Catch up on the performances of the Tasmanians playing in the AFL over the last round.
Port Adelaide vs Geelong
The Cats claimed a huge win on the road, beating Port Adelaide by 21 points at the Adelaide Oval. Jake Kolodjashnij (Launceston) rarely catches your eye when watching Geelong play, but as a cog in their defensive unit that’s probably a positive thing. He had eight disposals and three marks in round 13, with his four intercept possessions important as the Power surged forward.
Sydney vs Hawthorn
It was a dark day for Sydney as they squandered a golden chance to move into the top four with a 38-point loss to Hawthorn. Unfortunately for Robbie Fox (Burnie), his most notable moment was a turnover late in the third quarter that led to a goal for the Hawks. Still, a small defender’s good work rarely goes recognised, and he was solid throughout to finish with 11 disposals and six intercept possessions.
Fremantle vs Gold Coast
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This was a must-win game for two sides still clinging to finals aspirations, and it was the Dockers that moved within four points of the top eight with a 27-point win over the Suns. Playing his first game since round one, and just his 55th game in eight seasons with Frematle, Alex Pearce (Devonport) was a standout. The key defender returned from his latest injury setback with 16 disposals and seven marks, but more importantly, he blanketed Suns forward Ben King and held him to just two behinds on the scoreboard. Pearce won all five of his defensive one-on-one contests, providing a timely reminder of his importance to the Dockers. For the Suns, Hugh Greenwood (Lauderdale) worked as hard as always, leading the game with ten tackles to go with 16 disposals and five clearances. On a day where the Suns struggled to get first use of the ball, his defensive work was crucial in keeping them close until the third quarter. Teammate Lachie Weller (Burnie) covered the ground well, collecting 19 disposals and five marks across all areas. He continues to use the ball well, going at 79% efficiency against the Dockers.
St Kilda vs Adelaide
The Crows came back from 36 points behind to claim a remarkable comeback win, and Chayce Jones (Launceston) continued to adjust to life on the half-back flank. The youngster finished with 13 disposals in the victory, 11 of them kicks, and he gained 349 metres despite not winning a mountain of possessions. For the Saints, Jimmy Webster (Glenorchy) was solid once again, collecting 17 disposals mostly in the back half and laying four tackles. He has become a useful two-way player for the Saints, with five intercept possessions and four rebound-50s in the game.
North Melbourne vs GWS
The Kangaroos fell agonisingly short of a second win for the season, as they were forced to settle for a draw with the Giants in Hobart. Local product Aaron Hall (Hobart) continued his prolific season, racking up 35 disposals six marks in North’s backline. He continues to provide plenty of drive forward for the Roos, and he sits third in the league for metres gained per game with an average of 629.
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Teammate Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston) was in sparkling form once again and continues to excel moving between the midfield and the forward line. He booted two goals as North built a lead through the second and third quarters, and he finished with 19 disposals and four marks in a well-rounded display.
West Coast vs North Melbourne
Richmond were overrun late by West Coast, ultimately falling by four points in Perth. Tigers spearhead Jack Riewoldt (Clarence) continues to battle without fellow key forward Tom Lynch, and he was solid once again against the Eagles. He finished with two goals from his 14 disposals, with six score involvements a sign of his presence inside the attacking 50.
Melbourne vs Collingwood
It was an emotional day for the Magpies on the Queen’s Birthday holiday, winning by 17 points in Nathan Buckley’s last game as coach. Brody Mihocek (Burnie) played a key role in the victory, booting three goals to go with 12 disposals and seven marks. That included two goals in three minutes in the second quarter at a time that the game was still well and truly up for grabs, and his third major late in the third term to give his side the lead. After struggling with his accuracy in front of goal at times this year, it was a welcome and well-earned return to form.