- Jul 9, 2015
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Sydney Sixers, Gold City Royals
Both teams come into this clash with playing some fairly disappointing football in recent times. Fremantle have slumped to four losses on the trot; including a convincing loss against Hawthorn in Tassie, a derby smashing, a last minute loss to Carlton at home and a last quarter fade out against Melbourne. These results coming into the game have completely derailed their finals hopes being 2 games out of the Top 8 with 6 games to play. In order to keep their slim mathematical chances alive they must win this game here. Sydney on the other hand, after consecutive disappointing close losses to Essendon at the MCG and Carlton at home now sit at 6-10 with the season done. At this point, they will just be hoping to recapture some form and confidence, and finish the season playing some good football to build upon going into preparations for next season.
Players To Watch
The Fremantle Dockers' star midfielder has had a good month individually despite the disappointing results from a team perspective. Last week against Hawthorn after a disastrous start left them 5 goals behind early, Fyfe single-handedly dragged the Dockers back into the contest with 3 goals in the third quarter. Historically, Fyfe does enjoy playing against the Swans as he finds a lot of the ball and between 2010-2015 he polled 13 Brownlow votes in 7 H/A games against the Swans. Even in the last two clashes where Sydney were dominant winners Fyfe gathered 28 disposals.
Since Callum Sinclair's injury against the Suns, for the past 3 weeks Aliir has needed to fill the role of the team's primary ruckman. He has performed admirably in an unfamiliar role where he used his agility to follow up on the ruck contest in order to win clearances and send the Swans forward. In the last three weeks he managed to get 20 Inside 50s and 19 clearances. While conceding hitouts was not so much of a factor against a below average ruck in Zac Clarke, Kruezer's influence allowed Carlton to dominate the clinches. With Sydney still struggling to score the past fortnight and Aliir's interceptions being missed, don't be surprised if Amartey or Knoll is brought in as ruck so that Aliir can be sent back to defence to offer interceptions and rebound.
- Sydney's Small Forwards need to lift: Hayward and Ronke have both gone goalless in the past two weeks as the Swans went down by 2 goal margins. With Buddy not around, small forwards will be the primary avenue to goal so we need them to contribute goals in order to put up a winning score. Their recent form puts them at risk of missing selection so if they get another opportunity they will need to take it.
- Fremantle's Inside 50 conversion: Fremantle have struggled with creating goal-scoring opportunities with their entries into the forward line. Last week against Hawthorn they only managed 13 scoring shots from 45 I50s, the week before only 21 from 60 (and only 2 goals). Their delivery will need to improve if they are to break their losing streak.
We're undefeated at Optus Stadium. Got a good recent record against Fremantle. It hasn't been evident the past couple weeks but this group is capable of some good football - I'll back them in. Blakey to have his clear breakout game with 4 goals as the Swans bounce back.
Sydney by 38
Get it done boys!