The Newsroom reviews round three of the 2016 Toyota AFL season.
Swans sink Giants in Sydney Derby
Sydney climbed to top of the AFL ladder after a 25-point win over Greater Western Sydney at the SCG on Saturday. Buddy Franklin continued his fine start to the 2016 campaign with another four-goal haul. The midfield was ruled by Daniel Hannebery (31 disposals, two goals) and Luke Parker (30 disposals and one goal). Josh Kennedy also proved pivotal with his 28 disposals, eight clearances, and an impressive 13 tackles. The final term provided a lightening end to the game with 10 goals scored in total; only 14 goals were scored up until three-quarter-time. The Brett Kirk Medal for “best on ground” was awarded to Luke Parker. Sydney have now won eight of the nine Sydney Derbies.
SYDNEY SWANS 14.9 (93)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 10.8 (68)
Eagles survive late scare from Dockers
The West Coast Eagles fended off Fremantle from a last-quarter comeback to win the 43rd Western Derby 12.20 (92) to 8.11 (59). Trailing by 19 points at three-quarter time, Fremantle kicked three consecutive goals in the final term for a fighting chance before Jack Darling, Luke Shuey, and Josh Kennedy rounded off the win for the Eagles. Fremantle have now lost their opening three games for the first time since 2009 and made it coach Ross Lyon’s worst start to the season at the Dockers. To make matters worse, Fremantle have also been struck with a significant injury to four-time All Australian ruckman Aaron Sandilands, who suffered a punctured lung. Eagles’ Matt Priddis, Andrew Gaff, and Luke Shuey all collected upwards of 30 disposals whilst Fremantle’s best midfield effort came from last season’s Brownlow medalist Nat Fyfe, who tallied just 26 disposals. West Coast’s Jack Darling and Dockers’ skipper Matthew Pavlich both kicked three goals.
FREMANTLE DOCKERS 8.11 (59)
Hawthorn hang on for heroic win
Young Hawk James Sicily was the hero for Hawthorn after scoring three final-quarter goals to give the reigning premiers a three-point win over the Western Bulldogs. The Bulldogs went into the final term with a convincing 19-point lead before James Sicily and Cyril Rioli inspired a terrific comeback. If the loss wasn’t bad enough, Bulldogs’ captain Robert Murphy was forced to leave the field late in the game after suffering a knee injury. Luke Dahlhaus was a major standout for the Western Bulldogs collecting 33 disposals and firing home two goals. Rioli and Sicily both ended the game with three goals each. – Anthony Johnston
WESTERN BULLDOGS 13.12 (90)
HAWTHORN HAWKS 14.9 (93)
PORT ADELAIDE 17.10 (112)
ESSENDON 7.9 (51)
ST KILDA 18.11 (119)
COLLINGWOOD 14.6 (90)
RICHMOND 13.14 (92)
ADELAIDE 19.14 (128)
GOLD COAST 13. 16 (94)
CARLTON 5. 11 (41)
NORTH MELBOURNE 21.10 (136)
MELBOURNE 20.11 (131)
GEELONG 18.17 (125)
BRISBANE LIONS 7.14 (56)
Photo of West Coast Eagles with trophy from the West Coast Eagles’s official Facebook page.