SWANS FIRED UP FOR ROOS TEST
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.