Player Ratings: vs Greater Western Sydney Round 5, 2017

It's fair to say that GWS are the best team in Sydney at the moment, and with three losses in a row its hard to argue. Apart from 30 minutes of good football from the Swans, the Giants dominated. Take away the first 5 minutes of the first quarter, and it was arguably the worst half of football the Swans played in well over a decade.

It can only go up from here, I hope.

Lineup

B: Nick Smith, Heath Grundy, Zak Jones
HB: Harry Marsh, Lewis Melican, Jake Lloyd
C: Harry Cunningham, Josh Kennedy, Callum Mills
HF: Gary Rohan, Lance Franklin, Isaac Heeney
F: Callum Sinclair, Sam Reid, Tom Papley
FOL: Kurt Tippett, Luke Parker, Dan Hannebery
I/C: Jordan Foote, Will Hayward, Kieren Jack, George Hewett

40: Nick Smith
5.5
More like the Nick Smith of old, tidy with the ball and defensively sound, but still not laying tackles.
39: Heath Grundy
5
Outbodied by bigger opponents, copped a head knock early in the 3rd and rarely sighted aftwards, offered nothing in the forward line
10: Zak Jones
7
Offered a lot of zip in the midfield, tackled hard (7), hard at the ball with 19, although had 6 clangers
31: Harry Marsh
6
Easily beaten by the bigger bodied GWS forwards, but didn't drop his head and kept going at it, much better disposal
43: Lewis Melican (R)
6
Fine debut from the young defender, physically beaten by his opponents. 13 disposals, 8 marks and a lot to like
44: Jake Lloyd
6
29 disposals, 1 contested. Almost no penetration, least effective high disposal winner I've ever seen
7: Harry Cunningham
6
Better game from Harry, starting to provide good link play on the wing and game-high 8 tackles
12: Josh Kennedy
6
Way down on averages, barely had an impact on the game, kicked the first goal. 22 disposals, 8 clearances, desperately needs help
14: Callum Mills
6.5
Never stopped trying all the way to the end, 7 marks, 21 disposals and 3 rebound 50s
16: Gary Rohan
3.5
Looked unfit like he'd been rushed back, go figure. No match awareness at all, wouldn't feed players like Hayward
23: Lance Franklin
6
Kicked 3 goals but struggled throughout the match, 6 clangers, still finished with 7 marks, 3 goals and 15 disposals
5: Isaac Heeney
5
Looked unfit, 16 disposals, 7 contested and 2 tackles
18: Callum Sinclair
5
Dominated in the ruck but managed to get himself a goal. 8 of 10 disposals contested along with 3 clearances. Better than Tippett
20: Sam Reid
5
Couldn't get near it as a forward but swung back into defence with aplomb, helping the hapless undersized defence
41: Tom Papley
4
Unfit and no form at all, shouldn't be playing
8: Kurt Tippett
3
Typical garbage performance returning from injury. Kicked a goal, then handed the ball like soap for the rest of the game, out played by Sinclair
26: Luke Parker
5
Showed glimpses throughout the game of brilliance and garbage, sometimes no where near it, sometimes couldn't get away from it
4: Dan Hannebery
4.5
Finished with 22 after a limp 8 in the first half. Provided nothing across the field, but still worked hard with 8 tackles
6: Jordan Foote
3
Worked hard with 5 tackles, but AFL is beyond him. Passenger throughout the game.
9: Will Hayward
4
Couldn't get near it, and team mates wouldn't use him, chiefly Rohan. Still looked capable when he had opportunities
15: Kieren Jack
2
The end is nigh. Finished with 12 at whisker over 40% DE, 3 clangers, a couple of tackles and inside 50s, but no run, no pressure, and absolutley nothing at the contests
29: George Hewett
5.5
Great first half, but then faded badly in the 2nd. At times carrying the midfield.
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Justin Mitchell

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