Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Gold Coast Suns, Round 16 2017

Five wins a row, eight from nine, and the Swans are back in the eight! It's been a tough run with some close calls, but we've played some very strong teams, especially those with finals aspirations.

We've won five straight since the bye, beating St Kilda, Richmond, Essendon and Melbourne, all vying for top eight finishes, and last years' AFL darlings, the Throwdogs.

I missed some of the game, and what I did see was occasionally through the bottom of a cup, filled with beer, so bare with me here.

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

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14: Callum Mills
6
Didn't look quite right in the first half, looked like he shouldn't have played, but improved as the game wore on to finish with 22
39: Heath Grundy
8
24 disposals, superb shut down job on 2 metre Peter, almost another shut out.
40: Nick Smith
7.5
Never earns plaudits because he's a defensive defender. Rarely lets his opposite get off the chain and Ah Chee was no exception.
44: Jake Lloyd
7
Another casual 30, even if sometimes doesn't look threatening with the ball. I dread everytime he kicks the ball out though, at least 1 scoring shot per game from kick out turnovers from Lloyd.
24: Dane Rampe
8.5
Maestro, moustachio pistachio! Hear ye, hear ye, he be back!
43: Lewis Melican
7.5
Another good game, first ever goal, looks like a really good player.
5: Isaac Heeney
7
I've seen him leap, I've seen him jump and I've seen him tackle, but never from the bottom of a beer cup.
27: Dan Robinson
6
Expected performance, called in late and looked at times to be lacking match fitness. Finished with 14 but turned it over a fair bit.
10: Zak Jones
7.5
Rance eat your heart out. This guy does it all.
15: Kieren Jack
7.5
Only Bart Simpsons "supoib" will do here. Keeps it ticking over in the middle.
23: Lance Franklin
7.5
Could have easily had 7 on the night, at least 5, but he retakes the lead in the coleman.
22: Dean Towers
7.5
21 disposals, 2 goals, 4 inside 50s, all action display with his typical nous and turn overs.
16: Gary Rohan
9
Best on, kicked 5.2, a heap of score involvements from 16 disposals, and looked like the biggest threat of them all.
20: Sam Reid
6.5
Spent time in the ruck and had a whopping zero hit outs, unsurprising really, going up against Wright. Might as well have let Parker and Towers take the rucks. Oh wait.
41: Tom Papley
7
Quieter by his recent lofty standards, but finished with 20 disposals and 1 goal
35: Sam Naismith
6
Did OK, won himself 31 hit outs against a fairly strong and tall combination, and offered a big presence around the ground, racking up a game-high 3 disposals. Or is that game low?
4: Dan Hannebery
6.5
Well held as captain, just 15 disposals and looked to be on the periphery at times.
26: Luke Parker
8
Just imagine the girl from the ad saying "and Luke Parrkeerrrr..."
3: Jarrad McVeigh
7
According to someone in the media he wants to be Sam Mitchell in Melbourne.
13: Oliver Florent
6
NEAFL beckons young man, so does the gym.
28: Nic Newman
7
Another good performance, had the ball on a string at times, even if he was just hacking it at times.
29: George Hewett
7.5
Can't fault the young mans performance, I want to give him an 8 for the two goals, but the bar was set pretty high.
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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

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