Ben McGlynn of the Swans runs the ball during the round eight AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Melbourne Demons at the Sydney Cricket Ground
Ben McGlynn of the Swans runs the ball during the round eight AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Melbourne Demons at the Sydney Cricket Ground Mark Kolbe - Getty Images

Swans drub dreadful Demons

MELBOURNE'S season of struggle hit a low point on Saturday when it lost its eighth straight match, a 101-point massacre inflicted by Sydney at the SCG.

The visitors failed to register a goal until the 20th minute of the second quarter but by that point, the hosts had kicked 10 and the game was as good as over.

With the exception of Jeremy Howe's mark-of-the-year contender in the third term, Melbourne's performance was miserable with far too many turnovers - the 21.12 (138) to 5.7 (37) loss showcasing just how devoid of confidence the club's players are.

The Demons almost never looked comfortable moving the ball out of their defensive 50m arc - which is where the Sherrin spent the vast majority of time, with the Swans having 71 inside-50s to Melbourne's 35.

They were buffeted off the ball at stoppages, their disposals failed to hit a man with alarming regularity, and Sydney tackled with so much more intensity.

Read the full match report at ABC news online.



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