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Lloyd in elite company

Jake Lloyd has found himself among Sydney Swans royalty after a career-best 42 possessions in Sunday’s win over West Coast.

Lloyd started the match as one of 16 Swans players to have had 40 or more possessions in a game since the AFL started keeping game-by-game possession counts in 1965. He finished the match as just one of eight Swans players to have done so twice or more.

It is an honour roll headed by Dan Hannebery, who topped 40 possessions in a game seven times, and Josh Kennedy and Barry Mitchell, each with six 40+ games.

Greg Williams and Bob Skilton each had three, while Stevie Wright, Tom Mitchell and now Lloyd have had two.

Swans players who have topped 40 possessions just once in red and white have been Paul Kelly, Jarrad McVeigh, Jude Bolton, Brett Kirk, Ryan O’Keefe, Luke Parker and Greg Smith.

Lloyd’s 42 possessions against West Coast on Sunday bettered his previous best of 41 against Fremantle at the SCG in Round 9 last year.

Greg Williams holds the club record at 53 possessions among 40 games of 40 possessions or more in club history since the inception of statistics in 1965.

Bob Skilton, who only played the last 98 games of his career under full statistics, and Barry Mitchell each had 46-possession games.

Swans’ 40-possession games have been:

53 – Greg Williams v St Kilda (SCG) 1989
46 – Bob Skilton v St Kilda (Lake Oval) 1967
46 – Barry Mitchell v Adelaide (Football Park) 1991
45 – Josh Kennedy v Fremantle (Subiaco) 2016
44 – Greg Smith v St Kilda (SCG) 1982
43 – Barry Mitchell v West Coast (SCG) 1989
43 – Greg Williams v Carlton (Princes Park) 1990
43 – Barry Mitchell v Geelong (Kardinia Park) 1991
43 – Paul Kelly v Footscray (Western Oval) 1993
42 – Bob Skilton v Hawthorn (Lake Oval) 1965
42 – Bob Skilton v St Kilda (Lake Oval) 1968
42 – Dan Hannebery v West Coast (Subiaco) 2012
42 – Dan Hannebery v West Coast (Subiaco) 2013
42 – Dan Hannebery v Adelaide (Football Park) 2013
42 – Jarrad McVeigh v Carlton (Stadium Australia) 2013
42 – Dan Hannebery v Hawthorn (Stadium Australia) 2014
42 – Dan Hannebery v Adelaide (SCG) 2015
42 – Dan Hannebery v Gold Coast (Carrara) 2015
42 – Josh Kennedy v Adelaide (SCG) 2016*
42 – Dan Hannebery v Fremantle (Subiaco) 2016
42 – Jake Lloyd v West Coast (SCG) 2019
41 – Gerard Healy v Brisbane Bears (SCG) 1988
41 – Stevie Wright v Fitzroy (SCG) 1990
41 – Greg Williams v Geelong (SCG) 1991
41 – Brett Kirk v Collingwood (Stadium Australia) 2009
41 – Ryan O’Keefe v Collingwood (Stadium Australia) 2009
41 – Jude Bolton v Western Bulldogs (SCG) 2012
41 – Josh Kennedy v Carlton (CG) 2014
41 – Josh Kennedy v Brisbane  Lions (Gabba) 2015
41 – Tom Mitchell v Collingwood (SCG) – 2015
41 – Tom Mitchell v North Melb (SCG) 2016
41 – Jake Lloyd v Fremantle (SCG) 2018
40 – Barry Mitchell v Hawthorn (Princes Park) 1988
40 – Barry Mitchell v Richmond (MCG) 1990
40 – Barry Mitchell v Geelong (SCG) 1991
40 – Stevie Wright v St Kilda (Moorabbin) 1990
40 – Greg Williams v Richmond (SCG) 1990
40 – Josh Kennedy v Collingwood (Stadium Australia) 2012
40 – Luke Parker v Collingwood (SCG) 2016
40 – Josh Kennedy v Essendon (SCG) 2016

Note: Josh Kennedy is the only Swans player to have had a 40-possession game in a final, as he did in a semi-final against Adelaide at the SCG in 2016.

Lloyd into 3000 Club

Jake Lloyd’s 42 possessions against West Coast on Sunday also saw him become the 32nd player to have topped 3000 possessions in Swans games since 1965.

The 25-year-old, 2018 Club Champion, has gone past Bernie Evans, Steve Hoffman, Gary Brice, Rhyce Shaw, Jared Crouch, Norm Goss, David Murphy and the injured Nick Smith this year to join the 3000 Club.

Swans 3000 Club Members
6390 – Adam Goodes
6253 – Jarrad McVeigh
5998 – Josh Kennedy
5831 – Jude Bolton
5601 – Daryn Cresswell
5154 – Ryan O’Keefe
5069 – Dan Hannebery
4989 – Kieren Jack
4777 – Paul Kelly
4667 – Mark Browning
4526 – Stevie Wright
4462 – Brett Kirk
4361 – Barry Mitchell
4258 – Heath Grundy
4238 – Luke Parker
4198 – Michael O’Loughlin
4177 – Dennis Carroll
3859 – Peter Bedford
3309 – Nick Malceski
3259 – David McLeish
3239 – Barry Round
3225 – John Rantall
3221 – Ricky Quade
3192 – Dale Lewis
3179 – Mark Bayes
3122 – Tony Morwood
3121 – Ben Mathews
3083 – Tadhg Kennelly
3045 – Leo Barry
3039 – Greg Williams
3027 – Stuart Maxfield
3020 – Jake Lloyd

Interestingly, in a mark of the enormous ball-winning ability of the former rookie draft pick, Lloyd ranks fifth for average possessions among the 3000 Club members, behind only Greg Williams, Josh Kennedy, Barry Mitchell and Dan Hannebery.

Average Possessions – 3000 Club Members (min 20.00ppg)
28.40 – Greg Williams
26.90 – Josh Kennedy
25.65 – Barry Mitchell
24.36 – Dan Hannebery
23.78 – Jake Lloyd
22.91 – Luke Parker
21.68 – Peter Bedford
20.41. – Paul Kelly

Note: Possessions statistics were only kept in 98 games of Bob Skilton’s 237 games. In those games he amassed 2609 possessions at a game average of 26.62. John Rantall’s first 32 games in 1963-64 were played prior to the introduction of possession statistics. Outside the 3000 Club, Gerard Healy averaged 26.40ppg in 81 games for the club, Tom Mitchell averaged 25.14ppg in 65 games, Norm Goss 23.36ppg in 121 games, Wayne Schwass 22.85 in 98 games and Greg Smith 20.31 in 96 games