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Rising star: Callum Mills was a standout again against Geelong. Photo: Michael DodgeSwans put off-field drama aside to beat Geelong by 38 pointsAs it happened
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Sydney’s youngsters are showing they are not just players for the future but can be players for the now, after rewarding coach John Longmire’s bold investment in youth in Geelong.

The Swans proved they remain a genuine premiership contender despite fielding a team with four players yet to reach double figures and another four with less than 30 games’ experience.

The Swans’ gutsy win over the Cats has set the scene for a clash of the heavyweights against Hawthorn at the SCG on Thursday night.

While Callum Mills was again impressive, and must surely receive his Rising Star nomination this week, it was the performance of Aliir Aliir that proved the revelation.

Dean Towers, Zak Jones, Tom Papley and George Hewett also made key contributions in one of the Swans’ best wins of the year.

Playing in just his third game, Aliir showed the poise of a seasoned backman, not just in his ability to at least halve one on one duels but also his confidence to zone off his opponent.

He finished with 15 possessions and hardly made an error, rewarding Longmire’s faith for playing him in a key defensive post ahead of veteran Ted Richards.

“He’s been unlucky going out of the team. He’s had a great year in our reserves, he’s really developed strongly and had a couple of tastes,” Longmire said.

“He’s been able to persist. He was great last week when he went back, he had a fantastic attitude in the reserves, came back in and did a good job tonight.”

Aliir’s development has put pressure on Richards, who was swung forward in his first senior game back from concussion. It’s a role he used to play while at Essendon but rarely since moving north in 2006.

Longmire, however, warned against reading too much into the positional switch.

“It’s one game. I like to have a bit of flexibility. I’m not going to commit too much here, we’ll see how we go,” Longmire said.

“It’ll be depending on what we need each week.”

Richards kicked one goal from three scoring shots and had nine possessions against the Cats.

“We were hoping by now Sam Reid would be back but he’s not. With Kurt out as well, we thought we needed another tall, particularly down here on the longer ground,” Longmire said.

“Ted hasn’t played a lot of football recently as a forward, he did as a young fella, but he knows his stuff.

“He played a role for us as a forward, he had three shots at goal, just another marking target in the forward line to try and keep this really smart defence accountable.”

Competition for spots in the Swans side is now fierce with the likes of Isaac Heeney, Ben McGlynn and Harry Cunningham all waiting in the wings.

“We had a really young group. It was terrific when you see that enthusiasm. It can go either way at times, you have to be careful you don’t tip too far one way,” Longmire said.

“We had reasons for each of them, they were playing really well in our reserves and they came in and all contributed. It’s a great experience for those blokes.”

Longmire said Mills, who is yet to receive a Rising Star nomination, had been “sensational” in his debut season.

“I’m not on the nominating committee but we couldn’t ask any more of Callum Mills as far as how he’s played this year,” Longmire said.

“We might have to move him forward [to get a nomination], but he’s been really good. To have a couple of young boys in the back six is really important.”

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