Finally the byes are done, but that didn’t stop some premiums pumping out putrid performances. Personally, professional performances were a perceived priority, but pressing par premium production was produced.
Zac Williams (126) found plenty of it in the loss to the Bombers, with the Giant halfback gathering 29 disposals. 14 of those touches were contested and he used it pretty well too, which contributed to his game-high score. Josh Kelly (104) also had plenty of touches, but he had 5 clangers with his 28 touches and he missed two shots at goal, so his score could’ve been bigger. Stephen Coniglio (102) has had a real problem with disposal efficiency, and nothing changed on Thursday night. He had 33 touches, but went at 54% efficiency. Former Giant Dylan Shiel (112) had a good game against his former side, with 22 touches and a goal. In a similar vein to Coniglio, he struggled to use the ball well.
Tim Kelly (128) had a best on ground effort in the win against the Crows on Friday, with 33 touches and two goals. He had four clangers, but used it pretty well, at 81% efficiency. Rory Sloane (129) had a ripper game against the Cats, with 30 touches and six tackles in the loss. 16 of his 30 touches were contested, and he also had nine clearances. Reilly O’Brien (120) continues to keep Jacobs out of the side, this week with an 18 disposal, 39 hit out game against the Cats. His disposal efficiency was at 38%, but plenty of his hit outs were effective, which is why his score is respectable.
Jarman Impey (117) played a huge role for the Hawks in a near-win, with 21 touches off the half back. Jaeger O’Meara (115) was also at his ball-winning best, with 37 touches and 10 tackles. He unfortunately missed three shots at goal, and used the ball at a worryingly low 32% efficiency in the wet. Luke Shuey (133) was huge with 39 touches and 9 tackles in the win. He also kicked a goal, but had ten clangers. The wet weather really affected the efficiency of both sides this match, with Jack Redden (128) being the only one who used it really well. He had 30 disposals and five tackles.
Josh P. Kennedy (125) played well against the Suns, where he managed 27 touches, one goal and eight tackles. He was important in the win, especially when the game was tighter early on. Isaac Heeney (117) had a great third quarter which save his game a bit, and he finished with 25 touches, 11 marks and two goals. He also went at 88% efficiency, which was fantastic.
Adam Treloar (136) had 40 touches despite the loss to the Kangaroos. He went at 80%, which is great for him, but 26 of them were handballs, which hurt his score a bit. Brodie Grundy (133) had 44 hit outs to go with his 23 disposals, as he had the wood on Goldstein. Darcy Moore (101) would’ve pleased his existing owners with 13 touches and 5 intercept marks in the loss. Ben Cunnington (146) is firming as a top six midfielder this season with a huge 37-disposal game in the win. 17 of the touches were contested, and he went at 86% disposal efficiency. Todd Goldstein (131) lost the hit outs to Grundy, but still gathered 16 touches at 100% efficiency which helped, while Jasper Pittard (125) was great off halfback with 25 touches and nine marks.
Scott Lycett (165) has been a revelation with Ryder out of the side. He had 21 touches, 9 tackles and 42 hit outs in his second game as the sole ruck, and presents a great option as a ruck/forward DPP. Travis Boak (114) continues on with arguably Brownlow-contending form. He had 32 touches (21 contested) and ten clearances. The only knock was that he went at 53% efficiency, which hurt him a bit. Jack Macrae (142) was enormous with 36 disposals and a goal in the upset win. 20 of his possessions were contested, but he used it at 55% which hurt his potential output. Marcus Bontempelli (130) started as a man possessed, gathering 83 points before quarter time. However, he slowed down, and finished with 27 touches and ten tackles. Josh Dunkley (111) continued his great form with 29 disposals, but went at 37% efficiency. Once again, a downpour in Adelaide heavily influenced this game; so clean disposal was hard to come by.
Rowan Marshall (161) has been enormous this season, and continued his fine form on Sunday. He had 19 touches, 33 hit outs, nine marks and a goal in a best on ground performance. Nick Vlastuin (113) had the highest score for the Tigers, with 26 disposals and 11 marks playing that quarter back role.
Dayne Zorko (153) had a field day against the Dees, with 31 touches, three goals and seven clearances. He also laid five tackles and took seven marks. His partner-in-crime, Lachie Neale (139), was also fantastic, with 38 touches (23 contested) and twelve clearances. Eric Hipwood (113) kicked five goals, including four in the third quarter, in a match-winning performance. Clayton Oliver (102) was good in the loss with 36 touches, while Christian Salem (130) was the Demons’ highest scorer, with 32 touches off the half back flank.
Nat Fyfe () put the Dockers on his back and tried to carry them over the line against the Blues with 29 touches and a goal. His first half was enormous, but his influence was curbed in the second half. Connor Blakely (102) had 31 touches himself, and is continuing the form of a yo-yo. Marc Murphy (136) was the hero for Carlton, kicking the match-winner with 45 seconds to go. However, he kept the Blues in the match the entire way, finishing with 35 disposals. Nic Newman (117) was huge off half back flank, gathering 25 touches, while Sam Petrevski-Seton (109) had 23 touches and a goal.
Zach Merrett (88) gathered 28 touches, but butchered the footy in the win. Michael Hurley (69) only managed 11 touches in his role on Jeremy Cameron (77), who kicked three but didn’t do much else.
Patrick Dangerfield (83) was sore but played out the game, finishing with 24 touches and two behinds. He used it at an appalling 41% efficiency, which really hurt his ability to score well. Gary Ablett jr (56) managed 19 touches and kicked two goals, but used it poorly (52%), had four clangers and gave away three free kicks. Brodie Smith (65) turned it around after a shocking first half, but his score wasn’t at what we needed it. He only managed 14 touches but kicked a goal as well.
James Sicily (83) started very slowly which worried plenty of owners, but he ended up with 18 touches in the backline. It was good to see him not play at full forward at any stage, so hopefully Clarko has given up on that venture.
Jake Lloyd (62) was disappointing with only 16 touches against the Suns. He used it really well (93%), but he was about 15 touches short of what he usually gets.
Ollie Wines (57) was quiet in the wet, with only 12 touches, while Robbie Gray (62) found plenty of it, but just couldn’t use his 24 touches well.
Bachar Houli (60) had 21 touches but didn’t use it too well, and didn’t lay any tackles for extra points. His game was influenced by the return of Jayden Short (67), who came back from that dislocated elbow and took plenty of kick outs. Dan Hannebery (65) was a popular trade in after last week, and it took only the one game for Hanners to prove to everyone why you shouldn’t get him in. He managed 23 touches, but has plenty of clangers and doesn’t do much defensively; with only one tackle.
Max Gawn (45) left many, including myself, wishing for a reset button, after the star ruckman went down with an ankle injury. He missed a quarter and came back to play out the second half, but he was still heavily affected by it. Only 7 touches and 25 hit outs, and will hurt those who had him as captain. Harris Andrews (65) wasn’t great in the win, with only 13 touches. He also had two clangers, but despite this he went at a pretty good percentage.
Mitch McGovern (28) barely got involved despite kicking a goal, only managing 8 touches, while Michael Walters (81) started well with 11 first quarter disposals, but finished with 17 touches and two goals.
Jack Gunston (54) has really struggled this season, and Saturday was no different, with only 12 touches and one goal. It’s time to cross him off and trade him out if you have him.
Callum Sinclair (20) went down early with a dislocated shoulder, and then came back on after missing a quarter only to pop it again. He’ll miss weeks, so if you have him, cut him.
Brayden Sier (13) was seen as a cheap POD after scoring 103 in his first game this year, but followed it up with a 28 last week, before copping a concussion this week that ended his day before half time. He’s a great player, but he might miss a week and there are definitely better options.
Angus Brayshaw (67) sucked in plenty with a good past fortnight, but was back to his worst against the Lions, with 22 disposals at a poor rate, and very little defensive pressure applied.
Dylan Clarke (63) bounced around GWS midfielders but spent most of the match on Josh Kelly. He didn’t curb his influence greatly, but laid a few tackles to go with his 10 touches. Jackson Hately (55) finally got his third game, and his owners would’ve been a little disappointed. He only managed 13 touches in 63% game time.
Gryan Miers (110) kicked two goals from his twenty-touch game, which will please those few that still own him. Jordan Clark (87) had a great game and his 23-disposal effort should earn him a Rising Star nod, however Tom Atkins (43) wasn’t nearly as influential. He only had seven touches, and only three of them were effective. Ben Davis (22) played his first game of his career, but only managed seven touches for his 22 points. I would steer clear, even if he holds his spot.
Dylan Moore (46) was quiet in the loss with 8 touches, but he had five tackles which was good to see. Oliver Hanrahan (44) debuted for the Hawks and kicked a goal with his ten touches. He didn’t lay a tackle despite coming in as a small forward in a pressure role, so it’ll be interesting to see if he holds his spot. Jarrod Cameron (26) had a poor second game, with only six touches for the day. He doesn’t look like he’ll hold his spot now Willie Rioli is back, but wait to see if Petruccelle comes in next week, as I can’t see all three play the same role.
James Rose (57) played his third game for the year, and had 19 touches. He used it pretty poorly though, which hurt his score. Nick Blakey (75) managed two goals which helped his score, but had 13 touches in a day where the forward line was his after Sinclair went down. Ben King (29) copped a heavy knock and missed part of the game, but came back on after passing a concussion test. He didn’t really affect the game at all.
Nick Larkey (30) kicked a goal but did little else, while Kyron Hayden (31) did a great job tagging Pendlebury before he ruptured his Achilles in his first AFL game. Luke Davies-Uniacke (63) did pretty well with two goals from his fifteen touches.
Joel Garner (42) played his third game for the year, and had 9 touches and two tackles. Xavier Duursma (47) had 11 touches and three clearances, while Willem Drew (51) only had 10 touches in his return to the senior side. Connor Rozee (57) had a goal from his twelve touches, but also missed two opportunities, while Zak Butters (78) had 21 touches in a good game. Peter Ladhams (79) played his second game for the season, and had 15 hit outs and a goal in a ruck/forward dual role.
Nick Hind (58) had 15 touches and kicked two goals, so you’d expect a better score. Unfortunately, apart from the goals he didn’t use it too well, which has affected his potential output. Sydney Stack (98) had only 15 touches, but kicked four big goals, which was fantastic for his score. He’s been a great pick this year, and looks really settled in their best 22.
Marty Hore (76) was back to a decent level after last week, with 14 touches in the back pocket, while Oskar Baker (52) had 15 touches and a missed shot at goal. Jay Lockhart (56) had 16 disposals himself, but also kicked a goal. Noah Answerth (62) had 13 touches and a goal for the Lions, and went at a decent rate as well.
Sam Walsh (81) had thirty touches and two shots at goal, but his inaccuracy cost him both around the ground and in front of goal. Will Setterfield (74) had less touches but used it better, while Brett Bewley (44) played okay but didn’t score too well. Griffin Logue (67) couldn’t live up to his previous two weeks, but his 11 disposal game was good, with plenty of intercept marks.
Who were your heroes, villains and damned this week, community?