HIGH-FLYING HOWE AND REJUVENATED JONES
A revitalised Liam Jones dominated in defence for the Blues while Jeremy Howe flew higher than he ever has before on the big stage of the Queens Birthday clash. A long round 12 of AFL action saw 14 Tasmanians play across the weekend. Here’s a wrap on how the contingent from the Apple Isle fared.
Adelaide v. St Kilda – Adelaide Oval, Friday 09/06/17
Adelaide Crows #20
Greenwood was again highly impressive for the Crows, picking up a game high 16 contested possessions as part of his 17 disposals and three tackle outing. Greenwood’s ability to extract the ball from contested situations looks to be the hallmark of his role at the Crows, and the Adelaide faithful will be licking their lips at how the Tasmanian basketball star has settled into this line-up.
St Kilda Saints #29
Friday night footy made for some dismal viewing for Saint fans, but the return of Jimmy Webster after a broken hand was a definite bright spot. Webster slotted right back into the St Kilda halfback line with 22 disposals at 73% efficiency, seven intercepts, 384 metres gained, five tackles and 90 AFL Fantasy points. He will certainly be better for the run.
St Kilda Saints #44
Game 100 didn’t quite go to plan for Mav as he rolled his ankle for the third time this season while his Saints suffered a 57-point defeat on the road. Weller was solid if not spectacular against the Crows with 17 disposals, 0.2, seven tackles and 80 AFL Fantasy points, but he will be desperate to have a bigger scoreboard impact against North Melbourne in round 13 if his ankle is good to go.
Hawthorn v. Gold Coast – MCG, Saturday 10/06/17
Gold Coast Suns #33
Aaron Hall was again a valuable contributor for the Suns with 23 disposals, three marks, 342 metres gained, six score involvements and 71 AFL Fantasy points.
Gold Coast Suns #10
Kolodjashnij was again influential in the Suns’ 16-point victory over Hawthorn at the MCG, picking up 20 disposals at 80%, six marks, five score involvements, 385 metres gained, five inside 50s and 82 AFL Fantasy points. Another impressive display in defence in what is becoming a sparkling season.
Gold Coast Suns #7
Launceston’s Jesse Lonergan was a late inclusion to the Suns’ side after Touk Miller withdrew and the midfielder more than played his role in the memorable victory with 22 disposals at 86%, five score involvements, three clearances, six tackles and 84 AFL Fantasy points. An underrated performance that proves just how much of an impact Lonergan can have on the biggest stage.
Gold Coast Suns #34
Willis came in for his first senior match of 2017 and delivered a solid performance in the Suns’ thrilling victory over the Hawks at the MCG. With 12 disposals at 83%, four marks and three tackles across halfback, the Kingborough product should be hopeful of retaining his place in the senior side.
Brisbane v. Fremantle – ‘Gabba, Saturday 10/06/17
Fremantle Dockers #28
The Dockers were far from impressive on the road against the Lions, and Brady Grey’s hamstring injury in the first term made the trip to the Sunshine state even worse. Reports suggest that Grey’s injury is on the ‘lower end of the scale’, meaning he hopefully won’t be out of senior action for long.
Brisbane Lions #2
Harwood returned to the senior side against the Dockers in a slightly different role, swapping his role as a small defender to be a small forward and doing so with aplomb. Harwood was busy with 11 disposals at 91%, three marks, six score involvements, 19 pressure acts and four tackles in a promising performance.
Fremantle Dockers #14
Weller worked off halfback in the Dockers’ disappointing loss to the Lions, and while his side had little positive to take away from the road trip, Weller was able to gather 11 disposals, four tackles, four marks and a goal in a handy performance.
Essendon v. Port Adelaide – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 10/06/17
Essendon Bombers #2
After consecutive standout performances against Richmond and GWS, the tall Tasmanian delivered another impressive display as his side’s first ruckman. Port’s Paddy Ryder was able to beat Bellchambers when it came to hit outs (37 – 23), but Bellchambers was good around the ground with 16 disposals, three marks, eight score involvements and 78 AFL Fantasy points.
Essendon Bomber #15
Josh Green didn’t have his best night in front of the big sticks for the ‘Dons, finishing with 0.3, but the small forward was still able to able to contribute to the highly impressive Essendon victory with 11 disposals, 16 pressure acts and three tackles.
Carlton v. GWS Giants – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 11/06/17
Carlton Blues #14
The often-maligned Blue returned to the senior Carlton side after a string of dominant VFL performances and completely outplayed Giant star Jon Patton. Jones had seven intercept possessions, eight marks, 14 disposals at 93%, five rebound 50s, 14 one-percenters and 72 AFL Fantasy points in an outing that seems to have revitalised the Tasmanian’s career. Jones played a role that resembled much of what his teammate Sam Docherty has done in recent seasons, and the Carlton faithful will be ecstatic with Jones’ change of role.
Melbourne v. Collingwood – MCG, Monday 12/06/17
Collingwood Magpies #38
Jeremy Howe has built a reputation as a high-flying marking weapon across his seven years of AFL football, and his efforts on the Queen’s Birthday stage against his former side may well be his best yet, with many comparing his huge mark late in the second term to the likes of Gary Moorcroft and Andrew Walker. Spectacular mark aside, however, Howe still had a wonderful afternoon in the loss with 22 disposals at 82%, nine intercept possessions, 10 marks, six score involvements, three tackles and 95 AFL Fantasy points as he furthered his case for All-Australian selection. Howe is a genuine star and performances like this should please all of the Collingwood faithful.