What's the point? You want to know what the hell the point is?!? We'll get to the point.
Small thing about your write up on Jetta - he was probably the reason why we won the EF against Port in extra time, with him running through the middle off half back essential. I'd say his finish to 2017 wasn't dominant, but it was absolutely integral to us winning.#22 Matt Rosa
Matty Rosa was an unquick outside midfielder who was a key player during our transition. In 2010 Rosa was a reliable wingman, not someone to take us to the next level, but a Braun-esque runner. Rosa came into his prime across 2011/12, which made it unfortunate that he got injured to miss the 11 finals, and was forced to play as a sub in the 2012 semi due to a lack of fitness. Rosa was an absolute model of consistency, occasionally pulling out the standout game, with 3 votes for a 31 touch 2 goal effort in 2011, and winning the Glendinning medal in 2012 for an epic 43 disposal game. We really missed his presence and run in the finals during this period.
Rosa was ok in 2013 but his injury run meant it was again stop start. His 2014 kicked off with back to back 30 touch games, he frustratingly was only able to manage 14 games, which included again a standout 37 disposal 3 votes against the Saints. It was the fourth time he'd had 30+ touches that season, showing what could be if he could just stay fit. Rosa was again a reliable wingman through our rise in 2015, despite missing a chunk of the season between rounds 5-11 through injury. Rosa started our QF against the Hawks and was our leading ball winner, it could be argued that he was in our best 2-3 players on the night, his run and experience proving vital. With Masten and Priddis returning for the prelim, someone had to be made sub and despite a top final and having good experience, Rosa was disappointingly given that role. Masten got subbed off with 10 touches that game, which meant there was a tricky decision for the GF, was Masten completely match fit? I thought the correct decision would have been Masto sub, but Rosa somehow went from being a pivotal player in the QF to barely featuring the following 2 games. Rosa managed 11 touches in 31% game time, his extra run being effective, but the game was already a lost cause. With Jetta arriving he saw the writing on the wall and left to join a GC side full of talent and on the up.
Rosa was a key player during this period but I didn't realise just how injury prone he was. Nothing serious, but every season he missed a decent chunk of games. If he could have stayed fit, I suspect he would have established himself in the team and possibly hung around for the 2018 flag, he was capable of playing the Masten role to a higher level. Aside from that there wasn't much noteworthy about him, just a solid, reliable player.
#21 Lewis Jetta
Jetta arrived in 2016 as a big name recruit, expected to help the team reach the next level. His form was disappointing for a while, to the point 18 months in, many posters were saying it's time to move on, there's no point in playing him.
What's the point? You want to know what the hell the point is?!? We'll get to the point.
Jetta was traded for Callum Sinclair, who had become very useful that season. There were many questioning his recruitment, intended to become a pacy winger to provide a point of difference, it was noted that in his recent form for Sydney he wasn't using his pace that much. In fact, his form overall was disappointing to the end of his Swans tenure, and he'd also proven to go missing in finals a bit, finishing with a 7 touch game in a semi, coming off the 4 disposal GF the previous year. Was this really the player to push us over the edge?
An 8 touch debut was auspicious. He snared 2 goals and found a bit of it in his follow up, but although he showed his silk and class at times, most of his season was immensly disappointing. You wouldn't have guessed this guy was once considered the quickest player in the league. He bounced the ball twice in 12 games and had no impact. We thought we had a lemon. This didn't improve early in 2017. He got dropped after round 1, came back in then got dropped again. What does this guy actually do? What is the point of him? We gave him another chance mid season after a long run of WAFL form, and all of a sudden he was a weapon. Pushing a bit further up the ground, he racked up 28 touches and 2 goals, with his use of the ball a highlight. However, he carried a reputation of being a somewhat flaky player, which meant fans remained unconvinced this was a breakthrough. It continued over the next month though, and we worked out what his point was: His Kicking, as well as his poise to ensure he gets full use of it. His game against Geelong showcased some of the best kicking skills we've ever seen, nailing targets from all angles, including a famous 50 metre pass from a tight spot on the wing to a rushing Yeo in the corridor. His vision was genuinely remarkable. His finish to the season wasn't dominant, but he became a reliable distributor and found his role in the team.
Jetta became a permanent defender in 2018, although not known for his defensive qualities, he was given a licence to make dangerous kicks into the corridor off half back to open up the game, as he was one of the few players capable of nailing it. 8 clangers in round 1 wasn't a good start, but he began to figure it out. His season went from strength to strength as he adapted to the role. Jetta was a crucial player in our rise, we were electric rebounding off half back with his creative kicks often leading to scores. He also became a surprisingly competent defender. His crowning moment came in the QF against the Pies, Jetta was known initially as a goal kicker, kicking 42 in the Swans flag year, however hadn't had a scoring shot in 2018. With the team playing for a home PF, 2 points down and desperately needing a goal, Jetts casually intercepted a handball and snapped the winning goal. Jetta wasn't a star in the GF, getting injured early, however he was a calming influence, telling everyone to calm down during the panic of a 5 goal deficit, which led to the Rioli opener. After a disappointing game and moment for Liam Ryan, Jetta pulled him aside and got his head in the game at 3QT, which led to Ryan having a large final quarter influence. Jetta was deservedly named best clubman.
In 2019 Jetta established himself as the best kick in the game. There was even a feature story on the terrific 'Today Tonight' that was focused entirely in how good his kicking was. He had perfect poise, vision and could pull out his elite speed and agility just when he needed to execute his kick. Although he didn't have a game where you could say he was BOG, and he maybe took on too much occasionally, he was a key player and with his hammies keeping him out sometimes, there is genuine concern about finding a replacement and what we would do without him.
So, what was the point of pursuing playing Jetta? Well
- He's the best user of the ball in the game
- Kicks clutch goals and has sick celebrations
- Fantastic mentor to our indigenous players, Ryan and Rioli possibly don't adapt so well without him.
#20 Dom Sheed
Can't deny, there is a finals moment that some of you may remember that may have had an influence on his ranking.
Dom was drafted in 2013 after a crafty trade deal, sandwiched between Nathan Freeman and Ben Lennon. And Patrick Cripps shortly after, but not directly. Hopes were high early, and he was fine, but wasn't showing any elite traits straight away, causing mild concern. He looked capable of finding it and using well, but didn't have the hunger for contested ball and clearances. His WAFL form wasn't setting the world on fire, including a poor 11 touch final. We needed an extra inside mid to come through so it was obvious we needed to pump games into Dom. He began to show glimpses, although not frequently he showed his competence in contested situations, reliably gaining high teens to early twenties touches and using it effectively. He'd occasionally get more midfield rotations and played a few genuinely quality midfield games. He headed into finals off a 33 touch game, with the QF/PF ok, he had a poor GF. Dom was expected to become an important midfielder in 2016, a breakout player, however a pec injury kept him out for most of the season. He returned though, heading into finals off a 30 touch game, then managing only 9 touches (1 contested) from a full game in the midfield for the EF. Dom was starting to gain a reputation as a poor finals performer.
With Sam Mitchell arriving there wasn't a clear spot for him in 2017, missing round 1, stuck on a wing where he didn't manage a single contested possession in round 2, before being dropped again. He came back and started showing the glimpses he was showing in 2015, in his role of an inside mid rotation. Sheed had back to back 30 touch games mid season, was capable of hitting the scoreboard, tackling a bit (!) and there was optimism about him again, it seemed a matter of time before he ran the midfield as a Priddis replacement. His H+A form continued but he was frustrating, a trademark was a dominant opening 2.5 quarters, looking at 30-35 touches and a breakout game, before stopping dead later in the game. His fitness still wasn't up to scratch and it mirrored the teams form, coughing up multiple games from winning positions.
His 2018 started well enough, including a BOG 30 touch 2 goal game in round 3. However, the team had changed his rotations, reducing a midfield player for a forward, making spots very tight. Sheed wasn't playing badly necessarily, but he was the least good of a midfield really finding his voice. This left him in the WAFL frequently, where he showed he'd completed it and was far too good for it. He got games here and there, some quality and some poor. With finals looming, it seemed that he wouldn't be apart of it. He had a bit of fortune and got another chance, with a mixup of his role with Redden proving a catalyst for the flag. Dom looked a different player as the season ended. Despite having a poor finals reputation, he had a quality QF, with 27 touches (15 contested), 7 clearances and a lovely goal that he snapped on his right from the boundary. I remember thinking how oddly confident he was going onto his right from the boundary, and how he was always such a technically good set shot, he just never got to show it off much. He was then a key driver in the middle for the prelim, before gathering 32 touches, 8 clearances and the greatest AFL moment of all time in the GF. His poor finals reputation had evaporated and he was now a celebrity.
There was excitement for what he could do in 2019 and it seemed his fitness issues were gone, he racked up mass touches in the pre season and 13 in the first quarter of round 1, accumulating 38 for the game. Sheed became a genuine gun mid this season, frequently hitting the scoreboard (including set shots against the Pies) and racking up over 30 touches. He was capable of winning large amounts of contested possessions and clearances, winning 12 Brownlow votes. The only issue was his inexplicable inability to tackle, some blamed on the pec injury in 2016, however the tackling issue wasn't so low across 2017/18. Sheed's finish to the season was underwhelming as as he carried an injury, but as he enters his prime I think we can expect multiple quality season from him.
Agreed, forgot about that. Slipping the tackle to then pump in that last inside 50 was massive, we didn't really have anyone else who could do that.Small thing about your write up on Jetta - he was probably the reason why we won the EF against Port in extra time, with him running through the middle off half back essential. I'd say his finish to 2017 wasn't dominant, but it was absolutely integral to us winning.
ronpingwins this is probably my favourite thread of the year. Thanks for putting in the effort to do this, it's a great read.
That was a ridiculous performance and end to the game. Coxy just wasn't going to let us lose that game.Cox played the best game of his career against the Dogs at Colonial. 27 touches (11 contested), 13 marks (6 contested), 37 hitouts and a goal in one of the most dominant performances of the season. To provide context, we were one point up with about three minutes left as the Dogs headed forward. The ball was pumped to the goal square as Cox took a towering mark to save the lead for us. He used the ball wisely, and at the other end Rosa had a shot from 50 with a minute or two left, a tricky shot as a behind would provide the Dogs a chance to rebound, the ball headed to the square for Cox to take yet another towering contested mark, he duly put it through and literally won us the game off his own boot (and hands).