Player Ratings: vs Brisbane Lions Round 7, 2017

Finally the swans won a game. A fast start with some good energy, still areas of concern but when you are 0-6 you take the wins. The Lions were witches hats most of the day but in the end a solid first win.


B: Nick Smith, Heath Grundy, Harry Marsh
HB: Jarrad McVeigh, Lewis Melican, Callum Mills
C: Isaac Heeney, Josh Kennedy, Zak Jones
HF: Callum Sinclair, Lance Franklin, Tom Papley
F: Will Hayward, Sam Reid, Harry Cunningham
FOL: Sam Naismith, Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker
I/C: Oliver Florent, Dean Towers, George Hewett, Jake Lloyd

3: Jarrad McVeigh
Yet to play in a loss this year. Was concerned to see him rushed back but he played a good game, got better as it went. Hits targets, went at over 90% disposal efficiency. Set up the first goal, was a steadying influence on a shaky defence. Is still a needed player.
4: Dan Hannebery
Mark may seem harsh as he busts in, tackles hard. But he butchers the ball so much and loves a handball to a team mate under the pump, expect more from one of our star players, hopefully today is something to build on.
5: Isaac Heeney
Was one of the best when the game was on, is classy and tough. Might of faded a bit as the game went, but limited fitness would not help. He works hard, and his defensive work is excellent. We will only get better as he gets fitter.
7: Harry Cunningham
Started a bit slow, but kicked 2 goals, 17 touches, 5 tackles, cannot ask for more from him really. Tries to break the lines, will never be a star but provided pace at times.
9: Will Hayward
Kicked 2, could of and should of got 4 really. Chases hard and keeps pressure on when the balls turns over. Glad he got to play in a win, does his job as a small forward, a good game for his development.
10: Zak Jones
Can someone please sign him already, this guy is getting better and better. Decided he has had enough losing and took the game on, especially when it was there to be won. He attacked hard, busted in, hit targets and was the best despite Buddys goals.
12: Josh Kennedy
A quiet game in a quietish year for the skipper. But still led the way for contested possessions, kicked a nice goal, hopefully that first win as skipper and having some team mates pitch in will get him back to his best.
13: Oliver Florent
Hard to mark him. Is a kid who ideally would be learning in the NEAFL, has been chopped in and out of the side, a nice deft tap stands out, shows a great footy brain but does not get a lot of it. 10 possies is a solid enough game.
14: Callum Mills
An average game, think he was a bit caught up in trying to be tough after last week. Started in the mid, but did not do much when the game was won, seemed to get more of it when the heat faded out of the game, does not shirk the issue, but have seen him play a lot better.
18: Callum Sinclair
50th game today, boy he can be embarrassingly bad and had some missed marks and poor kicks. But if your second ruck, gets 15 touches, kicks 2 goals and has 16 hit outs then thats a pretty good return, especially considering you can buy two Sinclairs for a Tippett
20: Sam Reid
Aliir punished for being late to training, Reid seemed to be a few quarters late to the game. Showed a lot early in the year but back to his usual since then sadly. Got a few cheapies down back late, maybe he could stay there and help solidify the defence
22: Dean Towers
Again have to mark on expectations a bit, but this was a nice game by the bigfooty swans boards resident punching bag. 20 possies, a goal and some classy moments, one of the better players.
23: Lance Franklin
Buddy was at his best today, should of had 10, amazing what playing a forward in the forward line does hey Horse. Buddy was up and about and determined and all class.
26: Luke Parker
Stats sheet may say he was great, but this guys inability to hit a target is abysmal. Tried hard today so effort was back and got a lot of it, took some strong marks, but he causes turnovers far too often, lucky it was only Brisbane. Hopefully this is the first step back to form.
29: George Hewett
Forgot he was there a lot of the day, gets touches but you do not notice him much. A bit of a nothing game for him.
31: Harry Marsh
Late inclusion after turning Aliir's alarm off. Played a nice game, one of the better defenders, worked hard, took a few grabs, played better as the game went. Maybe he locks a spot for longer than a week?
35: Sam Naismith
Rushed back into the side, so was not expecting much. Not allowed to kick unless there is no choice at all and even then seems to have to kick backwards first. Was physical early when it was won, faded a bit.
39: Heath Grundy
Butchered it, cost goals in the second quarter and even when Sydney were dominant he looked about 45 out there today.
40: Nick Smith
Did he play?
41: Tom Papley
Seemed to move to half back at times today. Provides some dare and dash. Got a few kicks, loves his pressure work, improving each week since he came back, would like to see him kick some goals like last year, but perhaps is being asked to play a new role.
44: Jake Lloyd
A Jake Lloyd accumulation game, nothing flashy, but works his arse off and has every week even when we lose. Liked his game overall
43: Lewis Melican (R)
Need to get better positioning one on one, like his game when he has the ball, but needs to work on his defensive game

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