Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

A FIRST quar­ter blitz by Syd­ney has set up a stun­ning 46- point win over Geelong at Simonds Sta­dium.

With sus­pended su­per­star Patrick Danger­field look­ing on from the stands, the Cats were largely un­able to match the fierce phys­i­cal pres­sure ap­plied by the Swans, who recorded a 16.11 ( 107) to 8.13 ( 61) win.

A dis­ap­point­ing Fri­day night for the home side was made worse when Joel Sel­wood limped off for good early in the last quar­ter.

The in­spi­ra­tional skip­per suf­fered an an­kle/ foot in­jury in the se­cond term, which he ap­peared to hurt fur­ther in a Lance Franklin tackle in the se­cond half. The Swans’ per­for­mance was even more im­pres­sive, given Franklin had a quiet night and man­aged just one goal, while Swans cap­tain Josh Kennedy didn’t play be­cause of a ham­string in­jury. Chris Scott’s side trailed by 25 points head­ing into the fi­nal term. The coach will be bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with some costly undis­ci­plined acts. Dan Han­nebery booted the open­ing ma­jor of the last quar­ter, but Tom Pap­ley was gifted an­other shot at goal soon af­ter when Mitch Dun­can in­fringed. To rub salt into the wounds, Pap­ley missed his first shot but was placed on the goal line af­ter a 50m penalty was awarded, his goal giv­ing his side an in­sur­mount­able 37- point lead. John Long­mire’s men set the tone early. The Cats had won 15 of their past 16 games at their home ground go­ing into the clash, with the Swans beat­ing them last year.

But the vis­i­tors made them­selves right at home, kick­ing five goals in a row to help set up a 32- point lead at the first break.

The mar­gin stretched to 37 points mid­way through the se­cond term be­fore Geelong mus­tered a fight­back with three- straight goals.

But Syd­ney re­grouped at half­time and looked the bet­ter side for most of the se­cond half. Tom Hawkins kicked three goals but the Cats’ spear­head will come un­der scru­tiny by the match re­view panel for a se­cond- quar­ter jumper punch on Swans de­fender Dane Rampe.

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