The reigning premiers have shown why the are the best team in the competition, smashing the Adelaide Crows by 77 points at AAMI Stadium on Saturday evening.
Led by midfielder Dan Hannebery, who racked up a massive 42 disposals including 28 in the first half the Swans played one of their best games for the year despite having a number of key players still out of the side.
The Crows missed some opportunities early in the first term allowing the Swans to slip away kicking the first two goals of the game. Ian Callinan soon got the home side on the board but a late goal to Dan Hannebery push the margin out to 18 points at the first break.
Sydney turned on the jets early in the second quarter, slamming on three goals in six minutes to extend their lead to 37. A handy goal from Patrick Dangerfield in his 100th game, looked to steady the Crows but the signs were ominous for his team just before half time when Andreas Everitt’s long goal stretched the margin to 47 points at the main break.
There have been plenty of games this year where teams have come back from big margins so it felt like the Crows weren’t out of the game, especially with the speed of the game. The Crows showed this, setting up four shots on goal in the first four minutes of the third term but missed them all, blowing their chance to get back in the game.
Playing a team like Sydney, you can’t give them a chance because they will punish you and that is exactly what happened. The Swans slammed on seven unanswered goals to put the game beyond doubt and lead by 87 points at three quarter time.
With the sting out of the game the Crows managed to peg a few back in the final quarter but the damage was already done.
ADELAIDE – 1.4 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 6.14 (50)
SYDNEY – 4.4 – 10.9 – 17.12 – 19.13 (127)
Adelaide: McKernan 2, Callinan, Dangerfield, Lynch, Vince
Sydney: Morton 3, McGlynn 3, White 3, Bird 2, Bolton 2, Hannebery, Parker, K. Jack, Everitt, Mitchell, Goodes