JONES SHINES ON THE GOLD COAST
Liam Jones continued his impressive return to senior AFL Football by curbing yet another of the competition’s premier power forwards in Tom Lynch to highlight a big round 13 of AFL action. Here’s the lowdown on how our Tasmanians fared!
West Coast v. Geelong – Domain Stadium, Thursday 15/06/17
Geelong Cats #8
Kolodjashnij was as solid as ever in defence on Thursday evening, picking up 12 disposals, five intercept possessions, three marks and three rebound 50s in his mid-sized defensive role.
North Melbourne v. St Kilda – Etihad Stadium, Friday 16/06/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Big Ben had a frustrating evening on Friday, with a lack polished forward 50 entries from the North Melbourne midfield making his job a very difficult one. Brown finished with 1.2 from eight disposals and four marks in a hard-fought but frustrating outing.
St Kilda Saints #12
Riewoldt was a solid contributor in St Kilda’s return to the winners list against North, despite finishing with 0.3. With 21 disposals, 11 marks, 12 score involvements, five tackles and 106 AFL Fantasy points, it is clear that the Saint champion has plenty of great football left in him.
St Kilda Saints #29
Webster was solid in his second match back from a broken hand, picking up 16 disposals at 81%, four marks and three rebound 50s out of the defensive 50. There is no question that the St Kilda back six looks a more damaging and dangerous offensive unit with the Glenorchy product fully fit.
St Kilda Saints #44
In his defensive forward role, Weller had a solid outing against the ‘Roos, with 16 disposals, seven marks, a goal assist and 73 AFL Fantasy points.
Richmond v. Sydney – MCG, Saturday 17/06/17
Richmond Tigers #25
The Nank came up against his former teammates for the first time on the weekend and delivered another valuable performance. Nankervis was beaten in the hit-outs stakes by the Sydney duo of Naismith and Sinclair, but he further underlined his worth as a mobile big man with nine disposals, 21 pressure acts, nine tackles, five one percenters and 76 AFL Fantasy points.
Richmond Tigers #8
With 15 disposals, eight marks, five inside 50s, 82 AFL Fantasy points and two big goals, Jack had a productive day at the MCG, despite the obvious devastation of losing another close match. Riewoldt had the excellent Dane Rampe for company this weekend, but it looks as if a mouth-watering contest with fellow Tasmanian Liam Jones awaits him next week.
Port Adelaide v. Brisbane – Adelaide Oval, Saturday 17/06/17
Brisbane Lions #2
Brisbane’s experiment with Harwood as a small forward continued against the Power, with the Tasmanian having seven disposals at 100% efficiency almost entirely in the forward half. Harwood didn’t directly impact the scoreboard but his ball use, particularly by hand, should hold him in good stead for the back half of the season.
Gold Coast v. Carlton – Metricon Stadium, Saturday 17/06/17
Gold Coast Suns #33
Aaron Hall was solid against the Blues with 21 disposals, four score involvements, 391 metres gained, four tackles, four inside 50s and 74 AFL Fantasy points. Hall’s form in recent weeks hasn’t been quite as scintillating as it was in the first month or so of the 2017 season, but he is still producing consistently valuable performances.
Gold Coast Suns #10
Kade Kolodjashnij is piecing together an ultra consistent 2017, with 18 disposals, seven intercept possessions, five marks, and six rebound 50s making round 13 another good one for the Tasmanian defender.
Gold Coast Suns #7
After being a late inclusion last week, Lonergan again took his opportunity to play senior football with both hands in a solid showing that included 17 disposals (nine contested), two clearances and three tackles.
Gold Coast Suns #34
Mackenzie Willis worked off halfback in his second senior match of 2017, showing promise with nine disposals and four intercept possessions. Willis has put his hand up for a continued stretch in the senior side, and continued opportunities at the highest level will only see the Tasmanian’s confidence, skills and output grow.
Carlton Blues #14
Jon Patton one week, Tom Lynch the other; Liam Jones has significantly curbed the influence of two of the competition’s premier power forwards in consecutive weeks and looks to be right at home as a general in the Carlton backline. Jones kept the Gold Coast skipper goalless, while picking up 12 disposals, six intercept possessions, six marks and 12 one-percenters himself. This was a seriously impressive display from a man who looks to have rejuvenated his career, and one that leads to a mouth-watering all Tasmanian contest between himself and Richmond champion Jack Riewoldt next Sunday. Bring. It. On.