Isaac Heeney put his disrupted pre-season behind him with a stunning four-goal performance in the Sydney Swans three-point win against the Adelaide Crows in Adelaide on Saturday.
AFL.Com reported Maitland-raised Heeney was a man on a mission for Sydney.
Lethal in attack he kicked a sensational goal from a tight angle in the second quarter before showing strength and smarts to capitalise on a ball millimetres from going over for a behind in the third term.
With the Swans missing superstar Lance Franklin, Heeney was the dangerous forward his side needed, finishing with four goals.
The Swans held a 20-point lead when Heeney booted his fourth goal at the 15-minute mark of the final term, before goals to Tom Lynch and Chayce Jones gave the Crows a sniff.
Crows forward Taylor Walker then had a long-range shot at goal with less than 20 seconds on the clock to deliver victory in captain Rory Sloane's 200th game and the first for new coach Matthew Nicks, but pulled his shot wide as the Swans hung on, 11.8 (74) to 11.5 (71).
Jets play-off hopes dealt blow
Newcastle Jets' hopes of miraculous run to the A-League play-offs were dealt a severe blow when they went down 1-0 to a resolute Brisbane Roar in a gripping contest at CBus Stadium on Friday night.
A piece of quality from former Socceroo Scott McDonald in the 16th minute was the difference in a battle dominated by defence.
Roy O'Donovan had a chance in stoppage time to snatch an equaliser when Dimi Petratos whipped a cross to the back post.
The striker, who spent the first half of the season with Brisbane, made good contact with his volley but it cannoned into the right post.
The Jets had the better of possession. They huffed and puffed but were frustrated by a compact and committed Roar rear guard.
The defeat was the first in five matches under Carl Robinson and left Newcastle stranded on 21 points, six adrift of sixth-placed Western United with five games remaining.
The Jets back up at home on Monday night against a Melbourne City.