The Sydney Swans beat the Melbourne Demons 86-31 in wet and wild conditions at the SCG this weekend.
Despite the relentless rain some 19,000 fans toughed it out, many wearing red to mark the Redkite* charity’s benefit day.
The sides seemed evenly matched at the start until Lance Franklin kicked into gear to put the Demons in their place, scoring four magical goals – top tally for the day – to take the game well beyond the Demons’ reach. In one golden patch the Swans scored four goals in five minutes to extend their lead to 50.
Franklin’s day included overtaking the great Barry Hall’s career total of 746 goals; he ended the day on 749.
The Swans also broke the AFL’s record for most tackles in a game, reaching 155 to smash Richmond’s 142 against Port Adelaide in 2010. Luke Parker led the team with a personal tally of 17. The Swans’ co-captain Jarrad McVeigh was superb in defence, leading his team in the bid to hold out the Demons’ attack and limiting them to four goals for the day. The Swans are now second on the competition ladder; the Demons are languishing well behind the eight.
Both teams have a bye next week, but then the Swans come up against tougher competition in the Western Bulldogs. – Jesse Mullens
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Photo shows 200-game player Heath Grundy being feted by his team – from the Sydney Swans Twitter feed.