Written by Anthony Osborn
PERTH GOES BURNIE WHILE JONES DOES IT AGAIN
Round 15 of AFL action saw Liam Jones continue his rapid rise as one of the competition’s most damaging defenders and three former Burnie Dockers face off in Perth. Here’s a wrap on how the Tasmanian contingent of the AFL fared across the weekend.
Carlton v. Adelaide – MCG, Saturday 01/07/17
Adelaide Crows #20
It was a gritty second half from the Crows that saw them get over the top of the plucky Blues, and Hugh Greenwood was a clear example of this as he worked his way into the contest. The exciting prospect finished with 12 disposals (including seven contested possessions) at 83% efficiency, three score involvements, 24 pressure acts, three clearances and nine tackles.
Carlton Blues #14
The stunning rise of Liam Jones continued against the dangerous Crows, as he added the scalp of Tex Walker to his resume. Walker was kept to a solitary goal while Jones picked up 19 disposals at 79%, 15 intercept possessions, nine marks (five contested) and 92 AFL Fantasy points. Jones’ work rate is exceptional and this Carlton side look so much more impressive with the Tasmanian in defence. Jon Patton, Tom Lynch, Tex Walker- who’s next?
Gold Coast v. North Melbourne – Metricon Stadium, Saturday 01/07/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Big Ben impressed in what was a disappointing North Melbourne outing on the Gold Coast, finishing with 3.2, 12 disposals, four marks and 73 AFL Fantasy points. His side may have lost, but Brown can certainly hold his head high.
North Melbourne Kangaroos #39
Hibberd returned to the senior side off the back of some dominant VFL performances to play his second AFL match against the Suns. The young gun was a solid contributor, finishing with 13 disposals at 85%, six intercept possessions, three tackles and three rebound 50s.
Gold Coast Suns
Jesse Lonergan has continued his impressive form in the senior side, finishing with 26 disposals at 96%, six marks, five clearances, three tackles and 89 AFL Fantasy points. After being named as a late inclusion several weeks ago, Lonergan has been a valuable contributor for Rodney Eade’s young side.
GWS Giants v. Geelong – Spotless Stadium, Saturday 01/07/17
Geelong Cats #8
In a thrilling draw at the Sydney Showgrounds, Jake Kolodjashnij was solid in the Cats’ back half, finishing with 12 disposals at 83%, five intercept possessions and two marks in defence.
Port Adelaide v. Richmond – Adelaide Oval, Saturday 01/07/17
Richmond Tigers #25
Nankervis faced the imposing task of tackling the dynamic Paddy Ryder at the Adelaide Oval, and delivered another terrific performance. The Nank finished with 21 disposals (10 contested), five marks, eight intercept possessions, six score involvements, 28 hit-outs, six clearances, five tackles and 108 AFL Fantasy points.
Richmond Tigers #8
Riewoldt was a valuable contributor to the Richmond victory, despite kicking just the one goal. Riewoldt had 10 disposals, took six marks, laid four tackles, had three inside 50s and five score involvements in an another solid display, while his spectacular acrobatic mark and unselfish assist to Tyson Stengle in the final term epitomised what Jack is all about this season.
Essendon v. Brisbane – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 02/07/17
Essendon Bombers #2
Bellchambers finished with nine disposals at 78%, three marks, four clearances, three inside 50s and 26 hit-outs in an intriguing duel with the Brisbane duo of Stefan Martin and Archie Smith. This wasn’t Bellchambers’ most dominant display, but a solid one nonetheless.
Essendon Bombers #15
Against his former Lion teammates for the first time, Green was as busy as ever inside forward 50 for the ‘Dons, finishing with nine disposals, three marks, two tackles, three inside 50s and a goal in a shock loss to his former club.
Hawthorn v. Collingwood – MCG, Sunday 02/07/17
Hawthorn Hawks #14
The importance of the Hawthorn veteran to this side was underlined yet again against the Magpies, with Birchall finishing with 20 disposals at 85%, six marks, 262 metres gained and 77 AFL Fantasy points.
Collingwood Magpies #38
Jeremy Howe’s sparkling 2017 continued against the Hawks as the Dodges Ferry star finished with 23 disposals at 74%, nine intercept possessions, 10 marks, 423 metres gained, three inside 50s, two rebound 50s and 89 AFL Fantasy points. Howe would like his time again for a turnover late in the match, but that aside this was another valuable performance in a consistent season.
Fremantle v. St Kilda – Domain Stadium, Sunday 02/07/17
Fremantle Dockers #28
Brady Grey overcame his hamstring injury to return to the Dockers’ side and performed well, finishing with 11 disposals, two marks, five score involvements, 20 pressure acts and five tackles. Freo fans will be ecstatic to have the determined forward back and fully fit.
St Kilda Saints #12
‘Roo’ was solid if not spectacular against the Dockers, finishing with 16 disposals, three marks and six score involvements, while his cheeky tactics to get a 50-metre penalty for Tim Membrey from Dockers’ youngster Griffin Logue has undoubtedly stolen the headlines from this encounter.
St Kilda Saints #29
Jimmy Webster was again terrrific across half back, finishing with 18 disposals at 78%, six intercept possessions, three marks, four rebound 50s and 208 metres gained; however, his contact to Nick Suban’s head significantly marred his day and will see him cop a two-week stint on the sidelines.
Fremantle Dockers #14
In a clash against his brother, Mav, Lachie was solid, finishing with 16 disposals, three marks and two goal assists.
St Kilda Saints #44
Much like his brother for Freo, Mav was a valuable contributor to his side with 15 disposals at 80%, 21 pressure acts, two tackles and two inside 50s in a hugely important St Kilda victory.