Young Swan Luke Parker tries to break a tackle against the Giants. Photo: Getty Images
SYDNEY 0.3.1 2.6.6 2.11.7 2.15.7 (115)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 0.1.2 0.5.4 0.10.7 0.11.9 (75)
Nine pointers: Sydney: H Cunningham N Malceski. Greater Western Sydney Giants: Nil.
Goals: Sydney: S Reid 3 G Rohan 2 H Cunningham 2 T Mitchell 2 B Jack D Towers K Jack R Shaw T Derickx T Nankervis. Giants: L Whitfield 3 C Ward 2 D Addison 2 D Smith J Cameron J Giles J Lamb.
Umpires: Ben Ryan, Ray Chamberlain, Brent Pawley.
Crowd: 6584 at Manuka Oval.
It's normally Greater Western Sydney's young talent that's being touted as future stars, but it was a couple of young Sydney Swans who shone under the Manuka Oval lights, leading their team to a 40-point victory on Thursday night.
Both Luke Parker and Tom Mitchell (two goals, 34 possessions) were prolific through the middle in the pre-season NAB Challenge match as the Swans' midfield got on top for all but a spell in the third quarter, running out comfortable 2.15.7 (115) to 0.11.9 (75) winners.
Sydney Swans v GWS Giants
The Giants take on the Swans in the NAB Cup at Manuka Oval Photo: Melissa Adams
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|Players||Whitfield (0.3.0), Addison (0.2.1), Ward (0.2.1), Cameron (0.1.0), Giles (0.1.0), Lamb (0.1.0), Smith (0.1.0), Coniglio (0.0.1), Greene (0.0.1), Mumford (0.0.1), Palmer (0.0.1)||Scorers||Cunningham (1.2.0), Malceski (1.0.0), Reid (0.3.0), Mitchell (0.2.1), Rohan (0.2.1), Jack (0.1.1), Derickx (0.1.0), Jack (0.1.0), Nankervis (0.1.0), Shaw (0.1.0), Towers (0.1.0), Hannebery (0.0.1), McGlynn (0.0.1), Parker (0.0.1)|
With Sydney leaving Lance Franklin, Adam Goodes and Kurt Tippett at home, young forward Sam Reid (three goals) pressed his claims for a spot in the Swans' forward line in the season proper.
He presented well and showed a strong pair of hands.
And Swans coach John Longmire was hoping it would lead to a Sydney side with greater depth across the board.
''We want to get some more flexibility into our team and introduce those younger players to that centre bounce role,'' he said.
''Tommy Mitchell is a very good player and Parker was really good.''
After a scrappy opening, Dean Towers finally broke the deadlock, capping off a quick rebound out of the Swans' defence with a nice running goal in the ninth minute.
Rhyce Shaw enjoyed a few early touches, as he returns from tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, and his fellow bearded defender Nick Malceski was also prominent across half-back.
Eventually the Giants got the ball over the top of Sydney's press and No.1 draft pick Lachie Whitfield (three goals) kicked the Giants' first.
He worked hard through the middle and showed he can push forward and do some damage on the scoreboard as well.
It was the start of a prolific night for Whitfield, who's often underrated given the wealth of talent at the Giants' disposal - Jon Patton, Tom Boyd and Jeremy Cameron taking most of the plaudits.
GWS coach Leon Cameron, in charge for the first time, said Whitfield has had a ''really good pre-season''.
''The second year is always tough because you burst on the scene in your first year, but the second year is tough because the opposition start knowing who you are,'' Cameron said.
''We were rapt with Lachie's performance tonight … and he's working hard to become that player that we expect him to be.''
Trailing by 13 points at the first break, the Giants started the second term strongly, with co-captain Callan Ward (two goals) pushing forward to take a diving mark and converting from straight in front.
But then the Swans got a run on, starting with a Malceski super goal, and it looked like they would stroll home.
After the break it was a different Giants.
They swamped the Swans and former Western Bulldog Dylan Addison (two goals) kicked his first major in orange.
Cameron, who was kept incredibly quiet by Heath Grundy, finally got his first touch with a courageous mark running with the flight of the ball and the Giants had a sniff.
But some wasteful kicking for goal and an inability to convert their possession hurt them.
Sydney hosts West Coast at Blacktown on Thursday, while the Giants travel to Wagga Wagga to face St Kilda next Saturday.