The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - NEIL CORDY

SYD­NEY ball mag­net Jake Lloyd says to­day’s clash with North Mel­bourne at Eti­had Sta­dium will show whether last week’s im­prove­ment against Bris­bane is the real thing or just a mi­rage.

The Swans blew the struggling Li­ons away but face a tougher test to­day. The Kan­ga­roos, who started the sea­son slowly like the Swans, did a de­mo­li­tion job on the premier­ship favourites Ade­laide in Ho­bart last week­end.

“The way North came out from the start and their pres­sure around the footy was huge,” Lloyd said. “They have guys in the mid­dle like Ziebell and Cun­ning­ton who grabbed the game by the horns and gave them a great lead, and it’s hard for Ade­laide to come back from 10 goals down.

If the Swans are to win, Lloyd will play a key role with his run out of defence and through the mid­field.

The 23-year-old has been close to Syd­ney’s best, av­er­ag­ing 30 dis­pos­als per game.

MEL­BOURNE came from five goals down to steam­roll lead­ers Ade­laide by 41 points in a boilover last night.

The Demons trailed by 28 points in the sec­ond quar­ter but pro­duced a spir­ited come­back to win 17.5 (107) to 9.12 (66) at the Ade­laide Oval.

Cam Ped­er­sen kicked three goals and Nathan Jones, Tom McDon­ald, Jeff Gar­lett, Dean Kent and Thomas Bugg two each for the Demons.

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