Written by Anthony Osborn
TASSIE CATS STAND TALL
Round 21 of the AFL saw Launceston duo Jake Kolodjashnij and Jackson Thurlow stand up in the absence of some high-profile Geelong teammates and the Ben Brown show roll into Launceston as AFL action returned to the Apple Isle. Catch up on how all of our stars fared across a fascinating round 21 of football.
Sydney v. Fremantle – SCG, Saturday 12/08/17
Fremantle Dockers #14
It was a difficult trip to the harbour city for the Fremantle Dockers and although it wasn’t his best afternoon, Weller certainly worked hard to turn his side’s fortunes. The emerging leader finished with 14 disposals at 93% efficiency, three tackles and three rebound 50s from halfback and will be desperate for a different result come next Sunday evening against the travelling Tigers.
Geelong v. Richmond – Simonds Stadium, Saturday 12/08/17
Geelong Cats #8
After celebrating his 22nd birthday during the week, Kolodjashnijh played arguably his finest game at the highest level against the Tigers. With 20 disposals at 75%, 12 contested possessions, five marks, two goal assists, 319 metres gained, four tackles and 81 AFL Fantasy points in a role further up the field, this emerging star looms as a crucial cog in Geelong’s quest for September glory.
Richmond Tigers #25
Nankervis, who turned 23 on Saturday, continued his role as a rotating ruckman and key forward with Ivan Soldo, but wasn’t able to exert his usual influence over the contest- finishing with 10 disposals, 21 hit-outs and five tackles in the Tigers’ loss.
Richmond Tigers #8
Riewoldt returned from his recent eye injury for a trip down the highway to Geelong and finished with a scoreboard return of 1.3- on top of 14 disposals, seven marks and one near-mark that would of seriously given Jeremy Howe a run for his money had it been completed.
Geelong Cats #40
Much like Kolodjashnij, this may well be the match the cements Jackson Thurlow’s standing as an emerging star in the famous blue and white hoops. The Launceston native finished with 21 disposals, 10 marks, three inside 50s and 84 AFL Fantasy points in a predominantly outside-game that allowed him to operate right across the ground. With Selwood, Hawkins and Duncan out, the Cats needed some players to step up- and Thurlow did.
Brisbane v. Gold Coast – ‘Gabba, Saturday 12/08/17
Gold Coast Suns #33
Some things change in footy, such as Rodney Eade’s tenure on the Gold Coast coming to an end during the week, but one thing that doesn’t seem to change is Aaron Hall’s ability to find the football. There was some doubt as to whether Hall would be fit to play in the Q Clash after a hamstring injury last week but the prolific midfielder was well and truly up for the contest, finishing with 26 disposals at 81%, 700 metres gained, eight inside 50s, four tackles, 95 AFL Fantasy points and a goal.
Essendon v. Adelaide – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 12/08/17
Essendon Bomber #15
Green worked hard inside the Essendon forward line against the Crows, finishing with 10 disposals, 23 pressure acts and six tackles to make his impact felt, even without hitting the scoreboard.
Adelaide Crows #20
Greenwood backed up his sensational performance in the Showdown last week with another solid display, finishing with 16 disposals, seven marks, three clearances and a goal as his Crows tightened their grip on the minor premiership.
West Coast v. Carlton – Domain Stadium, Saturday 12/08/17
Carlton Blues #14
Jones had the daunting task of manning reigning Coleman Medal winner Josh Kennedy on Saturday night. Kennedy proved influential in the West Coast victory with six majors, but Jones still battled hard to finish with 13 disposals and nine intercept possessions of his own.
Melbourne v. St Kilda – MCG, Sunday 13/08/17
St Kilda Saints #29
Thrust into a forward role for much of this contest, Webster registered nine disposals at 100%, two tackles and a sensational goal midway through the third term.
St Kilda Saints #44
Weller offered plenty inside forward 50 for the Saints with 16 disposals, six marks, six tackles, 81 AFL Fantasy points and a goal in a promising display after a lean patch throughout the middle of the year.
Hawthorn v. North Melbourne – University of Tasmania Stadium, Sunday 13/08/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Not many expected Big Ben to be fit to play in his home state this weekend after a sickening concussion last weekend, but the Devonport junior proved his fitness in another impressive display. Brown had 11 disposals and four marks while finishing with 3.1, although his efforts probably warranted an even bigger haul. The Tasmanian played a lone hand for the ‘Roos inside 50, particularly early and there is now no doubting that he is a genuine star of the competition.
Port Adelaide v. Collingwood – Adelaide Oval, Sunday 13/08/17
Collingwood Magpies #38
The high-flying Tasmanian was at his typically industrious best against the Power with 23 disposals at 83%, seven intercepts, nine marks, 419 metres gained and 89 AFL Fantasy points in his usual defensive role.