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  • Total 79

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Match Report

Match Report: Swans snatch Saturday thriller

By Troy Daniel April 14, 2018 8:02 PM

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Jason Johannisen of the Bulldogs tackles Will Hayward of the Swans during the round four AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images/AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs had their chances late but have gone down by eight points in thrilling encounter with the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The damage was done midway through the second quarter when the Swans strung six-straight goals together, and despite a late charge from a gallant Bulldog outfit, an Oliver Florent goal with 20 seconds left on the clock sealed it for the visitors.

Jack Macrae (34 possessions, seven marks) and Matthew Suckling (28 disposals, 11 marks) were key movers, and Josh Dunkley (22 disposals, 11 marks), despite some missed opportunities, provided a target and was among the Dogs’ best.

Luke Beveridge’s men again brought their pressure game as they did against the Bombers last week, but this time paired it with slick ball movement into their forward half,  with five separate goal kickers setting up an eight point lead at the first change, before the Swans went on their run.

Sydney were simply more efficient with the football when it mattered, registering only  three less scoring shots despite 18 less inside 50s.

Bulldogs captain Easton Wood had the job on Lance Franklin and took the honors in the first half, holding him to two kicks, before the star Swan eventually worked his way into the game to finish with three goals.

Spicy all day, the game went up a notch again in the final term, when Caleb Daniel (12 disposals, five i50s in the last quarter) broke through and got the Dogs back within six.

It set up a frantic final ten minutes that had all the hallmarks of a classic Bulldogs, Swans encounter, with a Luke Dahlhaus goal getting the Dogs within a point with a minute remaining, until Florent slammed the door shut inside the final 20 seconds. 

Western Bulldogs             5.3. 7.7. 9.10       13.11 (79)
Sydney Swans                    4.0. 6.3. 10.4       13.8.  (86)

GOALS: Dickson 2, Bontempelli 2, Redpath, Gowers, Jong, Dale, Wallis, Daniel, Dahlhaus
BEST: Macrae, Suckling, Dunkley, McLean, Wood, Bontempelli 

Official crowd: 32,870 at Etihad Stadium

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Jack Macrae
    Jack Macrae
    34
  • Western Bulldogs
    Matthew Suckling
    28
  • Western Bulldogs
    Toby McLean
    24
  • Western Bulldogs
    Mitch Wallis
    23
  • Sydney Swans
    Jake Lloyd
    23
Fantasy Leaders
  • Jack Macrae
    Jack Macrae
    128
  • Western Bulldogs
    Josh Dunkley
    117
  • Western Bulldogs
    Matthew Suckling
    115
  • Sydney Swans
    Luke Parker
    114
  • Sydney Swans
    Lance Franklin
    100
Scoring Leaders
  • Lance Franklin
    Lance Franklin
    3.4
  • Sydney Swans
    Luke Parker
    3.0
  • Western Bulldogs
    Marcus Bontempelli
    2.0
  • Western Bulldogs
    Tory Dickson
    2.0
  • Sydney Swans
    Tom Papley
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 397 Disposals 345
  • 74.8 Disposal Eff 76.2
  • 137 Contested Pos 134
  • 113 Marks 85
  • 29 Free Kicks 16
  • 35 Clearances 27
  • 60 Inside 50s 42
  • 27 Rebound 50s 49
  • 56 Tackles 47
  • 28 Hit-outs 43
  • 80 Interchanges 89

Breakdown

  • 5.3 (33)
    4.0 (24)
  • 7.7 (49)
    6.3 (39)
  • 9.10 (64)
    10.4 (64)
  • 11.13 (79)
    13.8 (86)

Player Stats

Western Bulldogs

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jack Macrae 20 14 34 7 0 3 0 4 0 0 128
2Josh Dunkley 11 11 22 9 3 0 0 7 0 4 117
3Matthew Suckling 21 7 28 11 0 2 0 0 0 3 115
4Luke Dahlhaus 14 6 20 5 0 3 2 5 1 0 92
5Toby McLean 8 16 24 3 0 5 0 5 0 1 91
6Marcus Bontempelli 13 8 21 4 1 3 0 2 2 0 91
7Tim English 9 7 16 7 24 0 0 1 0 0 90
8Mitch Wallis 9 14 23 7 0 2 2 2 1 0 86
9Easton Wood 12 6 18 7 0 1 1 3 0 0 79
10Lin Jong 7 10 17 4 0 2 1 5 1 1 79
11Bailey Williams 12 8 20 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 68
12Tory Dickson 7 6 13 5 0 1 1 2 2 0 66
13Caleb Daniel 11 7 18 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 65
14Bailey Dale 12 6 18 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 64
15Jason Johannisen 10 5 15 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 63
16Mitch Honeychurch 8 6 14 6 0 1 0 2 0 0 63
17Aaron Naughton 10 5 15 7 0 0 1 1 0 0 62
18Shane Biggs 12 2 14 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 55
19Ed Richards 9 4 13 3 0 1 4 5 0 0 53
20Jack Redpath 8 1 9 7 0 1 1 0 1 0 51
21Billy Gowers 6 2 8 2 0 1 0 4 1 0 51
22Lachie Hunter 6 11 17 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 48

Sydney Swans

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Luke Parker 9 12 21 2 0 2 1 10 3 0 114
2Lance Franklin 13 3 16 10 0 2 1 1 3 4 100
3Callum Sinclair 11 4 15 7 36 2 2 1 0 0 98
4Isaac Heeney 11 9 20 4 0 1 0 3 2 0 88
5Dane Rampe 9 14 23 8 0 0 3 1 0 1 75
6Dean Towers 7 8 15 5 6 2 1 2 1 0 71
7Dan Hannebery 9 12 21 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 68
8Jake Lloyd 15 8 23 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 67
9Jarrad McVeigh 12 9 21 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 66
10Callum Mills 13 6 19 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 64
11Kieren Jack 6 6 12 2 0 1 1 7 0 0 62
12Oliver Florent 7 5 12 2 0 1 0 4 1 0 60
13Tom Papley 10 5 15 3 0 1 3 1 2 0 57
14Heath Grundy 8 9 17 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 57
15Harry Cunningham 6 7 13 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 55
16Nic Newman 10 6 16 4 0 1 3 1 0 0 50
17Zak Jones 7 10 17 3 0 0 3 1 0 1 46
18Josh P. Kennedy 4 12 16 2 0 1 2 2 0 0 45
19Nick Smith 6 7 13 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 45
20Will Hayward 2 3 5 2 0 0 1 4 0 1 32
21Aliir Aliir 4 1 5 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 31
22George Hewett 3 7 10 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 22

Team Lineups

Sydney Swans

B

  • Nick Smith,
  • Heath Grundy,
  • Dane Rampe

HB

  • Callum Mills,
  • Zak Jones,
  • Jarrad McVeigh

C

  • Jake Lloyd,
  • Luke Parker,
  • Isaac Heeney

HF

  • Will Hayward,
  • Harry Cunningham,
  • George Hewett

F

  • Tom Papley,
  • Lance Franklin,
  • Kieren Jack

Fol

  • Callum Sinclair,
  • Josh P. Kennedy,
  • Dan Hannebery

I/C

  • Oliver Florent,
  • Dean Towers,
  • Nic Newman,
  • Aliir Aliir

No Late Change

In

  • Zak Jones,
  • Nic Newman,
  • Aliir Aliir

Out

  • Lewis Melican (Injured),
  • Sam Reid (Injured),
  • Gary Rohan (Rested)

Milestones:

  • Callum Mills  - Played 50th game

Last updated: 7:34PM Saturday, April 14, 2018