Luke Parker performed a pivotal function in clamping down on Collingwood’s in-form midfielder Jordan De Goey as Sydney withstood a “scary” end to safe a spot within the AFL grand last.
The Swans’ co-captain went straight to De Goey for the opening bounce and instantly set the tone for a quick begin with the primary clearance of the match.
Parker adopted up minutes later with the opening objective when he was the one participant to reply after the Swans earned a free kick, taking the benefit and slotting the ball by means of as De Goey watched on.
De Goey had averaged 25 disposals a sport and kicked three targets within the Pies’ first two finals however was restricted to solely 12 touches and went scoreless as a disciplined Parker saved him in test.
The Swans 29-year-old on-baller was simply nearly as good going the opposite method and gathered 23 disposals to be probably the greatest afield within the preliminary last on the SCG.
Whereas Parker performed down the significance of his function on De Goey, Swans coach John Longmire was eager to recognise how essential he was to the outcome.
“Parksy has executed a number of jobs like that throughout the course of the 12 months, he is performed on some opposition gun midfielders and executed a reasonably good job,” Longmire stated.
“De Goey acquired it a few occasions, acquired out a few occasions, however I believed Luke did a very good job.
“He is disciplined and to have the ability to have an skilled participant like that go and play a job for you, and assist set the tone for the remainder of the staff.
“Luke’s fairly inside his rights to only go about his enterprise, however he had a job to play on a reasonably vital participant tonight.”
Parker has now performed in 21 finals after becoming a member of the Swans with the 40th decide within the 2010 draft however few have been as intense because the Magpies made a late cost.
The Swans led by 23 factors on the final change however the Pies then kicked 4 targets to at least one to get inside touching distance.
“It was fairly scary, that final two minutes,” Parker advised ABC Radio.
“We knew we constructed our sport off strain, our form and we introduced that early and particularly the primary three quarters.
“We had been in management and possibly shut the sport down too early, nevertheless it’s bloody thrilling to see this group get a chance and I am so pleased with them.”