West Coast coach Adam Simpson stopped in need of a significant overhaul for his insipid Eagles, however stated their work price was lower than scratch after a second brutal beating at GMHBA Stadium this 12 months.
Simpson, who labelled his workforce “embarrassing” after a 97-point pasting by Geelong in Spherical 6, was much less emotive however equally as bewildered after the Swans demolished them by 92 factors as we speak.
The 2018 premiership coach was at a loss to elucidate his facet’s incapability to halt opposition momentum, mauled for the second week in a row by a fellow finals aspirant.
“It’s actually disappointing, we bought outplayed for many of the day and defensively (across the floor) we have been poor which made it laborious to get any kind of ball motion,” Simpson stated.
“They (the Swans) have been cleaner and transitioned the ball rather a lot higher than we did — and earlier than we knew it the sport was out of our attain.
“(These losses) are actually a sample. Two weeks in the past we have been coming off a very good win in opposition to the Tigers and one other good win in opposition to Carlton interstate (on the SCG), so we thought we have been heading in the right direction.
“A few of it’s simply work price and being clear, so we’ll we’ll hold coaching that … so hopefully that involves fruition sooner relatively than later.
“However the incapability to cease momentum is costing us dearly.”
The Eagles, who misplaced each key stat bar hitouts, didn’t rating a aim for greater than two quarters from the 11-minute mark of the primary time period whereas conceding 10 straight to the uber-impressive younger Swans.
“It’s technique — (Sydney was) cleaner and more durable at stoppages and contests,” he stated.
“Possibly there are completely different points, however in the meanwhile we’re doing numerous our attacking from D50 and we’re not getting provide, which is a priority.
“Then how we defend on our (F50) entries is (additionally a difficulty) — it’s bought out too simply as we speak and the Bulldogs (recreation) was the identical final week.”
Simpson couldn’t clarify his workforce’s horror file at GMHBA Stadium, at which it has now misplaced eight straight video games by a whopping 548 factors in complete.
“I don’t know. I believed we had the best angle on the journey. We educated nicely and Caulfield Grammar has actually sorted us with their services and there’s been good spirit,” he stated.
“However simply poor execution, they usually’re not simply little losses, they’re huge ones.
“I’d prefer to say it’s bought nothing to do with the bottom, that it’s bought extra about what we have to as people and a collective than worrying about getting on a bus for an hour.”
Simpson admitted confidence was low within the blue and gold camp.
“However two weeks in the past we got here off one among our greatest wins for a number of years, so you may’t lose it that rapidly — albeit once we’re 10 gaols down, the arrogance to be courageous and assault the sport isn’t as robust as when the sport is on the road or we’re profitable.
“However we’ve bought to ensure we personal as we speak, take duty for it and do all the things we are able to to get higher.”
Have the Sydney Swans found a southern fortress in which to ride out Covid lockdowns?
One factor’s for positive, the West Coast Eagles haven’t after their second huge blowout loss at GMHBA Stadium this season.
The Eagles, pummelled by the Cats by 97 factors in Spherical 6, have been made to look third price by a membership enjoying its first “dwelling” recreation on the venerable Geelong venue, this time by 92 factors.
Beating the Eagles is nothing new to Sydney – that’s now 13-3 for the reason that begin of the 2008 season – however doing it in opposition to a possible finals opponents is equal elements spectacular for the pseudo-hosts as it’s damning in opposition to the Eagles, who gave lacklustre a nasty title.
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Remarkably on a floor at which Geelong has lengthy dominated, Sydney has now a 4-1 file in its previous 5 visits.
However the studying is just not as fairly for the Eagles, who’ve received simply as soon as at Kardinia Park since 2000 and, since that victory in 2006, they’ve now misplaced eight straight by a mixed complete of a staggering 548 factors.
The Swans have been first to the ball, ran laborious to create house on the odd event that the Eagles put one among their mates beneath strain and successfully sealed the consequence by halfway via a second time period by which they’d a shocking 21-3 inside-50s.
To sum up the Eagles’ ineptitude at GMHBA Stadium this 12 months, they’ve scored one solitary level in opposition to the 16.3 (99) of their opponents in second quarters alone — and posted their lowest complete since 1992 and third lowest ever.
Sydney was very even throughout the bottom, however will take coronary heart from the telling contributions of halfback Jordan Dawson – who notched his first and second targets of the season — the quickly rising Joel Amartey and homegrown product James Bell.
Amartey clunked a few marks as a ahead, was greater than serviceable because the second ruckman and added two targets in simply his fifth recreation in pink and white, whereas Bell confirmed flashes of brilliance in simply his seventeenth recreation.
However for a dominant midfield, there have been loads of targets forward as what was little greater than a coaching drill advanced.
Remarkably, eight Swans had a number of targets, highlighted by the inimitable Lance Franklin, whose equal game-high three majors included a “Buddy particular” snap from 45m throughout his physique out whereas being crunched within the second time period.
For the Eagles, it was most likely not sudden that Tom Barrass and Shannon Hurn could be amongst their greatest given the warmth map of the competition was basically of their again yard.
Dom Sheed tried laborious within the midfield, however he was sadly one out in opposition to Mills, Hewett, Florent and firm, who have been relentless all through.
You’ll be sorry
Luke Shuey instantly reached out his hand to apologise to Callum Mills after he related with the younger Swan’s head with a wild swinging arm halfway via the second time period after he’d been unable to interrupt a deal with legally.
However whether or not his “sorry, mate” will carry any weight will solely be decided by the MRO in overview after the veteran Eagle was put within the umpire’s e-book.
Shuey had twice been pissed off earlier when his makes an attempt to shrug up tackles and make them into excessive contact went unrewarded by the umpires.
Will Hayward, by no means averse to some post-goal digicam time, was simply warming into his work after a sensational snap not removed from the well-known Gary Ablett Jr main.
However simply when celebrations have been reaching fever pitch, the umpire introduced them to a grinding halt when he paid holding on the aim line in opposition to Joel Amartey to West Coast’s Jeremy McGovern.
It most likely didn’t assist Hayward’s disposition that related contact went unpenalised numerous instances across the league this weekend. However his angst turned excellent news for a teenager strolling close to the Kardinia Park pool minutes later when the Swans ahead drilled a aim from the sq. with a torpedo that sailed over the Gamers Stand.
Exhausting to know if the followers have been from the Western District or the previous South Melbourne trustworthy, however Swans followers turned out in droves at GMHBA Stadium.
Singing the SCG favorite “Candy Caroline” at quarter-time, the red-and-white trustworthy grew louder all through and gave their heroes a rousing send-off after the sport, exhibiting their appreciation for a dominant effort.
The ocean of pink within the social membership space often owned by Cats followers was a marked distinction to the traditional blue and white, however equally as happy with their prices.
SYDNEY SWANS 5.2 11.4 13.8 18.10 (118)
WEST COAST EAGLES 1.3 1.3 3.5 3.8 (26)
Sydney: Franklin 3, Heeney 3, Hayward 2, Amartey 2, Wicks 2, Gulden 2, Dawson 2, Papley 2.
West Coast: Yeo, Kennedy, Darling.
MARK HAYES’ BEST
Sydney: Mills, Florent, Amartey, Dawson, Parker, Franklin.
West Coast: Barrass, Hurn, Sheed, Darling.
MARK HAYES VOTES
3 — Callum Mills (SYD)
2 — Oliver Florent (SYD)
1 — Joel Amartey (SYD)
West Coast: Redden (knee), Jones (ankle). Yeo (toe).
Reviews: Luke Shuey (WCE) for allegedly hanging Callum Mills (SYD) in second quarter.