21/04/2024
Brodie Grundy at Swans training. Picture: Joshua Davis

Brodie Grundy at Swans training. Picture: Joshua Davis

On paper, it appeared the Sydney Swans were the big winners of the AFL Trade Period after bringing four new faces in.

With only two of those new names playing on Thursday night against Melbourne, it looked like a masterstroke already.

For our draftees analysis – click here.

Sydney Swans

Brodie Grundy looked exactly like the player that made him a dual All-Australian at Collingwood against his old teammate Max Gawn and Melbourne.

Grundy finished with 23 touches, 15 of those contested, seven score involvements, nine clearances, six tackles and 33 hitouts in a terrific first outing.

The ruck battle between he and Gawn was fascinating to watch, but with the support of forward Hayden McLean, Grundy was magic in the starting ruck role.

Upgrading from the reliable but aging Tom Hickey, the Swans look the goods early.

James Jordon was also playing against his old side, and despite being slow to get into the game, finished with 18 touches.

His pressure around the contest was refreshing for a Sydney midfield which was missing Callum Mills and Luke Parker, finishing with seven tackles and four inside 50s.

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Melbourne

A shock arrival during the trade period, Jack Billings had minimal impact coming on as the sub.

The former Saint finished with just two touches and two tackles.

Carlton

Orazio Fantasia finally managed to play his 100th game of AFL football, after an injury-riddled end to his time at Port Adelaide.

The small forward didn’t impact the scoreboard personally, but had three score involvements and two inside 50s to go with his 11 disposals.

Richmond

Jacob Koschitzke had a debut to forget for the Tigers, as they were comfortably beaten by Damien Hardwick’s Gold Coast.

The former Hawk only picked up four disposals, two marks and three tackles in an ugly day.

A chance to redeem himself against Carlton in Round 1 awaits.

Sam Naismith was one of the feel good stories of Opening Round, returning to AFL football after a lengthy stint.

The former Swan won 25 hitouts and had 11 touches against one of the competition’s premier rucks in Jarrod Witts.

Naismith also had seven clearances and three tackles.

Collingwood

Lachie Schultz was uncharacteristically wayward in his Collingwood debut, kicking three behinds in a loss to the GWS Giants.

Despite the tough scoreboard display, the former Docker had 16 touches, five score involvements, five inside 50s and six tackles.

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