Second on the ladder Sydney up against 10th on the ladder Bombers.
Not a sentence I thought I would type this year but there you go.
Ball’s bounced and we are underway.
SYD 0 ESS 0 early in Q1
Buddy is playing Essendon and that has never really been a good thing for Essendon. Check out his stats against all sides below:
James Bell has got the 23rd spot for Sydney and for the Bombers it goes to the veteran David Zaharakis.
He hasn’t played yet this year after knee surgery.
First published in The Age on September 22, 1996
Swans snatch it in dying seconds
2nd Preliminary Final: the SCG
North Melbourne may beat Sydney in next Saturday’s grand final, but the Roos will want to be more than a few goals in front with fewer seconds left on the siren before they start popping the champagne corks.
The Swans overhauled Essendon’s five-goal lead at the SCG back in round six and scraped a draw. Last night against the Bombers, they pulled back a four-goal break early, then a two-goal deficit with only four minutes remaining. And this time, the stakes - a grand final berth - could not have been higher.
G’day everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week and are ready for some footy.
Tonight it is the red hot, competition darlings and young upstart Sydney Swans taking on Essendon at the SCG.
The Swans have stunned so far this year, they’re undefeated and beat reigning premiership winners Richmond last week.
Essendon, meanwhile, are up and about after two poor losses. They smashed the Saints last week.
Settle in for the evening as we take you through tonight’s action.