Written by Anthony Osborn
BIG BEN BAGS SIX
Round 18 of the AFL season was a big one for our Tasmanian contingent. Ben Brown booted a bag of six in North’s loss to Essendon, while Hugh Greenwood and Jeremy Howe stood impressed in Adelaide and Collingwood’s victories. Here’s a rundown on how all of our Tasmanian stars fared across the weekend of AFL action.
Adelaide v. Geelong – Adelaide Oval Friday 21/07/17
Adelaide Crows #20
How good is Hugh? Another week and another fantastic performance from the ex-basketballer, with Greenwood finishing the evening with 32 disposals, ten contested possessions, eight clearances, four tackles, 85 AFL Fantasy points and a spectacular volley goal. Greenwood may face some heat for an incident with Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield, but this performance has certainly done his rapidly growing reputation no harm.
Geelong Cats #8
With 15 disposals, four marks and four intercept possessions while mainly manning the dangerous Tom Lynch, Kolodjashnij’s performance was solid, if not spectacular- like many of his fellow Cats.
Essendon v. North Melbourne – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 22/07/17
Essendon Bombers #2
Coming up against Majak Daw, Bellchambers performed well in the ruck for Essendon, finishing the afternoon with 34 hit-outs, 10 disposals, three marks and five clearances as his purple patch of good form continued.
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Take a bow, Ben.
Brown had a day out under the roof of Etihad Stadium, taking nine marks (five contested) and booting six goals in a 119 AFL Fantasy points performance. Brown is now equal second in the Coleman Medal race and has been a clear bright spot in what has been a difficult season for the Kangaroo faithful.
Western Bulldogs v. Gold Coast – Cazaly’s Stadium, Saturday 22/07/17
Gold Coast Suns #33
Hall was at his prolific best in Cairns with 23 disposals, four marks, 523 metres gained, six inside 50s, 92 AFL Fantasy points and a goal off a wing. A disappointing result for the Suns, but Hall can hold his head high.
Gold Coast Suns #7
Lonergan was a solid contributor for the Suns against the reigning premiers, finishing with 14 disposals, three tackles, two marks, two clearances and two inside 50s. This wasn’t the former Launceston Blue’s most dynamic performance, but he was far from poor.
Sydney v. St Kilda – SCG, Saturday 22/07/17
St Kilda Saints #12
Riewoldt was well held by young Swan Lewis Melican at the SCG, with the St. Kilda champion’s influence restricted to just 10 disposals at 90%, four marks and a goal in a disappointing loss.
St Kilda Saints #29
Webster returned to the senior side after serving a two-week suspension and was a welcome addition, finishing with 19 disposals at 74%, six intercept possessions, four marks, 364 metres gained and four rebound 50s.
Fremantle v. Hawthorn – Domain Stadium, Saturday 22/07/17
Fremantle Dockers #14
Weller was productive again out of defence for the Dockers, finishing with 22 disposals at 77%, five intercept possessions, eight marks and 76 AFL Fantasy points. Not the result his side were after, but Weller’s impressive 2017 has certainly continued.
Richmond v. GWS Giants – MCG, Sunday 23/07/17
Richmond Tigers #25
After a very quiet opening half in which he only had one disposal next to his name, Nankervis lifted in the second half and significantly contributed to the stirring Richmond victory with 18 hit-outs, 13 disposals, four clearances and a sensational goal in difficult conditions.
Richmond Tigers #8
It wasn’t a day for marking forwards at the MCG on Sunday, but Riewoldt put together some moments of terrific wet-weather footy after a quiet start. Jack finished with 10 disposals and two goals, but some deft touches and taps on to his teammates, particularly late ensured that he had a significant say on the end result.
Collingwood v. West Coast – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 23/07/17
Collingwood Magpies #38
The ex-Dodges Ferry Shark delivered another fantastic performance in his magnificent 2017 season, finishing with 26 disposals at 73%, 10 intercept possessions, nine marks, 643 metres gained, eight rebound 50s and 101 AFL Fantasy points against the Eagles.
Brisbane v. Carlton – ‘Gabba, Sunday 23/07/17
Carlton Blues #14
Jones wasn’t quite able to influence the contest offensively like previous weeks, finishing with seven disposals, three rebound 50s and 15 one percenters- however, his efforts to restrict Josh Schache to just six disposals and no goals underlined his impressive defensive work.