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Matthew Lloyd's player rankings

Top rated: Sydney's Ryan O'Keefe and Hawthorn's Brad Sewell were both scored nine out of 10.

Top rated: Sydney's Ryan O'Keefe and Hawthorn's Brad Sewell were both scored nine out of 10. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo


Luke Hodge 5
Looked more comfortable in the second half when he was in defence and could read the play. His week off showed earlier in the game when he was in the midfield.

Jarryd Roughead 3
Lacked presence in the forward 50, kicking three behinds, and had no influence in the ruck.

Jordan Lewis 6
Was as hard as ever but didn't have a huge impact on the game.

Matthew Suckling 5
He didn't hurt the Swans with his penetrating kicks like the Hawks would have hoped for.

Sam Mitchell 7
Arguably best on ground at half time. But went quiet in the second half.

Josh Gibson 5
Nullified Adam Goodes when forward but failed to give Hawthorn his usual drive and spoiling abilities.

Xavier Ellis 4
Kicked the first goal for the game but his body continues to let him down, preventing him from running out the match.

Shaun Burgoyne 6
Had to be moved into the midfield when Sydney got a run on. He made a strong impact with 10 tackles and eight clearances.

Clinton Young 4
Didn't give the Hawks the run that he usually provides and didn't have a big impact.

Brad Sewell 9
Heroic performance, 11 tackles, 11 clearances. Couldn't have done much more for his side.

Grant Birchall 4
The Hawks were badly hurt by Birchall, who got no run out of defence and was kept to just eight possessions up to three quarter time.

Isaac Smith 5
Kicked a massive goal during the Hawks' third quarter run but lacked consistency throughout the match.

Jack Gunston 4
He will be ruing two opportunist goals that he missed late in the final term. He went missing for large periods of the game.

David Hale 6
Brave performance from Hale, who was the best ruckman in the match. He kicked two goals and it could have been more after missing a shot early in the first quarter.

Shane Savage 2
Come on half way through the third quarter for Ellis and didn't have any influence.

Luke Bruest 5
Two important goals but was another forward for Hawthorn which drifted in and out of the match.

Lance Franklin 6
Could have been the match winner. But bad misses at crucial times hurt the Hawks.

Ben Stratton 5
Won most contests that he was involved in but was another who gave no rebound off half-back.

Ryan Schoenmakers 6
His best final for the campaign, not playing on a monster forward. He won most contests, getting the better of Sam Reid.

Liam Shiels 5
Couldn't subdue Lewis Jetta who turned the game for the Swans in the second quarter, with Jetta's pace getting the better of him.

Paul Puopolo 3
Failed to find the football with just six disposals and was unable to nullify Rhyce Shaw off half-back.

Cyril Rioli 4
Rioli had an influential third quarter but was well held by Nick Smith with just five disposals in the first half. He was beaten on the day.


Rhyce Shaw 7
He is now an elite performer in this competition and along with Jetta was the architect of the Swans' second quarter dominance.

Jarrad McVeigh 8
Two big goals, including converting a 50 metre penalty which swung the tide back to favour the Swans. Another Swan who's had a stellar finals campaign.

Daniel Hannebery 8
Arguably his best game for the season and he displayed brilliant courage going back with the flight of the ball in a game changing moment in the first quarter. And he also kicked a big last quarter goal.

Ryan O'Keefe 9
The Norm Smith Medallist continued his brilliant finals form. He laid 15 tackles to go with his seven clearances and 28 disposals.

Nick Malceski 7
Kicked the first and the last goals in the match for the Sydney Swans. He showed a cool head and so much poise from start to finish, repelling many Hawthorn attacks with 10 rebounds in defence, the most in the match.

Mitch Morton 5
Two big second quarter goals justified his selection on the day. His improved defensive actions reflected the Swans' hard working culture.

Josh Kennedy 8
Capped off a stunning season with another influential performance. He stood strong late in the game when it was in the balance.

Craig Bird 6
Solid performance through the midfield and was a key contributor to the win, gathering 19 possessions, laying six tackles and some important clearances.

Kieren Jack 6
Failed to find the football that he would have liked with just 14 disposals but his two goals and 10 tackles were significant in the Swans' win.

Sam Reid 5
Had some important moments, most notably his goal on the run in the second quarter. While he needs to do more, this was his most influential final.

Jude Bolton 5
He played under duress and didn't have a huge influence on the game, finishing with 13 disposals. Like Shane Crawford it may be a fairy tale ending for a Swans warrior.

Ted Richards 5
Was beaten by Franklin but didn't take a backward step, playing under duress and winning some key battles late in the game.

Luke Parker 2
Came on as a sub, as he was for all three finals, and while he didn't get a chance to contribute he was a key contributor for the Swans throughout the season, deserving his premiership medallion.

Martin Mattner 6
Another Sydney defender who won his position and he continually restricted Hawthorn's small forwards.

Lewis Roberts-Thompson 6
Doesn't have the flair of a Goodes or a Jetta but he showed his importance yet again with two crucial marks deep in defence late in the last quarter. He would get a tick from John Longmire for the role he played.

Lewis Jetta 7
Had a quite second half but his run and leg speed was the key to the Swans' second quarter six goal burst.

Alex Johnson 6
An unsung hero for Sydney who rarely loses a contest and is another who had a terrific finals series.

Adam Goodes 5
Was hampered by a knee injury early in the match but his last quarter goal was one of the key moments in getting Sydney its premiership.

Mike Pyke 6
A fairytale story. With Mumford having no influence Pyke shouldered the ruck duties late in the game and should be proud of his performance.

Heath Grundy 6
Like Alex Johnson he gets the job done most weeks and nullified any Hawthorn forward he encountered.

Nick Smith 6
Another unheralded Swan who lowered the colours of Cyril Rioli, restricting to five disposals at half time.

Shane Mumford 3
Looked like he took an injury into the game and was well beaten by Hale. He had to be subbed out as a result.


  • Very harsh on the Hawks but hey it's just one man's opinion.

    Date and time
    September 29, 2012, 11:08PM
    • Hawks lost because man to man they did not compete as well - maybe too low but really add another point only. Swans were superior across the board

      Date and time
      September 30, 2012, 12:21AM
  • Hey Borissimo, what can you say. Matty Lloyd's been a Hawk-hater for a long time. He even retired so he wouldn't have to face them again ! BTW - well done Swannies.

    Date and time
    September 29, 2012, 11:58PM
    • very harsh for the hawks, i guess , he has no love for the brown and gold still. some however i do agree with popy shouldnt have played after last week i believe that Tom Murphy would have been a better choice. Hale gets a 6 as best ruckman off the game, come on mann, he should have been at least an 8. the players rating i read elsewhere were better than these

      Date and time
      September 30, 2012, 12:09AM
      • Thank god for some realistic scores here. If you look at the scores given to the Hawks on the AFL site you would have thought they won the game and Buddy kicked 6/7. He played well sure thing - but missed crucial shots - so Lloyd is correct. Also same on Rioli & Birchall, Roughead. Some Hawks are just too over rated. Although Sewell was amazing and I thought should have won the norm smith regardless. Swans scores are more realistic here although Jetta a 7??? Not sure on that one!

        a good reality check
        Date and time
        September 30, 2012, 3:00AM
        • Have to agree with Matthew on most of his Hawthorn Player summaries. Most coming in and out of the game in bursts and not being hard enough or composed enough when it mattered most. Love my hawks but they drive me mad sometimes, another example of driving me mad was yesterday. Some maddening moments? How long have we got. I'll excuse Brad Sewell, he had a fantastic year and couldn't have done any more, probably would have been the Norm Smith medallist if the hawks had won. Clinton Young's pathetic attempt in defence compounded by falling over that cost them a goal to Kieren Jack, Sean Burgoyne blazing away in to the goal square that had no hawks there in the last quarter. Costly missed chances when straight in front, that includes Buddy, Roughy and Gunston. The forward line is chaotic, not as systematic as when the big Bud was not there. Earlier in the year the big Rough, Guston, Breust and Rioli averaged 18 goals every week, not so now. Its difficult to say it but the forward line functions better without Buddy!! Go figure!! Not sure what the answer is there, but play him up the ground, as he always attracts a crowd, he is better kicking for goal from 50 metres out than close in. Best wishes and congratulations to Sydney and John Longmire. They toughed it out and won the big moments all day, they always earn your respect and you know they're not going to go away. Not sure if it can be called an epic but it was a worthy full stop to the season and had a worthy winner. Oh well, there's always next year.

          Date and time
          September 30, 2012, 8:20AM
          • Mike Pyke should have been rated higher, he did well in the ruck and took many contested marks, LRT was also an important player, second up in the ruck after Mummy was subed also played an important role nulifying Josh Gibson

            Date and time
            September 30, 2012, 9:37AM
            • Tony Wilson seems not to agree
              Tony Wilson ‏@byTonyWilson
              As usual, losing team in a coin toss suddenly all duds. Crap. “@theagesport: Matthew Lloyd's player rankings - …” #aflgf
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              Date and time
              September 30, 2012, 11:01AM
              • Hilarious and typical of Greg Louganis in his as usual, nonsensical analysis. The Hawks won every stat except the scoreboard and the tackle count, but according to these rankings the Swans should have won by 10 goals. No idea. Credibility = 0.

                Date and time
                September 30, 2012, 11:48AM
                • yeah they sure won the free kick count too , dont forget that i would estimate in the first quarter pyke should have got 3 free kicks , he got 0 , Hale all game (all season ) holds pushes and looks art the opposition ruckman (also he jumps into other ruckmans space ) mumford 0 free kicks , shoemakers and stratton wrestle and never go for the ball ( infringe every contest) , if you are not a mobile forward in this game you are ALWAYS denied a fair Jump at the ball , and as for pupollo not up to it (never disposes of the ball correctly), always trys to bust tackles but dosent never penalised , any chance of fixing it we would all love to see a Forward GET A FREE or at least get into a contest

                  open thy eyes
                  Date and time
                  October 01, 2012, 11:00AM

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