consistency...

    Commenter
    dover
    Date and time
    June 22, 2012, 10:54PM
    • Happy Swannies fan after the win but have to agree that the umpiring left a lot to be desired. It rubbed both ways though - the decision against Goodes had no logic since he did't step off his line and the 50 metre to Geelong in the last quarter was equally strange as the swannies player hadn't even gone over the mark! Like Dover above, we just want consistency.

      Commenter
      Marcus
      Location
      West Coast
      Date and time
      June 22, 2012, 11:17PM
      • Yes, the umpire in question is # 30 Shane McInerney, the new "Razor" Ray Chamberlain, another silly little man with a chip on his shoulder who thinks we watch the game to see him umpire. His 50 metre penalty to Geelong late in the last quarter almost cost the Swans the game. Even Tom Harley said it wasn't a 50 metre penalty! Where do they get these clowns? By the way, what did happen to Chamberlain? Seems he's just disappeared, which is no great loss...

        Commenter
        Sid
        Location
        Lake Oval
        Date and time
        June 22, 2012, 11:21PM
        • How could Ted Richards not be in the best for Sydney, when he saved the game on numerous occasions during the hectic last quarter, and was their best player across 4 quarters?! What game were you watching, Scot?! Unbelievable, really...

          Commenter
          Sid
          Location
          Lake Oval
          Date and time
          June 22, 2012, 11:24PM
          • Don't worry Sid, 3 points in the Golden Fist Award should make up for this glaring oversight :-)

            Commenter
            Melanie Jane
            Date and time
            June 23, 2012, 12:08AM
        • Some of the worst umpiring I've ever seen. The free against Goodes was embarrassing, and the 50m for Geelong for a goal was nearly worse. So many free kicks missed that the commentators nearly stopped describing the footy and just talked about the missed frees in every passage. I reckon if you barracked for either side you'd be livid....still the Swans did stop awfully....

          Commenter
          Phil
          Location
          by the TV
          Date and time
          June 22, 2012, 11:26PM
          • Frees 22 to 13 Sydney's way. Goodes should not have played on the umpie had already blown the time on whistle. Cats came back bravely. Fantastic game.

            Commenter
            Jenz
            Date and time
            June 22, 2012, 11:56PM
            • Nothing in the rules says the free kicks should be equal to both teams and maybe you should go and read the rules on what constitutes "play on". Whereas Enright took at least three steps off his line and it wasn't "play on". Can't wait to hear what the Geesh has to say on Tuesday. Wonderful game horribly mishandled by the umpires.

              Commenter
              Ross
              Location
              Lilyfield
              Date and time
              June 23, 2012, 12:44AM

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