Sydney Derby (AFL)
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Pre-game at Sydney Derby I
Teams
First meeting24 March 2012
(GWS 37–100 Sydney)
Latest meeting19 March 2022
(GWS 92–112 Sydney)
Next meeting30 July 2022
TrophyLifeline Cup
Statistics
Meetings total24
All-time series (AFL only)
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Sydney Swans 14 wins
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GWS Giants 9 wins
Postseason results
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GWS Giants 3 wins
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Sydney Swans 0 wins
Largest victorySydney – 129 points
14 July 2013
Longest win streakSydney, 4
28 June 2014–12 June 2016
Current win streakSydney, 1
19 March 2022–Present

The Sydney Derby, also known as The Battle of the Bridge[1][2][3] 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 Round 1 of the 2022 season, the head-to-head is in favour of the Sydney Swans by 14 wins to 9; the teams have also met three times in finals matches, with Greater Western Sydney winning each time.

History

The Sydney Cricket Ground as seen during the 2018 second elimination final (Sydney Derby XVI)
The Sydney Cricket Ground as seen during the 2018 second elimination final (Sydney Derby XVI)

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.[4] Over the subsequent years, the Giants progressively moved up the AFL ladder and got 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 first 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.[5] 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'.[6] 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'.[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[10][11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

In August 2020, the two teams contested a Sydney Derby at Optus Stadium in Perth due to concerns over a second wave of coronavirus cases in Sydney,[14] while Sydney's outbreak in July 2021 saw that month's fixture moved first to Mars Stadium in Ballarat,[15] then to Metricon Stadium following a COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.[16]

The two teams met in a Sydney Derby final for the third time in 2021, with that match taking place at University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, Tasmania. It became the fourth different state to host a Sydney Derby.[17] In front of a crowd of 8,635, the smallest ever Sydney Derby finals crowd and the third-smallest Sydney Derby crowd overall, the Giants defeated the Swans by 1 point, the narrowest winning margin in the derby's history.

Venues

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. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sydney Derby XIX was played at Optus Stadium in Perth,[14] Sydney Derby XXI was played at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast[16] and Sydney Derby XXII was played at University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston.[17] This meant that three of the last four Sydney Derbies took place on neutral territory.

Results

Year Date .mw-parser-output .tooltip-dotted{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}Rd Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Crowd Winner H2H I 2012 24/03 1 Great. West. Sydney 5.7 (37) Sydney 14.16 (100) Stadium Australia 38,203 Sydney by 63 +1 II 30/06 14 Sydney 19.18 (132) Great. West. Sydney 5.8 (38) Stadium Australia 22,565 Sydney by 94 +2 III 2013 30/03 1 Great. West. Sydney 11.10 (76) Sydney 16.10 (106) Stadium Australia 23,690 Sydney by 30 +3 IV 14/07 16 Sydney 24.27 (171) Great. West. Sydney 5.12 (42) SCG 21,757 Sydney by 129 +4 V 2014 15/03 1 Great. West. Sydney 15.9 (99) Sydney 9.13 (67) Syd. Showground 17,102 Great. West. Sydney by 32 +3 VI 28/06 15 Sydney 15.16 (106) Great. West. Sydney 8.12 (60) SCG 27,778 Sydney by 46 +4 VII 2015 18/04 3 Sydney 16.15 (111) Great. West. Sydney 12.18 (90) SCG 31,966 Sydney by 21 +5 VIII 22/08 21 Great. West. Sydney 6.8 (44) Sydney 20.13 (133) Syd. Showground 19,507 Sydney by 89 +6 IX 2016 09/04 3 Sydney 14.9 (93) Great. West. Sydney 10.8 (68) SCG 37,045 Sydney by 25 +7 X 12/06 12 Great. West. Sydney 15.15 (105) Sydney 9.9 (63) Syd. Showground 21,541 Great. West. Sydney by 42 +6 XI 10/09 QF Sydney 7.13 (55) Great. West. Sydney 12.19 (91) Stadium Australia 60,222 Great. West. Sydney by 36 +5 XII 2017 22/04 5 Sydney 9.9 (63) Great. West. Sydney 15.15 (105) SCG 34,824 Great. West. Sydney by 42 +4 XIII 15/07 17 Great. West. Sydney 12.11 (83) Sydney 14.12 (96) Syd. Showground 21,924 Sydney by 13 +5 XIV 2018 07/04 3 Sydney 16.7 (103) Great. West. Sydney 12.15 (87) SCG 34,711 Sydney by 16 +6 XV 18/08 22 Great. West. Sydney 8.12 (60) Sydney 11.14 (80) Syd. Showground 21,433 Sydney by 20 +7 XVI 08/09 EF Sydney 4.6 (30) Great. West. Sydney 10.19 (79) SCG 40,350 Great. West. Sydney by 49 +6 XVII 2019 27/04 6 Sydney 12.7 (79) Great. West. Sydney 18.12 (120) SCG 29,780 Great. West. Sydney by 41 +5 XVIII 03/08 20 Great. West. Sydney 12.11 (83) Sydney 12.9 (81) Syd. Showground 16,116 Great. West. Sydney by 2 +4 XIX 2020 13/08 12 Sydney 10.6 (66) Great. West. Sydney 3.7 (25) Perth Stadium 6,464 Sydney by 41 +5 XX 2021 17/04 5 Sydney 10.9 (69) Great. West. Sydney 9.17 (71) SCG 33,541 Great. West. Sydney by 2 +4 XXI 18/07 18 Great. West. Sydney 11.6 (72) Sydney 15.8 (98) Carrara Stadium 2,374 Sydney by 26 +5 XXII 28/08 EF Sydney 10.13 (73) Great. West. Sydney 11.8 (74) York Park 8,635 Great. West. Sydney by 1 +4 XXIII 2022 19/03 1 Great. West. Sydney 13.14 (92) Sydney 17.10 (112) Stadium Australia 25,572 Sydney by 20 +5 XXIV 30/07 20 Sydney Great. West. Sydney SCG

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Timeline

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Brett Kirk Medal

Sydney junior and former Swans captain Kieren Jack holds the record with Lance Franklin and Luke Parker for most Brett Kirk Medals (3).
Sydney junior and former Swans captain Kieren Jack holds the record with Lance Franklin and Luke Parker for most Brett Kirk Medals (3).

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.

Year Match Medalist Team
2012 I Josh Kennedy Sydney
II Kieren Jack Sydney
2013 III Kieren Jack (2) Sydney
IV Nick Malceski Sydney
2014 V Callan Ward Greater Western Sydney
VI Kieren Jack (3) Sydney
2015 VII Dan Hannebery Sydney
VIII Josh Kennedy (2) Sydney
2016 IX Luke Parker Sydney
X Heath Shaw Greater Western Sydney
2017 XII Shane Mumford Greater Western Sydney
XIII Lance Franklin Sydney
Callan Ward (2) Greater Western Sydney
2018 XIV Callum Mills Sydney
XV Lance Franklin (2) Sydney
2019 XVII Tim Taranto Greater Western Sydney
XVIII Jacob Hopper Greater Western Sydney
2020 XIX Luke Parker (2) Sydney
2021 XX Lance Franklin (3) Sydney
XXI Luke Parker (3) Sydney
2022 XXIII Luke Parker (4) Sydney

NOTE: No medal was awarded in Sydney Derby XI, Sydney Derby XVI or Sydney Derby XXII due to those matches being finals matches.

Statistics

Below are listed statistics from the Battle of the Bridge only.

Team statistics

Highest scores

Club Round Goals Behinds Total
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Sydney
2013, Round 16 24 27 171
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Sydney
2015, Round 21 20 13 133
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Sydney
2012, Round 14 19 18 132
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Greater Western Sydney
2019, Round 6 18 12 120
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Sydney
2022, Round 1 17 10 112

Lowest scores

Club Round Goals Behinds Total
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Greater Western Sydney
2020, Round 12 3 7 25
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Sydney
2018, Elimination Final 4 6 30
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Greater Western Sydney
2012, Round 1 5 7 37
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Greater Western Sydney
2012, Round 14 5 8 38
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Greater Western Sydney
2013, Round 16 5 12 42

Biggest wins

Club Round Winning score Losing score Margin
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2013, Round 16 24.27 (171) 5.12 (42) 129
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Sydney
2012, Round 14 19.18 (132) 5.8 (38) 94
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Sydney
2015, Round 21 20.13 (133) 6.8 (44) 89
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Sydney
2012, Round 1 14.16 (100) 5.7 (37) 63
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Greater Western Sydney
2018, Elimination Final 10.19 (79) 4.6 (30) 49

Smallest wins

Club Round Winning score Losing score Margin
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Greater Western Sydney
2021, Elimination Final 11.8 (74) 10.13 (73) 1
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Greater Western Sydney
2019, Round 20 12.11 (83) 12.9 (81) 2
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Greater Western Sydney
2021, Round 5 9.17 (71) 10.9 (69) 2
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Sydney
2017, Round 17 14.12 (96) 12.11 (83) 13
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Sydney
2018, Round 3 16.7 (103) 12.15 (87) 16

Player statistics

Players highlighted in green are still on AFL lists for either Sydney or Greater Western Sydney.

Goals in one game

Player Club Date Goals Behinds Total
Lance Franklin
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Sydney
2015, Round 3 5 5 35
Lance Franklin
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Sydney
2018, Round 22 5 4 34
Lance Franklin
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Sydney
2014, Round 15 5 3 33
Kurt Tippett
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Sydney
2015, Round 21 5 3 33
Luke Parker
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Sydney
2022, Round 1 5 1 31
Lance Franklin
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Sydney
2021, Round 5 5 0 30
Jeremy Cameron
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Greater Western Sydney
2016, Qualifying Final 4 4 28
Lance Franklin
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Sydney
2017, Round 17 4 4 28
Lance Franklin
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Sydney
2021, Round 18 4 2 26
Toby Greene
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Greater Western Sydney
2016, Round 12 4 2 26
Issac Heeney
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Sydney
2019, Round 20 4 2 26
Lance Franklin
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Sydney
2016, Round 3 4 1 25
Toby Greene
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Greater Western Sydney
2017, Round 5 4 1 25
Issac Heeney
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Sydney
2021, Elimination Final 4 1 25
Jeremy Cameron
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Greater Western Sydney
2014, Round 1 4 0 24
Issac Heeney
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Sydney
2015, Round 3 4 0 24
Stephen Coniglio
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Greater Western Sydney
2019, Round 6 4 0 24
Tom Papley
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Sydney
2021, Round 18 4 0 24
Toby Greene
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Greater Western Sydney
2017, Round 5 4 1 25
Toby Greene
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Greater Western Sydney
2021, Elimination Final 3 1 19
Lance Franklin
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Sydney
2021, Elimination Final 3 1 19

Goal total

Lance Franklin has kicked the most goals for Sydney in Sydney Derby history (36).
Lance Franklin has kicked the most goals for Sydney in Sydney Derby history (36).
Player Club Goals Behinds Accuracy Games Goals/Game
Lance Franklin
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36 28 54.4% 12 2.81
Jeremy Cameron
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Greater Western Sydney
33 23 58.2% 16 2.13
Toby Greene
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Greater Western Sydney
22 14 61.1% 14 1.57
Jonathon Patton
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Greater Western Sydney
16 6 72.7% 11 1.45
Kieren Jack
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Sydney
16 10 61.5% 16 1.00
Josh Kennedy
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16 11 59.3% 18 0.89
Tom Papley
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14 12 52.9% 10 1.56
Ben McGlynn
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14 4 77.8% 10 1.40
Kurt Tippett
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Sydney
13 13 50.0% 8 1.63
Stephen Coniglio
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Greater Western Sydney
13 3 81.3% 14 1.00

Disposals in one game

Player Club Date Disposals
Jarrad McVeigh
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2012, Round 14 37
Lachie Whitfield
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Greater Western Sydney
2015, Round 3 37
Ryan O'Keefe
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Sydney
2012, Round 14 36
Jarrad McVeigh
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Sydney
2013, Round 16 35
Dan Hannebery
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Sydney
2015, Round 3 35
Josh Kennedy
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Sydney
2015, Round 21 35
Luke Parker
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Sydney
2021, Elimination Final 34
Dan Hannebery
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Sydney
2013, Round 16 34
Adam Treloar
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Greater Western Sydney
2014, Round 1 34
Toby Greene
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Greater Western Sydney
2019, Round 20 34
Kieren Jack
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Sydney
2012, Round 14 33
Devon Smith
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Greater Western Sydney
2015, Round 3 33
Luke Parker
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Sydney
2018, Round 22 33
Dylan Shiel
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Greater Western Sydney
2018, Round 22 33
Jacob Hopper
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Greater Western Sydney
2019, Round 6 33
Luke Parker
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Sydney
2021, Round 18 31
Harry Perryman
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Greater Western Sydney
2021, Elimination Final 29

Derbies played

Player Club Games
Josh Kennedy
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Sydney
18
Phil Davis
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Greater Western Sydney
16
Kieren Jack
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Sydney
16
Luke Parker
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Sydney
16
Callan Ward
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Greater Western Sydney
16
Jeremy Cameron
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Greater Western Sydney
15
Dan Hannebery
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Sydney
15
Heath Grundy
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Sydney
15
Dylan Shiel
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Greater Western Sydney
15
Lachie Whitfield
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Greater Western Sydney
15
Toby Greene
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Greater Western Sydney
14
Jarrad McVeigh
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Sydney
14
Shane Mumford
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Greater Western Sydney &
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Sydney
14
Dane Rampe
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Sydney
14

Brownlow votes

New South Wales native and AFL Premiership player/coach John Longmire holds the best winning percentage of any coach in Sydney Derby history (68.75%).
New South Wales native and AFL Premiership player/coach John Longmire holds the best winning percentage of any coach in Sydney Derby history (68.75%).

Brownlow Votes as of the end of the 2018 AFL season.

Player Club Votes H&A Average
Josh Kennedy
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14 15 0.93
Lance Franklin
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Sydney
9 9 1.00
Shane Mumford
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Greater Western Sydney &
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Sydney
8 11 0.73
Kieren Jack
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Sydney
7 13 0.54
Callan Ward
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Greater Western Sydney
6 14 0.43

Coach statistics

Coaches highlighted in green are the current head coach for either Sydney or Greater Western Sydney.

Coach Club Years Total Wins Losses Percent
John Longmire
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Sydney
2012–present 19 12 7 65.83%
Leon Cameron
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Greater Western Sydney
2014–2022 15 7 8 46.66%
Kevin Sheedy
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Greater Western Sydney
2012–2013 4 0 4 0.00%
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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.

AFL Women's

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.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Buddy Franklin stars as Swans outclass Giants in Sydney derby". theaustralian.com.au. The Australian. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  2. ^ Warren, Adrian (9 April 2016). "Swans champ Adam Goodes takes a final bow". The New Daily. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  3. ^ Wu, Andrew. "Sydney Swans remain a top four team says Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron". The Age. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  4. ^ Cordy, Neil (27 June 2014). "Just three years old, the Sydney Swans, GWS Giants rivalry is building into a classic". The Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ Horne, Ben (10 June 2016). "GWS Giants v Sydney Swans: Young players won't rely on talent to succeed". The Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ Hinds, Richard (9 June 2016). "Swans v GWS rivalry is building but yet to ignite, writes Richard Hinds". The Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ Horne, Ben (13 June 2016). "Steve Johnson's bump on Lance Franklin showed GWS is no longer everyone's second favourite team". The Daily Telegraph.
  8. ^ Wu, Andrew (9 June 2016). "AFL 2016: Greater Western Sydney Giants want earlier home games for 2017". The Age.
  9. ^ Horne, Ben (15 June 2016). "GWS Giants demand TV prime time exposure on Friday nights". The Daily Telegraph.
  10. ^ Hinds, Richard (10 September 2016). "GWS Giants come of age to upset Sydney Swans in first qualifying final". News.com.au.
  11. ^ "AFL lands NRL huge blow with bumper crowd for Sydney Swans v GWS Giants qualifying final". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 September 2016.
  12. ^ Wu, Andrew (26 August 2018). "Giants to meet Swans in finals after devil of a day against Demons". The Age. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  13. ^ De Silva, Chris (8 September 2018). "GWS Giants humiliate Sydney Swans in elimination final". Wide World of Sports. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  14. ^ a b Barrett, Damian (21 July 2020). "Footy every day: Check out the next four rounds of the AFL's fixture". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  15. ^ "FIXTURE UPDATE: Giants v Swans R18 venue locked in". AFL.com.au. 12 July 2021. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Statement: AFL confirms round 18 fixture update". AFL.com.au. 16 July 2021. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  17. ^ a b "IT'S FINALS TIME: Match-ups, venues revealed for week one". AFL.com.au. 22 August 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Women to take centre stage ahead of Derby".