AFLCA Round 2: Tommy Gun McCartin caps off brilliant game

Sydney Swans tall forward turned key defender Tom McCartin put on a powerhouse display for the Swans in their 33-point win against the Adelaide Crows at the SCG.

While former Crows captain Tex Walker had a day to remember, booting 6 goals for the match, McCartin applied the clamps on Billy Frampton. Importantly, when McCartin lined up against Walker, he beat him around the ground and in one-on-one contests.

The two sides split the coaches votes with the Swans taking the lions share, with 5 votes to both Tom McCartin and second gamer Braeden Campbell.

McCartin finished the match with 12 intercept possessions - the highest on the field and 7 one-percenters - second to Tom Hickey.

Rising star Braeden Campbell and Errol Gulden were superb for the Swans in the first half, recording 17 disposals each at the major break.

While Gulden was kept quiet in the second half with just 5 disposals, Campbell continued emphatic form in the third quarter, registering 6 disposals and 2 rebound 50s.

Jordan Dawson is quickly becoming Sydney's Mr Fixit, slotting into just about every position on the field and contributing without a hitch.

With the backline under siege and Walker getting on top of Rampe, Dawson slotted into the defence taking Billy Frampton when McCartin was moved to Walker.

Despite Dawson's radar being less precise than normal, he finished the match with 23 disposals, going at 74%, with a goal assist and 8 score involvements.

Chad Warner in just his fourth AFL game was incredible filling in for James Rowbottom, finishing with 20 disposals - 10 contested, 2 goals, 4 tackles, 6 inside 50s and 20 pressure acts.

His long-range goal on the run in the 3rd quarter was an absolute ripper, and will be one of the goals of the round.

8 Taylor Walker (ADEL)
5 Tom McCartin (SYD)
5 Braeden Campbell (SYD)
4 Jordan Dawson (SYD)
3 Ben Keays (ADEL)
2 Errol Gulden (SYD)
2 Chad Warner (SYD)
1 Isaac Heeney (SYD

10 Callum Mills
9 Errol Gulden
7 Tom Hickey
5 Braden Campbell
5 Tom McCartin
4 Jordan Dawson
4 Isaac Heeney

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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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