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Colin O’Riordan (right) on duty for the Sydney Swans.

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There was a successful start to his AFL career for Dublin’s James Madden on a busy day of action for Irish players in the Aussie Rules action.

Madden bowed for Brisbane Lions in the seventh round against Port Adelaide in the Gabba.

And the Lions crossed 93-44 to victory, with Madden contributing 11 exits from his exchange role.

The club man from Ballyboden St-Enda signed in August 2018 for Brisbane after impressing for the Dublin minor footballers and the AFL European Combine in UCD in December 2017.

The Lions are now in the top eight after this win as they advance to seventh place. </ It was also a remarkable weekend for Tipperary's Colin O'Riordan as he made his first AFL outing of the 2021 season for the Sydney Swans.

And they won 90-88 in a thrilling encounter against the Geelong Cats, where the Laois man Zach Tuohy with Kerry’s Mark O’Connor was injured in action. A late goal from Tom Papley gave the Swans the win.

O’Riordan had 14 exits and three marks for the swans, while Tuohy had 18 exits and seven marks for the cats.

A dejected Zach Tuohy (second from left) after Geelong’s defeat.

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Kilkenny’s Darragh Joyce celebrated his first win of the season wearing the St. Kilda colors when they won 128-59 winners against Hawthorn.

Joyce first played last week in 2021 against Port Adelaide, his first AFL appearance in two years. He had 12 kicks and five points as the All-Ireland Minor Hurling captain helped his team to triumph in 2014.

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Darragh Joyce (center) tries to mark the ball against the Hawks.

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Meaths Conor Nash was not involved with Hawthorn in the match between teams in 13th and 16th place on the AFL ladder.

There was disappointment for Mark Keane of Cork when his Collingwood team lost in the MCG 79-55 to the Gold Coast Suns.

Keane, who only played his third AFL game, had 13 outings and 4 points during the game.

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