Player of the Year - Round 11, 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 11 saw the Swans take on top-of-the ladder Geelong at their home ground, a venue that Sydney have enjoyed recent dominance at.

It was a see-sawing battle, the Swans taking an early lead in the first quarter, before the Cats stormed into the first break with five consecutive goals and the lead.

Another 5-goal burst either side of the half-time siren broke the match wide-open, with Geelong spearhead Tom Hawkins capitalising on his match-up with Lewis Melican, booting 2 goals in 10 minutes.

Luke Parker was a beast for the Swans in the contest, picked up 16 disposals by half-time - 10 of them contested, finishing with 28 for the match.

His contested work alongside George Hewett was one of the key factors for the Swans fighting back in the second quarter, and limiting the damage early in the third quarter.

Dane Rampe was phenomenal in defence in the first half, picking up 12 disposals and 6 marks, finishing with 25 disposals for the match.

His work on Luke Dalhaus and Gary Rohan in particular completely shut them out of the match, and his ability to intercept passes to Esava Ratugolea and Tom Hawkins was a particular highlight, finishing with 10 intercept possessions.

Aliir Aliir was another defender that stood out among the best players afield, even when the Swans defence was truly under siege.

His ability to work Ratugolea under the ball in the first half, while taking the resting ruck, was one of the reasons the Swans were within a kick at the main break.

Like co-captain Dane Rampe, his intercept game was phenomenal, finishing with 9 intercept possessions and 9 marks - 2 of them contested.

Fresh off his AFLCA 10-vote, 6-goal haul against Collingwood, Swans enigmatic forward Sam Reid seems to have found the right brand of grippo, as he continued to clunk marks left, right and centre.

While his goal kicking left something to be desired, finishing the match with an inaccurate 1.2, his three contested marks from seven proved that last week wasn't a one-off aberration, while his deft ruck work (6 hit outs) proved a quality chop-out to Callum Sinclair.

Despite the 27-year-old showcasing his aerial ability throughout the match, it was his ground work that really impressed, racking up 9 contested possessions, 13 pressure acts and five one-percenters.

Jordan Dawson is another one of Sydney's project players, that have found their feet in the side over the last decade.

While players like Dan Robinson, Jordan Foote and Dean Towers have struggled to cement their place, Dawson is following the well-worn path of premiership stars like Kieren Jack and Mike Pyke.

His consistency over the last six weeks is astonishing, and while he doesn't average big numbers, it's that he averages almost the same numbers every week.

More impressive, is that he does the same courageous actions every week, marking in traffic, dropping into defence, working the ball out under pressure, and showing a lot of composure that belies his experience.

His three contested marks from seven, five rebound 50s and three inside 50s - with one goal assist, are a testament to how hard he's worked to belong, but the faith the coaching staff are showing him.

5 - Luke Parker
4 - Dane Rampe
3 - Aliir Aliir
2 - Sam Reid
1 - Jordan Dawson

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

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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

Melbourne, Australia

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