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Melbourne Demons player ratings vs Sydney Swans, Second Qualifying Final, highlights, stats, best and worst players

The All-Australian pair kept the Demons in the game against the Swans side.

But seven players were caught out in a disappointing final night.

We’ve rated 23 Melbourne players for their performance against Sydney in the second qualifying final.

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1. Steven May

As expected, it went straight to Lance Franklin. He had an early advantage, pulling off three interceptions in the opening quarter. Jonathan Brown told Fox Footy: “He was very active in position. He is willing to go to the mark and take the front position. It was too aggressive and physical for Buddy Franklin. Then the script was flipped midway through the second period when May began giving away free throws and fouled out before settling down again in the third and finishing with 16 for fun – the most since records were kept. 9

3. Christian Salem

Go back to the side and copy Ryan Clarke’s account. He then had nine takedowns in the first period before being held for good. 4

4. James Harms

He started the match on the wing opposite Callum Mills. The work up and down was terrific, hence the high interception numbers. But he delivered a high kick to Swann’s Jake Lloyd that led to a downfield goal and would have gone under MRO’s control. 6

5. Christian Petracca

He appeared to deal with a nasty knock on his leg in the first period and had to come to the bench for treatment. Although he threatens to take control of the game in the third period, he is not the usual explosive player and does not use the ball effectively with his feet. 6

6. Luke Jackson

Max Gawn played deep and started from mid-wicket. He took a big mark early on to build his confidence and wrestled well, but otherwise had little impact. 4

7. Jack Vinnie

Set the tone for the first period with a ferocious streak in the competition, racking up eight tackles, five contested possessions and six tackles. But Fox Footy’s Nathan Buckley questioned why Viney was holding a handball outside the stands. 6

8. Jake Lever

It is not offensive as usual. He went around various opponents throughout the night. 5

9. Charlie Spargo

He showed why he was one of the best in the tournament with 50 shots. He played as a top half forward with stunts on the wing. (Exactly) Melbourne’s second goal from close range was just wide of the post with a terrific shot inside 50 to give Bailey Fritsch the lead. “Only five per cent of players can pull off that start,” said Fox Footy’s Nick Riewoldt. 6

10. Angus Brayshaw

Strong without being dominant, though not very effective on his feet. 6

11. Max Gawn

Melbourne’s deep forward threw the Swans a curveball before pushing on to the ball when led by Tom McCarthy and off they went. The colors faded in the second term and roared to life in the third, with Tom Hickey rising in the stands and hitting a beautiful shot. 7

13. Clayton Oliver

Callum Mills was significant early on with nine possessions in the first quarter before starting to pay little attention to him at the stand. But he got the Dice going in front of the coals early in the third term with two crucial goals and some impressive defensive pressure. It was like he walked out with the Superman cap after the break. 9

14. Michael Hibberd

Fit and healthy to play. He split his time between Tom Papley and mainly Isaac Heeney. He can hold his head high. 6

15. Ed Langdon

The wingman worked hard through the night, covering a lot of ground and gaining wide range for his team. Although he is a touch ineffective on foot. 6

18. Jake Melksham

A step back after a promising season. Started deep in the 50’s with Paddy McCarthy for company. Quiet for most of the game, he missed his set-shot before finding the front 50 late in the third quarter. 2

24. Trent Rivers

He played in defense and lined up several opponents in the game. Not much influence. 4

29. Jayden Hunt

Although he started the game with Will Hayward, he rotated through different opponents. He used the ball well through half-back but looked exposed twice defensively. 5

30. Alex Neil-Bullen

Played half forward. In the third period, he missed two handballs and was caught holding the ball. Two balls missed the goal. 3

31. Bailey Fritsch

The beginning of swelling. He calmly scored Melbourne’s first goal of the night on the quarter-hour siren. But the third major was his best, with a superb left-footed flick to give the Dees back the lead, which didn’t last long. 7

32. Tom Sparrow

Clayton often went into stops with a defensive mindset to free Oliver. He then broke free to score a spectacular run in the third term. 5

35. Harry Petty

He has turned early at times in a string of opponents, including Sam Reid, Logan McDonald and even Tom Papley. A strong defensive outlet. 5

36. Kysaiah Pickett

It is barely visible for many nights. Robbie Fox had a first for the company. A three-goal first half led to a crucial 50mm free kick in the third period by Sam Reid. 3

44. Joel Smith

Unused medical sub.

50. Ben Brown

He started on the bench and then injected himself forward, scoring from the first throw and the first mark. He aggressively attacked the competition in the air and landed some strong competitive marks. 4

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