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Swans too cool for Cats

By Tom Wald 09/07/2005 09:56:39 PM Comments (0)

The Swans shredded their ugly duckling tag with a majestic 54-point AFL win over an injury-hit Geelong at the SCG.

Sydney skinned the undermanned Cats in crisp conditions courtesy of a nine-goal avalanche in the second term, before winning 16.9 (105) to 7.9 (51).

Geelong was the Swans' first top four scalp of the season and the victory enhanced Sydney's top four ambitions with both sides moving to 9-6 win-loss records.

Playing in his 150th match, Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes was dominant with the athletic big man gliding around the ground picking up 21 touches, 10 marks and one goal to be best afield.

Swans goal machine Barry Hall, held goal-less by Richmond's Darren Gaspar last week, handed the ill Matthew Scarlett another reason to feel crook in the guts by booting five goals for the match.

The Cats already had a sizeable injury list coming into the match with Brad Ottens, Tom Harley, Steven Johnson, Henry Playfair and Matt McCarthy on the sidelines.

But they were dealt three heavy blows before the opening bounce through the late withdrawals of captain Steven King, gun midfielder Cameron Ling and Jarad Rooke.

However the visitors dominated the opening term and would have led by more than three points at the first break but for their poor kicking at goal.

Geelong would dearly love the likes of a Hall in their goal square and the Sydney spearhead feasted in the second term with four goals as the Swans booted 9.2 for the term.

The home team exploded in the second stanza with five goals in six minutes as it scored 9.2, the Swans' biggest second term score against the Cats in VFL/AFL history.

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