Aggression is the key to building momentum for Sydney, according to rising Swans AFL youngster Zak Jones.
Speedy half back-midfielder Jones was a standout in Sydney’s drought-breaking 54-point home over Brisbane on Sunday.
He notched a career-high 27 touches and galvanised the SCG crowd with a sensational goal following a sizzling run which left would-be tacklers floundering in his wake.
The big win over Brisbane brought much needed relief to Sydney after six losses to start the season.
They (the losses) are still in the back of your mind always, but it’s good to get a win,” Jones said on Monday..
“Hopefully that brings confidence for the rest of the year and we can use that to build momentum.”
Sydney’s next two games are both at Etihad Stadium, starting with next Sunday’s clash with a North Melbourne side coming off back-to-back wins after losing their first five fixtures.
“They always bring a tough fight in every game and I think we have to bring the same aggression as we did this week,” Jones said.
Jones momentarily stole the spotlight from Lance Franklin”s eight-goal show on Sunday with his own dazzling six-pointer.
“That’s got to be the best goal I’ve kicked,” said Jones, who had only booted six in his 37 previous senior appearances.
“I was thinking about handballing to Buddy (Franklin) and then I was ‘I’m just going to take the shot.’
Asked if Franklin had anything to say to him after not getting the ball Jones said:, “No, he just got around me, everyone gets around you because you don’t usually kick goals from the backline.”
Jones conceded his effort couldn’t match Franklin’s bomb from almost 80 metres, though it came as no surprise.
“It happens all the time at training, its pretty crazy,” Jones said.
“I guess he can do it anywhere and anytime.”
‘While he describes himself as a back, Jones is now playing primarily in midfield.
The youthful energy of Isaac Heeney and himself on Sunday gave Sydney a lift and appeared to take some of the pressure of established midfielders Josh Kennedy, Dan Hannebery and Luke Parker.
“I think so, it’s good to have that versatility and throw different players in there,” Jones said.
While Sydney are still below Melbourne on the ladder, Jones hasn’t received any reminders from older brother Nathan, the Demons’ co-captain.
“We haven’t spoken about that, I think he understands where I’m coming from, we’ve both been on the down,” Zak said.