1. Heat factor shines light on poor kicking
Sydney turned on the sunshine for the derby and the players were welcomed with what would have seemed like a blistering 27 degrees at the opening bounce. Thankfully by half-time some cloud cover had seen the players comfort reading drop significantly, but the perfect conditions did nothing to increase the skill level of the contest. The foot skills from both sides were well below AFL standard in what has become a running theme for the Swans and the Giants in 2015. For the home side it meant they kicked away any chance of a comeback, even though the visitors did everything they could to keep GWS in touch.
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2. Older Shaw wins battle of the brothers
Rhyce Shaw announced 2015 would be his final season during the week and said a win in the derby would be nice so he could get the bragging rights one more time over brother Heath. Rhyce was very good in defence for the winners with 19 possessions and six rebound 50s, while Heath was outstanding again for the Giants with 32 touches and 12 rebound 50s and should feature prominently in All Australian conversations this year. If it was a one on one clash then the honours would certainly be given to the GWS dasher, but given it's a team game and the Swans smashed the home side, the 33 year-old Rhyce takes this one.
3. Giants fail to stand up under pressure again
The equation was simple for GWS, win or its season was over, and just as they’d done on a couple of times this year, the young Giants didn't rise to the occasion. The derby was a perfect chance to show they belonged in top eight discussions but the home side did everything but. They had more possessions than the Swans but missed easy targets by both hand and foot, and only had 41 inside 50s for the match. The Giants' disposal was second rate in the first half yet they were only 24 points down at the main break and needed to respond after half-time. Instead, they gave up four goals in the first 11 minutes of the third quarter, and gave up seven goals to one for the term. They've come a long way this season but when the big pressure moments have come the Giants have let themselves down badly.
4. Josh Kennedy will fly home in the Brownlow Medal
Coming into round 21 Kennedy was ranked first in the competition for contested possessions and stoppages, equal first for clearances and sixth for disposals. The dual All Australian and 2012 Swans club champion has been in stellar form over the past two months with 30-plus possessions in his past seven games and was again best afield against the Giants. Kennedy torched GWS with 35 touches, 21 of those contested, two goals and 12 clearances to maintain his brilliant season. Dan Hannebery was the standout Swan across the first half of 2015 through the midfield but Kennedy might have caught him by the end of the year. We'll see on Brownlow night.
5. Showing your age, Teddy
It's customary for everyone in the side to get around a debutant when he snags his first major and the Swans did just that when James Rose snapped a major in the goalsquare in the final term … well almost all of them did. Rose was swamped by 16 teammates when he put the visitors 67 points up early in the last quarter, but veteran Ted Richards just couldn't make the 150m journey. The key defender had done a power of work all day and had the better of Giants star Jeremy Cameron so we'll forgive the 2012 premiership defender for saving his legs. Rose kicked three in a row for the Swans in a dream debut and looks a player of the future, so hopefully Teddy bought him a Powerade post-match.