Numbers aren’t everything in footy.

But a quick look at first-year big man Jordon Sweet’s numbers suggest he’s had a pretty big month.

In Footscray’s VFL win against Sandringham on Sunday, Sweet racked up a third half-century of hit-outs in his past four matches.

His 51 hit-outs helped the ‘Scray post a 37-point win against the Zebras, and followed games where he notched 55 (against Casey Demons), 39 (Richmond) and 60 (Port Melbourne).

“We’re getting a bit of continuity, and we’re playing well as a team,” Sweet told after the win at Trevor Barker Oval.

“They came hard at us in the first quarter, with a lot of pressure and tackle pressure.

“At half-time we sat down and talked about it and said we had to take it to them and go up another notch, which we did.”


The 21-year-old joined the Bulldogs with pick 23 in last year’s NAB AFL Rookie Draft, after winning a SANFL premiership with North Adelaide in 2018.

It’s been a work in progress this season for the developing ruckman at VFL level.

He’s happy to be getting first hands on the ball in ruck contests, and is growing in confidence and working with development coach Jordan Russell on ways he can improve his tap work.

“I’m speaking to ‘Russ’ about it – some of them are a bit rogue,” he said.

“We’re trying to work on it and keep it simple. It’s all about what’s good for the team.

“I’m more confident now with the way I’m going about my football.

“I’m slowly developing and getting to where I want to be in the back half of the year. 

“I’m going up against AFL-listed ruckmen every week which has been great for my development.”