22 August 2018
Swans and Roosters out to have the finals say
Four of Australia's most celebrated professional sporting club's take to the field in the Trust precinct on Saturday night as the Swans clash with Hawthorn and the Sydney Roosters meet Brisbane in an epic double-header.
Bumper crowds are expected at both the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium in a night of 'lasts', as the AFL conclude their home and away season and the Roosters play their final regular season match at Allianz Stadium ahead of it's redevelopment in 2019.
Sydney and the Hawks are locked in a battle at fourth and fifth spot on the ladder and victory for one of these fierce rivals is crucial to land an all important top four finish leading into the AFL finals.
''There’s no question that a top-four spot is an enormous carrot for all of those teams that are now locked in for the finals,'' Swans coach John Longmire said.
''If you’ve got a chance to control your own destiny, as we do and as Hawthorn do, it adds to the mix for a wonderful game here on Saturday night.''
''We’re really looking forward to that opportunity. We know what’s at stake and so do Hawthorn – two teams in pretty good form. It makes for a great contest,'' Longmire added.
The Hawks' big men including Jarryd Roughead will be keen to take revenge for their early season defeat at the hands of the Swans in Melbourne, but Buddy Franklin rarely disappoints on the big stage and Sydney still feel the pain of their 2014 grand final hammering at the hands of Hawthorn.
Across the forecourt, a memorable evening for more reasons than one, will be played out in an NRL blockbuster between two of the codes glamour clubs.
The Roosters are flying high as equal leaders heading in to the penultimate round and will face a hungry Brisbane Broncos outfit teetering on the bottom of the top eight standings.
Cooper Cronk, James Tedesco and Latrell Mitchell will not be denied on their home patch and the mobile Broncos pack will be desperate to shut them down.
''The minor premiership doesn't mean anything in the long term and we are more worried about what we can do in the final rounds,'' Roosters skipper Boyd Cordner said.
''Every game we come up against the Broncos is a good game and we will be expecting a very confident team. We need to knuckle down and be back at our best against Brisbane.''
FOOTY FOR DROUGHT RELIEF
The Sydney Swans, Hawthorn and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust are uniting this weekend to support the many farmers around the country doing it tough in Australia’s drought crisis.
During the Swans v Hawks AFL match, members and supporters are encouraged to give generously to support Rural Aid’s Buy A Bale campaign to help Australian farmers in their time of need.
The Sydney Swans Foundation has kicked off the fundraising efforts by donating $10,000 to the cause, while the SCG Trust will donate $1 for every supporter who attends Saturday night’s AFL and NRL games in the precinct.
A $20 donation will see a farmer receive one bale of hay, $52.50 will provide an essential hamper to a farmer’s family and $250 will see 11,500 litres of water delivered to a farm. Donations can be made online or to a tin rattler on the evening.
Sydney Swans Chief Executive and Managing Director Andrew Ireland said it’s great to see the football community getting behind our farmers.
''The drought is impacting so many farming families, particularly here in New South Wales, so this is one way we can lend a hand,'' Ireland said.
''With the support of the Sydney Swans Foundation, the SCG Trust, Hawthorn Football Club and our members and supporters, we can make a real difference.''
Fans are encouraged to take advantage of pre-purchased tickets and leave the car at home.
Public transport offers are available so travel by bus, train, or even bike to the game. The SCG Trust precinct is a 20-minute walk or short bus ride from Central Railway Station.
MP1 - Gold, Platinum Members and authorised vehicles only, parking fees apply on event days.
EP2 and EP3 - Public parking on event days only ($25 fee per car).
Entry to MP1, EP2 (Kippax) via Moore Park Road Eastern Distributor in the north, and EP3 (Showground) via Lang Road and Anzac Parade in the south.
Entertainment Quarter – Public parking (fees apply), via Lang Road.