The final round of the home and away season brought an end to many of our Tasmanian’s seasons, while others are gearing up for a big October campaign.
Hamish Spence recaps how our Tasmanians faired across Round 18.
Aaron Hall (TSL Club: Hobart) was okay on Thursday, finishing with 14 disposals, two marks, one clearance, two tackles, three score involvements and one behind. He wasn’t a part of North’s brutal list cull on Friday and is contracted for next season.
Jack Riewoldt (TSL Club: Clarence) was good against the Crows, finishing with 12 disposals, six marks, one tackle, four inside 50s and two goals. He stood up in the role as Richmond’s number one target once again, but will welcome the return of Tom Lynch in the finals.
Toby Nankervis (TSL Club Represented: North Launceston) was okay on Saturday, finishing with 12 disposals, 24 hit outs, two clearances, two contested marks, three tackles and five intercept possessions. He was beaten by Reilly O’Brien, especially in the first half, but came out with an aggressive attitude after half-time.
Chayce Jones (TSL Club: Launceston) was quiet, finishing with just three disposals, three marks and one inside 50.
Liam Jones (TSL Club Represented: North Hobart) was solid against the Lions, finishing with nine disposals, six marks, one tackle, one inside 50 and six intercept possessions. He’s been solid as a rock down back for Carlton and should finish top ten in their B&F.
Levi Casboult was quiet on Saturday night, finishing with just two disposals, three tackles, five hit outs and one goal.
Mitch Robinson (TSL Club: Lauderdale) was one of Brisbane’s best against his former side, finishing with 14 disposals, one mark, five clearances, three tackles, five inside 50s, three intercept possessions, two goals and one behind. He’s built some good form heading into the finals after hitting the scoreboard twice on Saturday (after only having three goals for the season beforehand).
Grant Birchall (TSL Club: Devonport) was solid against the Blues, finishing with 13 disposals, seven marks, one clearance, one inside 50, three score involvements and five intercept possessions. He has a chance to make history this October by becoming the only player to win five premierships at two different clubs.
Hugh Greenwood was one of Gold Coast’s best, finishing with 15 disposals, four clearances, seven tackles, two inside 50s, three intercept possessions and one goal. He’s been one of the best recruits from any AFL club this season, he led the league in tackles with 117 (23 more than the next closest player) and will poll well in the Suns’ B&F.
Lachie Weller (TSL Club: Burnie) was good against Hawthorn, finishing with 16 disposals, three marks, four clearances, four tackles, three score involvements and two intercept possessions.
Robbie Fox (TSL Club: Burnie) had a tough game against the Cats, finishing with 10 disposals, one mark, three tackles, one inside 50 and three intercept possessions. He lined-up on Patrick Dangerfield late in the game, who turned the game with three goals in a row.
Jackson Thurlow (TSL Club: Launceston) was okay against his former side, finishing with 11 disposals, three marks, one tackle, three inside 50s and four intercept possessions.
Jake Kolodjashnij (TSL Club: Launceston) had one of his best games for the season, finishing with 14 disposals, nine marks (three contested), four tackles, four inside 50s, five intercept possessions and one behind. He’s starting to hit his best form just before finals and will be a crucial part of Geelong’s back six in October.
Ryan Gardner (TSL Club: Burnie) was quiet but effective against the Dockers, finishing with three disposals, two tackles and three intercept possessions. While he didn’t blow up the stats sheet, he kept his direct opponent, Jesse Hogan, to just one goal. Gardner has probably done enough to hold his spot in the side for the Elimination Final.
Brody Mihocek (TSL Club: Burnie) was solid on Monday, finishing with nine disposals, three marks, four tackle, one inside 50, two intercept possessions and two goals. As Collingwood’s leading goalkicker this season, he’ll have a huge say in any success they have in October.