Player of the Year - Round 8, 2019

Each round we'll be posting our votes for The Swans Blog's Player of the Year award.

The players will be voted on their performance on the day regardless of previous form. The player with the highest number of votes at the end of the season, wins. Simple.

Round 8 saw the Swans break a 5-game losing streak at the SCG with a thrilling 5-point win against Essendon.

David Myers had a chance to win the game after the siren, with a set shot 65 metres out - his kick fell well short and the Swans clinched their first home game win of the season.

Young forward Nick Blakey played the best game of his fledgling career, kicking a goal, and laying an epic tackle on Mason Redman with less than 30 seconds remaining.

As a developing forward, he's expected to make mistakes - his free kick was kicked straight down the throat of Michael Hurley, and Essendon launched one last attack.

Captain Josh Kennedy was a fierce presence at the contest, while co-captains Luke Parker and Dane Rampe held the team together.

Parker played his best game of the season, finishing with 33 disposals, 5 tackles and 6 clearances, but was best remembered for his aggressive attack on the ball at the contests.

Rampe was fantastic in defence and influential in the final quarter, finishing with 13 disposals - 10 contested possessions, 9 intercept possessions and eight one-percenters, and went at 92 percent disposal efficiency.

Developing forwards Jordan Dawson (2 goals) and Tom McCartin (1 goal, 5 marks) proved a constant threat for the Swans inexperienced forward line, with McCartin twice out marking Essendon's All Australian defender Michael Hurley.

5 - Luke Parker
4 - Dane Rampe
3 - Josh Kennedy
2 - Nick Blakey
1 - Jordan Dawson

19 - Josh Kennedy
11 - Luke Parker
9 - Oliver Florent
8 - Isaac Heeney
8 - Zak Jones

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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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