Player of the Year - Round 10, 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 10 saw the Swans return to the SCG to host Collingwood in the Marn Grook Sr Doug Nicholls Round, battling until the final siren, before going down by 7 points.

The game was a see-sawing affair, with multiple lead changes throughout the night, Sydney's 16-point lead early in the first quarter the biggest of the game.

Sydney booted 5-to-2 goals in the third quarter to lead by 10-points at the final change, and had multiple chances early in the last quarter to extend the lead, but a two-goal last quarter by Chris Mayne was the difference in the end.

Sam Reid was phenomenal in his career-best game for the Swans, booting 6 goals from 9 marks - 6 of them contested and 5 inside forward 50.

Not only was Reid doing it in front of goal, his chop-out ruck work was superb, taking a significant portion of ruck duties in the second quarter, breaking even with Brodie Grundy, picking up 7 hit-outs and a clearance.

Luke Parker was immense in the third quarter, racking up 8 possessions, all of them contested, finishing with 28 disposals - 21 contested.

In the absence of co-captain Josh Kennedy and George Hewett, Parker's 9 intercept possessions, 32 pressure acts, 550 metres gained and 8 clearances was almost the difference between the sides.

Aliir Aliir was in a class of his own in defence, regularly soaring high to intercept a pass, or spoil his opponents.

Aliir's defensive work in the second quarter ensured that Collingwood's midfield dominance couldn't be converted to scoreboard pressure, booting 4.6 to 2.0 for the quarter.

While Dane Rampe was phenomenal in his own right, his regular indiscretions cost his team dearly, conceding two goals from free kicks, and the winning goal from a 50 metre penalty.

Defender Callum Mills was another defender who found himself capable of intercepting the forward entries from Collingwood, collecting with 6 intercept possessions, to go with his 5 marks.

His 6 rebound 50s and 9 one-percenters were a particular highlight, emphasising the improvement in his defensive work, and his ability to shutdown one of Collingwood's dangerous forwards.

Ryan Clarke had the unenviable job of shutting down Collingwood's most damaging player in Steele Sidebottom, and for the second consecutive week, just got the job done.

Last week it was Shaun Higgins, who only got off the chain in the last quarter, and this week if was Sidebottom, who like Higgins, registered just 4 disposals at half-time, none in the first quarter, finishing with just 13 disposals.

It was an amazing shutdown job on a player that averages 25 disposals and 6 marks per game.

VOTES ROUND 10
5 - Sam Reid
4 - Luke Parker
3 - Aliir Aliir
2 - Ryan Clarke
1 - Callum Mills

https://twitter.com/theswansblog/status/1132854066294321154

LEADERBOARD
19 - Josh Kennedy
17 - Luke Parker
14 - Aliir Aliir
13 - Oliver Florent
12 - George Hewett

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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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