Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs St Kilda Saints, Round 18 2017

Callum Sinclair's career best five goal haul was more than enough to sink a dogged, but not quite good enough St Kilda on Saturday night.

The Swans lead the entire game and could have won by a far greater margin, had Sinclair and Franklin kicked straight.

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

24: Dane Rampe
Some good, some great, some awful, some decent. Still looks like he's adjusting with his arm.
39: Heath Grundy
Another week where Bart Simpson's "supoib" is perfectly valid. Dominated the defensive 50 and rarely beaten, even on the lead
40: Nick Smith
Another good performance, just keeps on doing it with minimal fuss
44: Jake Lloyd
No where near his early season 30-disposal-per-game form, but still effective, despite just over 75% DE.
43: Lewis Melican
Arguably career best game from the young defender. He DOMINATED. From hence forth known as: The Dominator. "I'll be back" he uttered to Riewoldt, as he spoiled him time, and time again.
3: Jarrad McVeigh
Earlier this season we treated him like a bit of a cripple, and fair play, because he'd spent significant time over the last two years out with injuries. But damn, he's still good. Sign him up! Could play 350.
41: Tom Papley
15 disposals, but butchered the ball, even though he was always involved and tackled well. Some really good pressure acts.
12: Josh Kennedy
25 disposals and a goal from the captain, with 5 tackles and 5 inside 50s. Caught holding it three times too many.
14: Callum Mills
Can anyone find a better intercept marker in the league? I really miss the combination with Aliir, but this guy is holding his own.
22: Dean Towers
19 disposals, a goal, 8 marks, shocking disposal efficiency, 5 clangers and zero tackles. Baffling, yet exciting.
23: Lance Franklin
A bit down on his usual standards, but still finished with 3.4, 16 disposals with 9 contested, 6 marks and 7 inside 50s. Just can't keep a good player down.
5: Isaac Heeney
Some of his movement and work around the ground was freaky, even if he was a bit streaky throughout the game.
16: Gary Rohan
Back to his enigmatic best. 10 disposals, 5 marks and 2 clangers. Still got a gimme goal.
18: Callum Sinclair
Career best game, 5 goals 3 behinds, 10 marks, 8 contested, the first player to kick 5 with 8 contested marks and 10+ marks since Barry Hall in 2008. Lead the line superbly and played like a true full forward. Could easily have kicked another had Heeney not knocked the ball out of his hands one time.
15: Kieren Jack
A bit down from his latest form, but still finished with 4 tackles and 18 disposals. Just 3 inside 50s.
35: Sam Naismith
21 hit outs, beaten in the ruck, but still rucked three quarters of the game on his own. Supremely fit and still put down a fair bit of pressure around the ball.
26: Luke Parker
21 disposals, 16 contested, a heap of kicks out of midair, making the ridiculous look routine. Just 57% DE, but dominated the game early on along with Callum Sinclair.
4: Dan Hannebery
Another good game on the outside, moving the ball well in between the lines. 25 disposals with 12 contested, 5 marks and 4 clearances and 7 inside 50s. Massive amount of distance gained too.
10: Zak Jones
Possibly injured, at least you'd hope with just over 50% game time and 9 disposals. I really wonder what counts as an effective disposal at times, since his kicks couldn't even hit the side of a barn.
27: Dan Robinson
Struggled throughout the 2nd half, despite good pressure and attack on the man and ball in the first half. Faded late in the game.
28: Nic Newman
Decent game off half-back, 14 disposals with 4 tackles. Dislocated a finger late in the 3rd quarter
29: George Hewett
Another solid hit out from the young midfielder, with a massive 18 contested disposals, 7 clearances, four of them from the centre square (lead the team), 5 tackles and 5 inside 50s. Just keeps on getting better.

Bonus Rating: 0/10 for whomever is teaching these guys to kick at goal, I can't remember a Swans team that's managed to win 7 games in a row, yet kick at goal so poorly.

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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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