Player Ratings: vs St Kilda, Round 9, 2017

Well, that was a performance to put the naysayers to bed. It was a bit of a surprise to see the Swans fans eating their own after the game, after was a superb performance from all. The season is well and truly on, and a win against the dreary Hawks will put us in good stead for a tilt at the finals in the 2nd half of the season.

B: Dane Rampe, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith
HB: Nic Newman, Lewis Melican, Zak Jones
C: Jake Lloyd, Josh P. Kennedy, Callum Mills
HF: George Hewett, Lance Franklin, Isaac Heeney
F: Harry Cunningham, Sam Reid, Tom Papley
FOL: Callum Sinclair, Luke Parker, Dan Hannebery
I/C: Will Hayward, Gary Rohan, Kurt Tippett, Dean Towers

24: Dane Rampe
Really good return from the man with the mo. Made a few mistakes, had a few kicked on him, but given his time out and immediate return to football, was solid.
39: Heath Grundy
Kept McCartin and the resting forward almost goalless throughout the match and was pretty solid
40: Nick Smith
20 disposals and was pretty good defensively. Great return to form.
28: Nic Newman
Backed up from last weeks stunning performance. Looking like a Malceski clone, how good that will be for us!
43: Lewis Melican (R)
Another solid performance. He's getting better and is showing a lot of poise.
10: Zak Jones
20 disposals and pretty tidy, most uncontested, but moved the ball well. Not playing as much these days as a back pocket.
44: Jake Lloyd
Another good performance from Jake with 35 disposals and some ripping kicks off half back. 10 marks and 1 tackle.
12: Josh Kennedy
Another superb performance from the captain. 35 disposals, 14 contested, but had a heap of clangers and gave away 5 free kicks.
14: Callum Mills
2nd year player and he looks like he's played 200 games. How good is this kid! 22 disposals at almost 100%, 9 marks, one massive hit on Newnes and some beautiful kicks.
29: George Hewett
Another impressive performance from the young man. He'll take a bit of time to develop into a big, strong midfielder, but the signs are promising and he capped it off with a neat goal.
23: Lance Franklin
Had a quiet first half, started getting stuck into it in the 3rd and really turned it on its head in the last. Couple of ridiculous goals to cap off a slow starting performance.
5: Isaac Heeney
Another decent performance on return from injury. Was tidy and worked hard both ways.
7: Harry Cunningham
Unlucky to go off injured in the 3rd. Great first half with two goals and fantastic penetrative run and 5 inside 50s.
20: Sam Reid
Should have taken at least 10 marks, but dropped almost 10. Last week his hands were glue, this week they were covered on soap. Got himself a goal before sliding into the back half and playing as the spare.
41: Tom Papley
Hassled and ran his butt off all day. 20 disposals, 2 goals, 17 pressure acts, 7 inside 50s, 4 tackle and 6 marks. Went at just 60%, but his work rate was superb.
4: Dan Hannebery
30 disposals, 8 tackles, 27 pressure acts, 12 marks, 3 of them inside 50, and 6 inside 50s, this guy was an absolute machine! Back to his best.
26: Luke Parker
Finished with 28 disposals and did a fair bit of grunt work, but lacked any penetration or link up across the field. He still put a lot of pressure on and spent most of his time in the middle of the ground.
18: Callum Sinclair
Another solid performance. 25 hit outs, 17 disposals, 1 goal with 4 inside 50s.
9: Will Hayward
In and out of the match, but when he was in, he made a serious mark on the contest. At time he was fantastic on the wing and up front. Finished with a goal and 14 disposals.
16: Gary Rohan
A decent return to senior footy after injury. He didn't get much of the ball, but managed to get himself a goal, chased and tackled hard and put in 17 pressure acts.
8: Kurt Tippett
Played 70% of total game time and looked invisible at times. Kicked 1-2 when he should have nailed all three. Finished with 12 disposals, 4 marks and 8 hit outs.
22: Dean Towers
I don't think stats really sum up this guys performance. He had his moments and made the most of them, with great work inside and out. 19 disposals at 60% with 6 clangers is a worry, but his ability to work both ways and put in 19 pressure acts was key at times.

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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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