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Media articles and stats: Tigers drop tight one to Swans
« on: June 17, 2017, 06:00:44 PM »
Tigers drop tight one to Swans
17 June 2017

Richmond has again been unable to convert a strong start into four points, as a 36-point lead in the second quarter wasn't enough to claim victory against Sydney on Saturday afternoon.

Sydney kicked nine of the last ten goals to run away winners, with midfielder Kieren Jack putting them in front late in the final quarter with a banana goal for the first time since the opening minutes of the game.

After a pulsating five minutes, Gary Rohan kicked the sealer with less than a minute to go to seal the 12.8 (80) to 10.11 (71) win.

The Tigers kicked five goals to zero in the opening term, and it was the first time Sydney had been kept goalless in a first quarter since round 17, 2015.

The Tigers' dominance had been sparked by fourth-gamer Shai Bolton, who kicked two goals and had seven contested possessions at quarter-time to be the dominant player on the ground.

The Swans squared the contest in the second quarter and helped by a late goal caused by a turnover from Tiger forward Sam Lloyd managed to keep the margin to just 25 points.

They then dominated territory in the second half recording 30 inside 50s to Richmond's 20 as the Swans' midfield went to work winning contested possession 90 to 71.

Dan Hannebery was outstanding with 16 second-half possessions, and skipper Josh Kennedy lifted with an immense final quarter.

However, the Tigers looked to be doing enough to hang on with Alex Rance brilliant in defence, his enthralling battle with Franklin living up to the pre-game hype.

The Tigers managed a goal against the run of play after a controversial free kick for a centre-square infringement that appeared incorrect.

But Rance could not save the game alone and when Rohan intercepted a Shaun Grigg kick gifting Sydney's Sam Reid a goal, the momentum was with the Swans.

Their midfielders were relentless in getting numbers to the ball and eventually overwhelmed Richmond.

RICHMOND          5.3   7.6    9.7   10.11 (71)                 
SYDNEY                 0.4   3.5    7.6   12.8 (80)         

Richmond: Riewoldt 2, Martin 2, Bolton 2, Cotchin, Castagna, Edwards, Lloyd
Sydney: Reid 2, Franklin, Hewett, Lloyd, Heeney, Parker, Hayward, Papley, Kennedy, K.Jack, Rohan

Richmond: Rance, Houli, Cotchin, B.Ellis, Astbury, Martin
Sydney: Lloyd, Newman, Heeney, Jones, Mills, Hannebery, Reid

Richmond: Grimes (lower leg)
Sydney: Nil

Reports: Franklin (Sydney) for rough conduct on Menadue (Richmond) in the second quarter.

Umpires: O'Gorman, Nicholls, Williamson

Official crowd: 58,721 at the MCG

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Sydney get off the canvas to hurt the Tigers (Age)
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2017, 06:04:12 PM »
Sydney get off the canvas to hurt the Tigers

Rohan Connolly
The Age
17 June 2017

SYDNEY       0.4   3.5    7.6     12.8 (80)
RICHMOND  5.3   7.6    9.7     10.11 (71)

Sydney - Reid 2, Hewett, Rohan, Heeney, Kennedy, Lloyd, K Jack, Franklin, Parker, Papley, Hayward.
Richmond - Martin 2, Riewoldt 2, Bolton 2, Castagna, Edwards, Lloyd, Cotchin.

Sydney - Lloyd, Newman, Jones, Mills, Heeney, Papley.
Richmond - Rance, Houli, Cotchin, Ellis, Grimes, Martin.

UMPIRES: Jacob Mollison, Mathew Nicholls, Robert O'Gorman, Nathan Williamson.
CROWD: 58,721 at MCG.


As a perennial power of the past two decades, Sydney have had plenty of wins which have reaped bigger rewards than Saturday's thrilling comeback effort against Richmond at the MCG. But in the context of a single season, the Swans haven't had a lot which have been more important.

With just four wins from 11 games and already two games outside the eight, it was as good as curtains as far as another finals appearance went if the Swans went under.

Which was why, six goals in arrears approaching half-time, you might not merely have started writing Sydney's obituary, but had it all but finished, so distant seemed the prospect of a revival.

But it happened. A team with its key players down most of the day, getting smashed early on for contested ball, and with just three goals on the board at half-time, dragged itself up off the canvas and, courtesy of Gary Rohan's snap with only eight seconds left on the clock, delivered the KO.

It was a phenomenal effort. That Sydney hadn't long been put away was due to the sterling efforts of the likes of Jake Lloyd, Nic Newman, Zak Jones and Isaac Heeney.

They'd offered at least some resistance when Richmond completely dominated the opening term, so thoroughly that no matter how the Swans chipped away at the lead, the gap looked insurmountable.

Jack Riewoldt had the first goal up in under three minutes, Shai Bolton finally jagged his first goal in AFL football after that costly overrule against GWS a few weeks back, then Trent Cotchin nailed Callum Sinclair in a tackle and converted the spoils.

Sydney's frustration was palpable as Lance Franklin delivered a hefty bump on Richmond's Connor Menadue, sparking a fiery exchange between players of both sides on the boundary line.

The Swans held their own in that, at least, and did end up with the final two goals of the half to George Hewett and, after the siren, Sam Reid. The margin was back to 25 points, though it felt like more.

But that built to something approaching danger for the Tigers during the third term when Sydney's last three goals oft the quarter reduced the margin to just 12 points.

And by the finish, it was all about whether Richmond could hang on long enough to even escape with the win, the Swans coming like a tide in the last term.

Sydney kicked eight of the last nine goals of this game, as skipper Josh Kennedy and midfield cohorts Dan Hannebery and Luke Parker, unusually subdued all day, suddenly found some life.

Even then, with Riewoldt booting a steadier and Alex Rance, whose duel with Lance Franklin was compelling viewing, rising to new levels in the final term as he repelled attack after attack, it seemed the Swans might just fall short and bid farewell to season 2017.

But for Sydney, the cream certainly rose to the top when it mattered. No sooner had Riewoldt given his side some breathing space than Kennedy, from the next centre bounce, banged a long bomb through from about 55 metres.

Experience told again when Kieren Jack executed a lovely balk and left-foot banana on the run to give Sydney the lead for the first time since the opening seconds of the game. The Swans survived a couple of final frantic Richmond attacks.

And having been smashed for contested ball much of the early going, they won those that really mattered in the final moments, a final throw-in with 21 seconds left on the clock taken away by the Swans, Kennedy dishing off to Rohan, and the red-head sealing the deal.

Richmond was overrun in the finish, a couple of turnovers like Shaun Grigg's misdirected chip which allowed Reid in for the first goal of the last quarter were costly.

But unlike a couple of those other heartbreakingly narrow losses this season, this one couldn't be sheeted home to this clanger or that as much as an opponent which, with its finals life on the line, and hanging by the fingernails with a sheer drop below, somehow managed to drag itself back to solid ground.

This wasn't just a win, it was a victory which symbolically said more than any other rare high point Sydney have had so far this season. And where that takes the Swans now will be interesting indeed to watch.


Alex Rance (Rich) 8

Jake Lloyd (Syd) 7

Nic Newman (Syd) 7

Bachar Houli  (Rich) 7

Trent Cotchin (Rich) 7