Sydney Derby (AFL)
Pre-game at Sydney Derby I
|First meeting||24 March 2012|
|Latest meeting||3 August 2019|
|All-time series (AFL only)|| Sydney Swans 11 wins|
GWS Giants 7 wins
|Largest victory||Sydney Swans (129 points; Round 16, 2013)|
The Sydney Derby or also known as "The Battle of the bridge" is an Australian rules football local derby match between the two Sydney based Australian Football League (AFL) clubs, the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants. As of 3 August 2019, the head to head is in favour of the Sydney Swans by eleven wins to seven.
- 1 History
- 2 Venues
- 3 Results
- 4 Brett Kirk Medal
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Other Sydney Derbies
- 7 See also
- 8 References
The first Sydney Derby was held on 24 March 2012 and attracted a then-Derby record crowd of 38,203. This game was also the first game of the 2012 AFL season and the first AFL premiership match for the Giants. Fielding a very young and inexperienced team, the Giants only won three games in their first two years in the competition and failed to win any Derby games. This led to declining attendances at Sydney Derbies.
The Giants won their first Derby in the opening clash of 2014. Later in the year The Daily Telegraph noted there was 'genuine dislike off the field' between the clubs. Over the subsequent years they progressively moved up the AFL ladder, getting closer to the Swans - who were premiership contenders during this time. The opening Derby of 2015 attracted a crowd of over 30,000 - the first time this had occurred since the 1st Derby. The 2016 Derbies were both well attended - the Swans home game had the second highest attendance in fixture history. The Giants home game was the 10th Sydney Derby. With both teams vying for a top four spot at the end of the season, the game was described as a blockbuster. In the lead up to the game The Daily Telegraph published an article analysing the rivalry. Though noting that Sydney's surprise recruitment of Lance Franklin created some animosity between the clubs, the article went on to say 'What the rivalry needs is a flash point. ... Something to make it clear that when the Swans and Giants meet there is real feeling. Not the slightly awkward yet mutually respectful détente that currently exists'. After the game, the paper declared that an altercation between Steve Johnson and Lance Franklin 'was the moment of sporting theatre that inspired a rivalry to truly ignite'. It was the first AFL game at Sydney Showground Stadium to be declared a sell-out and was Foxtel's highest rating program of the day, second highest rating twilight match of the season and the second-most watched Sydney Derby - behind only the inaugural clash.
The first finals series match between the teams was on 10 September 2016, when the Swans hosted the Giants in the 1st Qualifying Final of the 2016 season. The Giants defeated the Swans by 36 points, an historic victory considering it was the Giants' first win in a finals series match and was played before a derby record crowd of 60,222. The two teams met again in a finals match in the 2018 second elimination final; it was the first time the sides met in a knock-out match. The Giants registered their biggest ever victory over the Swans, winning by 49 points in front of a crowd of 40,350 – the largest for a Sydney Derby at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The two venues usually used for the Sydney Derby are the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Showground Stadium. The first three Sydney Derbies and the 2016 finals series derby were held at Stadium Australia.
|Year||Date||Rd||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Score||Ground||Crowd||Winner||H2H|
|I||2012||24/03||1||GWS Giants||5.7 (37)||Sydney Swans||14.16 (100)||Stadium Australia||38,203||Sydney by 63||+1|
|II||30/06||14||Sydney Swans||19.18 (132)||GWS Giants||5.8 (38)||Stadium Australia||22,565||Sydney by 94||+2|
|III||2013||30/03||1||GWS Giants||11.10 (76)||Sydney Swans||16.10 (106)||Stadium Australia||23,690||Sydney by 30||+3|
|IV||14/07||16||Sydney Swans||24.27 (171)||GWS Giants||5.12 (42)||SCG||21,757||Sydney by 129||+4|
|V||2014||15/03||1||GWS Giants||15.9 (99)||Sydney Swans||9.13 (67)||Showground||17,102||GWS by 32||+3|
|VI||28/06||15||Sydney Swans||15.16 (106)||GWS Giants||8.12 (60)||SCG||27,778||Sydney by 46||+4|
|VII||2015||18/04||3||Sydney Swans||16.15 (111)||GWS Giants||12.18 (90)||SCG||31,966||Sydney by 21||+5|
|VIII||22/08||21||GWS Giants||6.8 (44)||Sydney Swans||20.13 (133)||Showground||19,507||Sydney by 89||+6|
|IX||2016||09/04||3||Sydney Swans||14.9 (93)||GWS Giants||10.8 (68)||SCG||37,045||Sydney by 25||+7|
|X||12/06||12||GWS Giants||15.15 (105)||Sydney Swans||9.9 (63)||Showground||21,541||GWS by 42||+6|
|XI||10/09||QF||Sydney Swans||7.13 (55)||GWS Giants||12.19 (91)||Stadium Australia||60,222||GWS by 36||+5|
|XII||2017||22/02||5||Sydney Swans||9.9 (63)||GWS Giants||15.15 (105)||SCG||34,824||GWS by 42||+4|
|XIII||15/07||17||GWS Giants||12.11 (83)||Sydney Swans||14.12 (96)||Showground||21,924||Sydney by 13||+5|
|XIV||2018||07/04||3||Sydney Swans||16.7 (103)||GWS Giants||12.15 (87)||SCG||34,711||Sydney by 16||+6|
|XV||18/08||22||GWS Giants||8.12 (60)||Sydney Swans||11.14 (80)||Showground||21,433||Sydney by 20||+7|
|XVI||08/09||EF||Sydney Swans||4.6 (30)||GWS Giants||10.19 (79)||SCG||40,350||GWS by 49||+6|
|XVII||2019||27/04||6||Sydney Swans||12.7 (79)||GWS Giants||18.12 (120)||SCG||29,780||GWS by 41||+5|
|XVIII||03/08||20||GWS Giants||12.11 (83)||Sydney Swans||12.9 (81)||Showground||16,116||GWS by 2||+4|
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Brett Kirk Medal
The Brett Kirk Medal is awarded to the player deemed to be the best player on the ground after the match. It is named after Sydney Swans AFL premiership player Brett Kirk, who was born and raised in country New South Wales and played junior football for North Albury.
|2012||I||Josh Kennedy||Sydney Swans|
|II||Kieren Jack||Sydney Swans|
|2013||III||Kieren Jack (2)||Sydney Swans|
|IV||Nick Malceski||Sydney Swans|
|2014||V||Callan Ward||GWS Giants|
|VI||Kieren Jack (3)||Sydney Swans|
|2015||VII||Dan Hannebery||Sydney Swans|
|VIII||Josh Kennedy (2)||Sydney Swans|
|2016||IX||Luke Parker||Sydney Swans|
|X||Heath Shaw||GWS Giants|
|2017||XII||Shane Mumford||GWS Giants|
|XIII||Lance Franklin||Sydney Swans|
|Callan Ward (2)||GWS Giants|
|2018||XIV||Callum Mills||Sydney Swans|
|XV||Lance Franklin (2)||Sydney Swans|
|2019||XVII||Tim Taranto||GWS Giants|
|XVIII||Jacob Hopper||GWS Giants|
NOTE: No medal was awarded in Sydney Derby XI & Sydney Derby XVI due to both matches being a finals match.
Below are listed statistics from the Sydney Derby only.
|Sydney Swans||2013, Round 16||24||27||171|
|Sydney Swans||2015, Round 21||20||13||133|
|Sydney Swans||2012, Round 14||19||18||132|
|GWS Giants||2019, Round 6||18||12||120|
|Sydney Swans||2015, Round 3||16||15||111|
|Sydney Swans||2018, Elimination Final||4||6||30|
|GWS Giants||2012, Round 1||5||7||37|
|GWS Giants||2012, Round 14||5||8||38|
|GWS Giants||2013, Round 16||5||12||42|
|GWS Giants||2015, Round 21||6||8||44|
|Club||Round||Winning score||Losing score||Margin|
|Sydney Swans||2013, Round 16||24.27 (171)||5.12 (42)||129|
|Sydney Swans||2012, Round 14||19.18 (132)||5.8 (38)||94|
|Sydney Swans||2015, Round 21||20.13 (133)||6.8 (44)||89|
|Sydney Swans||2012, Round 1||14.16 (100)||5.7 (37)||63|
|GWS Giants||2018, Elimination Final||10.19 (79)||4.6 (30)||49|
|Club||Round||Winning score||Losing score||Margin|
|GWS Giants||2019, Round 20||12.11 (83)||12.9 (81)||2|
|Sydney Swans||2017, Round 17||14.12 (96)||12.11 (83)||13|
|Sydney Swans||2018, Round 3||16.7 (103)||12.15 (87)||16|
|Sydney Swans||2018, Round 22||11.14 (80)||8.12 (60)||20|
|Sydney Swans||2015, Round 3||16.15 (111)||12.18 (90)||21|
Players highlighted in green are still on AFL lists for either Sydney or Greater Western Sydney.
Goals in one game
|Lance Franklin||Sydney Swans||2015, Round 3||5||5||35|
|Lance Franklin||Sydney Swans||2018, Round 22||5||4||34|
|Lance Franklin||Sydney Swans||2014, Round 15||5||3||33|
|Kurt Tippett||Sydney Swans||2015, Round 21||5||3||33|
|Jeremy Cameron||GWS Giants||2016, Qualifying Final||4||4||28|
|Lance Franklin||Sydney Swans||2017, Round 17||4||4||28|
|Toby Greene||GWS Giants||2016, Round 12||4||2||26|
|Issac Heeney||Sydney Swans||2019, Round 20||4||2||26|
|Lance Franklin||Sydney Swans||2016, Round 3||4||1||25|
|Toby Greene||GWS Giants||2017, Round 5||4||1||25|
|Jeremy Cameron||GWS Giants||2014, Round 1||4||0||24|
|Issac Heeney||Sydney Swans||2015, Round 3||4||0||24|
|Stephen Coniglio||GWS Giants||2019, Round 6||4||0||24|
|Jeremy Cameron||GWS Giants||32||23||58.2%||15||2.13|
|Lance Franklin||Sydney Swans||31||26||54.4%||11||2.81|
|Toby Greene||GWS Giants||22||14||61.1%||14||1.57|
|Jonathon Patton||GWS Giants||16||6||72.7%||11||1.45|
|Kieren Jack||Sydney Swans||16||10||61.5%||16||1.00|
|Josh Kennedy||Sydney Swans||16||11||59.3%||18||0.89|
|Tom Papley||Sydney Swans||14||9||60.9%||9||1.56|
|Ben McGlynn||Sydney Swans||14||4||77.8%||10||1.40|
|Kurt Tippett||Sydney Swans||13||13||50.0%||8||1.63|
|Stephen Coniglio||GWS Giants||13||3||81.3%||13||1.00|
Disposals in one game
|Jarrad McVeigh||Sydney Swans||2012, Round 14||37|
|Lachie Whitfield||GWS Giants||2015, Round 3||37|
|Ryan O'Keefe||Sydney Swans||2012, Round 14||36|
|Jarrad McVeigh||Sydney Swans||2013, Round 16||35|
|Dan Hannebery||Sydney Swans||2015, Round 3||35|
|Josh Kennedy||Sydney Swans||2015, Round 21||35|
|Dan Hannebery||Sydney Swans||2013, Round 16||34|
|Adam Treloar||GWS Giants||2014, Round 1||34|
|Toby Greene||GWS Giants||2019, Round 20||34|
|Kieren Jack||Sydney Swans||2012, Round 14||33|
|Devon Smith||GWS Giants||2015, Round 3||33|
|Luke Parker||Sydney Swans||2018, Round 22||33|
|Dylan Shiel||GWS Giants||2018, Round 22||33|
|Jacob Hopper||GWS Giants||2019, Round 6||33|
|Josh Kennedy||Sydney Swans||18|
|Phil Davis||GWS Giants||16|
|Kieren Jack||Sydney Swans||16|
|Luke Parker||Sydney Swans||16|
|Callan Ward||GWS Giants||16|
|Jeremy Cameron||GWS Giants||15|
|Dan Hannebery||Sydney Swans||15|
|Heath Grundy||Sydney Swans||15|
|Dylan Shiel||GWS Giants||15|
|Lachie Whitfield||GWS Giants||15|
|Toby Greene||GWS Giants||14|
|Jarrad McVeigh||Sydney Swans||14|
|Shane Mumford||GWS & Sydney||14|
|Dane Rampe||Sydney Swans||14|
Brownlow Votes as of the end of the 2018 AFL season.
|Josh Kennedy||Sydney Swans||14||15||0.93|
|Lance Franklin||Sydney Swans||9||9||1.00|
|Shane Mumford||GWS & Sydney||8||11||0.73|
|Kieren Jack||Sydney Swans||7||13||0.54|
Coaches highlighted in green are the current head coach for either Sydney or Greater Western Sydney.
|John Longmire||Sydney Swans||2012–present||18||11||7||61.11%|
Other Sydney Derbies
AFL Pre-Season results
Like both the "Western Derby" and the "Showdown" pre-season matches do not count towards the overall Sydney Derby results and statistics. However, The first ever match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans occurred during the 2011 pre-season. To date three of the six fixtures have been held in either suburban or regional venues, as part of the restructured pre-season competition to see more matches being held in more non-traditional venues.
In preparation for the 2017 launch of the AFL Women's competition, the AFL held 10 Exhibition Series matches during 2016. The only match held in Sydney featured both a women's side from the Greater Western Sydney Giants & the Sydney Swans, played as a curtain-raiser for the men's Sydney Derby IX.
- Western Derby: The AFL Intrastate Derby of Western Australia, first played in 1995. (West Coast Eagles Vs. Fremantle Dockers).
- Showdown: The AFL Intrastate Derby of South Australia, first played in 1997. (Adelaide Crows Vs. Port Adelaide Power).
- QClash: The AFL intrastate Derby of Queensland, first played in 2011. (Brisbane Lions Vs. Gold Coast Suns)
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