Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Adelaide Crows, Round 22 2017

Salty Crows, it tastes delicious after a match like that, kicking up a fuss over a debatable 50 metre penalty, although one could argue that the umpires were blatantly cheating for more than 3 quarters of the match.

What a way to win the game. It's hard not to love this club, even when they stink it up, playing games like this.

The sort of game that character is built on, culture developed, mettle and courage personified.

I love you Franklin, you are just a freak of football nature, one of the most gifted played I've ever seen and had the pleasure of watching.

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

24: Dane Rampe
This is arguably the best game he's ever played. Owned Walker in the forward line, killed the contest so many times, 5 rebound 50s and pretty good on the ball.
39: Heath Grundy
Adelaide needed to look in the lost & found bin to find Josh Jenkins, hiding at half-time.
40: Nick Smith
Eddie got 2, Cameron got none, the first goal Eddie got was a push and the 2nd was a completely wrong free kick on Lloyd.
10: Zak Jones
Tough nut and the two play ons in the last quarter, superb. At times crucial, but a little reckless.
12: Josh Kennedy
Monster in the first half but faded as the game went on, but still finished with 31, 18 contested, 5 clearances and 7 tackles
43: Lewis Melican
Sometimes players have good games, and they have bad games. Younger players often have more bad games than good games. This is one of those bad games. Had 6 goals kicked on him.
3: Jarrad McVeigh
Cool as a cucumber, sweet goal. Too bad he couldn't make it 2 in one quarter.
4: Dan Hannebery
Worked his ass off all game, 28 possies, 5 tackles and a lot of important run.
5: Isaac Heeney
Gave away a bag of free kicks for quite literally nothing on Sloane half the time, finished with 10 tackles, 5 clearances and 2 inside 50s.
8: Kurt Tippett
Kicked a goal and received a warm welcome, in and out of the match and did OK in the ruck, follow up efforts were good, 3 tackles.
9: Will Hayward
On the periphery for most of the match and couldn't assert himself. Might make way for Newman. Still managed 3 tackles.
14: Callum Mills
Those two intercept marks in the last quarter, and some of his play earlier in the game, superb. Love this kid. 8 1%rs.
15: Kieren Jack
Certainly not his best game but kicked a good goal in the first and laid 9 tackles.
16: Gary Rohan
2 goals, one very important one in the 3rd quarter from 70 metres out, and a superb play in the last quarter to burn both Betts & Cameron, one of the plays of the quarter.
18: Callum Sinclair
I'd say he did OK against Jacobs, probably broke even in the key areas. 25 hit outs, 3 clearances, 7 contested possessions and great pressure. His tap after Reid's goal was superb.
20: Sam Reid
Mr. Clutch.
22: Dean Towers
Not really sure what to make of this performance. Run with? Tagging? He didn't get much of the ball, but laid a few tackles and put some pressure on. Made a few blues but immediately followed up with 2nd and 3rd efforts.
23: Lance Franklin
3 goals, one should be goal of the year, palm down for Rohan's goal and just at times, outrageous. Superb in the last quarter too.
26: Luke Parker
Worked his ass off all game, did some really good things, turned it over at times, still finished with 30, 19 contested, but just 50% efficiency. 11 clearances though... Hmm..
29: George Hewett
Did ok, 23 possessions and 10 tackles, becoming an important member of the team and regularly among the best 10 on field. Should finish on the cusp of the top 10 in this years Bob Skilton.
44: Jake Lloyd
Skinny boy is an important player. That kick out in the last quarter, what the hell?! At least he hit a target, heart in mouth moment.
41: Tom Papley
16 disposals, 11 contested, 9 tackles, 2 goals, one of them the winner. Butchered the ball, but had 3 bounces and provided a tremendous amount of dash and set up McVeigh for his goal in the third quarte He's a pretty good plumber, not a bad footballer either.

Bonus rating: 10/10 for the saltiness of the AFL community, especially the Crows fans, after the Swans had been on the receiving end of rear-end pineapple reception for almost 120 minutes

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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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