The Sydney Swans have been defeated by GWS by 28 points in their AAMI Community Series match by on Sunday afternoon at GIANTS stadium.
The Giants got the early jump on the Swans, kicking the first four goals of the game and the home side had a 37-point lead before a strong third term from the Swans saw them kick 5.6 and bring the margin back to just 2 points at the final change.
The Giants kicked the first three goals of the final quarter however to halt the Swans momentum and take the cross-town preseason bragging rights.
While the Swans were on the losing side of the contest, they will be buoyed by the efforts of many of their younger players and will also be bullish about their prospects this year.
First-year trio Braeden Campbell (18 touches), Errol Gulden (14) and McDonald (nine disposals, five marks and a goal after sitting out the opening half) shone, while the experienced heads of Luke Parker (22 disposals and three goals) and Josh Kennedy (21 touches) showed no signs of slowing down with strong efforts in a hard-fought midfield battle. James Rowbottom and Tom Papley kicked two goals each.
Highly rated key position prospect Logan McDonald wowed the crowd during an impressive third term, with the first-year forward taking a handful of big grabs inside 50 and slotting an excellent set-shot goal with his first touch. Fellow teenagers Braeden Campbell and Errol Gulden also did enough to suggest they will be solid long-term prospects in the harbour city. Veteran recruit Tom Hickey (26 hitouts) was honest in the ruck for the Swans.
Chad Warner was also lively and looks destined to add to the three games he played last year based on his performance against the Giants. Warner had 19 disposals and a goal and looked poised with ball in hand in a solid display.
Post game coach John Longmire said:
"You always want to win but I thought our effort was pretty good. We were well beaten in centre bounces in the first half but we were able to play a lot of the ball in our front half. They were more efficient - we had 66 inside 50s but needed a bit more polish and efficiency.
"It’s exciting (to watch the young guys) it’s great to see those young guys come in and play well against a team that was playing in the grand final two years ago.
"Logan was very good, he came off at one stage and said “gee it’s quick”. Chad Warner was good as well, it’s good to see players like him continue to go forward."
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 6.1 12.3 13.5 18.6 (114)
SYDNEY 3.2 7.3 12.9 12.14 (86)
GWS: Bruhn 4, Greene 3, Himmelberg 3, Buckley 2, Lloyd 2, Briggs, Riccardi, Taranto, Green
Sydney: Parker 3, Papley 2, Rowbottom 2, Blakey, Gulden, McDonald, Warner, Wicks
GWS: Taranto, Green, Hopper, Greene, Taylor, Himmelberg
Sydney: Parker, McCartin, Warner, Florent, Rowbottom, Blakey
GWS: Keefe (ankle)
Crowd: 3164 at Giants Stadium