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Round 8
Saturday May 18 5:40pm* SCG

*Time shown is Perth time

Swans, Dockers play out thrilling draw

THE SYDNEY Swans and Fremantle have played out a thrilling draw at the SCG.

The Dockers trailed by 27 points midway through the final term before unleashing a withering four-goal burst to draw level in the final minute.

Michael Johnson had a set shot in the last 10 seconds from which any score would have given Fremantle a famous win but Sam Reid - who had done precious little all night - took a soaring mark that saved the Swans from defeat.

The siren sounded seconds later to register the first draw between the two clubs, and the first in Fremantle's history - the Swans' 11.4 (70) tied with Fremantle's 9.16 (70).

However, the Dockers' relief at escaping with a share of the points was tempered by an ankle injury to influential small forward Michael Walters in the third term.

Earlier, four first-half goals from midfielder Dan Hannebery looked to have set the Swans up for an important win.

Hannebery finished with 27 possessions to go with his four goals while Kieren Jack (33 possessions, one goal) and Josh Kennedy (29 touches) was equally influential in a midfield that was given good service by ruckman Mike Pyke.

Michael Barlow (28 touches), Nat Fyfe (23 and two goals) and David Mundy (24) were Fremantle's best in the midfield while Zac Clarke acquitted himself well against Swans' ruck pairing, matching Pyke and outpointing Shane Mumford.

Johnson (25 touches) was enormous in the final term and was unlucky not to kick Fremantle to victory.

Hayden Ballantyne (two goals) was the Dockers' only reliable avenue to goal after fellow small forward Michael Walters was carried from the field in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

The Dockers started best, booting three of the first four goals before the Swans found their rhythm and matched the visitors at the stoppages to close to within a goal at the first change. Fremantle could - and probably should - have been further in front, finishing the quarter with 3.6 compared to the Swans' three straight goals.

The second term was an arm-wrestle for the first 15 minutes. Both sides lifted their intensity at the contest and the Swans began to gain the ascendancy at the clearances, but neither side could find a reliable avenue to goal.

Enter Hannebery. He booted two goals in as many minutes to give the Swans some breathing space, before finishing a flowing move in the dying minutes of the term with his fourth goal of the first half.

Having trailed by 15 points early in the match, the home side led by three goals at half-time.

Highlights were few and far between in the third term, which was punctuated by Walters' injury in a tackle and Ballantyne's late mark and goal that gave the Dockers some hope of another win on the road.

The Swans looked home after Ben McGlynn's second goal of the final quarter gave them a 27-point lead but the Dockers, led by an inspired patch from Fyfe and Michael Johnson, hit back with the next four goals to cut the margin to one point with two ultimately dramatic minutes to play.

Source: AFL.com.au

Sydney Swans: Hannebery 4, McGlynn 2, Bolton, Everitt, Jack, Pyke, Jetta
Fremantle: Fyfe, Ballantyne 2, Suban, Mayne, Clarke, Duffield, Johnson

Sydney Swans: Hannebery, O'Keefe, McVeigh, Pyke, Richards, Goodes
Fremantle: Mundy, Fyfe, Clarke, Ballantyne, Duffield, Barlow

Sydney Swans: Martin Mattner replaced in the selected side by Andrejs Everitt
Fremantle: Hayden Crozier replaced in the selected side by Tendai Mzungu, Walters (ankle)

Sydney Swans: Mitch Morton replaced by Craig Bird at three-quarter time
Fremantle: Alex Silvagni replaced by Tendai Mzungu in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Rosebury, Stevic, Ryan

Official crowd: 22,546 at SCG

Clarke back to cover the loss of Griffin

Zac Clarke has been selected in the Freo team to face defending premiers Sydney at the SCG on Saturday night.

The ruckman’s inclusion alleviates some of the dilemmas Freo faced in the big man department after Jon Griffin joined Aaron Sandilands and Kepler Bradley on the sidelines.

Nay Fyfe has served his two-game suspension and returns at the expense of Tendai Mzungu, who was omitted.

Tom Sheridan, Tanner Smith and Mzungu are the emergencies.

Freo general manager of football Chris Bond said, ideally, the club would have liked to play Clarke in the WAFL.

Although the ruckman was fit to play last week, the state fixture between WA and Victoria meant there were no WAFL games.

But Bond was confident Clarke would stand up at the top level.

“He’s done a tremendous amount of training,” he said.

“He’s worked really hard, got over his injury and we’re expecting him to be fully fit.”

Fyfe is among the best contested ball winners in the AFL – an area that is paramount against the hard-at-it Swans.

While obviously welcoming the star midfielder back in the side, Bond said the club was confident it had an even spread of players with good contested ball abilities.

“Nat needs to come in and play a role, which he will, and just make sure he works as hard as he did before he went out of the team,” he said.

The omitted Mzungu has missed just one game since making his AFL debut in round 9, 2011, however Bond was confident the 27-year-old would work his way back.

“He’s a long-term player for our football club, that’s not an issue,” Bond said.

Bond said Sydney at the SCG has been one of the most challenging fixtures in the AFL for a number of years.

But he added Freo would enter the game with confidence.

“We go over there and we think that if we do what we do well, we’re going to be really competitive,” he said.

Source: fremantlefc.com.au

 Fremantle Team Round 8
 B Spurr Dawson Duffield
 HB Johnson McPharlin Ibbotson
 C D Pearce Barlow Fyfe
 HF de Boer Hannath Crozier
 F Walters Mayne Ballantyne
 R Clarke Mundy Crowley
Suban Silvagni C Pearce Sutcliffe
Mzungu Smith Sheridan  
In: Fyfe, Clarke
Out: Griffin (Knee), Mzungu



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The Ladder after round 8
Pos Team P W L D % Pts
1 Hawthorn 8 7 1 0 140.90 28
2 Geelong 8 7 1 0 117.76 28
3 Essendon 8 6 2 0 142.21 24
4 Sydney 8 5 2 1 119.05 22
5 Fremantle 8 5 2 1 113.28 22
6 Port Adelaide 8 5 3 0 116.81 20
7 Richmond 8 5 3 0 111.79 20
8 Collingwood 8 5 3 0 96.40 20
9 Adelaide 8 4 4 0 124.73 16
10 Carlton 8 4 4 0 112.26 16
11 West Coast 8 4 4 0 111.35 16
12 Gold Coast 8 4 4 0 103.25 16
13 North Melbourne 8 3 5 0 108.11 12
14 Brisbane 8 3 5 0 76.65 12
15 St Kilda 8 2 6 0 90.58 8
16 Western Bulldogs 8 1 7 0 70.51 4
17 Melbourne 8 1 7 0 56.32 4
18 GWS 8 0 8 0 55.32 0