The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012
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www.ntnews.com.au Monday, August 6, 2012. NT NEWS. 23 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:6-AGE:23 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Swans clean, hot CARLTONVSWANS ByBRUCEMATTHEWS Pressure: Jude Bolton tackles Heath Scotland as the Swans finish off Carltons season Picture: GEORGE SALPIGTIDIS IT WAS a glaring discrepancy that became obvious early in the contest. Sydneys disposal efficiency was clean. Target identified, target found, irrespective of the heat on the ball carrier. This ability to use the ball not only emphasised the Swans status as a premiership contender, it played a significant role in the 22-point win that effectively ended Carltons season at Etihad Stadium yesterday. Contrasting examples were many. Like speedy Blue Chris Yarran using that blistering pace for three bounces in an exhilarating burst around the harbourside wing in the opening minutes. Alas, his kick flew straight to Swan defender Heath Grundy sitting in the hole. And busy Sydney midfielder Jarrad McVeigh showed how it was done a few minutes later when he found unmarked Ben McGlynn (pictured) in traffic deep inside the forward 50 for a goal. We put a big emphasis on the ball use and skill work in the pre-season. It hasnt changed too much, were just probably playing the game plan better. Thats what it comes down to, McVeigh said. McVeigh said the Swans had placed a premium on their pressure to get the Blues to cough up the ball. We wanted to go in hunting them. We realise theyve won quite a few on the run and to be the hunters was our main focus, just being hard at the footy and being able to change our game plan for whatever they threw up, he said. We want to be really pressuring teams, being hard at the footy, up in their face and tackling hard and I thought we did that to get the turnover and work the other way. It was the pattern for most of the afternoon while the Blues lacked nothing for endeavour and spirit, too often they butchered the ball and regularly paid the price on the turnover for their clangers. Ryan OKeefe characterised his 250th game with that work ethic, laying 11 tackles to unhinge the Blues. And Kieren Jack ran up eight as part of the nuthard Swans midfield unit. Only after acknowledging their Melbourne fans at the end of the day did the players turn their attention to OKeefes milestone and chaired him off the ground. Knowing Ryan, he probably wouldve gone to Horse (coach John Longmire) and said dont worry about me, well get the game done first. We knew deep down it was a big game for him and it was good to get the win, McVeigh said. Carltons bold run-andcarry at times caught out the Swans, like the Dennis Armfield goal late in the second quarter. Alas, it wasnt often enough for the outclassed Blues who really had to do everything right to break down Sydneys disciplined style and structures. Murphy came under special attention in the crucial midfield duels. Between myself, Kieren and Benny McGlynn, whoever was around at that point, we tried to lock him away because hes obviously a very good player and then try and work off him the other way, McVeigh said. Jarrad Waite underlined his importance to Carlton with three goals against the most organised back line in the competition.