Tag: Player Ratings

A 41-post collection

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants, Round 22, 2018

What a way for the Swans' to win their third straight match against the Giants, their 11th from 15 attempts and temporarily propel themselves back into the top four. We've said for the last fortnight, one week at a time - 3 matches, 3 wins, then 2 matches, 2 wins, and now just 1 win remains. Who would have thought three weeks ago, the Swans ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Melbourne Demons, Round 21, 2018

A win doesn't get any more emotional than that. It's not like the Swans needed the rod they got, but they made the most of it. The Demons haven't beaten a top-9 team all year, but looked on track to break that record against the Swans. Consecutive 6-goal quarters by the Swans put an end to the Demons' hopes, despite a spirited comeback in the ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Collingwood Magpies, Round 20, 2018

I said before the match that I don’t care if the Swans win by a point, because I’ll take any win at this point. I wish I would stop saying silly things like that, like the time I predicted Geelong would beat Hawthorn after the siren with a Tom Hawkins goal. I’d love to say I brought that “winning feeling” back with ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Richmond Tigers, Round 15, 2018

A 26-point loss to the reigning premiers and ladder leaders Richmond isn’t a complete disaster, but the Swans coaching staff have some serious closed-door discussions coming up in relation to player selections. A number of Sydney stalwarts are just not producing and are in danger of being dropped. Gary Rohan and Kieren Jack, that’s you we’re talking about. Upside: JPK back to ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Carlton Blues, Round 11, 2018

Well, that was frustrating to watch. Against the worst team in the league, Sydney did their best to get out of their way in the first half. We got the win in the end, just 30 points, but the result leaves more questions than answers, especially why Jack Silvagni and Liam Jones were made to look elite. Importantly, no injuries and the four points. So ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Brisbane Lions, Round 10, 2018

The Swans are back in the top four for the second time this season and will finish the round in the top four for the first time since Round 23, 2016. That’s a bloody long time! It would be a lie, complete fabrication of truth, if I were to tell you the game was a free-flowing, open game, full of verve, skill and flamboyant ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Fremantle Dockers, Round 9, 2018

The Swans are back in the green at their home ground, the SCG. After several close losses – 10 points to Adelaide and 2 points to North, the Swans followed up their terrific away win against the Hawks with a flogging of the Dockers. Fremantle were terrific in the first quarter, brilliantly lead by Fyfe and Neale, with Sinclair and Sandilands having almost no impact at ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks, Round 8, 2018

At the ground all I could think was ‘what a bizarre game of footy’. It was tight, tough and at times torrid. Both teams gave their all and, in the end, it took something special from two of the younger players to see the Swans across the line. Ronke was ridiculously good. That was one of the best individual performances I’ve ever seen, booting ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs North Melbourne, Round 7, 2018

We’re not going to win many games at the SCG if we play three quarters like that. It isn’t as if North Melbourne are a great team – they’re not. But when you are gifting the ball to them, turning it over furiously every chance you get, you’re going to get punished. I would genuinely worry if we had to back up ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats, Round 6, 2018

Time to sit back, take a deep, deep breath, and reminisce, enjoy, and let it sink in. I’m not sure that’s the result I was expecting. I was always hopeful, but I was realistic – it was going to be hard to beat the Cats at their fortress. But these Swans, they showed they can really football, and do it very, very well. I ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Adelaide Crows, Round 5, 2018

It's not all doom and gloom. Well, let's look at the first half in isolation, or the first quarter rather - 4.9 (33). It was madness. They had 5 behinds in the first five minutes and the lads couldn't even get their hands on it. The trend continued throughout the first half, Parker, Hannebery, Kennedy, Heeney and co all well down on their usual ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Western Bulldogs, Round 4, 2018

The Swans staved off a rampaging young Bulldogs team, with ducking McLean at his ducking best, Bontompelli protected by the umpires, and Matt Stevic. Turnovers in the first half didn't help, playing dreadful football for the first 40 minutes, but they got down and dirty, and ground their way back into the match. An unanswered 6-goal run was the difference in the end, with Towers ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Greater Western Sydney Giants, Round 3, 2018

That was a cracking way to get back on the winners sheet. Not so much the way we let them back into the match in the last quarter, but easily the 3 and half quarters up until that point. Sam Reid kicks that goal in the last, it's all over red rover. But perhaps it wouldn't have provided Buddy his platform to do what he ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Port Adelaide, Round 2, 2018

Well, that wasn't great viewing. First half looked pretty good and really should have been a lot further than 14 points in front. Then Port decided to throw Charlie Dixon in the ruck and all hell broke loose, the defence turned into a sieve and the once assured possession of the Swans looked like a wet soap in a communal bathroom. You can't expect to ... Continue Reading »

Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs West Coast Eagles, Round 1 2018

What a way to kick off the season with a win, not only against one-time arch nemesis the Eagles, but at their shiny, spectacular new stadium. After a bitter battle with Fremantle to host the first game rights, they dug in like a tick and held on grimly, but the Swans shook them in the end. Superstar forward Lance Franklin booted 8, while Parker was ... Continue Reading »