AFL Live Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 03 Match will be kick off at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Saturday 09 April 2016 online, 04.35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Many wondered if Sydney would be ugly ducklings this year, but they’ve turned up as beautiful Swans in the first two rounds. GWS are looking to capitalize on the momentum of beating Geelong in Round 2.
Sydney brings in small forward Ben McGlynn for Dean Towers, who plays a lead-up role, but is still finding his feet at AFL level.
GWS loses Caleb Marchbank to an ankle injury, but gains the experience of Joel Patfull, who will be important against the Sydney tall forwards.
Sydney have flown out of the blocks to open the season, recording wins of 80 points over Collingwood, and 60 points over Carlton. The question mark about the quality of that opposition does remain though, but the midfield is winning lots of football, and the forwards are kicking lots of goals.
GWS showed extreme immaturity in not being able to account for Melbourne in Round 1, despite being up by 21 points at three-quarter time. They responded well last week though, dispatching Geelong despite a strong late challenge from the Cats. Consistency is the Giants’ biggest problem.
Sydney are up 7-1 in the “Battle of the Bridge” clashes so far, with a 3-0 record at the SCG. Their average winning margin in these SCG matches is 65 points, but these games are becoming closer. In 2013, the margin was 129; in 2014 it was 46; last year it was 21.
Looking at the last three years, GWS fare far better against Sydney the first time they meet than they do later in the season. In that time, the Giants have won by 32 and lost by 21 and 30 in those first meetings, while they have lost by 89, 46 and 129 later in the year.
Over the first two rounds, Tom Mitchell has been on fire. He had 34 touches and nine tackles last week and is currently paying $10 to win the Brett Kirk Medal. Steven Coniglio is destined to tag the favourite Hannebery ($7) making Mitchell tremendous value. Steven Johnson to kick 3+ goals is something that caught my eye paying $4.50, along with Tom Mitchell once again to have the most handballs ($4) after he won this category last week with 19 handy ones.
Sydney have applied themselves consistently against inferior teams in their two matches so far, so we have a fair idea what to expect from them, but which GWS outfit is going to turn up?
Both sides have won the contested count in their matches so far, so the battle at the coalface is going to be crucial – Parker, Kennedy, Hannebery, Jack, Mitchell against Ward, Shiel, Griffen, Mumford and Greene.
Sydney bat deeper through the middle and have better tall options up forward, while GWS has a band of dangerous smalls that can hit the scoreboard. It should be a tough contest, but the Swans cream should get it done.
B: N.Smith, T.Richards, D.Rampe
HB: Z.Jones, H.Grundy, J.Laidler
C: D.Hannebery, J.Kennedy, I.Heeney
HF: C.Mills, L.Franklin, J.Lloyd
F: H.Cunningham, K.Tippett, T.Papley
R: C.Sinclair, K.Jack, L.Parker
I/C: G.Hewett, B.McGlynn, T.Mitchell, D.Robinson
EMG: A.Davis, T.Nankervis, D.Towers
OUT: D.Towers (Omitted)
B: H.Shaw, P.Davis, M.Buntine
HB: N.Wilson, A.Corr, W.Hoskin-Elliott
C: L.Whitfield, T.Greene, A.Kennedy
HF: D.Smith, J.Patton, S.Johnson
F: R.Griffen, R.Lobb, T.Scully
R: S.Mumford, S.Coniglio, J.Kelly
I/C: J.Patfull, C.Ward, D.Shiel, R.Palmer
EMG: J.Hopper, A.Tomlinson, Z.Williams
OUT: C.Marchbank (Ankle)