Geelong is a long way from the SCG, so too the club’s birthplace in South Melbourne, but if Sydney need a home away from home for the rest of this year then GMHBA Stadium is as good as any.
A game between teams sixth and seventh, separated only marginally by percentage, at a supposed neutral venue should produce a close game.
This was not the case on Sunday when the men in the red and the white walloped a dismal West Coast by 92 points – 18.10 (118) to 3.8 (26) – in a performance that has put the Swans two wins and a significant percentage clear of ninth and left the Eagles teetering.
The margin was the Swans’ greatest over the Eagles since 1987 when the West Australian club was in its first season and Warwick Capper ruled the skies.
There could be more pain to come for the Eagles with captain Luke Shuey booked after collecting Callum Mills with a swinging arm, and injuries to premiership midfielder Jack Redden and Jamaine Jones.
After two losses in a row, the Swans rediscovered their electrifying form from the first month of the season, clinically dismantling their overwhelmed opponent. The game was all but over midway through the second quarter when the Swans’ lead ballooned out to seven goals.
The win was their fourth from their past five games in Geelong since 2016, while it was the Eagles’ eighth defeat in a row at the venue, by an average of 69 points.
Though veterans Lance Franklin, Luke Parker and Dane Rampe all played well, in a mark of the progress the seemingly finals-bound Swans have made this season this victory was powered by the club’s future.