The Sydney Swans were merely top-8 contenders entering the 2012 season. They’re now top of the ladder.
Sydney was dominant on Saturday evening, slaying the Brisbane Lions 16.14.100-9.9.63, using the 47-point victory to jump percentage points ahead of West Coast at the top of the table.
Sam Reid was special up forward in booting six big goals from just 11 touches. Adam Goodes was also among Sydney’s best with three goals and 22 possessions- his first big game since returning from a lengthy injury three weeks ago.
For the Swans, major ball winners included McVeigh (34), Kennedy (30), and Malceski (29).
The Swans controlled the clearances and had the ball in their half of the ground for far too long for Brisbane to make any real challenge after the first term, but it was after the half that they really tightened their strangle hold on the game.
Brisbane actually looked the better side in the opening stages of the game, kicking the first three goals and dominating the initial part of the quarter, but once Goodes got the breakthrough with the Swans first goal the tide changed to the tune of the next three as Sydney took a four-point lead into the first break.
In a high scoring second quarter, Sydney outscored the Lions early on by kicking five of the first seven goals, but a couple of late majors to Daniel Rich and Jonathon Brown kept the visitors in the game after the first hour of football.
Brisbane got off to a bad start when McVeigh and Reid kicked goals before Pyke extended the lead to 45-points essentially ending the game from that point on.
Sydney’s win sets up a massive fixture for next week as they face the West Coast Eagles next Sunday in Perth in a battle for the number on spot on the ladder.