The relief was high for Brett Deledio.
After leaving his beloved Richmond at the end of last season for Greater Western Sydney, not much had gone to plan.
That was until Saturday.
The Kyabram product ran out for his first game with the Giants after overcoming a series of calf injuries, with his last match coming for the Tigers in round 17 last year.
Deledio, 30, did not have a major role in GWS’s 35-point win against Melbourne, but he would have built confidence in just getting out on the park.
The former No.1 draft pick missed an easy shot for goal in the second quarter, but made no mistake in nailing an opportunity in the last quarter as he was mobbed by his Giants teammates.
GWS is a serious premiership contender and Deledio will be eyeing a first win in a final after losing all three during his time at Richmond.
For the opposing side, Mooroopna export Clayton Oliver was prolific as always for the Demons with a 32-possession, nine-tackle outing.
Meanwhile, Hawthorn was well beaten by an emerging Richmond team as Rennie boy Daniel Howe continues to impress for the Hawks.
Howe has cemented his spot at Hawthorn this year and had 21 possessions and 10 tackles in the 29-point defeat.
Finley’s own Tom Hawkins is staring at two weeks on the sidelines after being reported for striking Sydney’s Dane Rampe in the Cats’ loss to the Swans on Friday night.
Hawkins’ poor suspension record impacted on the penalty.
At the Gabba, Benalla boy Tom Rockliff kicked two goals and gathered 22 possessions in Brisbane’s narrow loss to reigning premiers Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.
Seymour’s Josh Schache was quiet for the Lions and failed to kick a goal.
On the same night, Collingwood got past North Melbourne in a scrappy game at Etihad Stadium as Tallygaroopna-raised Steele Sidebottom had 26 possessions for the Magpies.
North’s Mooroopna recruit Jy Simpkin was a late withdrawal because of an ankle injury, but is expected to return for the Kangaroos’ game with Hawthorn on Sunday.
The South Australian showdown was a one-sided rout, with Alex Keath’s Adelaide belting Port Adelaide in record fashion.
Keath was solid down back in his third AFL game, while Goulburn Valley products Jarman Impey, Tom Clurey, Ollie Wines and Aidyn Johnson had forgettable nights as part of the Power line-up.