Round 4 – Sydney v Essendon: I have no nails left after yet another classic!


By Caspar McLeod.
8/4/2021, S.C.G


Just another game between my beloved Bombers and Swans where, at the end of it, I have no nails left. Just another game between these two teams over the last couple of decades or so that’s ended in a heartbreaking defeat for one and a nervous victory for the other.


Just another game where Buddy toyed with Essendon. Now on 950 goals, there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll kick 1,000 by the end of his incredible career.


As Jordan Lewis said in the post game analysis about Essendon’s performance: “they did nearly everything right except for kicking a winning score”. He made a good point with that one. Essendon, really, should be 2-2. Having said that, after the Port loss, to be 1-3 and within a whisker of being 3-1 (if we didn’t choke away that Hawthorn game or this Sydney game), I’m super proud of my Bombers.


As for the Swans, this was a massive challenge. To come in as heavy favourites for a game after the highs of beating Brisbane and Richmond earlier in the season and to respond after being challenged repeatedly throughout this game shows how mature the Swans are.


Tonight I learnt that since 1982, the Swans and Bombers are all tied up with 30 wins a piece and one draw. I was not surprised to learn this fact. What I am surprised about is how Sydney vs Essendon isn’t regarded as one of the best rivalries in the competition. it deserves to be mentioned amongst the best, along with the Showdown in South Australia or the GWS-Bulldogs rivalry or even the Geelong-Hawthorn rivalry.


Just another classic between my two beloved teams and I have no nails left. Both teams have a lot of hope after tonight. Essendon have proven the last two weeks that they match up quite well against good teams so long as they apply a lot of pressure, while Sydney are 4-0 for the first time in years. The last time they were 4-0? 2012 (yet another stat I learnt from watching the post-game analysis). Now THAT is something to be excited about as a Swans fan.



SYDNEY          2.5     7.9     9.11     11.17     (83)
ESSENDON     4.1     7.4     10.6     12.8     (80)


Sydney: Franklin 3, Reid 2, McInerney 2, Parker, Florent, Mills, Papley
Essendon: Stringer 3, Hooker 3, Waterman 2, Cox, Smith, Parish, Jones


Sydney: Parker, Warner, Lloyd, Mills, Gulden, Kennedy
Essendon: Merrett, Ridley, Stringer, Parish, Cox


Sydney: Heeney (right hand)
Essendon: Nil


Sydney: James Bell (replaced Isaac Heeney)
Essendon: David Zaharakis (unused)


Crowd: 28,039 at the SCG

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About Caspar McLeod

Third Culture Kid at Heart. Grew up in Asia, discovered footy at age 9. AFL has since been my burning passion. Ask me who were the winners all the grand finals between 1938 and last year's decider, and I'll be happy to tell you. I'm a footy nut with a passion for writing and acting. All though I love writing and acting, during the footy season, AFL is my true passion. Waiting ever so patiently for the day when Essendon Next win the flag.


  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Two losses less than a goal! Cox will be a superstar. A lot more fight in these Bombers than previous years.

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