14/04/2024

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GWS Giants and Sydney Swans fans can be buoyed by the raft of young talent on show in their AAMI Community Series clash.

A host of youngsters impressed in Sunday afternoon’s AAMI Community Series match at GIANTS Stadium, as GWS ran out 28-point winners over its crosstown rivals Sydney.

First-round pick Tanner Bruhn was the most impressive for the home side, kicking three first-half goals and adding a fourth late to strongly boost his chances of a round one debut.

Giants coach Leon Cameron said while there’s risk of putting additional pressure on the 18-year-old, his performance was reminiscent of a star teammate.

“I was really rapt for [him] to kick four goals,” Cameron said after the match.

“He’s really creative, he’s probably in that mould of… how Toby Greene started out his career, just a ball hunter. They want to get their hands on the footy.”

Second-year midfielder Tom Green also impressed for the Giants, collecting 22 disposals and a classy last-quarter goal, while rookie Jack Buckley also booted two first-half goals. 

Young defensive pair Isaac Cumming and Lachie Ash were impressive for the Giants in the absence of Lachie Whitfield, collecting 15 disposals apiece, and drawing high praise from coach Leon Cameron. 

“They’ve had… really good, positive pre-seasons,” Cameron said.

“I thought as the game went on they really bobbed up, and that’s a pleasing thing.”

Swans fans will also be buoyed by what they saw from their youth, with a trio of 2020 draftees and two young midfielders especially impressive. 

Key forward Logan McDonald entered the game after half time, making an immediate impact with two strong contested marks and a long set-shot goal in the third quarter. 

It was clear the Swans contingent of the healthy crowd were excited about McDonald, with loud cheers whenever the 18-year-old collected the ball.

“We certainly thought he was able to give us another marking target in our front half,” Swans coach John Longmire said of McDonald.

“Young key forwards take a bit of time to [develop], but he’s smart, he’s hard, and he’ll give it everything he’s got.”

Academy draftees Braeden Campbell and Errol Gulden also starred, with 18 and 14 disposals apiece, while Gulden also kicked a goal and Campbell recorded four inside 50s and a centre clearance which resulted in a Tom Papley goal. 

Sam Wicks was another outstanding player for the Swans with 16 disposals, eight marks and nine tackles, while Chad Warner, who after kicking the Swans’ second goal of the match, finished with 19 disposals, six inside 50s and four clearances.

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