Written by Anthony Osborn
It was a bumper weekend of AFL action and boy did our Tasmanian stars deliver. The likes of Jack Riewoldt and Aaron Hall drove their sides to victory, while Jeremy Howe and Ben Brown starred in losing sides. Here’s a wrap on how all our Tasmanian stars fared over the Easter weekend.
West Coast vs. Sydney Swans – Domain Stadium, Thursday 13/04/17
Sydney Swans #42
In what has been a disappointing opening to 2017 for the Sydney team, Fox has been a definite bright spot. Rotating through the midfield, Fox was busy once again, picking up 11 disposals, laying five tackles, applying 19 pressure acts, laying five tackles, having four score involvements and three inside 50’s. Plenty to like about this Coburg-via-Burnie export.
North Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs – Etihad Stadium, Friday 14/04/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
After some promising form in previous weeks, Big Ben Brown finally got his just rewards, booting four goals in a dominant display. Brown is thriving as the key target up forward for the ‘Roos, and was without question the most dominant forward in this contest. With eight marks and 14 disposals at 78% efficiency as well as a big scoreboard impact, North fans should be very excited about what this Tasmanian cult hero will be capable of as the year progresses.
Melbourne vs. Fremantle – MCG, Saturday 15/04/17
Fremantle Dockers #14
Weller has the hallmarks of being one of the competition’s premier midfielders, and this performance against the Dees only further enhanced this reputation. 27 disposals at over 85% efficiency as well as 20 pressure acts and 377 metres gained made for a day out at the MCG, with his third quarter haul of 12 disposals being a key component of how his Dockers upset the fancied Demons on their home patch.
Fremantle Dockers #28
Grey was perhaps not quite as explosive against the Demons as he was the previous week against the reigning premiers, however, he was a pressure machine, applying seven tackles and 30 pressure acts in a spirited, dogged display. Grey’s terrific goal under pressure in the dying stages of the match was also an instrumental one in the context of the match, and in the Dockers’ victory.
Carlton vs. Gold Coast – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 15/04/17
Gold Coast Suns #10
Playing as the third-key defender on Charlie Curnow, Kolodjashnij was able to keep Curnow goalless, while picking up 21 disposals at over 75% efficiency. We have come to expect terrific performances from the Launceston defender, and this was certainly no exception.
Gold Coast Suns #33
Damaging. Explosive. Gun.
Aaron Hall is all of the above and is having a terrific start to the 2017 season, but does still appear to be underrated by the broader football community. Much like his fellow Tasmanian teammate, Kolodjashnij, Hall has set a very high expectation for his performance, and just like he so often does, he amassed another 29 disposals at over 80% against the Blues. With five marks, four tackles and 566 metres gained for his side, Hall was one of the best players on the ground and a clear cog in the Suns’ form resurgence.
Adelaide vs. Essendon – Adelaide Oval, Saturday 15/04/17
Essendon Bomber #15
Coming back from a hamstring complaint, Green has a busy night at the Adelaide Oval, having 12 disposals and five score involvements in the Bombers loss to the all-conquering Crows. Green was unable to hit the scoreboard for a major, but will certainly be better for the run.
Collingwood vs. St. Kilda – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 16/04/17
Collingwood Magpies #41
North Hobart’s Henry Schade had a career-best match last week and backed it up this week with another spirited performance. The key defender had 14 disposals at 93% efficiency, had four rebound 50’s, gained 319 metres and kicked his first AFL goal in the final term as the ‘Pies mounted a comeback. Schade is having a magnificent season and performances like these are certainly bright spots in what has been a disappointing start to the season for his side.
Collingwood Magpies #38
His side’s best player in a disappointing loss, Jeremy Howe only seems to be going from strength to strength out of defence. Howe had 29 disposals at 81%, ten marks, three score involvements, eight rebound 50’s, five tackles and eight intercepts. The Dodges Ferry excitement machine is one of the most entertaining players to watch in the competition at the moment, and Collingwood could certainly do with a few more of him.
St Kilda Saints #44
Mav Weller was busy as ever in the Saints’ win over the ‘Pies, having 20 disposals at 80% efficiency, seven tackles, 17 pressure acts and five score involvements in a role that saw him play a slightly higher role up the ground. After playing the majority of the first three rounds as a defensive forward, Weller’s performance against the Magpies saw him rotating through the wing, further displaying his capability as a flexible, durable footballer.
St Kilda Saints #29
As mentioned in earlier weeks, Webster is on the verge of being an absolute gun of the competition, and this influential performance against Collingwood was yet another stepping-stone towards such status. With 25 disposals at 92%, six marks, four score involvements, 12 pressure acts, seven intercepts, five tackles and nearly 500 metres gained, the former Glenorchy Magpie was instrumental in St Kilda’s crucial victory.
Brisbane vs. Richmond – ‘Gabba, Sunday 16/04/17
Richmond Tigers #25
Nankervis had an intriguing dual with the explosive Stefan Martin, and while Martin comprehensively beat him when it came to hit-out numbers, Nankervis more than held his own around the ground, gathering eleven disposals, three marks and a goal. Not his best performance of the year, but the Nank was still a solid contributor to the Tigers’ big win.
Richmond Tigers #8
Jack was back to his best against the Lions, kicking 4.2 with 15 disposals, eight marks and eight score involvements. Riewoldt looked dangerous every time he touched the football and was able to get some rewards on the scoreboard after a few weeks of really solid performances. Take note, opposition defenders: Jack is going to be one hell of a handful.
Brisbane Lions #5
Robinson was fantastic for his Lions in their loss to Richmond, having a season-best 29 disposals as well as 11 marks, four tackles, six inside 50’s and a goal in an all-round display. The Lauderdale fan favourite had the intimidating task of manning the explosive Dustin Martin for much of the day and did a terrific job keeping the star quiet while also being an offensive weapon.
Hawthorn vs. Geelong – MCG, Monday 17/04/17
Geelong Cats #40
Launceston’s Jackson Thurlow had a solid outing in the Cats’ mauling of the Hawks, gathering 15 disposals, three marks and a goal off a halfback flank.