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Sydney’s Rising Contested Beast

As the Sydney Swans have gone on a mini-resurgence as of late, almost salvaging what was looking like a lost season to being an outside shout to squeeze into the finals, John Longmire’s men have stepped up when it has mattered and many players are turning up with standout performances.

 

No player exemplifies Longmire’s style of contested ball use and hard footy than George Hewett, who has grown into a bull for the Swans as they look to get their season back on track. In his relatively young career, Hewett has gone from strength to strength as his role increases in the Swans’ midfield, currently averaging 22 disposals with 11 of them contested, 4 intercept possessions, 4 tackles and 3 clearances and has also had a penchant for shutting out the opposition’s best player.

Each year he has played in the AFL he has improved, and is now a key cog for Sydney as they look to make a finals push. Sydney’s best win this season by far has been their recent thrashing of West Coast, and Hewett again carried on his good form. Against the Eagles, Hewett grabbed himself 29 touches at 86% efficiency, 7 clearances, a pair of tackles and a goal for his hard work. Many fans see him as an important component for the future and Sydney will love to lock him down for the foreseeable seasons.

As Sydney are rising, so his Hewett as he gets better and better each week. The Swans are famed for their academy and ability to consistently blood youth and Hewett is an example of this. If he is going to be a part of the future, then Longmire will be licking his lips with the hard workers and smart players that he has on his hands, including George Hewett.

An honourable mention has to be said for Jared Polec, whom has put any doubts of his big money move to North Melbourne to rest, as he balled out against the Gold Coast with 28 disposals, 22 kicks at 68% and a goal as he continues a terrific season.

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