Battle of the Bridge (AFL)

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Battle of the Bridge
First contested 24 March 2012
Number of meetings 6
Most recent meeting 28 June 2014
Next meeting 2015
All-time series  (regular-season only) Sydney 5 wins
Greater Western Sydney 1 win
Largest victory Sydney – 129 points (14 July 2013)
Greater Western Sydney – 32 points (15 March 2014)

The Battle of the Bridge is the name given to the Australian rules football rivalry match between the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney , who both participate in the Australian Football League (AFL). The first Battle of the Bridge was held in 2012, with The Battle of the Bridge[1] is the newest local derby in the AFL, following the introduction of Greater Western Sydney in the 2012 AFL season. The best performed player in each derby is awarded the Brett Kirk Medal. The Sydney Swans has a 5-1 advantage over the G.W. Sydney Giants. Sydney dominated the first two seasons of the rivalry, winning every game by more than 30 points,[2] but the Giants' upset win over the Swans in Round 1 of 2014 means the intracity rivalry is no longer entirely one-sided.

Background[edit]

The Battle of the Bridge was promoted by the league, the clubs and the football media as a name for the game,[3] in similar terms to the other local derbies that exist in the AFL, such as the Western Derby and Showdown.[4]

The medal for the player adjudged best on ground will be known as the Brett Kirk Medal, named after Brett Kirk, who played 241 games for the Sydney Swans and was their captain from 2006-2010.

Battle of the Bridge Results[edit]

Date Season Rd Home Team G B Pts Away Team G B Pts Ground Crowd Winner Margin Brett Kirk Medal
1 24 March 2012 1 Greater Western Sydney 5 7 37 Sydney 14 16 100 Stadium Australia 38,203 Sydney 63 Points Josh P. Kennedy (Sydney)
2 30 June 2012 14 Sydney 19 18 132 Greater Western Sydney 5 8 38 Stadium Australia 22,565 Sydney 94 Points Kieren Jack (Sydney)
3 30 March 2013 1 Greater Western Sydney 11 10 76 Sydney 16 10 106 Stadium Australia 23,690 Sydney 30 Points Kieren Jack (Sydney)
4 14 July 2013 16 Sydney 24 27 171 Greater Western Sydney 5 12 42 S.C.G. 21,757 Sydney 129 Points Nick Malceski (Sydney)
5 15 March 2014 1 Greater Western Sydney 15 9 99 Sydney 9 13 67 Showground 17,102 GWS Giants 32 Points Callan Ward (Greater Western Sydney)
6 28 June 2014 15 Sydney 15 16 106 Greater Western Sydney 8 12 60 S.C.G. 27,778 Sydney 46 Points Kieren Jack (Sydney)

Most Battle of the Bridge Goals[edit]

Player Club Games Goals Behinds
Jeremy Cameron Greater Western Sydney 6 11 3
Josh P. Kennedy Sydney 6 9 6
Lewis Jetta Sydney 5 7 5
Kieran Jack Sydney 5 7 5
Craig Bird Sydney 5 6 9
Lance Franklin Sydney 2 6 4
Jonathon Patton Greater Western Sydney 4 6 3

Notable games[edit]

  • Game 5 - The game was delayed at quarter time when a lightning storm caused the delay. The AFL has a policy of player safety and will not permit putting players at risk. The quarter time break lasted 25 minutes, the normal break is five minutes. Sydney only kicked 3 goals after the delay as the Giants when on to win their first game against their more highly accredited opponents.
  • Game 6 - Former Hawk and $10 million recruit, Lance Franklin, kicked 5 goals, the most kicked by a player in one of these matches.

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