Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs West Coast Eagles, Round 12, 2019

What a win! To paraphrase Heather Quinlan in her match report, is there anything better than beating the Eagles? Nope!

It's fair to say the stress levels were about to bring the house down coming into half-time, already down three players. There was some hope that Jackson Thurlow would continue playing, but once he went back into the rooms, you knew it was going to be almost impossible.

But this team, this very young and inexperienced team, did more than turn the impossible into the possible, they hammered the Eagles. This is definitely one of the best home and away wins I've ever seen from the Swans, but equally, an embarrassing shambles for the Eagles.

It goes to show how much a few good players missing can hurt a team, with Elliot Yeo and Shannon Hurn missing before the first bounce. But when a team is down to one rotation for two and a half quarters, and still outscores you by 45-points, questions have to be asked.

Can't be more proud of the team and the coaching staff at the moment, whatever they were trying to get going over the pre-season has finally starting to bear fruits. You just can't help but wonder what winning the Melbourne and Collingwood games might have done for our season.

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


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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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