James Rose has solely performed ten video games since being picked up within the 2014 nationwide draft but when his effort within the win towards the eagles on Sunday afternoon suggests something, then he shall be a key half within the Swans resurgence up the AFL ladder.
Going into Sunday’s match there isn’t any denying that the Eagles have been favourites, since they have been sitting in fourth on the ladder in comparison with Sydney’s 15th.
Even with the massive outs of Shannon Hurn and Elliott Yeo previous to the sport, the Eagles have an unlimited vary of scoring choices and midfield depth which on paper seemed significantly better than the Swans. Moreover, with the Swans having key gamers out similar to co-captain Josh Kennedy and influential winger, Harry Cunningham, the Eagles seemed set to get their first SCG win since 1999.
As I’ve learnt the exhausting approach by means of my tipping competitors which you could’t make certain of something on this league and this match solely continues to show that time.
The Swans have been dominant profitable all 4 quarters and operating out as 45-point winners. Having practically 120 disposals extra disposals than the Eagles, the Swans strangled possession away from the Eagles and performed a few of the most fun footy on the SCG in over two years.
Early within the first quarter, James Rose gained possession simply outdoors 50 and slotted by means of a reasonably spectacular kick to the vacant purpose sq..
A couple of folks round me on the recreation weren’t too certain who he was as Rose isn’t a primary group common. Averaging 29 within the NEAFL this yr, Rose doesn’t all the time get the popularity that he deserves.
Though NEAFL type doesn’t all the time translate into AFL degree as a result of high quality of opposition, gamers like Tom Mitchell used to dominate within the reserve grade and now Mitchell has turn into one of many league’s finest midfielders.
When Rose debuted in 2015, he was a stress ahead with the power to impression the scoreboard. His three targets towards the Giants that day proved to be the distinction for the Swans on that day however was actually the one spotlight of his first 4 years on the membership.
Coming again into the aspect now, Rose’s time within the NEAFL has turned him right into a medium ahead with the power to have a run by means of the midfield. Because the Swans are lacking some depth on this space, his choice is very useful and has already confirmed to be helpful.
Wanting previous his spectacular purpose, Rose was in a position to collect 15 touches and 4 rating involvements which topped off an important day for the younger Swans.
For the reason that departure of Dan Hannebery over the low season, the Swans have missed a hard-bodied midfielder with the power to carry out ahead however Rose appears to be a perfect substitute. I see many similarities between Hannebery and Rose and if he is ready to turn into half the participant Dan was, then the Swans have but once more discovered a diamond within the tough.
My optimistic impression of the Swans throughout this recreation didn’t solely come from Rose however the group as a complete. Apart from the three Swans who weren’t in a position to run out the sport by means of harm, all different 19 gamers have been in a position to make a big impression.
It exhausting to not speak about Tom Papley, Dane Rampe, Jake Lloyd, Isaac Henney and Lance Franklin within the spectacular win, however they’re recognized impression gamers on this Swans aspect. It’s the underside six gamers on this group that also supplied notable performances and in an analogous technique to Rose, have been the actual distinction to the 2 group’s efficiency.
Nick Blakey had a formidable fourth quarter when coming into the ahead 50, and key defender Lewis Melican stored the eagles ahead Jack Darling to only one purpose after kicking six the week earlier than.
After coming near high groups in Geelong and Collingwood in earlier weeks, the Swans have managed to make issues click on and a complete group effort made this win much more spectacular.
I predicted earlier than the match that Ryan Clarke would have the ability to prohibit in-form midfielder Andrew Gaff to effectively below his disposal common, however his function was fully completely different on the day.
Regardless of Gaff gathering 28 disposals on the day, he had no dependable impression for his group and got here right down to a wise, ahead half tag by Clarke on the day.
By solely having Clarke’s run with function within the ahead half, Gaff turned restricted together with his choice going ahead, in addition to allowed Clarke to have his personal impression within the Swans midfield.
Clarke is a really fascinating participant to the Swans future and his function should not be underestimated on this group.
With the group choosing up three accidents on this recreation, the Swans will take pleasure in heading into the bye and look to be at full power with their subsequent match towards Hawthorn.
Regardless of a lower than spectacular first half of the season outcomes smart, the Swans appear to be a younger group trying to do some injury within the second half of the season.
Even when they’re extraordinarily unlikely to make the eight this yr, related performances like that will restrict others group’s means to play finals.
For a younger group it now turns into extra about improvement and a a lot improved second half of the yr may give them confidence heading into the 2020 season with sufficient video games below their belts.