The Sydney Swans have recorded a 10-point victory over Port Adelaide despite being heavily undermanned at the SCG.
The 94-84 win was soured with Gary Rohan subbed out with a hamstring injury and teammate Ted Richards suffering severe concussion after a strong tackle. Jay Schulz may attract the attention of the match review panel for apparently pinning Richards’ arms and slinging him to the ground.
Port coach Ken Hinkley told the post-match press conference: “I thought there was a crucial moment in the game and we all saw it; Schulz nice strong tackle. They lose (Richards). The momentum is in our favour, we’re starting to hit the scoreboard and you have to admire hard strong footy and we didn’t stand up at that moment”.
“We are disappointed again tonight. We haven’t played the football we want to play.”
The match was closely-fought from the outset, with scores locked up at quarter time. The Swans kicked four goals to two in the second quarter and went into the main break with an 11-point advantage. The Power took the lead after two quick goals from Nathan Krakeour and Chad Wingard early in the third quarter, but the Swans turned it up a gear which put them in good stead to hold onto an important win after last week’s shock-loss to Richmond.
The Swans’ midfield proved too strong for Port, with Josh Kennedy and Dan Hannebery combining for 77 disposals, 15 tackles and three goals. Sam Reid and Adam Goodes flourished in the absence of Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett, scoring three goals each.
Swans coach John Longmire told the media he felt the leaders and senior players stood up well in a gutsy win. “It always gets back to the midfield battle and (our midfield) were very good tonight.”
Chad Wingard kicked three goals for the visitors and Robbie Gray collected 32 disposals and a goal, but it was not enough to get their side back on track as its finals hopes slipped further out of reach.
The Swans travel to Brisbane next week to take on the Lions, while the Power are back at home in search of a must-win game against Collingwood on Thursday night. – Report and photo by Marc Summers