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Blog log from R21 of 2023: Western Sydney vs Sydney

Blog log for Western Sydney vs Sydney, R21 of 2023

Daniel Lloyd spins out of an arm tackle by Florent and slots a difficult snap from 50m on the boundary for the first goal of the night after Wicks drops a mark on the wing.
Hogan takes a big pack mark 35m out on the flank but misses.
Amartey gets behind Taylor to mark a Papley pass at the hotspot on the end of a switch rebound through midfield. He converts with no problem. (Q1 4:23)
Jake Lloyd runs to receive from Heeney after passing to him, long ball up the guts to the hotspot for Amartey to mark over Perryman for goal number two, Taylor trailing badly. (Q1 7:14)
McDonald passes to Papley just inside 50m on the flank who bangs through a quality set shot for his first goal. And loves it, as always! (Q1 11:17)
Hogan screws through a snap from the boundary 25m out after a feed outside by Bedford. (Q1 13:28)
Light rain falling at the Showground, making what is usually a tight affair even less pretty. (Q1 15:55)
Bedford catches Florent HTB 35m out on the flank, almost a slam tackle but not, the ex-Demon slots the goal. (Q1 20:13)
Brown roves a Keeffe contest in the pocket with Blakey right on him but snaps off his left for a fabulous finish from 20m! (Q1 22:31)
Himmelberg looks sheepish after his man McLean beats him coming from the other side of the pack at the hotspot to clunk a grab, McLean kicks cleanly. (Q1 24:24)
Clark passes over congestion on the HFF to McLean on his own 35m out who bangs through a quality set shot to give the Swans the lead. (Q1 29:59)
Hogan marks an errant Bedford snap from the pocket on the opposite behind line for his second goal. (Q2 0:53)
Bedford tugs a set shot left from 45m in front. (Q2 5:54)
Gulden does a one-two with Wicks and slots a running snap from 40m wide on the flank with a left-foot checkside, if you don’t mind, to wrest the lead back for Sydney! (Q2 7:29)
Daniels also tugs a long set shot left. (Q2 8:09)
After Greene gives away a free to Papley in the centre, Sydney sweeps forward with Wicks roving a McDonald contest and tumbling through a snap from 45m on a slight angle. (Q2 11:29)
The post-Franklin era at Sydney is so far characterised by insanely good forward efficiency, seven goals straight from 13 inside 50s halfway through Q2. (Q2 12:25)
Haynes marks a short pass by Riccardi on the boundary 40m out, the old stager decides stuff it, I’ll try a drop punt on the set shot in my 200th game… and nails it! (Q2 14:09)
Hayward and Himmelberg run to the crumb from an Amartey contest 40m out on the flank, bounce off Himmelberg’s body favours the Swan to run into the open goal. (Q2 17:29)
Whitfield is smothered at half forward, Parker roves and starts the counter around outer wing, Warner passes to Heeney 30m out on the flank, another goal Sydney. (Q2 18:54)
Jake Lloyd runs from defence on a rebound and kicks to grass on the HFF, ball sits up for Heeney to gather and assess his option from 45m on the flank… goes for it and nails it! (Q2 22:09)
Greene soccers home from a pack at the top of the square, review shows the ball travelled near the shin of Hickey on the way through, soft call of goal stands. (Q2 24:09)
McLean gets smashed by Taylor after marking a centring ball by Hayward 40m out on a slight angle causing a melee, no penalty but he kicks the goal anyway. (Q2 26:54)
Greene marks just outside 50m and gets smashed late by Francis, no penalty so he tries a pass, no goal results. (Q2 31:54)
Ash hits the post just before the HT siren from half forward. (Q2 32:12)
McLean takes a contested pack mark at the hotspot, Sydney kicked an insane 11.0 in the first half and McLean makes it 12.0 with four of his own to start Q3 in the rain. (Q3 0:59)
Mills finally gets a behind on the board for Sydney from 45m in front after a 50m penalty. (Q3 4:55)
Riccardi is on the end of a downhill orange tsunami play to goal from the square set up by a bump by Greene upfield. (Q3 5:51)
Haynes marks a chip pass from Himmelberg 40m out on the flank but can’t repeat his earlier heroics, this set shot flies narrow to the left. (Q3 13:07)
Florent had a complete shocker of a first half, couldn’t do anything right, but he receives from Hayward outside a pack wide of CHF and snaps a goal from 45m. (Q3 15:22)
Bedford roves the next centre clearance and gives outside to Brown who snaps another nice finish from 25m on the flank! (Q3 16:42)
Clark passes very short backwards from congestion at the hotspot outside to Gulden to mark 40m out on a slight angle. Errol misses to the right. (Q3 19:37)
Greene fumbles at a stoppage near the hotspot but gets a high contact free on Gulden as two Swans converge. Tractor loves the wet, he converts. (Q3 22:20)
The ball is a cake of soap now, Hogan drops a pass inside 50, Himmelberg gives wide to Kelly who shoots off a step from 35m in front… flies wide left. (Q3 25:58)
Brown marks a Coniglio pass just outside 50m on the flank just before the 3QT siren. He’s a big kick but this is low percentage… short for no score. (Q3 31:18)
Bedford intercepts a kick in by Jake Lloyd 35m out on the flank that flies over its intended target. But the lesser Toby shanks the greasy ball OOTF. (Q4 3:53)
Hayward marks a Papley inside 50 kick from the centre on the dive in front of Buckley just outside the hotspot. His set shot slides off the right side of the boot for a point. (Q4 7:05)
Greene sails a booming snap from the HFF narrow to the right. (Q4 10:37)
Gulden snaps another quality goal from a stoppage 45m out on the flank. (Q4 11:56)
Clarke sprays a running snap from 35m under pressure. (Q4 13:18)
Stephens plays on around Haynes on the mark outside CHF and kicks very long, four man pack flies on the line… Taylor just gets a finger on it for a point. (Q4 14:23)
Rowbottom feeds a flat-footed Gulden who misses off a step from 40m on a slight angle. GWS almost out of the game at this point, one more goal for the Swans would cook them. (Q4 16:48)
Daniel Lloyd roves a Brown contest at the hotspot and gives to Ward who tumbles through a goal to keep his side in the contest. (Q4 19:57)
7:47 to go and GWS have a good record at comeback wins this season with five of them, but this one is one of the least likely. (Q4 20:28)
Coniglio clears from a secondary ball up following the next bounce to Greene 35m out in the corridor, he converts! Giants back within a straight kick all of a sudden! (Q4 21:53)
Centre clearance to Sydney through Papley, Wicks roves on the HFF and skids through a steadying goal from 35m! Taylor got a hand near it, review… (Q4 22:58)
And yes, Taylor once again did get a finger to it. Just a behind, two kicks in it, 6:39 to go. (Q4 23:38)
McLean pokes a very short pass inside a pack on the HFF to Warner who catches and shoots across the body off the right from 40m on a slight angle… that’s the sealer! (Q4 28:39)
The orange tsunami play from the Giants results in a quick rebound score but Kelly’s speculator to an outnumber 15m out clears the pack and skids for a behind. (Q4 31:44)
Ash’s long ball to the square results in a throw in, two straight kicks in it, 1:08 to go. (Q4 33:14)
Free kick at the stoppage to Florent for a block by Greene, any hope lost now. (Q4 33:14)

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