Sydney has rediscovered its blistering best as ruck recruit Brodie Grundy set the tone in his milestone match for a thumping 53-point victory over Gold Coast at the SCG.

After a scintillating start to the season, the Swans appeared refreshed after the bye as they carved up the Suns in a 17.8 (110) to 8.9 (57) triumph on Sunday.

The Swans returned with their rapid and precise ball movement, but added more muscle around the stoppages as they brushed aside a Suns' challenge with eight consecutive goals from halfway through the third term.

Grundy was critical to the Swans matching the Suns at the coalface, the prized ruck recruit having an equal career-high 11 tackles while also gathering 24 disposals, 29 hitouts and booting a goal in his 200th AFL match.


The veteran ruck's former Collingwood teammate Taylor Adams showed the Swans what he can add to their midfield with 19 disposals including 11 contested, as well as six tackles in his second match for his third club.

Joel Amartey booted four goals for the Swans as their first nine majors all came from set shots, while Tom Papley (three goals), Logan McDonald, Sam Wicks and Will Hayward (all two) added to the spread of weapons inside the forward 50.

Errol Gulden (30 disposals), Isaac Heeney (28), Justin McInerney (26) and Oliver Florent (25) ensured the Swans had too many options running through the midfield as the young Suns ran out of steam.

James Rowbottom (19 disposals, five clearances) went to Matt Rowell (20, nine) at the first bounce and rarely left his side at the stoppages from there.

The Suns worked their way into the contest in the second term, slowing the Swans' run and carry through the midfield to hold them goalless while adding two majors of their own.

But they were unable to keep pace with the Swans when the game was on the line in the second half, especially with spearhead Ben King (two goals) well held by Tom McCartin.

The Swans will travel to Melbourne next week where they will face Hawthorn in a Sunday afternoon match at the MCG. The red and white will then return to the SCG in Round 8 for the Sydney Derby. 

Tom Papley reels in a screamer
The SCG faithful have seen their fair share of classic catches over the years, but Tom Papley was an unlikely addition with a diving mark that wouldn't have been out of place in a slips cordon. The zippy forward found space near the boundary as Errol Gulden fired in a trademark dart, but Papley still had to nudge out Suns defender Charlie Ballard to protect the drop of the ball. Papley dived hard and low to clutch the mark, then went back and snapped a goal from the boundary line as the Swans surged in the third term.


SYDNEY              5.3       5.4       12.8      17.8 (110)
GOLD COAST      1.2       3.5       5.7       8.9 (57)

Sydney: Amartey 4, Papley 3, Hayward 2, McDonald 2, Wicks 2, Heeney, Grundy, Jordon, McInerney, Warner
Gold Coast: King 2, Anderson, Clohesy, Fiorini, Humphrey, Miller, Walter

Sydney: Grundy, Heeney, Papley, Gulden, Amartey, McInerney, McCartin
Gold Coast: Rowell, Flanders, Miller, Berry, Witts

Sydney: Nil
Gold Coast: Nil

Sydney: Braeden Campbell (replaced Lewis Melican in the fourth quarter)
Gold Coast: David Swallow (replaced Ethan Read in the fourth quarter)

Crowd: 35,649 at the SCG