Written by Anthony Osborn
SAINT NICK FAREWELLS DOCKLANDS
The penultimate round of the 2017 AFL Premiership season saw St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt farewell his home ground of Docklands in style and a duo of Tasmanian Tigers help Richmond run riot in the West. Here’s your wrap on how our Tasmanians fared over the weekend.
Adelaide v. Sydney – Adelaide Oval, Friday 18/08/17
Adelaide Crows #20
Greenwood has been a beacon of consistency for the likely minor premiers since breaking into the side in round nine and his outing in a potential grand final preview on Friday night was as impressive as ever. Greenwood finished with 21 disposals at 81%, three marks, six score involvements, 11 tackles and 96 AFL Fantasy points in the Crows’ loss and looms as a real asset for Adelaide come finals.
Collingwood v. Geelong – MCG, Saturday 19/08/17
Collingwood Magpies #38
Howe spent much of the early part of this match against Geelong on the dangerous Jordan Murdoch, but was allowed to have more of an influence on the contest in the second half in his usual loose man role to register 14 disposals at 79%, eight intercept possessions and eight marks.
Geelong Cats #8
After arguably a career-best game last week against the Tigers the Geelong-based Kolodjashnij twin delivered another serviceable performance of 14 disposals at 86%, eight marks and four inside 50s before signing a contract extension on Monday that will see him remain a Cat until the end of 2019.
Geelong Cats #40
Similarly to his Launceston teammate Kolodjashnij, Thurlow backed up an impressive performance against Richmond with another solid display of 16 disposals at 75%, six marks, 313 metres gained and five inside 50s.
Gold Coast v. Essendon – Metricon Stadium, Saturday 19/08/17
Essendon Bombers #2
Bellchambers returned from injury for the trip to the Sunshine State and had an immediate impact. The tall Bomber dominated the hit-outs, finishing with 34, while also having 20 disposals, six marks and 116 AFL Fantasy points. Bellchambers will be critical to Essendon’s fate should they make the finals.
Essendon Bomber #15
2017 appears to be over for the dangerous Green who sustained a foot injury midway through the final term. Green was able to kick 1.2 from his 12 disposals prior to the injury, and the loss of Green on top of fellow small forward Orazio Fantasia’s season being done will give Essendon fans something to be concerned over.
Gold Coast Suns #33
Hall was among the Suns’ best yet again on the weekend, working tirelessly for his 31-disposal, eight mark and six inside 50s game that saw him generate 715 metres gained and 110 AFL Fantasy points. It has not been an enjoyable year for the Gold Coast Football Club, but the continued form of Aaron Hall is certainly a bright spot.
Gold Coast Suns #7
Lonergan didn’t have the impact he would have liked in his first game under interim coach Dean Solomon but worked hard as an inside midfielder to finish with 12 disposals and four score involvements.
Carlton v. Hawthorn – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 19/08/17
Carlton Blues #14
Jones added another scalp to his growing defensive resume against the Hawks, keeping Ryan Schoenmakers goalless and to just seven disposals while having nine disposals and three marks of his own. Although Jones has had more statistically impressive games in terms of disposals and marks his influence over the contest was significant, with 16 one-percenters making life incredibly difficult for the Hawthorn midfielders and key forwards.
St Kilda v. North Melbourne – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 20/08/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Although the Coleman Medal may now be out of his reach Brown continued his sensational 2017 form with 2.2 from nine disposals and eight marks. 2017 has not been North Melbourne’s year, but the rise of Ben Brown into the genuinely elite category of key forwards has been simply fantastic to watch. The Tasmanian is already a clean mark of the ball, hard-working and precise with his kicking, making the prospect of Brown taking his game to another level in 2018 a tantalising one.
St Kilda Saints #12
No other footballer has graced the Etihad Stadium surface more than Nick Riewoldt and the emotion of the legend’s farewell game under the roof was evident when the final siren sounded. Riewoldt proved that he is far from limping to the finish line of his career, with his 15 disposals, eight marks and two goals critical in the Saints celebrating the emotional day in style.
St Kilda Saints #29
Webster was his productive self against the Kangaroos with 18 disposals, 466 metres gained, six rebound 50s and two marks across the defensive half.
St Kilda Saints #44
Weller was quiet early against North but worked his way into the contest from quarter time, finishing with 12 disposals, three marks, three tackles and a goal in a solid if not spectacular performance.
Fremantle v. Richmond – Domain Stadium, Sunday 20/08/17
Richmond Tigers #25
Nankervis engaged in an enthralling duel with promising Docker ruckman Sean Darcy in the Perth sunshine, and while Darcy won the hit-outs 45-32, Toby dominated around the ground with 26 disposals, five clearances, six tackles, four inside 50s and a huge 140 AFL Fantasy points.
Richmond Tigers #8
Riewoldt had to deal with Joel Hamling on Sunday afternoon and although the premiership player’s individual game was terrific in the face of constant Richmond pressure, Jack was still able to make the most of the Tiger dominance for a bag of four goals, 11 disposals and three marks.
Fremantle Dockers #14
The younger Weller brother tried hard all afternoon in the Dockers’ big loss to Richmond, finishing with 21 disposals and 300 metres gained but will be desperate like most of his teammates to bounce back and finish 2017 off well against the Bombers next weekend.