It was sometime between Sam Wicks’s improvised parry and the ball reaching Logan McDonald that this thing really caught fire.
In the dying stages of the first half on a glorious Saturday afternoon at the MCG, with the Sherrin pinballing around inside 50 at the City End of the ground, the Sydney Swans went from the 2021 season’s most pleasant curiosity to a whole new problem altogether.
The play had started at the complete opposite end of the ground, with the ball on the deck inside Richmond’s forward 50 and the Tigers ready to pounce.
In the blink of an eye — by way of a Harry Cunningham tackle, a Braeden Campbell left-footed laser and a Tom Papley bomb — these precocious Swans were on the charge again.
One impromptu game of volleyball…