Sydney Swans remain undefeated in season 2015 after they dispatched of crosstown rivals Greater Western Sydney Giants by 21 points, with the game ending Swans 16.15.111 to Giants 12.18.90. The Swans’ potency in attack was too much for a gallant Giants side in a fiercely contested game.
Sydney started the brighter of the two teams with their superstar Lance Franklin kicking this amazing running goal to keep his team in firm control.
Midfield gun, Dan Hannebery, got in on the action with a clever steal and converted goal (see below) to help earn his team to a deserved 15-point lead at the first break.
Despite the Giants’ hard work in midfield and array of forward 50 entries they never mustered the goals they desperately needed. Poor disposal efficiency cost the underdogs as Issac Heeney combined not once, but twice with the Swans’ imperious Franklin (see both goals below) to compound the Giants’ woes.
No matter what the Giants through at their opponents, the Swans would continually answer. This incredible goal from Luke Parker was the standout highlight of the first half.
When you thought matters couldn’t get any worse for the Giants, Heeney capped off a wonderful half with his third goal of the game after the siren with a brilliant set shot. Sydney took a commanding 35-point advantage into the main break and looked to have unearthed a potential superstar in Heeney.
Like last week against Melbourne, the Giants came out with purpose in the third quarter and scored three quick-fire goals in under five minutes to cut the deficit to a manageable 17 points. Cam McCarthy scored the first two goals before Ryan Griffen slotted this wonderful set shot from deep in the pocket.
Rhys Palmer then slotted this incredible goal to give the Giants renewed belief that they could pull off a real shock.
That was as close as the visitors would get in the third term as two goals Lewis Jetta and a typically clinical finish from skipper Kieran Jack (see below) pushed the margin back over five goals.
Franklin put the Swans out to a match high 38-point lead with this fine effort from tight on the boundary line, as Western Sydney’s hard work failed to pay off on the scoreboard.
Another flurry of goals from the Giants got them right back into the contest. This long range bomb from Palmer the pick of the bunch.
But again, the trend of the match continued with the Swans responding to every challenge that the Giants through at them. That deadly duo of Franklin and Heeney combined to great effect for the umpteenth time, with the latter getting smashed into the goalpost after he scored his fourth of the game.
An undefeated and in-form Sydney Swans head to Western Australia to face the formidable Fremantle Dockers in a Saturday night blockbuster, while for Greater Western Sydney Giants will look to make amends against fellow expansion side Gold Coast on Saturday evening.