The Sydney Swans are back in the winners circle after claiming a 33-point victory over Collingwood in Round 5 of the VFL. 

The Magpies got on the board early, before the Swans found their spark in the second term booting 6 goals to take a 13-point lead into the main break.

Sam Naismith headlined the second half, with the 205cm ruckman making his long-awaited return from two knee reconstructions.

The 28-year old wasted no time getting stuck into the action, winning the first centre bounce and involving himself in the contest.

From there it was all Sydney in the final term, the Swans powering home to defeat the Magpies 12.14.86 to 8.5.53

Ryan Clarke was dominant across the ground, gathering a game high 40 disposals and also firing home three goals. Dylan Stephens also produced another solid performance with 37 disposals.

Joel Amartey was lethal up front booting three majors, while Naismith completed his return to competitive footy with 19 hit outs and 9 disposals. 

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Sam Naismith Returns in the VFL

Sam Naismith speaks after his first competitive game since coming back from injury against Collingwood in the VFL.

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13' Bell with a lethal right-foot to Amartey who slots it for his third goal of the evening! Score Update: Swans 10.12.72 Magpies 8.4.52

10' Naismith competing well in the ruck with 15 hit-outs in the second-half

6' BANG! Sinclair takes a cracking contested mark and nails the set shot. 


3/4 time We hold a nine-point advantage at the end of the third term. 

Score Update: Swans 60 8.12 Magpies 8.3.51

12' A tug-of-war contest with both sides unable to find a breakthrough.

8' Sheather bringing plenty of energy in and around the contest with some big tackles!

4' Sam Naismith making his presence felt early! Great to have the big man back!


HT A relentless second team has the Swans up and about. 

Clarke (20), Stephens (18), Sam Gray (15), Lewis Taylor (13) finding plenty of the footy.

Goal scorers: Clarke (2), Amartey (2), McDonald, Sheather, Taylor.

Score update: Swans 7.9.51 Magpies 6.2.38

32' Another great goal from Amartey! Has has two and we're on fire. 

30' Logan McDonald with a cracker! We've hit the lead and have the momentum. 

25' Clarke (18), Dylan Stephens (16) amongst the highest disposals for the match

18' Here we come! Two rapid-fire goals to Marc Sheather and Lewis Taylor get us right back in the contest. 

10' We're back! Joel Amartey stamps his authority on the contest with a goal, courtesy of some nice lead-up work from James Bell. 

4' Collingwood extend their lead early in the second quarter. 

0' We're back! Keep fighting Bloods!


1/4 time: A tight first quarter with Clarke the only goal scorer. Score update: Swans 4.7.31 Magpies 5.2.32

19' Clarke seeing plenty of the footy with eight disposals so far. 

11' We're on the board! Ryan Clarke earns our first of the afternoon.

6' Collingwood hold a slender lead in the opening term. 

0' we're underway!