With plenty of Tasmanians plying their trade interstate, David Ingram gives the rundown on how they all performed in the various state leagues across the country.
Only three AFL-listed Tasmanians featured in Round 2 of the VFL: Ben Brown was again excellent for Casey, booting 4.2 and taking five marks to continue his promising return from a knee injury. Collingwood’s Isaac Chugg and North Melbourne’s Matt McGuinness (both 10 disposals) had quieter days. Of the non-AFL boys, Eli Templeton was fantastic for Port Melbourne with 25 disposals, 13 marks and two goals, Williamstown’s Mitch Hibberd had 23 touches and 8 tackles, Matt Hanson gathered 25 disposals and a goal for Werribee, while Mackenzie Willis (19 touches, 6 marks) was named in the best for Southport as they scraped past Aspley. Meanwhile, Tasmanian development players Bailey Boag and Tyler McGinnis (9 and 5 disposals respectively) weren’t particularly prolific in North Melbourne’s heavy loss to Frankston, however Oliver Sanders was named in the Roos’ best players after gathering 12 disposals and kicking an excellent running goal during the third quarter.
Jordon Arnold (Aspley): 3 Disposals, 4 Tackles
Ryan Banks-Smith (Aspley): 9 Disposals, 1 Goal
Tim Jones (Northern Bullants): 21 Disposals, 3 Marks, 3 Tackles
Dylan Fyfe (Southport): 7 Disposals, 7 Tackles
With only 7 disposals at 3QT, it was looking like another very quiet day at the office for Adelaide’s Chayce Jones, however with the game in the balance in the last term he came alive with six touches and a goal that sealed the Crows’ 23-point win over Central District. At the other end Aiden Grace was superb in a losing effort for the Bulldogs with 5 goals (plus 3 behinds), while also accumulating 17 disposals and 5 marks. Jackson Callow was good on another rough night for Norwood with 10 touches and a team-high six marks, one of which was a spectacular pack-busting effort in the third term which set up his only goal.
South Adelaide’s Mitch O’Neill started well but had a quieter second half, ultimately finishing with 16 disposals, 8 marks and 6 tackles, while Hamish Allan racked up 21 hit-outs and 3 tackles for Sturt. In the Reserves, both Fraser Turner (25 disposals, 9 marks) and Jared Dakin (20 disposals, 8 tackles) continued to press their claims for a maiden senior appearance; both have been named in their respective side’s extended benches for multiple weeks now so such opportunities are probably not far away. Meanwhile Kieren Lovell (West Adelaide, calf), Jesse Lonergan (Woodville-West Torrens, shoulder) and Aaron Joseph (Glenelg, ankle) all continue to miss through injury.
All WAFL fixtures were cancelled due to the three-day lockdown in Western Australia.