West Coast down Magpies as Sydney’s AFL finals end in misery

first_imgnews Young Demons make point in AFL finals win over Geelong Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Facebook Read more Davis was helped by the poor quality and quantity of service to Franklin but nonetheless produced one of the best games of his career.“When you have 120 minutes on the best player in the comp over the last 20 years, you give him three goals,” GWS coach Leon Cameron said. “Phil stood up from the start.“No doubt Lance came in with an injury cloud, we acknowledge that.“But to keep them to four goals, our back seven collectively, it was their best performance all year.”Davis’ only gaffe came during a halftime TV interview, when he quickly apologised after referring to Franklin as a “f***ing” great player.The Giants, who had lost their past three derbies, bust the game open after halftime by kicking eight consecutive goals.“Nothing went right for us and everything went wrong,” Swans coach John Longmire said.Longmire admitted Franklin was restricted by his groin injury but noted “once you play, you have to play”.“I don’t think that was the difference in the game,” he said.“I look at the other things. There were so many of them, contested ball, ball movement … tackling … fumbles, the hard-ball get differential.”Josh Kelly suffered a knee injury late in the first quarter and played no further part in the match. It was one of few concerns for Cameron, whose four selection gambles all paid dividends.Greene, who tallied 27 disposals, rivalled Davis, Lachie Whitfield and Callan Ward for best-on-ground honours.Fit-again forward Matt de Boer and injury-prone veteran Brett Deledio were both solid, and Zac Williams looked anything but a footballer playing his first game of the season.The crowd of 40,350, predominantly red and white, were stunned by the lopsided contest. A stunned silence in the final term was only interrupted by boos for Greene, whose kung-fu marking style irked the home side’s supporters and plenty of pundits. GWS’s inaccuracy threatened to prove costly but goals from de Boer and Harry Himmelberg helped them build a 15-point lead at halftime. They never looked back. Toby Greene and teammates celebrate after a Giants goal. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/AAP Australian rules football Pinterest Read more West Coast Eagles Sportwatch: Eagles edge AFL thriller, Roosters down Sharks, and NRLW – as it happened Topics AFLcenter_img Share on Messenger Greater Western Sydney Giants In Sydney, Phil Davis powered GWS past the Swans and into a semi-final, dominating Lance Franklin to help the Giants secure a 49-point upset victory at the SCG.Davis bossed Franklin in the most important one-on-one battle of Saturday’s elimination final, while returning forward Toby Greene kicked 3.3 and could have outscored Sydney if he was more accurate.Franklin finished with 0.1 as his Swans surrendered 10.19 (79) to 4.6 (30); their season ending not with a bang but a whimper.The impotent hosts were held to their lowest score from some 385 games at the SCG. It would have been their lowest score in a final if not for a couple of cheap goals late in the final quarter. Support The Guardian Twitter Collingwood Share on Twitter Reuse this content West Coast have produced a last-gasp surge to pip Collingwood by 16 points in a nerve-jangling AFL qualifying final.The Eagles came from 10 points down at three quarter-time to win 12.14 (86) to 10.10 (70) on Saturday night in Perth and secure a home preliminary final.The Magpies will host GWS in a knockout semi-final next Saturday, a day after Hawthorn meet Melbourne in the other semi-final. Sydney Swans Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Australia sport West Coast and Richmond will host preliminary finals in a fortnight.The Eagles, before a record AFL crowd in Perth of 59,585 spectators, kicked the last three goals of the game in the last five minutes to prevail.West Coast made the early running, booting three goals, including two from Liam Ryan – before Magpie Travis Varcoe scored a 50m stunner from a tight angle.All Collingwood players converged on an emotional Varcoe, who took the field just a week after his sister Maggie died from repercussions of a head knock suffered while playing in a women’s football game in a suburban Adelaide league.The Eagles, despite losing reliable backman Brad Shepherd to a hamstring injury which could end his finals campaign, led 3.3 to 1.3 at quarter-time with Jeremy McGovern dominating in defence with seven marks.But Collingwood stalwart Steele Sidebottom turned the tide in a second quarter where the lead changed seven times in a pulsating 20-minute span.Sidebottom shrugged off his tagger Mark Hutchings to collect 10 disposals for the term as the visitors piled on six goals to West Coast’s three.Collingwood forward Brody Mihocek scored two majors in the quarter as his side edged to a three-point halftime lead, 7.4 to 6.7.In a frenetic third term, the Magpies extended their advantage to nine points when Taylor Adams booted one on the run only for Eagle spearhead Josh Kennedy to reply – finally breaking the shackles of Collingwood veteran Tyson Goldsack, playing his first AFL game of the season just 182 days after undergoing a knee reconstruction.Collingwood then gained some breathing space when Josh Thomas goaled to give the visitors a 10-point buffer at three quarter-time.Any Magpie relief was short-lived: Eagles Kennedy and Jack Darling slotted goals in the initial seven minutes of the last quarter and the home side held a three-point lead.Collingwood’s Jordan de Goey returned the visitors to a two-point lead in the 18th minute.But the Eagles finished with a flurry: goals to Lewis Jetta – with five minutes 20 seconds remaining – Darling and Jack Redden, after the siren, delivering a precious win.last_img