Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats, Round 7, 2021

What a turnaround in performance, coming from 29-points behind and winning a thrilling contest. The first quarter, while the start was bright, quickly unfolded into a disaster.

Trailing by 28-points at quarter time, the Cats missed an easy chance - not the only one, they kicked 16 behinds after all - to go up by 5-goals, and quite probably put the Swans out of the contest for good.

The youngsters put on a goal-scoring masterclass in the second quarter, with Chad Warner's stepping goal, Errol Gulden, Dylan Stephens, Oliver Florent, and Justin McInerney dragging the Swans within a straight kick.

Hayden McLean's two-goals in the third kept the Swans in touch as the Cats threatened to kick ahead, but Tom Hickey had other plans, his snapped goal putting the Swans ahead in the match for the first time since the opening minutes.

Oliver Florent was sensational in the last quarter, while the defensive unit down an injured Lewis Melican put enough pressure on the wasteful Cats to blow countless opportunities.

Chris Scott and the Victorian media can whine all they like about the non-paid mark, or the non-paid holding the ball, but where were they when Brad Close got a free-kick and converted from absolutely nothing? Or Hayward taking a mark and being nailed from who the heck knows what caused the umpire to call play on.

Never mind the frankly disgraceful shooting on goal in the last quarter by the Cats, scoring just 2 goals from 9 shots (2.6 and 1 on the full). Maybe they should take up full-time lynching of Hawkins instead of blaming the umpires, who sure did them more than a handful of favours in highly questionable moments.

B: H. Cunningham, L. Melican, J. Dawson
HB: J. Lloyd, T. McCartin, J. Rowbottom
C: J. McInerney, C. Warner, O. Florent
HF: W. Hayward, H. McLean, I. Heeney
F: S. Wicks, T. Hickey, T. Papley
FOL: C. Sinclair, L. Parker, C. Mills
INT: D. Stephens, J. Kennedy, E. Gulden, C. O'Riordan, R. Clarke (sub)


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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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