The mid-season recruiting of star forward Dom Dare has failed to get Simpson an important win against Alvie.
The young forward crossed to the Tigers from Hampden league club Cobden, where he has booted 70 goals since debuting in 2014.
Alvie coach Dan Casey, who coached against Dare during his time with Camperdown, said he expected him to be a handy pick-up for the Tigers.
“You could tell he’s going to be a dangerous player, any time he went near the ball he made something happen,” he said.
“He was a good young talent in the Hampden league so they’ve got a good recruit there.
“But it can take time to get used to a new league.”
Dare, the youngest brother of Maskell Medallists Levi and Joe and former Alvie best-and-fairest winner Lincoln, finished the match with just one goal thanks to a solid defensive performance from young Swan Lochie Rosevear.
The Swans, playing without ruckman Mark Riley, groin, and key forward Tom Driver, concussion, stormed out of the blocks with the first six goals of the game and led by 42 points at half time before the Tigers kicked into gear.
Simpson’s Dave Weel and Chester Gardner were impressive all day, while Daniel Razga, three goals, was solid up forward and in the midfield.
“Early in the game we were tackling well and our pressure and accountability was key,” Casey said.
“We had a lapse in the third and Simpson kicked four unanswered goals to get back into it but we were able to hold on,” he said.
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