The Swans absolutely demolished the Bombers at the SCG on Saturday and Luke Parker couldn’t resist rubbing salt on the wounds.
The Sydney Swans absolutely demolished the Essendon Bombers at the SCG and midfielder Luke Parker gleefully rubbed salt on the wounds.
The Bombers were no match for the furious Swans, who took a comfortable 14.21 (105) to 6.11 (47) win on Saturday night to push themselves into the top four of the AFL rankings.
Lance Franklin, Will Hayward, Tom Papley and Sam Wicks scored two goals for the hosts, with Parker joining the party in the second quarter.
And the 29-year-old couldn’t resist mixing the dish.
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After Essendon midfielder Dylan Shiel lost control of his foot following a tackle from Chad Warner, Parker threw himself on a loose ball before bypassing Bombers defender Nick Hind and kicking a major from long range.
When the SCG crowd exploded, Parker seemed to taunt Shiel in distress by repeatedly shrugging his shoulders.
“Luke Parker was just letting some of the Essendon kids around him know that they’re a little ‘fickle tonight,” former Western Bulldogs ruckman Luke Darcy told Channel 7.
“He was facing the opposition, Luke Parker.”
Five-time Australian Nick Riewoldt told Fox Footy: “We don’t see him often, but I like him.
“I would much rather see that fighting nature between players on the pitch than the love we see sometimes.”
After being relegated to the VFL to regain form last month, Shield had an absolute stink against Sydney, managing just five kicks for a 69-meter return.
Former Collingwood manager Nathan Buckley continued: “What viewers of the game don’t realize is that it’s not just a physical contest. It is a mental contest and it is an emotional contest. You are tested as an individual and as a team in all facets and this (sledding) is part of the game.
“There is no longer tobogganing like it used to be, but it takes place. We don’t often see it in front of the camera, but it was pretty graphic. “
Franklin was on all Bombers like a fool, throwing himself into every race and selflessly dumping the Sherrin to his younger counterparts when they were in space.
The 35-year-old is keen to sign a contract extension with the Swans and didn’t hurt his chances of another year on the books, proving his record-breaking $ 10 million contract in nine years was worth his weight. in gold.
The Bombers weren’t without chances in the second half, but a mixture of inaccuracy in the kicks and lack of intensity around the ball saw the Swans go mad with death.
With less than 10 points of difference separating the teams from their previous eight fights, the match between the two would have been another great success.
But the Bombers were anything but explosive, managing just 158 eliminations and kicking a paltry brace in the second half.
“That piece of the game just serves to show you just how dysfunctional this team from Essendon is,” North Melbourne great Wayne Carey told Channel 7.
“Any single player that footy went to could have played quickly and moved the ball inside the attacker 50. It’s too easy.”
Meanwhile, Swans co-captain Josh Kennedy has become only the second player in AFL history to record 4,000 career touches, joining Gary Ablett Jr. as the all-time workhorse.
The midfielder put in another great performance against the Bombers, sinking a goal in the fourth quarter and amassing 17 touches.
Sydney manager John Longmire has admitted that he is unaware of the milestone approaching the clash.
“If you know Josh, it would be the furthest thing from his mind,” he confessed in the post-match press conference.
“It’s a great achievement, but something that wouldn’t be in front of your mind.”
The Swans will then face Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Friday, with the first rebound scheduled for 7:50 pm AEST.
– with Alasdair Belling, NCA NewsWire
Originally published as “Pretty Graphic”: Luke Parker gleefully teases rival in trouble in SCG demolition