Player of the Year - Round 15, 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 15 saw the Swans take on the Gold Coast Suns at the SCG on Saturday afternoon, returning to the scene of one of the greatest crimes in modern AFL history.

The game was tight and tough in the first half, with the Suns dominating the ruck battle after Callum Sinclair left the field with a dislocated shoulder.

Despite trailing by less than a goal at half-time, the Suns wilted under the class and experience of Sydney's on-ball brigade, kicking just two goals to eight after the main break.

Swans utility Jordan Dawson played one of his career best games after Sinclair's shoulder injury inside the first minute of the match.

With Aliir Aliir expected to play centre-half back for most of the match, Aliir was shifted into the ruck and Tom McCartin moved into defence.

Even under immense pressure, the left footed midfielder turned his normally dependable foot into a weapon of mass destruction, going at over 90 percent for the match.

While fellow defender Jake Lloyd was well held in a hard tag by Suns' forward Brad Sheer, Dawson's trusty left boot more often than not found a target out of defence, with 8 rebound 50s.

Co-captain Luke Parker was copping the brunt of the Swans' midfield criticism early in the season, but has since returned to career-best form, averaging 30 disposals since Round 7.

His 16 contested possessions was his second best of the season - his season high was 21 against Collingwood in Round 10, averaging 12.6 since Round 7.

His four centre clearances was equal team-high with Aliir Aliir, while laying 6 tackles, a far improvement in defensive work rate in the last two months.

Captain Josh Kennedy enjoyed far more of the ball this week against the Suns than last week against the Hawks, at one point finding the ball like a winger.

While he may have dropped even more yards of pace over the last 18 months, his ability to pin-point passes has not diminished, with an unbelievable 35 metre chiseler in the third quarter.

With Aliir Aliir shifting into the ruck for most of the match, and Dane Rampe with his hands full on Sam Day and Peter Wright, Callum Mills stepped into the void Aliir left.

His impact was telling, so much so that he had 4 intercept marks inside defensive 50 at half-time - with 6 marks in total.

It wasn't just his ability to read the ball and impact the Suns forward-half forays - recording 9 intercept possessions, but it was his willingness to throw his body about when it was required, but still show enough poise to use the ball well.

High-flying Isaac Heeney capitalised on the tiring Suns in the last quarter, booting two classy goals, but it was his work in the midfield in the third quarter that helped break the game wide open.

While going at almost 90 percent efficiency for the match, his 10 possession third quarter turned the tide, using the ball in a way that the Suns had no answer for.

He finished with a game-high 11 marks - 3 of them inside forward 50, 9 score involvements and 2 goal assists.

5 - Jordan Dawson
4 - Luke Parker
3 - Josh Kennedy
2 - Callum Mills
1 - Isaac Heeney

32 - Luke Parker
22 - Josh Kennedy
20 - Aliir Aliir
20 - George Hewett
15 - Jordan Dawson

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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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