Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Richmond Tigers, Round 5, 2019

To quote Heather Quinlan from last year:

"You know at the footy, when you buy a bucket of hot chips? You stand in the queue with that sense of anticipation and pleasure. Then after paying for the (expensive) chips, you find while some of them are great - hot and crispy - others don’t live up to expectations, one chip is good but has a nasty burnt bit on the end and several are just plain yukky - limp and undercooked. It leaves you feeling disappointed."

That's exactly how I felt last year. Anyone have that feeling of déjà vu on Saturday night? Same thing, different day? Richmond, missing four elite players, schooled the Swans, who were playing what Dermott Brereton described as an "out dated playing style, with players that just don't have the kicking skill to move it from defence".

That's a fair comment to say, rocking the same style from 2012-2016, despite lacking the players that made that team great, replacing them with very different individuals.

It's time to change, on-field or off-field.

B: Tom McCartin, Dane Rampe, Jake Lloyd
HB: Harry Cunningham, Aliir Aliir, Callum Mills
C: Ryan Clarke, Zak Jones, Isaac Heeney
HF: Kieren Jack, Lance Franklin, Jordan Dawson
F: Tom Papley, Sam Reid, George Hewett
FOL: Callum Sinclair, Oliver Florent, Josh P. Kennedy
I/C: Jackson Thurlow, James Rowbottom, Ben Ronke, Luke Parker


Bonus rating: John Longmire - 0/10, complete and utter bollocks game plan and nowhere near flexible enough to move with the times. We've said it the last three years, this utter shite game plan has to go. I don't even know what the Swans are trying to do this year.

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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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