Player of the Year - Round 3, 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 the previous form. The player with the highest number of votes at the end of the season wins. Simple.

Round 3 saw the Swans return to the MCG for the first time since 2019 to take on the Richmond Tigers on Saturday afternoon.

Richmond threatened to score early, but Sydney wrested control of the game and never relinquished the lead, running out 45-point winners.

Sydney's small forward line of Tom Papley, Sam Wicks, and Errol Gulden was superb, kicking 7-goals between them, while Sam Reid, Hayden McLean, Isaac Heeney, and Logan McDonald couldn't be quelled.

Midfielder-come-forward star Isaac Heeney booted the goal of the game from the pocket in the third quarter to quash any hope of a Richmond comeback, while Wicks' 2nd goal of the match after the siren blew the Swans lead out to 40 points.

On a superb 30-degree April day in Melbourne, the only thing brighter than the sun was the Cygnet's giving the Tigers a thorough declawing.

Chad Warner (20 disposals, 2 goals) was a force in midfield again, while co-captains Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker, and Dane Rampe lead the side brilliantly.

Ruck recruit Tom Hickey continued his stunning start to the season with 15 hit-outs and 2 goals, but it was his influence in the ruck that utterly dominated the Tigers.

Three-time premiership ruck and former Swan, Toby Nankervis, simply couldn't get near the ball in centre contests, with Tom Hickey dishing the ball on a platter to his midfield brigade, namely Josh Kennedy.

Hickey's 2 intercept marks and a goal in the first quarter were some of the major reasons why the Swans were able to establish a lead early on.

5 - Sam Wicks
4 - Tom Hickey
3 - Callum Mills
2 - Tom Papley
1 - George Hewett

9 - Callum Mills
8 - Errol Gulden
6 - Tom Hickey
5 - Chad Warner
5 - Jake Lloyd
3 - Braeden Campbell

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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

Melbourne, Australia

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