30/05/2024
So how did Sydney go on to win Sydney Derby XXI?

George Hewett has swapped Moore Park to Princes Park, arriving at Carlton as a Restricted Free Agent signing. Picture: @sydneyswans on Twitter

John Longmire and the Swans were on the canvas early against their cross-town rivals GWS in Sydney Derby XXI on Sunday night. So how did Sydney go on to win Sydney Derby XXI?

John Longmire and the Swans were on the canvas early against their cross-town rivals GWS in Sydney Derby XXI on Sunday night. So how did Sydney go on to win Sydney Derby XXI?

When Jesse Hogan kicked his second goal of the match midway through the second quarter, the Giants were 34 points ahead and looked unstoppable.

Longmire gave credit where it was due for its rivals’ strong start.

“To the Giants credit, their first half, they were fantastic. They are a fierce contested ball team, and they go really hard in the contest, and we were found wanting in that part of the game in the first half,” he said.

Some experienced heads in its midfield played a key role as Sydney worked it’s way back into the contest.

Luke Parker and Josh Kennedy finished with a combined 61 disposals and 19 clearances, while George Hewett, who has rotated through defence and the midfield, had his best game so far this year with 30 disposals and seven clearances of his own.

“In the second half we were able to get it [the contest] going a bit and George was a massive part of that. George has spent some time down back, he’s also spent some time in the midfield, so he’s got great flexibility,” Longmire said.

The combination of the weight of numbers, as Longmire described it, strongly contributed to Sydney turning the game it’s way in the second half.

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“It’s always a combination of weight of numbers, that’s what we’re after, whether they’re old, young or otherwise, it’s a matter of everyone contributing when they get the opportunity, and not dropping their bundle when things aren’t going our way, which was great to see from the weekend’s game. There was, obviously, some challenges in that first half, we weren’t winning the contest, we were off our game a bit, the Giants were winning in the pressure stakes, their pressure was through the roof,” he said.

“But we got some important goals just before halftime that got us back in it, and the momentum carried through into the second half. It took a combination of our experienced leaders, our leaders have been fantastic the whole way through, and our younger guys with a bit of enthusiasm, and doing their thing, which- it’s always a combination of both.”

On Sunday, Sydney takes on Fremantle for the second time this season.

The Dockers took the points in a thriller in Perth in round 10, Sydney will want to square the ledger at Metricon Stadium.

“That went down to the wire, it was only a kick in it at the end so that was a really tight game over in Perth,” Longmire said.

“We know Freo are a really good strong team, you know they got over the top of us, in the last few minutes over there, so we’re looking forward to that challenge again this week, it’s just another one that presents itself.”

The challenge kicks off on Sunday when Sydney and Fremantle clash at Metricon Stadium.

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