Player of the Year - Round 2, 2021

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 2 saw the Swans take on the Adelaide Crows at the SCG on Saturday afternoon, welcoming back big crowds for the first time since 2019.

Adelaide got off to a blistering start, with forward Tex Walker kicking two of the first three goals for the Crows.

The Swans worked their way back into the contest, with Hickey's second first-quarter goal after the siren edging the Swans in front.

It was a red-tide from then on, as the Swans piled on 11-goals to 3.12 before the final change.

Adelaide had more than ample opportunity to close the game, but their woeful inaccuracy in front of goal was superbly punished the Swans, who scored 9 goals from turnovers alone.

Chad Warner filled in for James Rowbottom with aplomb, kicking two goals including a ripper on the run from outside 50 in just his third AFL game, finishing with 20 disposals, 4 tackles, and the third-highest ranked player on the ground by AFL Player Ratings.

Up to half-time, second gamers Errol Gulden and Braeden Campbell had absolutely dominated, collecting 17 disposals each and a goal between them.

Adelaide put the clamps down on the two players in the second half, but the damage was already done - Gulden recording an absurd 91 AFL Fantasy points to half-time.

Co-captains Luke Parker and Josh Kennedy were consistent and supported the young players well, but the star of the show was undoubtedly Lance Franklin, making a successful comeback to senior football after 581 days.

5 - Chad Warner
4 - Errol Gulden
3 - Braeden Campbell
2 - Tom McCartin
1 - Isaac Heeney


8 - Errol Gulden
5 - Chad Warner
5 - Callum Mills
3 - Braeden Campbell
3 - Tom Hickey

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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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