Our Tasmanian contingent stood tall across round 17 AFL action, with feel-good returns and career-best performances headlining Hamish Spence’s wrap for the week. 

 

West Coast vs Collingwood, Optus Stadium, Friday 12/7/2019

Collingwood (78) def West Coast (77)

Brody Mihocek: Collingwood #41

TSL Club Represented: Burnie

Mihocek had a massive game and was the best on ground Friday night, earning a perfect 10 AFLCA Coaches votes. After a few quieter games, he stood up with four goals and one behind, 10 marks (five contested), 19 disposals at 57.9% efficiency, four inside 50’s and three tackles. His fourth goal came at an important time in the last quarter and kicked off Collingwood’s surge towards their eventual one-point win after they struggled to create opportunities from their ascendency in the middle. After previously being beaten by Jeremy McGovern, Mihocek clearly took the chocolates this time around and arguably played the best game of his career at a crucial time for his club. AFL Fantasy Points: 120

Brody Mihocek was crucial on Friday night. IC: AFL Photos

 

 

Sydney vs Carlton, SCG, Saturday 13/7/2019

Carlton (69) def Sydney (62)

Liam Jones: Carlton #14

TSL Club Represented: North Hobart

Jones celebrated extending his contract until 2022 with a quiet, but solid defensive game on Saturday. He had three disposals at 100% efficiency, two marks, five one percenters and one rebound out of defensive 50. He did enough to limit his direct opponent, Sam Reid, to just one goal for the match. While his game did not light up the stats sheet, he held up the backline with Hugh Goddard (in his first game for Carlton) to help get Carlton the win in the absence of injured duo Jacob Weitering and Caleb Marchbank. AFL Fantasy Points: 20

 

Hawthorn vs Fremantle, University of Tasmania Stadium, Saturday 13/7/2019

Hawthorn (84) def Fremantle (53)

Grant Birchall: Hawthorn #14

TSL Club Represented: Devonport

Birchall celebrated his first senior AFL game in 740 days with a win in his home state. The four-time premiership Hawk had not made an appearance in the AFL since Round 15 2017 due to a litany of injury issues, but he finally made his return after a few games in the VFL for Box Hill. He showed no signs of rust at the level, with 21 disposals at 81% efficiency, eight marks, one clearance, two one percenters and five rebounds out of defensive 50. Hopefully, Birchall can play out the rest of the season, continue to show that he has not lost his touch, and earn a new contract for next season. AFL Fantasy Points: 80

 

Essendon vs North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, Saturday 13/7/2019

Essendon (86) def North Melbourne (81)

Ben Brown: North Melbourne #50

TSL Club Represented: Devonport/Glenorchy

Brown had a complete key forward’s game on Saturday and easily played his best game for the season, getting nine AFLCA Coaches votes. He was ominous up forward, kicking six goals and one behind and taking nine marks inside 50. He almost got the Kangaroos across the line due to his great performance, with four goals up to three quarter time and then two in the last during North’s comeback. He also had 18 disposals at 55.6% efficiency, 12 marks (six contested), two one percenters and two inside 50’s. He’s firmly put himself back into All-Australian conversation, after jumping to second on the Coleman Medal with 43 goals for the season. AFL Fantasy Points: 133

Ben Brown was dynamic in the Kangaroos’ narrow loss. IC: AFL Photos

Tarryn Thomas: North Melbourne #26

TSL Club Represented: North Launceston

Thomas was great for North Melbourne in their close loss on Saturday. It was the biggest and most electric crowd Thomas has played in front of in his short career, and he clearly showed that he was up to the challenge. He had 13 disposals at 61.5% efficiency, three marks (two inside 50), one clearance, three tackles, two one percenters, two inside 50’s and kicked two goals and two behinds. He stood up midway through the final quarter, taking a big mark and then slotting his second, to help continue the Kangaroos comeback that almost got them the win. AFL Fantasy Points: 70

 

Gold Coast vs Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, Saturday 13/7/2019

Adelaide (151) def Gold Coast (56)

Lachie Weller: Gold Coast #14

TSL Club Represented: Burnie

Weller was a bit down on his great recent form, but was still one of the Suns’ better players in a disappointing 95-point loss. He had 14 disposals at 85.7% efficiency, seven marks, one clearance, six one percenters, three inside 50’s and three rebounds out of defensive 50. He played on the wing again, which looks to be his set spot for the rest of the season, after mainly playing of half-back since his return from injury. AFL Fantasy Points: 68

Hugh Greenwood: Adelaide #1

TSL Club Represented: N/A

Greenwood had a big night thanks to the Crows domination of the game, finishing with 22 disposals at 77.3% efficiency, seven marks, four clearances, eight tackles, three one percenters and one goal. It was one of his best games for the year and should hold him in good stead for the rest of the season. He faces an interesting future as he still remains unsigned at the Crows, with AFL.com.au reporting that Hawthorn and a number of other clubs have interest in him, though his intention is to stay at Adelaide. AFL Fantasy Points: 115

 

Richmond vs Greater Western Sydney, MCG, Sunday 14/7/2019

Richmond (94) def Greater Western Sydney (67)

Jack Riewoldt: Richmond #8

TSL Club Represented: Clarence

Riewoldt finally made his return, after a 10-week stint on the sidelines due to a PCL injury. The reigning Coleman Medalist seemed to defer to Tom Lynch, helping Lynch’s great three goal game by taking an extra opponent in the marking contest and knowing when to fly for a mark. He still had a solid game first up from injury, with 10 disposals at 40% efficiency, three marks (two inside 50), one clearance, two tackles, three inside 50’s and he kicked one goal and behind. He should only get better as he plays more games (after only playing four games for the whole year) and start to develop a dangerous chemistry with Tom Lynch. AFL Fantasy Points: 54

Jack’s back! IC: AFL Photos

 

 

Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, Sunday 14/7/2019

Western Bulldogs (74) def Melbourne (66)

Jay Lockhart: Melbourne #19

TSL Club Represented: North Launceston

Lockhart was quiet in the Dees’ close lose to the Bulldogs, finishing with 10 disposals at 70% efficiency, three marks, one clearance and four one percenters. He went off the ground for a little bit in the second quarter, but he was able to return to the field later in the quarter and play out the rest of the game. AFL Fantasy Points: 41

 

Port Adelaide vs Brisbane, Adelaide Oval, Sunday 14/7/2019

Brisbane (97) def Port Adelaide (49)

Mitch Robinson: Brisbane #5

TSL Club Represented: Lauderdale

Robinson was one of the Lions’ best on Sunday, earning two AFLCA Coaches votes for his game. He was perfectly suited to the niggle and feeling early in the game and stood up for his teammate Lachie Neale when he was being targeted. Robinson’s game was one of the beneficiaries of Port’s hard focus on Lachie Neale, finishing with 21 disposals at 57.1% efficiency, three clearances, five marks, seven tackles, five one percenters, five inside 50’s and one goal. He continues to be an important experienced presence for the Lions and has been praised for the way he stood up for his team in this match. AFL Fantasy Points: 109

Robinson and his Lions keep on keeping on. IC: AFL Photos

 

 

PLUS David Ingram takes a look at those pressing their case for a senior recall in the mainland competitions…=

Chayce Jones (Adelaide) – The young gun had another reasonably quiet game disposals-wise in Adelaide’s 30-point loss to Port Adelaide Magpies, ending the day with just 15 touches. His effort certainly wasn’t lacking however, laying six tackles and winning an equal team-high seven clearances.

Hugh Dixon (Fremantle) – The big lad just keeps on keeping on, finishing with 15 disposals, three marks and three tackles as Peel Thunder went down to East Perth by 19 points.

Mav Weller (Richmond) – After being a late withdrawal last week, Weller struggled to get into the game on his return. The veteran finished with only 14 touches and failed to lay a tackle or hit the scoreboard in Richmond’s 17-point win over Werribee.

Robbie Fox (Sydney) – After missing Sydney’s match in Darwin last week, Fox’s form picked up where it left off, gathering 28 disposals, plucking eight marks and booting a goal as Sydney prevailed over Southport by 47 points.

Jackson Thurlow (Sydney) – Another who missed Sydney’s trip to the Top End last week, Thurlow’s return was less prolific than that of his Tassie teammate; he finished with 19 touches and five marks.

 

NON-AFL STANDOUT – Eli Templeton (Port Melbourne) – The former Burnie and St. Kilda dynamo was sensational in the Boroughs’ heartbreaking four-point loss to the Northern Blues, finishing the day with 38 disposals (including 33 kicks), eight marks, three tackles, a goal and a phenomenal 151 Fantasy points. Was a VFL Team of the Year member in 2018 and is well on track to repeat that effort this season.