Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Melbourne Demons, Round 15 2017

Another week, another win, I could get used to this. Four wins on the trot post-bye, almost unheard of for us Swans supporting folk.

It wasn't a pretty match and it got hot in the kitchen for a while after Bugg laid out Mills. His career may well be over, unlikely to play again this season.

B: Lewis Melican, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith
HB: Zak Jones, Dane Rampe, Jake Lloyd
C: Isaac Heeney, Josh P. Kennedy, Callum Mills
HF: George Hewett, Lance Franklin, Kieren Jack
F: Gary Rohan, Sam Reid, Tom Papley
Fol: Sam Naismith, Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker
I/C: Jarrad McVeigh, Oliver Florent, Dean Towers, Nic Newman

43: Lewis Melican
7
Another solid game for the recently promoted senior player, no longer a rookie!
39: Heath Grundy
7.5
Lead the backline brilliantly and it's certainly understated just how important he is for the team
40: Nick Smith
6.5
Another solid game, but who was his opponent? That's right, shut down!
10: Zak Jones
7.5
Sign him up, now! This guy is tough as nails and with a nasty head clash, gets back up and goes again. If we thought Selwood was tough...
24: Dane Rampe
6.5
Another solid game and keeps on improving.
44: Jake Lloyd
7
Another great game for the Swans controlling the ball on half-back. His kick ins are a bit shite and I wish he'd stop taking them.
5: Isaac Heeney
7
Another good game, another goal, even if his DE% is pretty average.
12: Josh Kennedy
8
Sharked Gawn's taps like they were fed from Naismith and was almost unstoppable in the middle. 14 contested, 6 tackles, and a terrible shot on goal.
14: Callum Mills
N/A
Was seeing stars for 98% of the match. At least Bugg was the worst played on the ground by some distance.
29: George Hewett
6.5
He cops a bit of flack, but he goes about his business tidily and has become an important player for the Swans. 29 disposals, 11 contested and 10 marks.
23: Lance Franklin
9
Another dominating forwards performance from Franklin. 4 goals, should have had more, but 19 disposals, 11 marks, 8 inside 50s and even had the Foxtel guys bagging him out. Love to see you do that Ling, King and Carey you flogs.
15: Kieren Jack
8.5
Back to his best with a performance short of superlatives. 10 tackles, 23 disposals, 5 marks, 5 inside 50s and a goal.
16: Gary Rohan
6.5
He had a sensational first 15 minutes with 4 marks inside 50 and 3 shots on goal. But then he sort of slid out of the game as he tends to do. Finished with 16, 8 marks and 6 inside 50s, but barely above 30% DE. Had 7 score involvements though. Hmm.
20: Sam Reid
7
A decent game by the big man in a match where the Swans dominated possession and controlled play. 8 marks, 4 contested and 4 inside 50, but returned a single goal.
41: Tom Papley
7.5
Another good game from the small forward-come-midfielder. The way he plays both positions you really don't know where his best is, but finished with 25 disposals and 2 goals.
35: Sam Naismith
7
The big Swan went head-to-head with Gawn and won the battle, convincingly at times. Gawn who's known for his athleticism was beaten in the air and across the ground by a player not known for his athleticism.
4: Dan Hannebery
6
A bit of a down game from the diminutive midfielder made from granite. Sat out a fair chunk of the 2nd half with a corked thigh.
26: Luke Parker
9
Best game of the season by him and arguably best game of the season by any Swan. Play like that the rest of the season and he may well win a Brownlow.
3: Jarrad McVeigh
7
His important cannot be stated enough. Returned to the side as if he'd never left, finished with 24, but his calmness under pressure freed up his fellow defenders.
13: Oliver Florent
5
Despite a great piece with Sheahan earlier in the week, he just couldn't work his way into the game. The Demons worked him over and he kept going back for more.
22: Dean Towers
6.5
His third quarter was fantastic, the way he presented and marked the ball when the Demons were flat out attack. Gets into great positions, leads and marks well, but some of those decisions, sheesh..
28: Nic Newman
7.5
Another great game from a player fast becoming great. 25 disposals and 5 tackles, starting off the game as a forward before spending more time on the wing and eventually in defence.
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