Swans rookie Tom Papley comes up big in Player Ratings

LANCE Franklin will quite rightly consume most of Geelong coach Chris Scott’s thoughts in the lead up to Friday night’s preliminary final against the Sydney Swans.

But while the superstar forward’s performance will be crucial to the result, Scott would also be wise to do his homework on rookie small forward Tom Papley.

Papley, who received a nomination for the NAB Rising Star award in round five, was electric in Saturday night’s semi-final win over Adelaide.

The 20-year-old booted a career-high four goals, collected 14 disposals and went inside 50 on five occasions as he helped spark the Swans in their 36-point win over the Crows.

Nearly all of Papley’s score came from his four goals straight. He was only on 6.4 points at half-time, then scored 4.3 in the third term and 9.7 in the final quarter. It was the highest-scoring fourth quarter of any player on the weekend.

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