Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Greater Western Sydney, Round 17 2017

Six wins in a row now and another convincing one to go in the collection. The Swans have beaten last years premiers, top 4 aspirant Richmond, Essendon, fellow top 8 aspirant Melbourne, the Suns and now 2nd place Giants.

It's a giant killing run, six in a row, and the Swans have been equal to the task. At least the six wins in a row makes up in spades for their first six losses in a row.

With winnable games coming up before two difficult road trips, could this be the season last after six rounds wins the flag?

Only time will tell.

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

43: Lewis Melican
6
Played against bigger and taller opponents and looked it. Will get better for the experience.
39: Heath Grundy
7.5
Another superb display from the defender. He's exposed on the lead and that's the only way Patton beat him, on the lead outside 50. Inside the 50, he dominates like no other. 10 1%'s! 10!
40: Nick Smith
6.5
Had his good and bad moments but was OK. The smalls got the goals.
44: Jake Lloyd
7
Keeps things ticking over in the midfield, 2 tackles to go with his 22
24: Dane Rampe
6.5
Not quite a match winning performance, and lacked his usual penetration by foot. Not going to help when he's going against two bloody tall players.
10: Zak Jones
7.5
Another great game from the midfielder? He's certainly playing like one and his dash off half-back was vital, especially early on. Butchers it by foot like no other though.
5: Isaac Heeney
7.5
He'll look fondly on his 50th game. It wasn't quite a dominating performance, but with a superb 3rd quarter, he was certainly amongst the best for a while.
12: Josh Kennedy
7.5
Returned with aplomb and as the game grew, he grew and just kept on getting it when GWS couldn't.
14: Callum Mills
6.5
Good first quarter racking up the intercept disposals, but faded as the game found more time in the Swans forward half.
16: Gary Rohan
6
Hard to rate him anything more. He's the "enigma" for a reason. Might need the crack British team from the 40's to solve this one.
23: Lance Franklin
8.5
4 goals, could easily have been 6 or 7, 10 score involvements, 607 metres gained and 6 inside 50s, including a ridiculous goal in the pocket.
27: Dan Robinson
7
Pretty good game from the tough midfielder. He's usually a ball magnet, but where he lacked in possessions (12) he made up for it in pressure with 9 tackles, 7 at half time. Got himself a goal before half-time and was definitely one of the better players on the ground.
41: Tom Papley
7.5
3 goals, 2 in the last quarter, and another smother moment. 3 goals from 10 possessions, almost as efficient as Rohan's efforts last week. Throw in 8 tackles, 4 inside 50s and 2 clearances.
20: Sam Reid
5
Looked injured and news came out after the match he had a sore groin. Unless he injured it after the final teams were announced, I have absolutely no idea why he played in place of Sinclair. He probably won't play next week.
15: Kieren Jack
8
Paging Mr. Matthew Lloyd, paging Mr. Lloyd. Could you please come down and pick up the cheque your mouth wrote. 11 tackles, booyah! Best on ground for most of the match.
35: Sam Naismith
7
83% game time, 45 hit outs, 4 clearances, 2 tackles, 5 1%'s, 7 of 9 possessions contested, 3 intercept possessions. He went head-to-head with Mumford and Lobb and beat them hands down in the ruck.
4: Dan Hannebery
7.5
Was among the better players on the ground and got us a crucial goal with a superb chase down tackle on Williams, one of their fastest players. Another whopping 9 tackles to go with his 22 disposals, although his DE% is a bit low.
26: Luke Parker
7.5
Not quite as good this week, and defensively his pressure wasn't quite there, but snagged a goal with a pretty good mark in the pocket.
3: Jarrad McVeigh
7.5
Another assured performance off half-back. He's certainly come back with a bang and if his body can hold on, sign him up again!
22: Dean Towers
6.5
Managed 2 hit outs and even rag dolled Mumford on one occasion that had me in stitches. Other than that on the periphery again.
28: Nic Newman
7
Another good game, but he's set the bar so high, it's so hard to say a 16 disposal effort with 4 rebound 50s is superb. Laid 4 tackles.
29: George Hewett
6.5
Not really a great game, did some OK things, but his disposal by foot let him down for the most part. Had a goal assist, but won't be fondly looking back on this game. Had 11 of 14 disposals contested and 4 tackles, so fair play.
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