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Former Tipperary footballer impresses on Aussie Rules debut

Colin O’Riordan has received praise after making his first AFL appearance earlier today.

Colin O'Riordan (left) and Dane Rampe of the Swans celebrate after the Round 17 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium.
Colin O'Riordan (left) and Dane Rampe of the Swans celebrate after the Round 17 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium.
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FORMER TIPPERARY FOOTBALLER Colin O’Riordan has received praise after making his AFL debut earlier today.

The 22-year-old featured in the Sydney Swans’ 104-98 win over North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium.

Afterwards, the Swans Central Twitter account highlighted the player’s stats and tweeted: “Played his role and his family must be very proud.”

The success comes after a couple of years of hard work, with O’Riordan first joining the Sydney Swans in October 2015.

There were also significant signs of progress last November, when the youngster signed a new two-year contract extension.

Previously, he had enjoyed success with Tipperary at underage level, winning an All-Ireland minor football medal as a 16-year-old in 2011, while repeating the feat in hurling a year later.

Before making the move to Australia, O’Riordan went on to register his senior debut for the Tipp footballers in 2014, while captaining the U21 side to a Munster title and All-Ireland runners-up medal the following year.

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