Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Essendon, Round 14 2017

John Longmire must be watching re-runs of Escape from New York and Escape from LA the way the Swans have been finishing games the last two weeks.

No room for error? No worries! Let's give our fans heart attacks every single week! Crikey.

I don't really know what to say about that. If was a bit funny last week walking around after the match talking to other Swans supporters asking each other, how did we do that?

I don't think that question even does this weeks win justice. Just what the heck was that?!

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

40: Nick Smith
Some really good body work, wasn't worked over too hard and laid several goal saving tackles
39: Heath Grundy
The best defender on the ground by a mile. 8 marks, 26 disposals and was a rock in defence
44: Jake Lloyd
Good but not his best ball use. Still moved the ball well and took risks that paid off and finished with 31 and 10 marks. Crucial for our ball movement. Laid a tackle, woo!
14: Callum Mills
Shut down McDonald all night and took two great marks on him. 8 marks, 26 disposals and 5 rebound 50s
24: Dane Rampe
Played well against Daniher despite the height difference and generally used the ball well.
43: Lewis Melican (R)
Tidy in defence and tidy on the ball, even if he wasn't spectacular. Solid without being flashy, but several costly turn overs
13: Oliver Florent
Much better game by the young man, played more midfield minutes, kicked a crucial goal in the last and was impressive throughout.
12: Josh Kennedy
He was plodding along at his usual pace for the first three quarters, but when the game was there to be won, he made sure the Swans won it. What a player, what a champion.
5: Isaac Heeney
Another ridiculously good 21 disposal game. 2 goals, did it tough and did the finess, he was very, very good in the first half.
9: Will Hayward
Again on the periphery but still bobbed up for a goal.
23: Lance Franklin
A dirty dog night, 6 behinds and some shocking goal kicking. Thrust himself into the game in the last 5 minutes and was equal best in that time with Kennedy, but was one of the worst on the ground up to that point.
22: Dean Towers
Better from Dean, more possessions and laid 6 tackles. Some of his ball use would make a bald man pull non-existent hair out.
15: Kieren Jack
13 disposals and a lot of hard running. Despite kicking two behinds, he presented well and linked up in the midfield and provided a constant threat.
20: Sam Reid
9 marks and 1 goal 3. Should have had 4 goals if it wasn't for some awful goal kicking.
41: Tom Papley
A bit of a down game from the small forward-cum-midfielder. Just 12 disposals and a goal, but laid 6 tackles.
35: Sam Naismith
The big man is getting better. Had 10 disposals, 24 hit outs and laid 4 tackles. Still looks a bit off peak fitness
4: Dan Hannebery
29 disposals and went at it at almost 80%, but 20 hand balls. Kicked a goal when he remembered to use his foot, go figure.
26: Luke Parker
Some really good moments and had 9 marks, finished with 26 disposals. Had more frees against than tackles, not good.
16: Gary Rohan
Kicked the winner, enough said.
18: Callum Sinclair
12 disposals and 10 hit outs with 4 tackles. He's a bit of an enigma, some games he's fantastic, other he's in and out.
28: Nic Newman
A great goal late in the game, but was in an out and lacked his usual penetration and control at the back, just 13 disposals, but laid 5 big tackles.
29: George Hewett
Not sure if he was tagging someone. Had 5 in the last, but was missing for large patches of the game.

Bonus rating: 10/10 Goddard turnover & Papley smother, game winners!

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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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