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Amartey reflects on “whirlwind” nine-goal haul and Longmire’s decision to bench him late


Sydney forward Joel Amartey had a career night on Saturday against Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval.

The 24-year-old finished with a bag of 9.1 from 10 disposals with all of his goals coming from the seventh-minute mark of the second term until the 14-minute mark of the fourth term.

With his nine majors effectively coming in just a half of footy, Amartey says he was in some kind of flow state where everything went right and that he was just in the moment as it all occurred.

He thinks his haul was simply indicative of how all of Sydney’s forwards can have a big day with the likes of Will Hayward, Logan McDonald and Tom Papley all capable of dominating when they’re in form.

“It was a bit of a whirlwind, to be honest with you,” Amartey told SEN Breakfast.

“In my mind, it went pretty quickly. It was the start of the game and the next thing I knew it was the end of the game.

“It was another win for us and as you know, winning at the Adelaide Oval with the away crowd is one of the harder things to do.

“I don't really know to be honest where the burst came from but look at the players we’ve got that have bursts like that in games.

“Everyone's so capable in our forward line – Will (Hayward) is kicking bags of four, Logan McDonald and Tom Papley – everyone has had their week this year, we don't know who each week is going to kick the goals.”

Controversially, Amartey was benched as he chased his 10th goal, spending the last two minutes of the game off the field.

While some have called out coach John Longmire for the decision, Amartey says he was more than happy to sit out given his injury history and the fatigue that was setting in as the game reached its end.

“Just given the time of the game, I think it was only a couple of minutes left and we had the game sewed up,” Amartey said.

“And I trust me, I was pretty gassed at that stage after making little dummy leads that I've never made in my life I don't reckon.

“I guess given some of my injury history, I think they were pretty keen just to get me off and get into the next week and recover.

“But I wasn't too willing to look up to the box and see Horse there on the phone (to tell him to put me back on).

“It's a conversation I'm not willing to have yet in my career.”

Amartey’s bag means he’s now kicked 31 goals from 13 games in 2024 which has moved him to outright fifth on the Coleman Medal leaderboard.

The ladder-leading Swans next face crosstown rivals GWS at ENGIE Stadium on Saturday.

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