Sydney has spoiled Fremantle veteran David Mundy's 350th game, coming from behind to win by 40 points at Metricon Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Eight straight goals from midway through the second term set up the 14.14 (98) to 8.10 (58) win.
Fremantle were decimated by injury after losing superstar skipper Nat Fyfe (shoulder) and gun forward Michael Walters (hamstring).
Swan Isaac Heeney was the star of the show with 22 disposals, five goals and an incredible hanger, while Freo's Adam Cerra (two goals, 30 disposals) and Andrew Brayshaw (34 disposals) were the Dockers' best with Matt Taberner also kicking two goals.
Fiery Franklin set to hear from the MRO
Lance Franklin was in a fiery mood early in the match and gave away a nasty free kick when he arrived late to a marking contest and planted a knee in Nathan Wilson’s back. Worse was to come when Luke Ryan spun Franklin over the boundary line in the second term then hung onto the tackle for a couple more seconds. The Swans’ superstar took the time to swap the ball from his left to right hand, then threw his left elbow back to catch Ryan with a heavy blow under the chin. A stunned Ryan was able to take the free kick then play out the match but Franklin seems set to hear from the Match Review Officer.
Dirty day for Mundy's milestone
It had been a good week for David Mundy as he celebrated his 36th birthday and signed a one-year contract extension in the days leading up to his 350th match. The veteran started the game looking sprightly too, gathering five early touches and kicking a goal that drew on his typical hardness and class when he shrugged a tackle then sent a 50m kick flying through the big sticks off only a couple of steps. Mundy finished with 17 disposals but missed his old mates Nat Fyfe and Michael Walters who were injured either side of half-time, as Freo were unable to bring out their best for the milestone man.
Heeney goes flyin’ over Ryan
The Swans were still searching for their spark halfway into the second term when the Dockers’ half-back Hayden Young went to switch the play with a long kick to Luke Ryan who was standing 30m out in front of the opposition goal. Except Isaac Heeney had given Ryan just enough space to encourage the pass from Young then easily made up the ground while the ball hung in the air. Heeney arrived in good time to fly over Ryan and claim a spectacular mark with his left shin sitting on the defender’s shoulders. Heeney’s hang time then goal seemed to inspire the Swans who then kicked two more to claim the lead before half-time then followed up with five goals to none after the main break.
SYDNEY 3.3 6.8 11.11 14.14 (98)
FREMANTLE 4.4 6.5 6.6 8.10 (58)
Sydney: Heeney 5, Parker 2, Franklin 2, Gulden, Rowbottom, Papley, Hickey, Hayward
Fremantle: Taberner 2, Cerra 2, Darcy, Mundy, Schultz, Crowden
Sydney: Heeney, Kennedy, Parker, Gulden, Hewett, Lloyd, Hickey
Fremantle: Cerra, Brayshaw, Serong, Wilson, Darcy
Fremantle: Fyfe (shoulder), Walters (hamstring), Pearce (TBC), Treacy (illness) replaced in selected side by Crowden
Sydney: McLean (unused)
Fremantle: Blakely (replaced Fyfe)
Crowd: TBC at Metricon Stadium