Kurt Tippett of the Swans competes for the ball during the round 19 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on August 4, 2013 in Melbourne.
Kurt Tippett of the Swans competes for the ball during the round 19 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on August 4, 2013 in Melbourne. Scott Barbour | Getty Images

Swans' class tells in the end

FIVE minutes before the end of the third term, the Western Bulldogs were in sight of the third big upset of the weekend as they closed to within eight points of the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium.

But goals from Kurt Tippett, who ended up with six majors, Heath Grundy and Shane Mumford ensured the premiers went into the final quarter with a handy 26-point lead.

Despite the best efforts of the improving Dogs, led by midfielder Ryan Griffen who finished with 41 possessions, the Swans kicked the first two goals of the final quarter before eventually running out winners by 35 points, 21.8 (134) to 15.9 (99).

Just prior to that three-goal burst just before the last change, Bulldogs substitute Daniel Giansiracusa scored a candidate for goal of the year. A snap forward by Daniel Cross was tapped down to Giansiracusa who volleyed home a goal on his left foot that would have done Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney proud.

Bulldogs key forward Tom Campbell had kicked things off with two goals in the first three minutes of the game to give his side the perfect start.

The Swans replied with the next four but the Dogs never gave up and were in the game right up until the Swans showed their class, the win moving them into second place on the ladder.



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