Six talking points from Round 4 of the AFL

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It was a wild weekend of footy – how many tips did you get right on Saturday? Let's get into the big talking points. The Swans keep on keepin' on You just know there's going to be a point where Sydney staggers a little. It's more or less inevitable, and there was a thought Thursday […]
It was a wild weekend of footy – how many tips did you get right on Saturday?

Let's get into the big talking points.

The Swans keep on keepin' on

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You just know there's going to be a point where Sydney staggers a little. It's more or less inevitable, and there was a thought Thursday night's clash against Essendon would be that game.

Seven of the last ten games between the two clubs have ended in wins under a goal, and Essendon – albeit against weak opposition – had bounced back last week to earn their first win of the season. For a while, it looked like the Bombers might score the upset. They did what the Tigers, the Crows and Brisbane were largely unable to do: prevent the Swans from producing their high scoring, superb game.

The Bombers were able to stem Sydney's newfound frenetic style of footy, with the competitiveness they rediscovered last week carrying over into this clash.

Alas, it was clear that despite the valiant efforts of the Bombers, a win wasn't to be found and Sydney's dream start continued. Inaccurately. Up next for the Swans are their Sydneysider rivals in GWS, while Essendon have a tricky clash away at Brisbane. Plenty of intrigue within those two games, especially moreso given the Giants' win and Lions' loss this weekend.

One big subplot from the clash: Buddy Franklin. Franklin's apparently waning influence on the sport has been well discussed, but for one glorious moment the big man's influence became prominent, with Franklin kicking the sealer a half dozen teammates couldn't as the Bombers fell just short. Franklin's future has been much discussed, but with 1000 goals in sight and the champion reportedly set for an extended run of games, expect him to live in prominence a little bit longer.

One more additional subplot: with the Demons' loss on Sunday, there are now only three 4-0 teams. The Swans, the Demons and the team I'm more than happy to discuss…
Liam Salter
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