Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants, Round 22, 2018

What a way for the Swans' to win their third straight match against the Giants, their 11th from 15 attempts and temporarily propel themselves back into the top four.

We've said for the last fortnight, one week at a time - 3 matches, 3 wins, then 2 matches, 2 wins, and now just 1 win remains. Who would have thought three weeks ago, the Swans after losing the third straight match with a horror show against the Bombers, would then go and beat three teams in the top four, jumping them.

Remarkable team this lot is.

B: Zak Jones, Dane Rampe, Jake Lloyd
HB: Nic Newman, Aliir Aliir, Harry Cunningham
C: Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker, Isaac Heeney
HF: George Hewett, Tom McCartin, Daniel Robinson
F: Will Hayward, Lance Franklin, Tom Papley
FOL: Callum Sinclair, Josh P. Kennedy, Jarrad McVeigh
I/C: Oliver Florent, Kieren Jack, Ben Ronke, Robbie Fox

3: Jarrad McVeigh
Old man McVeigh is still killing it. Wound back the years in the second half after a bit of a dodgy first half. Managed to outrun Shiel and Ward a few times.
4: Dan Hannebery
Undeniably important to the Swans, no question. His disposal is sloppy though and he turns it over far too much. That last quarter though, he cracked in to some massive contests.
5: Isaac Heeney
Did his role OK, took a great contested mark on the wing and fluffed a chance to put the Swans ahead in the last quarter.
7: Harry Cunningham
One of those games were stats don't tell the tale. Shiel, Coniglio, Ward and Tarranto were destroying the Swans in the first half. Shiel had almost no impact in the second half, along with Coniglio.
9: Will Hayward
Great goal on the final quarter siren but really struggled to have much of an impact with a good defender on him. Laid a great tackle in the second quarter, finishing with 5 for the match.
10: Zak Jones
Good return to football, nothing silly and was surprisingly good with the ball. Won several incredible battles with his pace and tappy toes, just like Kieren Jack. That 3v1 on the wing was superb.
11: Tom Papley
Played almost 80% of the game, yet finished with just 9 and rarely looked threatening. Played a bit of a tagging role, but not sure he's suited to it.
12: Josh Kennedy
Enormous last quarter, massive second half after being almost unsighted in the first half. There's no question his 18 disposals in the second half was crucial.
13: Oliver Florent
Had several really good moments, finished with 4 tackles and 15 disposals.
15: Kieren Jack
Enormous first and last quarters, really the reason why the Swans had a sniff at all. Booted two goals from 22, butchered by foot something fierce and finished with 8 inside 50s.
18: Callum Sinclair
12 disposals and 34 hit outs, still better than Lobb, who Brenton Speed labelled a "contested mark beast" on the telecast. Oops.
23: Lance Franklin
5 goals, 3 in the second half, 540 metres gained, 8 marks - 5 contested, 4 inside 50, 12 score involvements and 2 goal assists. Finished with 5.4. Imagine if it was 9.0... would have won by 40 points.
24: Dane Rampe
Limited Cameron to two goals, one a cheapy free kick and another a bit arsey. Did pretty well himself.
25: Ben Ronke (R)
Needs a rest. Lost the ball at one point in the third quarter, but mopped up his mess with a massive tackle.
26: Luke Parker
If it wasn't for Franklin going bananas, this guy is easily best on ground. 33 disposals, 15 contested, 9 clearances, 5 tackles, 2 goals, 8 score involvements, 7 marks and 510 metres gained
27: Dan Robinson
He did ok, had his moments. He's a good depth player.
28: Nic Newman
Just seems to be a little off the pace in those big, intense games. Some of the kicks were absolutely superb, but some moments made you freak and reach for the cushion in terror.
29: George Hewett
Had a really, really quiet first half, with just 5 disposals. His second was a bit better, finishing with 16, 8 in the last quarter. Looked as though the Giants went a hard tag.
30: Tom McCartin
He does really well for an 18-year-old playing a key position role. There really isn't a harder role to play as an 18-year old. Finished with a goal, a flower bag of a kick and a contested mark. Give him 1 pre-season.
36: Aliir Aliir
Not his usual calm and collected self. Panicked a few times, probably not used to the extreme pressure. Had a few really good moments though.
42: Robbie Fox (R)
Played just 67% game time, but had 4 possessions, 2 of them clangers. Laid 3 tackles. Makes you wonder if this was really a good seletion.
44: Jake Lloyd
Another superb game off half back, with 30 disposals and 9 marks.

Bonus rating: 0/10 for Troy Pannell, the fella needs to retire.

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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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