Written by Anthony Osborn
‘Roo’ does it for Maddie
Nick Riewoldt guided the Saints to a rampant victory over the Tigers in a game close to his heart, Maddie’s Match, while Ben Brown starred in North Melbourne’s narrow loss to the Dockers. Here’s your wrap on how our Tasmanian stars fared in round 16 of this unpredictable AFL premiership season.
Collingwood v. Essendon – MCG, Saturday 08/07/17
Essendon Bombers #2
Bellchambers continued his solid form against the Magpies, winning 29 hit-outs, having eight disposals, four tackles and two goals to be among the Bombers best in an impressive victory.
Essendon Bomber #15
Green was lively inside attacking 50 for the Bombers with 11 disposals at 82% efficiency, four marks and three score involvements. Although Green hasn’t been able to hit the scoreboard as much in recent weeks, the Tasmanian’s ability to bring his teammates into the game makes him an important member of the Essendon attacking structure.
Sydney v. Gold Coast – SCG, Saturday 08/07/17
Gold Coast Suns #7
The Suns’ trip to Sydney was an unsuccessful one, but Lonergan continued his solid form in the senior side, finishing with 18 disposals, four marks, four inside 50s and two tackles.
Brisbane v. Geelong – ‘Gabba, Saturday 08/07/17
Geelong Cats #8
Playing his usual mid-sized defensive role, Kolodjashnij had another impressive outing with 16 disposals at 94%, six marks, two goal assists, seven score involvements and three rebound 50s, as well as coming agonisingly close to his first career goal. The Cats will be desperate for the Tasmanian to put pen to paper before season’s end to secure his services beyond the current season.
St Kilda v. Richmond – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 08/07/17
Richmond Tigers #25
Nankervis has been one of the revelations of the 2017 season, but unfortunately his match against the Saints, like for many of his teammates, won’t be one to remember fondly. The Nank finished with 13 disposals, five marks and 18 hit-outs while competing well, but the Saints’ Billy Longer had his measure on the night.
Richmond Tigers #8
Jack didn’t quite have the impact he would have liked in a huge occasion for his family. Riewoldt was not well served by his Tiger midfielders and struggled to influence the contest as a result, finishing with seven disposals, six marks and the final goal of the evening.
St Kilda Saints #12
Saturday night had it all for Roo, including a new role as a nullifier on Alex Rance, and a new AFL record for the most career marks, but most importantly, an incredibly successful evening for Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision. Cries of ‘Roo’ echoed throughout the Docklands of Melbourne on Saturday evening as the St Kilda champion starred in ‘Maddie’s Match’, an evening dedicated to Nick’s late sister, Maddie. The theme of the evening was to #FightLikeMaddie, and fight Nick did, finishing with 15 disposals at 73%, 12 marks, three goals, three tackles and 112 AFL Fantasy points.
Maddie’s Match is a wonderful reminder that some things are bigger than football, and both Nick and Jack Riewoldt need to be praised for their tireless efforts in spreading Maddie Riewoldt’s memory and vision- with Saturday evening providing to be a wonderful event.
North Melbourne v. Fremantle – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 09/07/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Big Ben nearly dragged his side over the line against the Dockers in a starring performance that included 13 disposals, four goals, seven marks, four tackles, five inside 50s and 99 AFL Fantasy points. The cult hero’s four-goal haul has seen him leap into the top five of Coleman Medal calculations as his reputation continues to grow.
Fremantle Dockers #28
Docker fans must love having Brady Grey out on the park. Grey finished with 12 disposals, three marks and four tackles in a spirited role as a deep forward – despite suffering a shoulder knock in the third term. The former Burnie Docker’s grit and tenacity has made him a crucial member of this Fremantle side.
North Melbourne Kangaroos #39
Hibberd had probably his best performance at AFL level in his brief career to date, finishing with 22 disposals at 86%, seven marks, three tackles and 87 AFL Fantasy points against the Dockers. In a gut-wrenching loss for the ‘Roos, North fans should be pleased with what they are seeing from the Clarence product at the highest level.
Fremantle Dockers #14
Lachie Weller spent more time in the midfield against North, finishing with 17 disposals, four marks, five score involvements, 393 metres gained, four indie 50s and five rebound 50s.
Carlton v. Melbourne – MCG, Sunday 09/07/17
Carlton Blues #14
Faced with the task of manning Jesse Hogan, Jones’ remarkable resurgence continued as Hogan finished with one goal and Jones with 11 disposals, six intercept possessions, four marks, three tackles and ten one percenters of his own. The Tasmanian’s sensational 2017 looks to of resulted in a thoroughly deserved new Carlton contract.