Written by Anthony Osborn
HUNGRY HUGH FLICKS SWITCH ON POWER
Hugh Greenwood equalled the record for the most tackles in an Adelaide showdown to headline Round 20, but injuries to Ben Brown, Brady Grey and Aaron Hall ensured the weekend of AFL action was a mixed bag for our Tasmanian contingent. Here’s a rundown on how all of our Tasmanian stars fared.
Geelong v. Sydney – Simonds Stadium, Friday 04/08/17
Geelong Cats #8
Kolodjashnij found himself playing further up the field on Friday night against the Swans and put together another solid performance of 19 disposals, seven marks and three inside 50s.
Geelong Cats #40
Thurlow showed plenty of promising signs on what was a dark night for the Cats at Kardinia Park. The Tasmanian finished with 23 disposals, six marks, five clearances, 313 metres gained, five inside 50s, five rebound 50s and 90 AFL Fantasy points in a role that saw him play right across the ground.
Essendon v. Carlton – MCG, Saturday 05/08/17
Essendon Bombers #2
Bellchambers engaged in an enthralling duel with Carlton’s Matthew Kreuzer, and although the in-form Blue probably took the chocolates on the day, the Tall Bomber was again impressive with eight disposals at 88%, two marks, five score involvements and 31 hit-outs.
Essendon Bomber #15
Green came back into the senior side this week after a stint on the sidelines with injury and immediately showed his worth in a thrilling victory over Carlton. The productive Tasmanian finished with 17 disposals, ten score involvements, 290 metres gained, three tackles and 1.4 as part of the Essendon mosquito fleet.
Carlton Blues #14
Jones had arguably the toughest job in football across the weekend, being handed the responsibility of Joe Daniher. The high-flying Bomber had a red-hot opening term, but the rejuvenated former North Hobart Demon finished the day as one of Carlton’s best, keeping the Coleman Medal contender to three goals, while finishing with 14 disposals, eight marks and eight one percenters of his own.
North Melbourne v. Collingwood – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 05/08/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Big Ben’s fantastic season hit a hurdle on the weekend after a controversial tackle from Brodie Grundy ended the key ‘Roo’s evening in the second term. Brown’s concussion will surely see him out of action for at least a week and North Melbourne fans will be desperate for the cult hero to be back before season’s end.
Collingwood Magpies #38
Howe was as productive as ever across half back for the ‘Pies, finishing with 24 disposals at 83%, 10 intercept possessions, nine marks, 375 metres gained, 96 AFL Fantasy points and a goal in a scrappy match under the Docklands roof.
Fremantle v. Gold Coast – Domain Stadium, Saturday 05/08/17
Fremantle Dockers #28
Brady Grey suffered a hamstring injury late in the second term against the Suns after registering four disposals and three score involvements. Reports suggest that Grey’s injury is a ‘standard’ hamstring that will likely see him out of action for the remainder of the home and away season. 2017 has been a fantastic year for Grey when he has been fully fit, and his newfound status as a Docker fan favourite will hold him in good stead for a 2018 campaign.
Gold Coast Suns #33
Much like Brady Grey, Aaron Hall’s 2017 season may now also be over after a hamstring injury in the second term at Domain Stadium. Hall had picked up 14 disposals and three clearances while out in the middle, and will be a big out for the under-siege Suns across the final month of the home and away season.
Fremantle Dockers #14
Weller’s red-hot 2017 form continued in the Dockers’ impressive victory over the Suns, with the Tasmanian again putting together a 20-disposal. Weller went at 95% efficiency, while also registering five intercept possessions, nine marks, five score involvements, 334 metres gained, four tackles and 99 AFL Fantasy points as he continued his push for a potential top-five finish at the Dockers’ best and fairest count.
St Kilda v. West Coast – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 06/08/17
St Kilda Saints #12
The St Kilda champion announced his retirement during the week and put together a solid performance in the Saints’ win over the Eagles- finishing with 13 disposals, six marks, four score involvements and a goal in a victory that has kept the Saints’ finals dreams alive. A possible concussion as a result of a typically courageous contest in the final term partially soured what has otherwise been a week of celebration for the St Kilda Football Club and this absolute legend of the sport.
St Kilda Saints #29
Jimmy Webster was hugely influential in the Saints’ win over the Eagles, finishing with 26 disposals at 73%, five marks, 382 metres gained and 91 AFL Fantasy points in his defensive role.
St Kilda Saints #44
Mav wasn’t spectacular against the Eagles but was a productive contributor to the victory, finishing with 17 disposals at 82%, three marks, three score involvements and seven tackles in his defensive forward role.
Richmond v. Hawthorn – MCG, Sunday 06/08/17
Richmond Tigers #25
The Tigers roared their way into the top four against the Hawks and big Toby Nankervis was a huge contributor to the victory. The ‘Nank’ finished with 17 disposals, three marks, 26 hit-outs, three tackles and 1.2 playing as a rotating ruckman and key forward. Few Tigers will have as big a say in Richmond’s fortunes as this former Sydney Swan. Stay tuned, Tiger fans…
Adelaide v. Port Adelaide – Adelaide Oval, Sunday 06/08/17
Adelaide Crows #20
What a week for Hugh Greenwood. The Tasmanian signed a new contract that will see him stay in the city of churches until at least the end of the 2019 season and he backed this up with a terrific performance in a Showdown thrashing of cross-town rival Port Adelaide. Greenwood stamped his intentions early with 12 first-half tackles, and finished with 15 disposals (13 contested), four clearances, 13 tackles (an equal all-time Showdown record), 97 AFL Fantasy points and a goal. The Adelaide Football Club have reported that Greenwood has now applied more tackles in his first 10 AFL matches than any other player in AFL history- fair effort for a mature-aged convert to the game.