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Round 12 – Sydney v West Coast: The shadow of Goodes on a sunny day

It had been a big weekend for the AFL in Sydney.

 

My old friend Neil had got me a ticket for the documentary about Adam Goodes on Friday and it had shone a bright and uncomfortable light about a lot of the shock jocks who knew exactly what they were saying and a lot of AFL figures who didn’t. It was good to hear the AFL make their apology but it should have happened long ago. It was a good reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

 

Still, it was a beautiful sunny Sunday in Sydney and we were off to the footy with old and new friends.

 

There were no great expectations. The red and white were up against the reigning premiers and the swans were missing at least half a dozen of their best. Neil thought that the door to the finals had closed and that he no longer needed to stress. I hadn’t even tipped them. Still, the eagles hadn’t won here for years. On the other hand, the swans had lost a few close ones this year but they had been rarely thrashed.

 

The ground looked perfect and the crowd was building. The ball bounced and Buddy had it right in front within twenty seconds. He didn’t miss and apart from a fight back late in the third quarter, that was really the story of the rest of the afternoon. The Swans were littered with injured and young and underdone players but it didn’t matter. They streamed out of defence and played like they loved it and the crowd loved them for it.

 

By midway through the third quarter, Neil was even sneaking a peek at the live ladder and working out whether the swans could reach the eight by the end of the season. And then at the end of the game, Buddy bisected the goals from a long sidewise shot.
We sang the song with some real pride. There was a bit to be proud of. I was proud of Adam Goodes and I was proud of the way the swans stood up for him. I wasn’t very proud of some of the other AFL figures but they probably aren’t too proud of themselves either. And while the game result was a lot less important, I was proud of the Swans on Sunday.

 

 

SYDNEY                       4.1       9.6       14.7     18.8 (116)
WEST COAST              3.2       6.3       7.8       10.11 (71)

 

GOALS
Sydney: Papley 5, Franklin 5, Reid 3, McCartin, Rose, Hewett, Sinclair, Parker
West Coast: Kennedy 3, Ryan 2, Rioli 2, McGovern, Darling, Waterman

 

BEST
Sydney: Papley, Franklin, Parker, Hewett, Reid, Heeney
West Coast: Shuey, Kennedy, Ryan, Sheed, Redden

 

INJURIES
Sydney: O’Riordan (concussion), Thurlow (head), McVeigh (left thigh)
West Coast: Nil

 

Reports: Nil

 

Umpires: Margetts, Hay, Meredith, Fleer

 

Official crowd: 36,640 at the SCG

 

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Comments

  1. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    What a perfect Sunday, Ian.

    I felt all week they’d win that one. I tipped them. But I’m not worrying about any calculations for the 8.

    Isn’t it interesting how seasons come and go and all have different textures?

    Cheer cheer.

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