Sydney has ended Greater Western Sydney’s hopes of a maiden AFL finals campaign and boosted their own prospects with a crushing 89-point win in the Battle of the Bridge Sydney derby.
Kurt Tippett kicked five goals and Josh Kennedy gathered 35 possessions and 12 clearances as the Swans secured a 20.13 (133) to 6.8 (44) win on Saturday.
The win lifted them to fourth above Western Bulldogs, who play on Sunday.
It was both their biggest score and biggest winning margin of the season and extinguished any faint finals hopes the Giants had.
A Spotless Stadium AFL ground record of 19,507 witnessed the Swans completely dominate three of the four quarters on their way to a seventh win in eight Sydney derbies.
Even with their season on the line, GWS weren’t able to match the pressure and intensity of the Swans, who were much more clinical in their goalkicking, despite trailing in disposals at quarter and half time.
Tippett kicked three first quarter goals as the Swans scampered to a 22-point lead at the opening break.
GWS couldn’t get any closer than 19 points in a second quarter which produced just one goal for either side and which ended with the Swans holding a 24-point lead.
The Swans quickly snuffed out any hope of a Giants second half revival, kicking the first four goals and 27 points of a third quarter which they ended with a 62-point advantage.
The misery continued for the Giants in the final term, as the Swans slammed on six goals to two.
Defender Heath Shaw tallied 32 touches and was a standout in a beleaguered Giants side.