Written by Anthony Osborn
Injury blow for Webster while Hall gets leather poisoning in China
Round eight of the AFL saw Tasmanians play in Launceston, Melbourne, Sydney and Shanghai. Aaron Hall enhanced his reputation as a ball magnet in the Suns’ disappointing loss in China while Jimmy Webster broke his hand in a huge blow to the Saints. Here’s a wrap on how our Tasmanian contingent fared in round eight of AFL action.
Hawthorn vs. Brisbane – UTAS Stadium, Saturday 13/05/17
Brisbane Lions #2
It was a disappointing visit to Launceston for the Lions, but Tasmanian Ryan Harwood played another solid game. Harwood had 16 disposals, including seven in the first term, five tackles, five marks and four rebound 50s across halfback.
St Kilda vs. Carlton – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 13/05/17
St Kilda Saints #29
Webster had averaged 25 disposals a game across the last month of football; his Saturday afternoon, however, was cut disastrously short early in the first term due to a broken hand. His influence from halfback is going to be sorely missed.
St Kilda Saints #44
After missing last week’s memorable victory over the Giants with a rolled ankle, Weller returned to the Saints side against the Blues in his usual defensive forward role. Although he wasn’t able to have a scoreboard impact, he did pick up 15 disposals and have six score involvements- there’s no doubting he will be better for the run.
GWS Giants vs. Collingwood – Spotless Stadium, Saturday 13/05/17
Collingwood Magpies #38
Jeremy Howe continued his sparkling 2017 form against the Giants, accumulating 26 disposals at 85%, taking seven marks, having seven intercept possessions and five rebound 50s across half back.
Collingwood Magpies #41
Schade has been managed by the Magpies over the last fortnight but returned to the senior side to face the behemoth that is the GWS Giants forward line. Schade spent time on both Jeremy Cameron and Rory Lobb, who were both damaging, however, he was far from disgraced in the delivery of another dour performance of 16 disposals, eight intercept possessions and four marks.
Essendon vs. Geelong- MCG, Saturday 13/05/17
Essendon Bomber #15
I’ve said it before and I will say it again- Josh Green looks to be having an absolute ball in the red and black and he was important yet again in this huge win over Geelong with two clutch goals, three tackles and a heap of defensive pressure.
Geelong Cats #8
The Launceston product had 10 disposals, three marks and four score involvements in his first senior match of 2017. Geelong fans would be delighted to see Kolodjashnij back in the hoops and should be excited to see him continue to work his way towards his best footy throughout the remainder of 2017.
Richmond vs. Fremantle – MCG, Sunday 14/05/17
Richmond Tigers #25
Nankervis came back into the side after missing round seven through suspension and although Docker giant Aaron Sandilands beat him early, the Tasmanian worked his way into the game as the contest wore on to finish with 20 hit outs, 15 disposals, six marks and five tackles.
Richmond Tigers #8
Jack was as passionate as ever against the Dockers while kicking 3.2 from 12 disposals and four marks. However, much of the discussion involving him in the aftermath of this match will no doubt be focussed on the controversial umpiring decision against him right before three-quarter time that disallowed a goal. This was a busy performance from the enigmatic Tiger hero and his goal late in the final term almost carried his side over the line.
Fremantle Dockers #28
Grey has quickly established himself as a fan favourite of the purple haze and he delivered another lively performance at the MCG, even without kicking a goal. Grey’s defensive pressure was terrific against the Tigers as he laid six tackles, applied 21 pressure acts and had five score involvements.
Fremantle Dockers #14
Lachie Weller had another solid afternoon in the back half of the ground, picking up 15 disposals at 93% and six intercept possessions. Not his busiest day, but a good showing by the emerging Fremantle gun.
Gold Coast vs. Port Adelaide – Jiangwan Sports Stadium (Shanghai), Sunday 14/05/17
Gold Coast Suns #33
The Suns were eclipsed in Shanghai, but Aaron Hall got a serious case of leather poisoning as he amassed 37 disposals to lead all others on the ground. Hall only went at 62% efficiency, but he still had an influence on the game like no other Sun. Hall took four marks, gained 636 metres, laid eight tackles, applied 26 pressure acts and had three score involvements in a performance that only further underlined how influential of a player he is.
Gold Coast Suns #10
Kade Kolodjashnij had a busy Sunday afternoon in Shanghai with one of his best performances of the season to brighten up what was a pretty dismal overseas trip for Rodney Eade’s men. Kolodjashnij used the ball well, defended well and provided an attacking option, picking up 26 disposals at 85% efficiency, 20 pressure acts, seven tackles, nine marks and a goal.
North Melbourne vs. Sydney – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 14/05/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
Big Ben kicked 2.0 from seven disposals in North’s loss to the Swans, but the efforts of ‘Reginald’ Heath Grundy kept the Tasmanian’s influence of the contest to a minimum.