Sydney Derby (AFL)

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Sydney Derby (AFL)
Swans and Giants.jpg
Pre-game at Sydney Derby I
First meeting 24 March 2012
Latest meeting 18 August 2018
Next meeting 8 September 2018
Statistics
Meetings total 15
All-time series (AFL only) AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 11 wins
AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 4 wins
Largest victory Sydney Swans (129 points; Round 16, 2013)

The Sydney Derby[1][2][3] is an Australian rules football local derby match between the two Sydney based Australian Football League (AFL) clubs, the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants. As of April 7, 2018, the head to head is in favour of the Sydney Swans by ten wins to four.

History[edit]

The first Sydney Derby was held on 24 March 2012 and attracted a Derby record crowd of 38,203. This game was also the first game of the 2012 AFL season and the first AFL premiership match for the Giants. Fielding a very young and inexperienced team, the Giants only won three games in their first two years in the competition and failed to win any Derby games. This led to declining attendances at Sydney Derbies.

The Giants won their first Derby in the opening clash of 2014. Later in the year The Daily Telegraph noted there was 'genuine dislike off the field' between the clubs.[4] Over the subsequent years they progressively moved up the AFL ladder, getting closer to the Swans - who were premiership contenders during this time. The opening Derby of 2015 attracted a crowd of over 30,000 - the first time this had occurred since the 1st Derby. The 2016 Derbies were both well attended - the Swans home game had the second highest attendance in fixture history. The Giants home game was the 10th Sydney Derby. With both teams vying for a top four spot at the end of the season, the game was described as a blockbuster.[5] In the lead up to the game The Daily Telegraph published an article analysing the rivalry. Though noting that Sydney's surprise recruitment of Lance Franklin created some animosity between the clubs, the article went on to say 'What the rivalry needs is a flash point. ... Something to make it clear that when the Swans and Giants meet there is real feeling. Not the slightly awkward yet mutually respectful détente that currently exists'.[6] After the game, the paper declared that an altercation between Steve Johnson and Lance Franklin 'was the moment of sporting theatre that inspired a rivalry to truly ignite'.[7] It was the first AFL game at Sydney Showground Stadium to be declared a sell-out and was Foxtel's highest rating program of the day, second highest rating twilight match of the season and the second-most watched Sydney Derby - behind only the inaugural clash.[8][9]

The first finals series match between the teams was on 10 September 2016, when the Swans hosted the Giants in the 1st Qualifying Final of the 2016 season. The Giants defeated the Swans by 36 points, an historic victory considering it was the Giants' first win in a finals series match and was played before a derby record crowd of 60,222.[10][11]

Venues[edit]

The two venues usually used for the Sydney Derby are the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Showground Stadium. The first three Sydney Derbies and the 2016 finals series derby were held at Stadium Australia.

Results[edit]

Year Date Rd Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Crowd Winner H2H
I 2012 03/24 1 AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 5.7 (37) AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 14.16 (100) Stadium Australia 38,203 Sydney by 63 +1
II 06/30 14 AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 19.18 (132) AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 5.8 (38) Stadium Australia 22,565 Sydney by 94 +2
III 2013 03/30 1 AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 11.10 (76) AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 16.10 (106) Stadium Australia 23,690 Sydney by 30 +3
IV 07/14 16 AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 24.27 (171) AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 5.12 (42) SCG 21,757 Sydney by 129 +4
V 2014 03/15 1 AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 15.9 (99) AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 9.13 (67) Showground 17,102 GWS by 32 +3
VI 06/28 15 AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 15.16 (106) AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 8.12 (60) SCG 27,778 Sydney by 46 +4
VII 2015 04/18 3 AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 16.15 (111) AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 12.18 (90) SCG 31,966 Sydney by 21 +5
VIII 08/22 21 AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 6.8 (44) AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 20.13 (133) Showground 19,507 Sydney by 89 +6
IX 2016 04/09 3 AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 14.9 (93) AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 10.8 (68) SCG 37,045 Sydney by 25 +7
X 06/12 12 AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 15.15 (105) AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 9.9 (63) Showground 21,541 GWS by 42 +6
XI 09/10 QF AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 7.13 (55) AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 12.19 (91) Stadium Australia 60,222 GWS by 36 +5
XII 2017 04/22 5 AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 9.9 (63) AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 15.15 (105) SCG 34,824 GWS by 42 +4
XIII 07/15 17 AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 12.11 (83) AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 14.12 (96) Showground 21,924 Sydney by 13 +5
XIV 2018 04/07 3 AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 16.7 (103) AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 12.15 (87) SCG 34,711 Sydney by 16 +6
XV 08/18 22 AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 8.12 (60) AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 11.14 (80) Showground 21,433 Sydney by 20 +7
XVI 09/08 EF AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants SCG

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Timeline[edit]

SYD
GWS
SYD
GWS
SYD
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Brett Kirk Medal[edit]

The Brett Kirk Medal is awarded to the player deemed to be the best player on the ground after the match.

Year Match Medalist Team
2012 I Josh Kennedy Sydney Swans
II Kieren Jack Sydney Swans
2013 III Kieren Jack (2) Sydney Swans
IV Nick Malceski Sydney Swans
2014 V Callan Ward GWS Giants
VI Kieren Jack (3) Sydney Swans
2015 VII Dan Hannebery Sydney Swans
VIII Josh Kennedy (2) Sydney Swans
2016 IX Luke Parker Sydney Swans
X Heath Shaw GWS Giants
2017 XII Shane Mumford GWS Giants
XIII Lance Franklin Sydney Swans
Callan Ward (2) GWS Giants
2018 XIV Callum Mills Sydney Swans
XV Lance Franklin (2) Sydney Swans

NOTE: No medal was awarded in Sydney Derby XI and none will be awarded in Sydney Derby XVI due to both matches being a finals match.

Statistics[edit]

Below are listed statistics from the Sydney Derby only.

Team statistics[edit]

Highest scores[edit]

Club Round Goals Behinds Total
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2013, Round 16 24 27 171
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2015, Round 21 20 13 133
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2012, Round 14 19 18 132
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2015, Round 3 16 15 111
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2013, Round 1 16 10 106
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2014, Round 15 15 16 106

Lowest scores[edit]

Club Round Goals Behinds Total
AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2012, Round 1 5 7 37
AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2012, Round 14 5 8 38
AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2013, Round 16 5 12 42
AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2015, Round 21 6 8 44
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2016, Qualifying Final 7 13 55

Biggest wins[edit]

Club Round Winning score Losing score Margin
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2013, Round 16 24.27 (171) 5.12 (42) 129
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2012, Round 14 19.18 (132) 5.8 (38) 94
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2015, Round 21 20.13 (133) 6.8 (44) 89
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2012, Round 1 14.16 (100) 5.7 (37) 63
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2014, Round 1 15.16 (106) 8.12 (60) 46

Smallest wins[edit]

Club Round Winning score Losing score Margin
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2017, Round 17 14.12 (96) 12.11 (83) 13
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2018, Round 3 16.7 (103) 12.15 (87) 16
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2018, Round 22 11.14 (80) 8.12 (60) 20
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2015, Round 3 16.15 (111) 12.18 (90) 21
AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2016, Round 3 14.9 (93) 10.8 (68) 25

Player statistics[edit]

Players highlighted in green are still on AFL lists for either Sydney or Greater Western Sydney.

Goals in one game[edit]

Player Club Date Goals Behinds Total
Lance Franklin AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2015, Round 3 5 5 35
Lance Franklin AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2018, Round 22 5 4 34
Lance Franklin AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2014, Round 15 5 3 33
Kurt Tippett AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2015, Round 21 5 3 33
Jeremy Cameron AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2016, Qualifying Final 4 4 28
Lance Franklin AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2017, Round 17 4 4 28
Toby Greene AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2016, Round 12 4 2 26
Lance Franklin AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2016, Round 3 4 1 25
Toby Greene AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2017, Round 5 4 1 25
Jeremy Cameron AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2014, Round 1 4 0 24
Issac Heeney AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2015, Round 3 4 0 24

Goal total[edit]

Player Club Goals Behinds Accuracy Games Goals/Game
Lance Franklin AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 31 25 55.4% 10 3.10
Jeremy Cameron AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 27 17 61.4% 13 2.08
Jonathon Patton AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 16 6 72.7% 11 1.45
Kieren Jack AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 16 10 61.5% 14 1.14
Josh Kennedy AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 16 11 59.3% 15 1.07
Toby Greene AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 15 8 65.2% 11 1.36
Ben McGlynn AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 14 4 77.8% 10 1.40
Kurt Tippett AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 13 13 50.0% 8 1.63

Disposals in one game[edit]

Player Club Date Disposals
Jarrad McVeigh AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2012, Round 14 37
Lachie Whitfield AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2015, Round 3 37
Ryan O'Keefe AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2012, Round 14 36
Jarrad McVeigh AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2013, Round 16 35
Dan Hannebery AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2015, Round 3 35
Josh Kennedy AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2015, Round 21 35
Dan Hannebery AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2013, Round 16 34
Adam Treloar AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2014, Round 1 34
Kieren Jack AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2012, Round 14 33
Devon Smith AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2015, Round 3 33
Luke Parker AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2018, Round 22 33
Dylan Shiel AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 2018, Round 22 33

Derbies played[edit]

Player Club Games
Josh Kennedy AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 15
Callan Ward AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 15
Phil Davis AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 14
Dan Hannebery AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 14
Heath Grundy AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 14
Kieren Jack AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 14
Dylan Shiel AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 14
Jeremy Cameron AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS Giants 13
Jarrad McVeigh AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 13
Luke Parker AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 13
Nick Smith AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 13

Brownlow votes[edit]

Brownlow Votes as of the end of the 2017 AFL season.

Player Club Votes H&A Average
Josh Kennedy AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 14 13 1.08
Lance Franklin AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 9 8 1.13
Shane Mumford AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS & AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney 8 12 0.67
Kieren Jack AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 7 12 0.58
Callan Ward AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS 6 13 0.48

Coach statistics[edit]

Coaches highlighted in green are the current head coach for either Sydney or Greater Western Sydney.

Coach Club Years Total Wins Losses Percent
John Longmire AFL Sydney Icon.jpg Sydney Swans 2012–present 15 11 4 73.33%
Leon Cameron AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS 2014–present 11 4 7 36.36%
Kevin Sheedy AFL GWS Icon.jpg GWS 2012-2013 4 0 4 0.00%

Other Sydney Derbies[edit]

AFL Pre-Season results[edit]

Like both the "Western Derby" and the "Showdown" pre-season matches do not count towards the overall Sydney Derby results and statistics. However, The first ever match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans occurred during the 2011 pre-season. To date three of the six fixtures have been held in either suburban or regional venues, as part of the restructured pre-season competition to see more matches being held in more non-traditional venues.

AFL Women's[edit]

In preparation for the 2017 launch of the AFL Women's competition, the AFL held 10 Exhibition Series matches during 2016. The only match held in Sydney featured both a women's side from the Greater Western Sydney Giants & the Sydney Swans, played as a curtain-raiser for the men's Sydney Derby IX.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buddy Franklin stars as Swans outclass Giants in Sydney derby". theaustralian.com.au. The Australian. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Swans champ Adam Goodes takes a final bow | The New Daily". The New Daily. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  3. ^ Wu, Andrew. "Sydney Swans remain a top four team says Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron". The Age. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  4. ^ Cordy, Neil (27 June 2014). "Just three years old, the Sydney Swans, GWS Giants rivalry is building into a classic". The Daily Telegraph. 
  5. ^ Horne, Ben (10 June 2016). "GWS Giants v Sydney Swans: Young players won't rely on talent to succeed". The Daily Telegraph. 
  6. ^ Hinds, Richard (9 June 2016). "Swans v GWS rivalry is building but yet to ignite, writes Richard Hinds". The Daily Telegraph. 
  7. ^ Horne, Ben (13 June 2016). "Steve Johnson's bump on Lance Franklin showed GWS is no longer everyone's second favourite team". The Daily Telegraph. 
  8. ^ Wu, Andrew (9 June 2016). "AFL 2016: Greater Western Sydney Giants want earlier home games for 2017". The Age. 
  9. ^ Horne, Ben (15 June 2016). "GWS Giants demand TV prime time exposure on Friday nights". The Daily Telegraph. 
  10. ^ "GWS Giants come of age to upset Sydney Swans in first qualifying final". News.com.au. 10 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "AFL lands NRL huge blow with bumper crowd for Sydney Swans v GWS Giants qualifying final". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 September 2016. 
  12. ^ http://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/2016-04-06/women-to-take-centre-stage-ahead-of-derby