Well, that was frustrating to watch. Against the worst team in the league, Sydney did their best to get out of their way in the first half. We got the win in the end, just 30 points, but the result leaves more questions than answers, especially why Jack Silvagni and Liam Jones were made to look elite.
Importantly, no injuries and the four points. So while it wasn't pleasant viewing, the umpiring disgraceful and the commentary completely intolerable - I'm sure most of us muted the TV at various times - the Swans got the job done with five unanswered goals in the third quarter.
B: Jake Lloyd, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith
HB: Zak Jones, Dane Rampe, Jarrad McVeigh
C: Harry Cunningham, Luke Parker, Isaac Heeney
HF: George Hewett, Ben Ronke, Will Hayward
F: Oliver Florent, Lance Franklin, Kieren Jack
FOL: Callum Sinclair, Josh P. Kennedy, Dan Hannebery
I/C: Gary Rohan, Nic Newman, Harry Marsh, Ryley Stoddart
|3: Jarrad McVeigh||Still ticking over, right on the edge of elite. If he keeps this up, he may end up in the All Australian team at seasons' end.|
|4: Dan Hannebery||Not really looking for and only finished with 12 disposals. Couldn't even get into the game in the first three quarters.|
|5: Isaac Heeney||Could have had a massive game, his first half was certainly the best on the ground, but it was his last quarter that hit some of the highlight reels. Two pretty good quarters don't really balance out two pretty average quarters.|
|7: Harry Cunningham||He did OK, didn't really win enough of his own ball though.|
|9: Will Hayward||Kicked two goals, looked real lively and laid 6 tackles.|
|10: Zak Jones||He was decent enough at rebounding, but still turned it over and gave away a few poor free kicks for holding the ball.|
|12: Josh Kennedy||Another good game, 26 possessions and 6 clearances.|
|13: Oliver Florent||Another really good performance. This kid can definitely play! 13 disposals in the second half, 20 for the game.|
|15: Kieren Jack||Kicked a goal, did what he usually does but at least his kicking was better this time around, going at 57%.|
|16: Gary Rohan||Had several red-hot flashes and snagged himself a sausage, but was flaky throughout. Did some really good things early on, but went missing for long patches.|
|18: Callum Sinclair||About as good a game a ruckman would play. 22 disposals, 12 contested, 2 goals, 5 score involvements, 7 marks - 4 contested and 2 inside 50. Gave away 5 free kicks though.|
|23: Lance Franklin||Kicked three goals and had what could have been an 'almost' game, but doesn't really look fit. There were moments he would normally bang it in from 65 metres out, but could barely manage over 45 metres.|
|24: Dane Rampe||Pantsed.|
|25: Ben Ronke (R)||Pretty quiet, but still finished with 5 inside 50s and 13 disposals. Didn't have a single disposal inside 50.|
|26: Luke Parker||A pretty good game all things considered, 21 disposals, 6 tackles, 6 clearances and 2 goals. Looked really good in the last quarter too, including that great shimmy to waltz past Cripps.|
|28: Nic Newman||First half looked like he was still trundling around in the NEAFL. Finished with 11 disposals and some ok stats.|
|29: George Hewett||Did a great job on Cripps while winning plenty of his own ball, finishing with 21 disposals and 9 clearances.|
|31: Harry Marsh||His first half was Harry Marsh like. His second was a big improvement, but we're really splitting hairs.|
|33: Ryley Stoddart||He's a VERY promising talent. He's got that Florent flair that we saw last year, but wasn't quite physically ready. He looks like a boy among men, but boy oh boy, wowee! He can use the ball!|
|39: Heath Grundy||Did what he had to do, took a lot of marks, but no where near his previous form and was beaten a few times too.|
|40: Nick Smith||Easily the best defender for the Swans, at one point in the third quarter was the Swans leading ball winner.|
|44: Jake Lloyd||Had another good game with 24 disposals and 428 metres gained.|
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