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Academy: Swans convincing in opener

Dinny Navaratnam  April 15, 2018 9:24 AM

The QBE Sydney Swans Academy players huddle ahead of their clash against Brisbane.

The QBE Sydney Swans Academy players huddle ahead of their clash against Brisbane.

In-demand forward Nick Blakey booted five goals in a strong aerial display that will have his three suitors salivating as the QBE Sydney Swans Academy recorded a 49-point win against the Brisbane Academy. 

Blakey, who is versatile enough to play all over the ground, can go to the Swans as an Academy selection or to North Melbourne or Brisbane, after his father John played at the Kangaroos and Fitzroy. 

Cooper Kilpatrick impressed with three goals of his own while ruckman Zachary Cameron showcased his speed and power.

For the Lions, Darcy Marsh's pace was on show as he notched up 23 disposals, eight inside 50s and two goals.

Tough midfielder Caleb Franks tried hard as he gathered 19 disposals and a goal while Toara Marango was gallant in defence.

Sydney Academy        3.2       8.2       13.5     16.6 (102)
Brisbane Academy     1.2       3.2       5.4       8.5 (53) 

GOALS
Sydney Academy: Blakey 5, Kilpatrick 3, Barkley, Barling, Carroll, McKellar, Parker, Reinhard, Stern, Wicks
Brisbane Academy: Marsh 2, Ansell, Franks, Jeffrey, McFadyen, Reville, Stackelberg 

BEST
Sydney Academy: McKellar, Cameron, Blakey, Kilpatrick, Parks, Wicks
Brisbane Academy: Marango, Marsh, Griffiths, Franks, Stackelberg