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Swans win Anzac Day clash

By Valkerie Mangnall 25/04/2003 09:55:38 PM Comments (0)

Sydney has secured the inaugural Barassi Cup with a brave fightback win over Melbourne in their AFL match at the SCG.

The Swans scored 10 goals in the final term to win 17.7 (109) to 13.7 (85) in their first Anzac Day match.

The gutsy 24-point win secured the Barassi Cup, named in honour of Swans stalwart Ron Barassi and his father, Ron Snr, who was killed in action in World War II in Tobruk.

Despite six goals to Demons spearhead David Neitz and a terrible third term in which they scored just one goal to Melbourne's 5.2, Sydney bounced back with a ten-goal final term while restricting Melbourne to 3.1.

The spoils were shared for Sydney with impressive 18-year-old Adam Schneider, Michael O'Loughlin and Nick Davis kicking three goals each.

Jason Ball contributed two goals in a best-on-ground performance for the Swans, in which he had 24 possessions.

Versatile Melbourne ruckman Jeff White kicked three goals when moved to full-forward in the second half.

It took Neitz little more than two and a half minutes to open Melbourne's scoreline with a goal off a stunning kick from a set shot 35m out on a very tight angle.

Nearly a quarter of an hour later, Neitz out-muscled Andrew Schauble to mark and score from a 30m set shot directly in front of goal.

Nick Davis, who was a surprise starter on the bench for Sydney, came on late in the opening term when Schauble left the ground with an apparent hamstring injury and immediately scored a goal.

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