AFLCA: Isaac Heeney's blonde locks caught the coaches attention

Sydney Swans's blonde bombshell put on a midfield-turned-forward masterclass on Saturday afternoon at Marvel Stadium, torturing the Carlton defence to no end, with his 4-goals proving the difference in the Swans' 19-point win.

Isaac Heeney's return to form was as well timed as any return could possibly be, helping the Swans return to the winners list and propelling the Swans back into finals contention, his 4-goal haul was his best since Round 19, 2016, and his disposal count his highest since Round 17, 2018.

The Swans picked up 18 of the 30 AFLCA Coaches Votes, with Zak Jones (6), Jarrad McVeigh (1) and Callum Mills (1) getting in on the action.

Zak Jones finished with 31 disposals - 14 contested, 7 clearances, 6 marks and 516 metres gained, forming a formidable duo with captain Josh Kennedy, who finished with similar stats in all categories.

322-game veteran Jarrad McVeigh was one of the most important players on the ground for the Swans, leading the inexperienced defence with aplomb, finishing with 24 disposals and 575 metres gained, before leaving the field with a quad injury that will keep him out for up to 8 weeks.

McVeigh's leadership in defence will be sorely missed, with the undermanned Swans taking on Melbourne, Richmond, Brisbane, GWS Giants, Collingwood, Geelong and West Coast in the lead up to the mid-season bye.

Tough rebounding defender Callum Mills was superb in defence for the Swans, constantly out marking his direct opponents, while regularly intercepting the ball off his direct opponent.

Mills finished the game with 28 disposals - 10 contested and 9 intercept possessions, 6 marks, 4 rebound 50s and 5 one percenters.

10 Isaac Heeney (SYD)
8 Patrick Cripps (CARL)
6 Zak Jones (SYD)
2 Ed Curnow (CARL)
2 Liam Jones (CARL)
1 Callum Mills (SYD)
1 Jarrad McVeigh (SYD)

10 Josh Kennedy
10 Isaac Heeney
6 Zak Jones
4 Jake Lloyd
1 Jarrad McVeigh

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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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