Heeney's screamer just about a lock for Mark of the Year

With just two weeks of football remaining, it's going to take a serious effort to knock down Isaac Heeney for the Woolworth's Mark of the Year award.

Isaac Heeney's incredible mark over Melbourne's forward Jesse Hogan, was voted by the crowd as Round 21's nomination for the mark of the year, more than 45 percent ahead of Callum Ah Chee.

With more than 65 percent of the vote, Heeney eclipsed the spectacular pack marks by Callum Ah Chee of the Gold Coast Suns and Liam Ryan of the West Coast Eagles.

Callum Ah Chee took a massive mark on the shoulders of Richmond defender David Astbury, while Liam Ryan took a crucial juggling mark over the top of fellow Eagle Nathan Vardy in the final quarter of their stunning come-from-behind win.

With Hogan back peddling into position, Heeney launched early at the ball, seemingly hanging in midair, before turning the Melbourne forward into a step ladder, pushing off to take one of the marks of the year and arguably of the last decade.


While there's been plenty of spectacular marks in years past, especially Majak Daw's and Nic Naitanui's recent efforts, few have gone viral.

Antonio Brown, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, saw the mark and tweeted it to his 1.2 million followers on Twitter.

The tough midfielder, who has been known to take a spectacular grab in his time, was crucial in the Swans' tough fought 9-point win against the Demons on Sunday afternoon.

His fourth quarter, despite taking just three marks and collecting four disposals, was as good a quarter of football anyone has played this season, and was critical in repelling numerous inside 50s.

An inspired move to full back, after impressing the previous week against Collingwood, Heeney shut down Jesse Hogan, while proving himself an adept defender in the one-on-one contests.

Coaches John Longmire and Simon Goodwin voted him best afield, picking up the 10 coaches votes.

Heeney now leads the AFLCA for the Swans with 41 votes, 6 ahead of Callum Sinclair and skipper Josh Kennedy.

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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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