Sydney have added a classy touch onto the end of their win over Carlton at the SCG on Friday night. The Swans kept their AFL season alive with a 26-point victory over the struggling Blues on the back of some brilliant performances from Nick Blakey and Chad Warner. Analysis, local footy and the biggest moments, Seven and 7plus are the home of footy shows for every fan. Stream them all for free on 7plus >> It completed a brilliant night for the club, after it also unveiled a brand new statue of two-time Brownlow medallist and Swans Indigenous legend, Adam Goodes, before the game. Goodes’ iconic war dance to celebrate a goal against Carlton in 2015, performed in a stand against racism, has been enshrined in bronze outside the SCG. And on Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round, the Swans put the cherry on top of a perfect night with a touching moment in their post-match celebrations. The team came into the rooms to sing their famous song, but refused to start without including their past Indigenous stars in the circle. The song was about to kick off when players could be heard calling out for Michael O’Loughlin to join in. Fellow past First Nations players Derek Kickett and Lewis Jetta were also among those included in the song. On the field, it was an inspired display from an undersized Sydney defence that proved pivotal in their victory over a misfiring Carlton to give the Swans’ finals hopes a timely boost at the SCG. Sydney entered the clash with an unheralded defence taking on the Blues’ pair of Coleman medallists but made a statement in running away to a 11.11 (77) to 6.15 (51) triumph on Friday night. Key defenders Robbie Fox, Aaron Francis and Lewis Melican — in his first match since the 2021 elimination final — were critical as they combined to restrict the much-lauded Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay to a single goal between them. The Swans’ (5-6) defence was also led by Jake Lloyd (35 disposals) and Blakey (26) with swift ball movement that was too good for a Blues outfit that had trouble with their field kicking and when closer to goal. Young guns Warner (29 disposals, two goals) and Errol Gulden (22, one) were superb for the Swans, while Luke Parker (21) was important in his 100th match as skipper. Isaac Heeney spent more time in the midfield and often had a close eye on Carlton captain Patrick Cripps, as the Swans’ 2022 All-Australian snapped out of a form slump to gather 19 disposals and season-highs for clearances (six) and tackles (10). Lance Franklin was held goalless for the fourth time in six matches but Hayden McLean stood tall with four contested marks and two goals, while small forward Sam Wicks also slotted two goals in his first match of the season. The Blues (4-1-6) have now lost four consecutive matches, and six of their past seven, as their hopes of a breakthrough finals campaign took another hit. The Blues’ key forwards could have had much more impact but for some wayward shooting. Curnow was the dominant forward on the field early but finished with 1.3 while McKay kicked 0.3 from limited opportunities. Curnow had the better of the Swans defence in the air and hauled in six contested marks but was unable to make them pay on the scoreboard. Emerging tall Tom De Koning helped stretch the Swans’ defence and impressed in his first match since Round 5 with 13 disposals and a goal but was unable to influence the result. Sam Walsh (31 disposals) and Adam Cerra (24) found plenty of the ball, while captain Patrick Cripps (19) battled hard despite some close attention from Heeney before limping from the field late in the game. The Blues lost a key on-baller when former Swan George Hewett was knocked on the head by teammate Nic Newman’s shoulder as the pair went to tackle Franklin early in the second term. Newman was later sidelined with a hamstring injury while Ollie Hollands also sat out the final term with a shoulder issue. Jesse Motlop was the Blues’ leading goalscoring in a misfiring forward line with two goals but the visitors ultimately ran out of legs as much as chances.