Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats, Round 11, 2019

It was another titanic battle of momentum Swings on Saturday afternoon. For the fourth time this year, the Swans lost by the not-quite-so-narrow, but not-so-big margin of 22-points. After earlier losses to Melbourne, Richmond and Brisbane by the same margin, the quality of the Swans performance deserves a better result.

When you're taking on the ladder-topping side on their home deck, where they've been virtually unbeatable since 2016 (only Sydney and the GWS Giants have beaten them at Kardinia Park), winning 24 of 28 games, you need to bring your A-game for the full 120 minutes.

While the Swans were more than up to the task, 20 minutes of football ultimately proved their undoing. Sure, more could - and should - have been done about their wayward goal kicking, missing several gilt-edged chances on their way to 8.15 for the night. But when you let a good team in and let them get on top, like Geelong did, 8 goals in 20 minutes of football happens.

It's a good lesson for a young and developing side, and the signs were there, of a growing and developing maturity, that will serve them well in the years to come.

B: Lewis Melican, Dane Rampe, Callum Mills
HB: Jarrad McVeigh, Aliir Aliir, Jake Lloyd
C: Isaac Heeney, George Hewett, Colin O'Riordan
HF: Tom Papley, Sam Reid, Oliver Florent
F: Tom McCartin, Lance Franklin, Will Hayward
FOL: Callum Sinclair, Luke Parker, Ryan Clarke
I/C: Daniel Menzel, Nick Blakey, Jordan Dawson, Robbie Fox


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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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