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.
For the second week in succession, North Melbourne suffered a 107-point loss, this time at the hands of Southport on the Gold Coast. Harrison Gunther was again solid for the Roos with 14 disposals, 6 marks and 4 tackles, while Oliver Sanders (16 touches) and debutant Jye Menzie (5) both kicked late goals. For the opposition, Mackenzie Willis was again one of the Sharks’ prime movers, ending the match with 23 disposals and 8 marks. Down south, Mitch Hibberd continued his stellar early season form with 32 touches, 7 marks, 9 tackles and a goal as Williamstown easily accounted for Frankston, Matt Hanson also found plenty of the footy with 29 disposals for Werribee against Box Hill, while on Thursday night Tim Jones tried hard for the Northern Bullants against Geelong with 20 touches and 7 tackles.
Isaac Chugg (Collingwood): 13 Disposals, 4 Marks
Jackson Thurlow (Geelong): 8 Disposals, 3 Marks
Emma Humphries (Casey): 11 Disposals, 5 Tackles
Camilla Taylor (North Melbourne): 6 Disposals, 6 Tackles
Ellyse Gamble (Western Bulldogs): 5 Disposals, 5 Hit-Outs
The biggest story out of the SANFL surrounding a Tasmanian this week was that of Oliver Davis, the 18-year old Devils and Clarence star who has relocated to play with Adelaide’s reserves after reportedly being a player of interest for the Crows for the AFL Mid-Season Draft. The young gun performed well in his first SANFL hit-out, finishing with 13 disposals, 6 tackles and 6 clearances as the Crows went down to Port Adelaide by 14 points; new teammate Chayce Jones continued his recent run of good form since being moved to half back, being Adelaide’s highest disposal winner with 27. Elsewhere, Norwood’s Jackson Callow and South Adelaide’s Mitch O’Neill both produced their best performances of the season to date: Callow booted 3.1 to go with 17 disposals and a staggering 7 contested marks, while O’Neill finished with 21 touches, 8 tackles and a goal. It was another mixed day for Central District’s Aiden Grace, the spearhead gathering 8 touches and kicking a wayward 1.3, Jesse Lonergan returned from a shoulder complaint to register 17 disposals and 6 tackles for Woodville-West Torrens, while Hamish Allan won 18 hit-outs and had 8 touches for Sturt. In the Reserves, Fraser Turner responded well to his senior omission with 34 disposals and 11 marks, while Sturt’s Jared Dakin finished with 19 disposals and 7 clearances.
East Fremantle recorded their biggest winning margin in 11 years on Saturday, dismantling the West Coast Eagles Reserves by 128 points. Hugh Dixon played his part in the rout, finishing with 21 disposals, five marks and 2.2 in a productive afternoon. Unfortunately Dixon will be the only Tasmanian in action in WA for some time, with Perth’s Brady Grey ruled out for the next two months during the week after injuring his PCL.
Both the SANFL and the WAFL now take a week’s break as their state teams face off in Adelaide on Saturday – no Tasmanians have been selected in either state’s squad.