Written by Anthony Osborn
BROWN BRUISES DEES AT BELLERIVE
Round 19 of the AFL saw Blundstone Arena host a thriller starring Ben Brown, while Aaron Hall copped a serious case of leather poisoning on the Gold Coast against Richmond. Here’s the lowdown on how our Tasmanian contingent fared across yet another rollercoaster weekend of football.
North Melbourne v. Melbourne – Blundstone Arena, Saturday 29/07/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Brown shone yet again, delighting his home fans in a four-goal performance that sees him only two goals away from leading the Coleman Medal. With 14 disposals, eight marks, eight score involvements and 93 AFL Fantasy points, Brown has taken yet another step in cementing his position as one of the competition’s best key forwards in a stirring North Melbourne win.
GWS Giants v. Fremantle – Spotless Stadium, Saturday 29/07/17
Fremantle Dockers #28
Grey found himself back in the Dockers’ senior side after spending a fortnight at Peel Thunder and finished with two goals and ten disposals in the narrow loss to the Giants, despite a shoulder injury in the second term.
Fremantle Dockers #14
Weller spent most of his afternoon against the Giants working out of defence and finished with a tidy return of 22 disposals at 77%, eight marks, seven score involvements, 337 metres gained, four tackles, four rebound 50s and 94 AFL Fantasy points.
Port Adelaide v. St Kilda – Adelaide Oval, Saturday 29/07/17
St Kilda Saints #29
Jimmy Webster was right in the thick of the action at Adelaide Oval, finishing with 22 disposals, four marks, three rebound 50s and 79 AFL Fanrtasy points in a heartbreaking St Kilda loss.
St Kilda Saints #44
Weller finished with 10 disposals, three score involvements and three inside 50s in his return to the senior side. It wasn’t the Saint leader’s most dynamic performance, but he should be better for the run.
Gold Coast v. Richmond – Metricon Stadium, Saturday 29/07/17
Gold Coast Suns #33
Hall got a serious case of leather poisoning against the Tigers, finishing with a stunning 40 disposals, eight marks, six tackles, 10 inside 50s, 816 metres gained and 152 AFL Fantasy points. It was another tireless performance from the star Sun as he registered an equal career-high disposal tally.
Gold Coast Suns #7
Lonergan was a solid contributor as a late inclusion for Gary Ablett, finishing with 16 disposals (nine contested), five marks, three clearances, five tackles and a goal in an outing that should see him retain his place in the senior team.
Richmond Tigers #25
With Jack Riewoldt out of the team due to injury fellow Tasmanian Nankervis played as Richmond’s sole key forward when not in the ruck and finished with 11 disposals, 10 hit-outs and a career-high three goals, all of which were kicked in the second term. With his workmanlike attack on the football and ability to move well around the ground, Nank the Tank has been a fantastic addition to this Richmond side in 2017.
Carlton v. Geelong – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 29/07/17
Geelong Cats #8
Kolodjashnij was solid again in defence, finishing with 16 disposals at 88%, four marks and three tackles in Geelong’s comfortable victory over the Blues.
Carlton Blues #14
Jones faced the task of manning a red-hot Tom Hawkins and didn’t have his best match for the season, finishing with 11 disposals, five tackles and two marks, while Hawkins ran riot.
Geelong Cats #40
Thurlow came into the Cats’ senior side to take on the Blues and contributed well, finishing with 17 disposals at 88% and two marks. The Tasmanian’s willingness to attack the contest impresses and solid performances like this should keep him right in the frame for senior action as Geelong chase a premiership.
Western Bulldogs v. Essendon – Sunday 30/07/17
Essendon Bombers #2
Bellchambers thrived in his aerial duel with Jordan Roughead, finishing with 37 hit-outs against the Bulldogs, and although he didn’t quote have the impact around the ground as he has had in previous weeks, Bellchambers’ efforts as a tap ruckman should bring a smile to the face of the Essendon faithful.
Collingwood v. Adelaide – MCG, Sunday 30/07/17
Adelaide Crows #20
Greenwood delivered another dogged performance in the Crows’ draw with Collingwood at the MCG, finishing with 15 disposals (nine contested), five clearances and three tackles in a rotating midfield-forward role.
Collingwood Magpies #38
The high-flying Jeremy Howe continued his sparkling 2017 against the Crows, finishing with 31 disposals at 74%, eight marks, six score involvements, 322 metres gained, five rebound 50s and 114 AFL Fantasy points in yet another impressive display across halfback.