Written by Anthony Osborn
Jack goes past 500 as Hall shines bright
Round seven of AFL action saw Richmond champion Jack Riewoldt kick his 500th career goal and Aaron Hall produce a scintillating performance in the Suns’ upset victory over the Cats. Catch up on how all our Tasmanian stars fared in an unpredictable and enthralling round of AFL action!
St Kilda vs. GWS Giants – Etihad Stadium, Friday 05/05/17
St Kilda Saints #29
Webster’s dash and use from halfback have become increasingly important weapons in St Kilda’s arsenal and the former Glenorchy Magpie’s performance on Friday night only exemplified this further. Far from being overawed by the Friday night stage, Webster was electric with 29 disposals at 72% efficiency, six marks, five rebound 50’s, 18 pressure acts and 399 metres gained in a magnificent display.
North Melbourne vs. Adelaide – Blundstone Arena, Saturday 06/05/17
North Melbourne Kangaroos #50
After starring last week, Big Ben was forced to take a back-seat as the Jarrad Waite show rolled into Hobart, but the Hobart-born hero was solid in front of his adoring home fans, kicking 2.1 from three marks and 11 disposals. Brown was able to play out the match after injuring his shoulder early on, and the North faithful will be sweating on his fitness.
Collingwood vs. Carlton – MCG, Saturday 06/05/17
Collingwood Magpies #38
After an impressive start to 2017, Howe didn’t have his best match on Saturday in his side’s shocking loss to Carlton. Howe picked up 14 disposals at 79% and eight marks, as Collingwood’s seventh defender but wasn’t quite able to produce the damaging drive of previous weeks.
Gold Coast vs. Geelong – Metricon Stadium, Saturday 06/05/17
Gold Coast Suns #33
Few shone brighter than Aaron Hall on Saturday night as his Suns upset the visiting Cats. Hall was scintillating, being the equal highest possession winner on the ground with 32 disposals at 75%, 10 marks, one goal, ten score involvements, 19 pressure acts, 569 metres gained, eight tackles and seven rebound 50s. The Hobart star has a knack for finding the football and when he is using it as efficiently and damaging as this, he is nearly impossible to stop.
Gold Coast Suns #10
After being withdrawn just before the Suns’ clash with North last week with a virus, Kolodjashnij slipped seamlessly back into the side. Manning Aaron Black, Kolodjashnij was industrious, picking up seven marks and 20 disposals at 85%. Black was able to kick two goals, but Kolodjashnij was rock-solid all day and his return to the side will be pleasing for the Gold Coast faithful.
Geelong Cats #40
The Launceston product returned to the senior side this week and was solid across halfback in a disappointing loss for his team. With 11 disposals and three marks, Thurlow is beginning to look more comfortable at AFL level after his horrific leg injury that ruined his 2016.
Western Bullodgs vs. Richmond – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 06/05/17
Richmond Tigers #8
After a couple of huge performances in recent weeks, Riewoldt was again one of the most influential players on the ground in his Tigers’ narrow loss to the reigning premier. Riewoldt kicked two goals in the opening stanza, including his 500th career goal, before finishing with 4.1 from 15 disposals and eight marks. Jack was a little quiet in the second and third terms, but still exerted a heap of influence on the contest and almost dragged his Tiges over the line.
Sydney vs. Brisbane – SCG, Sunday 07/05/17
Brisbane Lions #2
Harwood was solid again off halfback against the Swans, picking up 17 disposals at 82% and eight marks in another industrious display. There is no doubting that he is becoming an increasingly important member of this young Brisbane back-six, especially when faced with sides that have the attacking firepower of Sydney.
Brisbane Lions #5
Robinson has played much of 2017 as a defensive forward; however, the strength of Sydney’s midfield saw him tasked with tagging Josh Kennedy. ‘Robbo’ kept Kennedy to 20 touches although an injured right foot limited his own impact on the contest. The Lions will be desperate for Robinson to be fully fit to face the Hawks in his home state next week.
Melbourne vs. Hawthorn – MCG, Sunday 07/05/17
Hawthorn Hawks #14
Hawks fans would have been ecstatic to see Birchall return to the side after breaking his jaw in round two, however, that ecstasy was short lived as the Hawthorn great copped a knock to the knee in the first term that ended his afternoon. All Tasmanian fans will surely be crossing their fingers that the aging warrior can return to the field in the coming weeks for the Hawks.
Fremantle vs. Essendon – Domain Stadium, Sunday 07/05/17
Fremantle Dockers #28
Grey spent the majority of his time up forward against the ‘Dons and provided plenty towards the Dockers victory, kicking two goals, laying five tackles and having nine disposals at 78%. Grey is looking increasingly comfortable at AFL level and further highlighted his versatility as both a midfielder and forward-line option.
Fremantle Dockers #14
Weller continued his solid start to 2017 and was again productive coming off halfback for the Dockers with 18 disposals at 78%, five marks, three rebound 50s and 378 metres gained.
Essendon Bomber #15
The former Clarence Roo has been thriving in the red and black, and although this wasn’t his most productive game in terms of scoreboard impact, the small forward still produced a busy performance of one goal, 10 disposals, eight score involvements, 14 pressure acts and four tackles.