How do you miss from there?

BACK in July Charlie Dixon was nominated for the 2015 Goal of the Year following his impressive effort against North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium.

If that was freakishly good, then his display against Sydney on Saturday night was freakishly bad.

Teammate Jack Martin skewed a set-shot out to the right in the third quarter and watched as it faded to fall short of the goals. Dixon then won out in a tussle in the goal square to pick up the scraps and kicked for goal from a metre out, directly in front of the sticks.

However, incredibly, Dixon missed. And not just by a little bit either. He somehow managed to kick the Sherrin at a right angle as the ball missed everything and didn’t even scrape through for a behind.

Swan Jake Lloyd then took a chest mark and got the home side out of trouble.

The full forward had 39 goals from 15 appearances this year before his side’s clash with the Swans, but his season tally will end up one short of what it should be after his embarrassing blunder.

Meanwhile, a knee injury to co-captain Kieren Jack has cast a shadow over the Swans’ finals campaign despite their comfortable 63-point win over the Suns securing them a top-four spot.

Midfielder Jack was helped off the SCG after he took a hit to his left knee two minutes out from quarter time in the 19.13 (127) to 9.10 (64) victory.

He collided with the shoulder of Danny Stanley after a centre bounce.

Injury prone utility Gary Rohan hobbled off in the final quarter with what appeared to be a right knee issue.

The Swans were 31 points up at the time a limping Jack left and they collectively limped through the two middle quarters.

However, they started and finished impressively, with six goals in the first quarter and eight in the last.

It was their fourth straight win and a third successive score over 125 points following 20-goal efforts against GWS and St Kilda. They had a 38-point lead early in the second quarter slashed to 14 in the third and the profligate Suns missed at least four decent attempts to make even bigger inroads.

Goals late in the term to Sam Reid and Isaac Heeney gave Sydney a 28-point buffer at the last break and they went on to kick 10 of the last 12 goals against a flagging Suns.

Swans spearhead Lance Franklin tallied 13 possessions, six marks and kicked 1.1 in his second match back from a back injury, kicking his only goal late in the last quarter.

Well held by Stephen May, he had one embarrassing miss in the third quarter when a long kick downfield sent him clear with no one to beat, but he only kicked a behind on the run from 35 metres.

Swans ball magnet Josh Kennedy accumulated 31 possessions, his tenth straight game of 30 or more touches and Tom Mitchell continued his recent strong form with 36 disposals.

Sam Reid and Harry Cunningham each kicked three goals for Sydney.

Reid and Kurt Tippett, who kicked 2.3, were both strong in the air, grabbing 11 and nine marks respectively.

Tom Lynch kicked two goals for the Suns, with Aaron Hall notching a team-high 30 touches.

The Suns were also forced into an even quicker substitution with defender Greg Broughton forced off before the end of the quarter in his final game before retiring.


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