Match winner Heeney takes the Coaches chocolates

With the match on the line, 22-year-old Isaac Heeney was an inspired move to full back, giving new meaning to the Swans’ undersized defence.

After Alex Johnson tragically left the field late in the first quarter, and Nick Smith off after quarter time with a hamstring injury, Isaac Heeney's last quarter helped the Swans hang on for a crucial win.

He capped off an incredible last quarter with a stunning mark that surely clinches mark of the year, flying almost unimpeded over the top of the hapless Jesse Hogan, who had a match he’d rather forget.

The screamer instantly brought back memories of Warrick Capper and Alex Jesaulenko and gives Gary Moorcroft and Ashley Sampi a run for their money as the best mark in the last 20 years.

The coaches certainly agreed with our votes on the weekend, awarding him the full 10 votes for his match winning performance.

Despite just picking up four possessions in the last quarter, he saved a certain goal on the line and took three crucial intercept marks deep inside defensive 50.

He was influential early in the game, picking up 7 possessions in the opening quarter, before pouncing on a loose ball midway through the second quarter to put the Swans ahead.

He finished the game with two goals to go with his 10 contested possessions, 8 intercept possessions, 5 score involvements, 6 marks and 5 tackles.

Jake Lloyd (7 votes) and Aliir Aliir (4 votes) topped the board, while Angus Brayshaw was the only Demon to receive votes, collecting 3 votes for an outstanding performance.

George Hewett (3 votes), Tom Papley (2 votes) and Lance Franklin (1 vote) rounded out the votes.

58 Ben Brown (Nth)
58 Jack Riewoldt (Rich)
52 Lance Franklin (Syd)
50 Luke Bruest (Haw)
50 Tom Hawkins (Gee)

10 Isaac Heeney (SYD)
7 Jake Lloyd (SYD)
4 Aliir Aliir (SYD)
3 Angus Brayshaw (MELB)
3 George Hewett (SYD)
2 Tom Papley (SYD)
1 Lance Franklin (SYD)

41 Isaac Heeney
35 Callum Sinclair
35 Josh Kennedy
34 Lance Franklin
34 Jake Lloyd

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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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