Written by Anthony Osborn
Big Ben Brown Bags Six while Saints find a slice of heaven in Launceston
Round six of AFL action saw two Tasmanian Saints contribute to the end of Hawthorn’s dominance in Launceston and a cult Tasmanian Kangaroo kick a bag in an elite display. It was a huge weekend of AFL action, and here’s a wrap-up of how all our Tasmanians fared in round six of the national competition!
Hawthorn vs. St Kilda – UTAS Stadium, Saturday 29/04/17
St Kilda Saints #29
Jimmy Webster was electric in his home state, picking up 26 disposals at 73% efficiency, eight marks and six rebound 50s in a dynamic performance out of defence. The Saints were ruthless in Launceston, and the polish of Webster only made Hawthorn’s day dirtier.
St Kilda Saints #44
Another Saint who shone in his home state, Mav picked up 28 disposals at 75%, seven marks, six score involvements and two goals in what was his best performance of 2017 so far.
Brisbane vs. Port Adelaide – ‘Gabba, Saturday 29/04/17
Brisbane Lions #2
Ryan Harwood has been solid if not spectacular through the early parts of 2017, however the Glenorchy product had his busiest match for 2017 against the Power, accumulating 20 disposals at 90% and six marks as a rebounding defender.
Brisbane Lions #5
Robinson is becoming a model of consistency for the Lions, having another productive and contested outing, with 25 disposals, (13 contested) six tackles, 26 pressure acts, seven score involvements and two goals. It was a disappointing match at home for Brisbane, but Robbo’s form would be putting a smile on the face of every Brisbane supporter.
North Melbourne vs. Gold Coast – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 29/04/17
Gold Coast Suns #33
Hall has had a dynamic start to 2017, sitting in the competition’s top 10 for metres gained, however, his Saturday evening against the ‘Roos was his quietest outing for a little while, being held to just 18 disposals. Hall did still go at 89%, gain 309 metres and have five score involvements, but it was a quiet night by his lofty standards. A knock to the head in the final term saw his night finish prematurely and the Suns will be desperate for him to be fully fit for next week.
Gold Coast Suns #7
In his first match in the senior side since shoulder surgery in 2016, Jesse Lonergan had a solid outing, picking up 13 disposals at 92% and having four score involvements. The Suns will be looking forward to the Launceston midfielder cementing a spot for the remainder of the season, and there is no doubt he will be better for the run against the Kangaroos.
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Big Benny Brown is thriving as North’s key forward target, having a career-best performance in North’s victory over the Suns. Brown booted 6.2 from 17 disposals and eight marks in a dominant display that saw him get his first five goal haul. Brown looks like he is ready to take his game to the next level and North supporters will be praying that he can deliver more dominant performances like this throughout the remainder of 2017.
West Coast vs. Fremantle – Domain Stadium, Saturday 29/04/17
Fremantle Dockers #28
Grey picked up 10 disposals, applied 20 pressure acts and kicked a goal in another promising display for the Dockers while running through the midfield and up forward. Grey has been one of the most promising young players for the Dockers in recent weeks and all Freo fans will be hoping he continues to develop and play consistent footy for the remainder of the year and well into the future.
Fremantle Dockers #14
Weller was solid if not spectacular in the Dockers’ derby defeat, picking up 17 disposals, laying five tackles and gaining 628 metres. Lachie has had an excellent start to 2017 and although this wasn’t his most dynamic performance he was far from poor.
Essendon vs. Melbourne – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 30/04/17
Essendon Bomber #15
Green wasn’t able to hit the scoreboard against the Dees after a huge ANZAC Day outing, but he did still generate pressure and opportunities for his teammates through 13 disposals, six score involvements and 17 pressure acts.
Essendon Bombers #2
It took Bellchambers a half or so to work his way into his first match for 2017, but it was a promising outing once he did get going, registering nine disposals, 33 hit outs and a goal to his name. The Essendon ruck selection will be one of the Bombers most interesting selection stories to follow as the year progresses, however, a performance like this should see the tall Tasmanian retain the number one ruck role for the coming weeks.
Geelong vs. Collingwood – MCG, Sunday 30/04/17
Collingwood Magpies #41
Schade delivered another solid performance down back in the ‘Pies upset victory, having 13 disposals and taking eight marks. He would, however, probably want to forget being run down from behind by Patrick Dangerfield directly in front of goal in the last term…
Collingwood Magpies #38
Howe wasn’t quite as explosive against the Cats when compared to the lofty standards he has set for himself in 2017, but he was still a valuable contributor to Collingwood’s victory with 18 disposals, seven intercepts, nine marks and four rebound 50s.
Adelaide vs. Richmond – Adelaide Oval, Sunday 30/04/17
Richmond Tigers #25
After a career-best match last week, the Nank was one of the few Tigers who seemed to truly work all match against the rampant Crows, and with the explosive Sam ‘Sauce’ Jacobs as his direct opponent, it was an uphill battle for Nankervis. The Tasmanian was still able to pick up 14 disposals, lay seven tackles and have 38 hit outs in a disappointing day for the Tigers, but will be sweating on how the MRP view his clumsy elbow to the head of David Mackay.
Richmond Tigers #8
Jack finished with two goals from 13 disposals and four marks against the Crows, however, much like his team, it just wasn’t his night. Riewoldt worked hard all evening but just couldn’t have the impact he would have liked against the irresistible Crows.