Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Essendon Bombers, Round 8, 2019

With a the club seemingly in rebuild mode, and two of the best players available in this years draft ripe for the taking, the Swans pulled off the most unexpected result - they won.

They turned around their dreadful SCG form to keep their winning history against Essendon ticking over, winning all games against them in Sydney this decade.

Surprisingly the turn-around was lead primarily by the young players, with Nick Blakey, Jordan Dawson, Tom McCartin and Colin O'Riordan stamping their impact on the game.

But big-game players Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker and Dane Rampe stood up when it mattered most and guided the young Swans home.

Blakey's chase down chase, and O'Riordan's pocket-to-pocket goal gave us a sneak into the future. And how good did it look!

B: Dane Rampe, Lewis Melican, Callum Mills
HB: Jake Lloyd, Aliir Aliir, Colin O'Riordan
C: Jordan Dawson, Zak Jones, Oliver Florent
HF: George Hewett, Sam Reid, Will Hayward
F: Nick Blakey, Tom McCartin, Tom Papley
FOL: Callum Sinclair, Josh P. Kennedy, Luke Parker
I/C: Isaac Heeney, Jackson Thurlow, Kieren Jack, Robbie Fox


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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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