The Sydney Swans’ 2022 season ended in heartbreak heading to Geelong in the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final.
The Cats saluted for this year’s Premiership on Saturday, ending a dominant season in equally devastating fashion against Sydney with an 81-point win at the MCG.
One of the oldest clubs in the competition added the 10th trophy in its history in commanding fashion, with the Cats clinching their 16th consecutive win, 20.13 (133) to 8.4 (52).
Geelong have been at the top all along and Chris Scott was celebrating his second spell as manager after his first triumph in 2011.
The Cats’ sweeping victory carried stories everywhere: from the mature-aged recruits who dominated, like Isaac Smith and his three-goal, 32-discard performance. Smith’s outstanding play was rewarded with a Norm Smith Medal, another amazing part of the game in his sophomore season after joining from Hawthorn, where he was a key member of their triple premiership teams from 2013-15.
Then to the veterans like Tom Hawkins (three goals) and Mitch Duncan (27 goals, one goal) who didn’t want to pass up the chance of another Premiership, to the superstars who so badly wanted their first flags in Patrick Dangerfield ( 26 disposals, nine clearances) and Jeremy Cameron (18 disposals, two goals).
The Swans fought valiantly in the second quarter after facing a fierce first quarter from Geelong and managed to get back in the fray around the ball when co-captain Callum Mills hit a long bomb just before half-time and Isaac Heeneys goal scored what was just At least he influenced the competition with his second kick of the game.
But it was short lived. The Swans managed just one point as the Cats scored six goals to push them into oblivion in the third quarter.
The Swans had entered the game on a nine-game winning streak against Collingwood after last week’s one-point thriller, but that proved their limit as they were outplayed by the season’s best side. Chad Warner (29 disposals, two goals) was among the few winners for the Swans, as were Robbie Fox (26 disposals) and Luke Parker (23 disposals and 14 tackles), while Tom Papley tried hard.
GEELONG 6.5 9.8 15.11 20.13 (133)
Sydney 1.0 4.2 4.3 8.4 (52)
Geelong: Stengle 4, Hawkins 3, Smith 3, Cameron 2, Close 2, Blicavs, De Koning, Duncan, C. Guthrie, Parfitt, Selwood
Sydney: Warner 2, Hayward, McLean, P. McCartin, Mills, Heeney, Papley
Geelong: Smith, Dangerfield, Hawkins, Stengle, Selwood, close
Sydney: Warner, Fox, Rowbottom, Papley, Lloyd
Geelong: C Guthrie (TBC)
Sydney: Reid (adductors)
Geelong: Max Holmes (hamstring) is replaced by Mark O’Connor on the selected side
Geelong: Brandan Parfitt (replaced C. Guthrie in the fourth quarter)
Sydney: Braeden Campbell (replaced Sam Reid in the third quarter)
Crowd: 100,024 at MCG