Catch up on the performances of the Tasmanians playing in the AFL and AFLW over the last round.
AFLW: Preliminary Finals
Brisbane vs Collingwood
The Lions moved into their third Grand Final in five years with a nail-biting four-point win over Collingwood. Also into her third decider is forward Jess Wuetschner, and she played her role in getting her side over the line. The Magpies got away to a fast start and kicked the first two goals of the game, before a crafty finish from Wuetschner got the Lions on the board and sent them on their way. That would be her only goal of the day but she finished with seven disposals and two marks in a rock-solid performance.
AFL: Round Four
Richmond vs Port Adelaide
The Tigers couldn’t quite get over the line after an epic struggle against Port Adelaide, ultimately going down by two points, but Toby Nankervis (North Launceston) was a standout performer nonetheless. Dueling with Scott Lycett in the ruck, he finished with a game-high 19 hitouts and followed up his own work with six clearances. With both ruckmen mobile around the ground, he collected 22 disposals in an impressive all-around display. First-gamer Rhyan Mansell (North Launceston) was quieter but certainly didn’t look out of his depth, playing mostly in the back half and picking off six intercept possessions. A 78% disposal efficiency rate from nine disposals was another promising sign for such a young player.
Ready to run out in the Yellow & Black 💛
Will & Rhyan were presented with their jumpers by Duncan Kellaway & Neville Roberts. pic.twitter.com/3xBznRoELT
— Richmond FC 🐯🏆 (@Richmond_FC) April 9, 2021
Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane
The Lions have had an underwhelming start to the season and again fell short against the Bulldogs, but their Tasmanians continued to toil and were impressive once more. Mitch Robinson (Lauderdale) can always be counted on to give 110% and round four was no exception, with a team-high nine tackles to go along with 17 disposals and three inside 50s. Now into his 16th AFL season, Grant Birchall (Devonport) just continues to produce for the Lions. The 33-year-old collected 21 disposals and seven marks from half-back, and he gave his side plenty of drive moving forward with 453 metres gained.
Saint Kilda vs West Coast
The Saints bounced back with a big win over the Eagles, and Jimmy Webster (Glenorchy) played a big role in that success. He won plenty of the ball in the back half and used it well, with his 20 disposals coming at 85% efficiency, and he took eight marks in an excellent display.
Gold Coast vs Carlton
It was a hard-fought victory for the Blues in slippery conditions, and Liam Jones (North Hobart) was crucial to that result. Named in Carlton’s best players after leading an impressive defensive display, he also racked up 21 disposals and 11 marks going to get the ball moving in the right direction. A game-high 13 intercept possessions showed his and Carlton’s aerial dominance in difficult conditions. For the Gold Coast, Hugh Greenwood (Lauderdale) was again the standout and was listed as his side’s best player. It was easy to see why, as he did a mountain of work in the middle and finished with 27 disposals, including a game-high 18 contested possessions, ten clearances and ten tackles. Alongside him in the midfield, Lachie Weller (Burnie) was another strong performer, finishing with 25 disposals, three marks and a goal in another impressive display.
Anderson to Ellis to Weller.
Suns looking slick ☀️ pic.twitter.com/0uEh8e5sXG
— 7AFL (@7AFL) April 10, 2021
Collingwood vs Greater Western Sydney
It was a dark day for the Pies, defeated by six goals against the Giants, but it was another solid outing for Jeremy Howe (Dodges Ferry/Hobart). The high-flyer has become a model of consistency in recent years, and he played his role once again in round four with 20 disposals, six marks and six intercepts. Brody Mihocek (Burnie) found himself in the action up forward but struggled to convert, finishing with one goal and two behinds.
North Melbourne vs Adelaide
In a tough start to the season for North Melbourne, Aaron Hall (Hobart) has been one of the few standouts. The ball magnet worked hard in defeat against the Crows, racking up 33 disposals and a game-high 835 metres gained as his side chased their first win. While less prolific across the ground, Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston) still managed to have a big impact. He booted two goals in the third quarter to keep the Roos close, and he finished with 12 disposals, six marks and five tackles.
Geelong vs Melbourne
It was the small forwards of Melbourne that did the damage in a win over Geelong, with the talls quieter thanks in part to the efforts of Jake Kolodjashnij (Launceston). The defender was named in the best players for his side and continued to do his job with minimal fuss, finishing the game with 16 disposals and six marks.