Written by Anthony Osborn
BOMBER SOARS, TIGER ROARS
Round 17 of the AFL saw a tall Bomber continue his sparkling form; a Roo booted three and a Tiger had shots on goal for fun. A key Magpie returned, as did a Sun and a Crow. It was a huge round of football for our Tasmanian contingent- here’s the lowdown on how they all fared.
St Kilda v. Essendon – Etihad Stadium, Friday 14/07/17
Essendon Bombers #2
This Bomber has been in career-best form in recent weeks and this hot streak continued against the Saints as Bellchambers finished with 14 disposals at 79% efficiency, four marks, 26 hit-outs, five tackles, 107 AFL Fantasy points and two goals. The former Tasmanian Devil was the dominant big man on the ground for the ‘Dons and will be a key to the Bombers’ fortunes
Essendon Bomber #15
After scoring just one goal since his three-goal haul against the Giants in round 11, the lively Green was duly rewarded for his hard work inside forward 50, finishing with two goals, 12 disposals and three tackles in an impressive Essendon win.
St Kilda Saints #12
After dominating against the Tigers last week, ‘Roo’ started up forward and was well held by Michael Hurley, and although the champ had a greater impact when moved further up the ground, it wasn’t his most damaging night at the office; finishing with 16 disposals at 88%, five marks and a goal.
Geelong v. Hawthorn – MCG, Saturday 15/07/17
Geelong Cats #8
Kolodjashnij was far from overawed on the big stage against archrival Hawthorn with another valuable performance in the back half. Kolodjashnij finished with 15 disposals at 87%, six marks and five tackles in the heart stopping victory
Port Adelaide v. North Melbourne – Adelaide Oval, Saturday 15/07/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Brown continued his fantastic form in a disappointing North Melbourne loss. The cult hero finished with 10 disposals at 90%, four marks (including one Odell Beckham Jr would be proud of) and three goals to now sit equal third in the race for the Coleman Medal.
North Melbourne Kangaroos #39
After showing plenty of promise across the last fortnight, Mitchell Hibberd’s afternoon in Adelaide ended prematurely due to a first-quarter shoulder injury. Hibberd’s injury adds to the Kangaroos’ growing injury concerns and they will be desperate for the promising youngster to be back in the thick of senior action sooner rather than later.
Gold Coast v. Collingwood – Metricon Stadium, Saturday 15/07/17
Gold Coast Suns #33
Hall returned to the Suns’ senior side after being sidelined with a hamstring injury and he slotted straight onto the wing to provide plenty of drive with 21 disposals at 81%, six score involvements, three marks and a goal. Will certainly be better for the run.
Collingwood Magpies #38
Howe also returned to AFL action after some calf concerns and although he didn’t quite have the impact of previous weeks he was still a valuable contributor in the win, finishing with 14 disposals, four marks and four tackles. Like Hall, Howe will be better for the run.
Melbourne v. Adelaide – TIO Stadium, Saturday 15/07/17
Adelaide Crows #20
Greenwood was rested last week but looked as if he hadn’t missed a beat in the Darwin heat, finishing as the game’s second highest clearance winner with seven and with the equal most tackles (with seven). These key stats as well as 16 disposals, 10 contested, three marks and five score involvements and it becomes obvious why he has rapidly emerged as a fan favourite.
Richmond v. Brisbane – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 16/07/17
Richmond Tigers #25
Nankervis played a rotating forward role as a backup ruckman to Ivan Soldo and had a solid afternoon against the Lions with 18 disposals, four marks, six score involvements, 14 hit-outs and four inside 50s with his contested work again a highlight.
Richmond Tigers #8
Riewoldt had a lean evening last Saturday against the Saints but found himself in the thick of the action against the Lions with four goals (plus four behinds), 14 disposals, six marks and 91 AFL Fantasy points. Although Jack could of finished the afternoon with a monster bag, a four goal haul proved instrumental in the Tigers victory over this plucky Brisbane outfit.
Carlton v. Western Bulldogs – MCG, Sunday 16/07/17
Carlton Blues #14
Jones was handed the responsibility of manning the dangerous Jack Redpath and did so with aplomb, restricting Redpath to six disposals and no goals while having nine disposals, six marks and six intercept possessions himself against his old club. This fantastic footy story of Jones’ reinvention just keeps getting better, so much so that he has now inked a well-deserved new two-year deal with the Blues.
Fremantle v. West Coast – Domain Stadium, Sunday 16/07/17
Fremantle Dockers #14
In a disappointing derby for his Dockers, Weller was again a solid contributor, finishing with 20 disposals, five intercept possessions, four marks, six score involvements, 415 metres gained and four inside 50s off halfback.