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Heeney learning the hard way

Luke McManus  August 10, 2015 9:03 AM

SwansTV - Isaac Heeney addressed Saturday night's loss to Geelong
Isaac Heeney gathered 15 disposals and kicked a goal in the Swans' defeat to Geelong on Saturday night.

Isaac Heeney gathered 15 disposals and kicked a goal in the Swans' defeat to Geelong on Saturday night.

It was tough. They've still got some experience in the team and we just couldn't match them in the second half and didn't play how we wanted to play.

Swans youngster Isaac Heeney is progressing in steep learning curves as the Swans were dealt a third loss in four weeks after falling to Geelong at Simonds Stadium on Saturday night.

The exciting youngster, who has yet to look out of sorts of a footy field this season, collected 15 disposals and kicked a goal in the visitors' 32-point loss to the Cats.

Heeney showed flashes of brilliance and composure beyond his years, falling away slightly in the second half much in the same mould as his teammates as the Cats booted eight goals to one to run away with the game.

It's Heeney's second game in three weeks where the raw but promising talent has had to learn the hard way in front of a boisterous Geelong crowd.

The 19-year-old returned from injury against a red hot West Coast at the pressure cooker of Domain Stadium, only to front up against Geelong at Simonds Stadium.

"It was tough," Heeney said of the match. "They've still got some experience in the team and we just could match them in the second half and didn't play how we should have played."

Heeney and the playing group were subject to a few stern words from coach John Longmire post-match while Monday will be a grind as the match - in particularly that disappointing second half fade out - is reviewed and scrutinized.

"It's not going to be a very good review on Monday," Heeney said.

The Swans, who dropped to fifth on the ladder after the Round 19 loss, face a challenging road ahead to regain a top four spot.

Crucial to premiership hopes, the Swans will need to bounce back quickly starting with Collingwood on Friday night.

With finals on the line and a good record in Sydney, the Pies will be no easy task alongside GWS, St Kilda and Gold Coast in the weeks ahead.

These harsh realities, while unfavorable, are all adding to the number one draft pick's football development that will undoubtedly serve him well down the track.

Heeney is anticipating a long week of consolidation and was looking forward to Friday night's expected sell out at the SCG.

"I'm pumped for that," Heeney said. "Hopefully I can keep my spot and the Swans supporters can get around us just like the Geelong supports did for them (on Saturday night)."

Heeney was just four-years-old when Collingwood last played at the SCG way back in Round 4, 2000.