The Swans absolutely demolished the Bombers at the SCG on Saturday, and Luke Parker couldn’t resist rubbing salt into his wounds.
The Sydney Swans absolutely demolished the Essendon Bombers in the SCG, and star midfielder Luke Parker happily rubbed salt into the wounds.
The Bombers were no match for the Swans, who took a comfortable 14.21 (105) to 6.11 (47) victory Saturday night to propel themselves into the top four on the AFL ladder.
Lance Franklin, Will Hayward, Tom Papley and Sam Wicks scored two goals for the hosts, with Parker joining the party in the second quarter.
And the 29-year-old couldn’t resist stirring the pot.
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After Essendon midfielder Dylan Shiel lost control of the football following a Chad Warner tackle, Parker took advantage of a loose ball before rounding Bombers quarterback Nick Hind and kicking a major from long range.
As the SCG crowd erupted, Parker appeared to taunt Shiel by repeatedly shrugging his shoulders.
“Luke Parker was just letting some of the Essendon boys around him know they’re a little ‘flying’ tonight,” former Western Bulldogs ruckman Luke Darcy told Channel 7.
“He faced opposition, Luke Parker.”
Five-time All-Australian Nick Riewoldt told Fox Footy: “We don’t see this often, but I like it.
“I’d rather see that combative nature between players on the field than the love we see sometimes.”
Having been relegated to the VFL to find form last month, Shield performed poorly against Sydney, managing just five shots for a 69m comeback.
Former Collingwood manager Nathan Buckley continued: “What viewers of the game don’t realize is that it’s not just a physical contest. It’s a mental competition and it’s an emotional competition. You are tested as an individual and as a team in every facet – and that (sled) is part of the game.
“Not as much sledding as there used to be, but it happens. We don’t usually get this on camera, but this was very graphic.”
Franklin was on top of the Bombers like a rash, throwing himself into each competition and selflessly unloading the Sherrin for his younger counterparts when they found themselves in space.
The 35-year-old is heavily tipped to sign a contract extension with the Swans and hasn’t detracted from his chances of another year on the books, proving his record-breaking nine-year $10 million contract was worth its weight in gold.
The Bombers didn’t run out of chances in the second half, but a mix of inaccuracy of shots and lack of intensity around the ball made the Swans go wild with death.
With less than 10 points difference separating the teams from their previous eight encounters, the match between the two was heavily touted to be another great success.
But the Bombers were anything but explosive, managing just 158 eliminations and kicking a measly two goals in the second half.
“This piece shows just how dysfunctional this team from Essendon is,” Wayne Carey, big from North Melbourne, told Channel 7.
“Every player that footy was could have played quickly and moved the ball into the 50 forwards. This is very easy.”
Meanwhile, Swans co-captain Josh Kennedy became only the second player in AFL history to record 4,000 career touches, joining Gary Ablett Jr. like an all-time warhorse.
The midfielder made another strong showing against the Bombers, scoring a goal in the fourth period and adding 17 touches.
Sydney manager John Longmire admitted he was not aware of the approaching milestone for the match.
“If you know Josh, that would be the last thing on your mind,” he confessed at the post-game press conference.
“It’s a huge achievement, but something that wouldn’t be on the mind.”
The Swans will face Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Friday, with the first jump scheduled for 7:50pm AEST.
— with Alasdair Belling, NCA NewsWire