Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Fremantle Dockers, Round 21 2017

Another superb game from Luke Parker, ably assisted by sensational Franklin and a standout performance from stand-in skipper Rampe, lead the way for the Swans in their 104 point demolition effort of the hapless Dockers, or shall we call them, the Shockers.

It was the biggest win for the Swans over the Dockers, eclipsing their 90 point win last season, with Fremantle narrowly avoiding their lowest ever AFL score late in the third quarter with consecutive goals

Franklin returned to his best, turning it on in a blistering first half that left Hamling, his so called "grand final nemesis" drowning in his wake, while Parker kicked another two classy first quarter goals.

Sometimes a team adjusts when its best player is out injured, and the Swans have done that with aplomb.

It's games like this when you have to go out of your way to be critical, and thankfully, nothing to criticise here.

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

24: Dane Rampe
An outstanding performance off half-back, rarely beaten and finishing with 25 disposals, 10 contested, 6 marks, 7 rebound 50s and 6 spoils.
39: Heath Grundy
Another very solid game from a very solid and very underrated player.
40: Nick Smith
The courage he showed at times was phenomenal, going back with the flight and peeling off, marking in front of an onrushing player. Disposal was pretty good too, well done.
10: Zak Jones
Capped off an all-action performance with a goal that brought emojis to life. We're with you there Zak.
43: Lewis Melican
Didn't do much wrong, did some good things. Finds himself at the bottom of the AFL AF points, but was solid overall.
3: Jarrad McVeigh
Tasty, delectable goal, and his drive off half-back at times, superb. Defensively could have done better, found wanting for pace a few times, but with the ball in hand, there's probably none better for the Swans.
5: Isaac Heeney
Superb. That first quarter goal, sweet. That assist to Parker, sweet. General play, sweet. He's the sugary treat everyone loves, but is just too indulgent.
26: Luke Parker
More of the same please. Wasn't this the sort of form that almost had you winning a Brownlow last year? Hmm..
44: Jake Lloyd
Those 20m chiselers were sorely missed in both Hawthorn games, and I honestly believe that if he was fit to play, we win both and sit on a new club record 14-win streak, comfortably in the top 4, threatening top 2.
16: Gary Rohan
Pretty good game overall. 2 goals including a great one from the pocket with all the time and space in the world, that should never be afforded to an AFL player. 7 marks and 11 disposals, he's an efficient player.
23: Lance Franklin
Don't know who gets BOG, but I'd wager Buddy gets the 3 votes for this match, but it really is a toss-up. Blistering first half with 4 goals. Finished with 24 disposals, 12 contested, 8 marks, 3 contested, 4 clearances, 3 tackles, 10 inside 50s and a quite franklin ridiculous 13 scoring involvements and 567 metres gained!
22: Dean Towers
Important link player in the first quarter, a bag of marks and inside 50s and overall had a good game. He's going to be stiff to find his way out of the team when Kennedy returns, but the question is who does he come in for?
20: Sam Reid
Kicked 2 goals, should have kicked 5, took 7 marks, 3 contested and 4 inside 50.
8: Kurt Tippett
What a way to silence the critics with a stand out performance in the forward line. Found it tough going in the first, but still battled away and really stamped his presence on the game with an emphatic tackle on Pearce to set up Heeneys goal. Got better for him, finished with 2 goals, 7 marks, 3 contested and 4 inside 50, a ton of one-on-one contests and laid a game-high 8 tackles. That's work rate.
41: Tom Papley
Quiet at times, still finished with 2 goals, a bag of clearances and did some good work in the centre square. His flexibility is proving very hard to match up on.
18: Callum Sinclair
A quiet game, but did well in the ruck and schooled the young Fremantle opponent with several classy taps. The Tippett-Sinclair combination looks more threatening than the Naismith-anyone, at the moment.
4: Dan Hannebery
Finished with 29 disposals and a lot of hard running throughout the match. Might not get any Brownlow votes for this match, despite leading the disposals throughout.
15: Kieren Jack
Bobbed up for a goal to cap off a pretty good performance for the hard running mid. 8 inside 50s, 464 metres gained and 7 score involvements.
9: Will Hayward
The coaches pet is coming on in leaps and bounds, finishing with 2 goals, but a heap of work around the ground in another very promising display. He's still 18 years old and showing maturity beyond his years, finishing with 5 tackles.
14: Callum Mills
Not exactly a quiet game, but not the sort of ridiculous intercept marking game we're so used to, although he did have his moments. Finished with 19 disposals and 8 marks, but his pressure was a bit off at times.
28: Nic Newman
Did well while he was on the ground, unfortunate to go off with a knee injury.
29: George Hewett
Just keep plodding along under the radar, we don't mind, no one else knows who you are, just us Swans folk.

Bonus rating: 10/10 to the SCG for allowing kick-to-kick after the game, given the biggest crowd of the season, well done

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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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