The Swans completely destroyed the Bombers at the SCG on Saturday and Luke Parker couldn’t help but rub salt in the wounds.
The Sydney Swans absolutely destroyed the Essendon Bombers at the SCG and star midfielder Luke Parker gleefully rubbed salt into their wounds.
The Bombers were no match for the raging Swans, who took a comfortable 14.21 (105) to 6.11 (47) win on Saturday night to propel themselves into the top four on the AFL ladder.
Lance Franklin, Will Hayward, Tom Papley and Sam Wicks each scored two goals for the hosts, with Parker in the second quarter.
And the 29-year-old couldn’t resist stirring the pan.
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After Essendon midfielder Dylan Shiel lost control of the footy following a tackle from Chad Warner, Parker jumped on a loose ball before hopping around Bombers defender Nick Hind and kicking a long range major.
As the SCG crowd erupted, Parker appeared to taunt the struggling Shiel by shrugging his shoulders repeatedly.
“Luke Parker just let some Essendon guys around him know they’re a little ‘flying’ 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 this often, but I like it.
“I would much rather see that combative nature between players on the pitch than the love we sometimes see.”
After being relegated to the VFL last month to find form, Shield had an absolute blunder against Sydney, taking just five punts for a 69m return.
Former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley continued: “What viewers of the match don’t realize is that it’s not just a physical game. It’s a mental contest and it’s an emotional contest. You are tested in all facets as an individual and as a team – and that (sledding) is part of it.
“There is no longer as much sledding as it used to be, but it does happen. We don’t see it often on camera, but that was pretty graphic.”
Franklin was like a rash over the bombers, plunging into every game and selflessly unloading the Sherrin at his younger counterparts when they were in space.
The 35-year-old is hotly tipped to sign a contract extension with the Swans and didn’t hurt his chances of another year on the books, showing that his record-breaking nine-year $10 million deal was worth its weight in gold.
The Bombers were not without chances in the second half, but a mixture of inaccuracy in kicking and lack of intensity around the ball caused the Swans to run amok to death.
With less than 10 points difference between the teams from their previous eight encounters, the match between the two was hotly tipped to be another blockbuster.
But the Bombers were anything but explosive, managing just 158 disposals and scoring a meager two goals in the second half.
“That piece of play just shows you how dysfunctional this Essendon team is,” North Melbourne’s Wayne Carey told Channel 7.
“Any player that footy went to could have played fast and moved the ball within the striker 50. That’s just way too easy.”
Meanwhile, Swans co-captain Josh Kennedy became just the second player in AFL history to record 4,000 career touches, joining Gary Ablett Jr. as an all-time workhorse.
The midfielder put in another strong performance against the Bombers, scoring a goal in the fourth quarter and scoring 17 times.
Sydney coach John Longmire admitted he was unaware of the approaching milestone in the game.
“Knowing Josh would be furthest from his mind,” he confessed at the post-match press conference.
“It’s a great achievement, but something that wouldn’t come to the fore.”
The Swans then face Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Friday, with the first bounce scheduled for 7:50pm AEST.
— with Alasdair Belling, NCA NewsWire