A huge weekend of footy, with the Suns almost knocking off the Bombers (damn!), the Blues winning the Stocker Cup and their third straight, and the Magpies getting pumped in the wet. There were plenty of highs, and more than enough lows to get you hating football this weekend. Let’s talk about them here.
Tom Lynch (132) was a monster against the Pies, with five goals from 16 disposals in a wet game. You’d think the conditions wouldn’t suit the key position forwards, but Lynch clunked six marks to be best on. Dion Prestia (128) had 35 touches for the game, while Dustin Martin (104) had 38 and two goals. Adam Treloar (123) had 39 disposals for the losing Pies, while Jordan De Goey (118) had 28 and 10 marks. Brodie Grundy (117) was actually well held by Chol and Soldo, as the big man only had 9 disposals and 36 hit outs. Many selected him as Vice Captain, but will have to look elsewhere for double points.
Dayne Zorko (125) was strong in the win over the Hawks, with 25 disposals and two goals. Lachie Neale (120) had plenty of it as well, with 33 touches to his name. He also snagged a goal, as did Hugh McCluggage (123), who had 21 touches himself. Daniel Rich (111) had 26 disposals off half back, and used it at 88% efficiency. Ben McEvoy (148) was big in the ruck, with 39 hit outs to go with 14 disposals. Jaeger O’Meara (109) and James Worpel (106) had plenty of touches in the middle, with the pair having 26 and 34 respectively.
Patrick Cripps (152) was the star of the show, with 39 disposals, 19 clearances, seven tackles and a goal. His performance lifted his club over Adelaide in the Stocker Cup. A sleeved Kade Simpson (125) had 31 disposals and 12 marks himself, whilst also slotting a goal and going at 80% efficiency. Reilly O’Brien (110) had 20 disposals and 32 hit outs for the day, whilst Rory Sloane (104) was the only other Crow to crack the ton, with 26 disposals (14 contested) and eight tackles.
Josh J. Kennedy (129) snagged seven goals in a blistering return to form. The forgotten forward dominated Robbie Tarrant, and had a season high goal count from only 11 disposals. Elliot Yeo (128) had 26 disposals, seven tackles, nine clearances and a goal for the Eagles, while Andrew Gaff (124) had 33 touches himself. Jack Darling (123) had two goals from 21 touches, while Dom Sheed (122) had 31 touches at 80%. Todd Goldstein (132) was the best player for North, with 33 hit outs to go with 17 disposals at 82%, while Jared Polec (117) had 31 touches and a goal in the loss.
Seb Ross (159) was a monster for the Saints, with 31 disposals, seven marks, nine tackles, six clearances and two goals, whilst also accumulating 15 contested possessions and going at 74% efficiency. His effort was a big reason for the win, as was Rowan Marshall’s (125) who competed well with Max Gawn (133). Marshall had 22 hit outs to go with 16 disposals, while Gawny had 40 hit outs and 18 touches. Clayton Oliver (126) had a great game despite being tagged by Jack Steele (121). Oliver finished with 26 touches and a goal, while Steele had 22 disposals and twelve tackles.
Travis Boak (114) continued his great form with 40 disposals at 82% and seven clearances. Tom Rockliff (111) had 31 touches himself, while Riley Bonner (113) had 28. Tim Taranto (112) had 31 disposals in the one point win, however he went at 61% efficiency.
Jack Macrae (153) had 38 disposals (18 contested) at a whopping 92% efficiency in the win over the Dockers. Half of his possessions were kicks, which makes this even more impressive. Marcus Bontempelli (132) had two goals to go along with 28 disposals, while Bailey Dale (121) snagged four from 13 touches. Michael Walters (113) had a goal himself from 21 touches, while Nat Fyfe (104) returned to had 33 touches but two missed goal opportunities.
Tom Hawkins (152) celebrated his 250th in style with 5 goals in a big win for the Cats. Joel Selwood (145) had a great day out as well, with 24 touches and a goal, while Josh P. Kennedy (110) had 28 touches and a goal to book.
Jarrod Witts (151) had a monsterous 60 hit outs, however it wasn’t enough for the Suns to get the win over the Bombers. Touk Miller (134) had 32 touches and a goal in the loss, while Dylan Shiel (128) had 28 and a great bicycle kick to score a goal. Jake Stringer (113) kicked four goals, including the match sealer with 30 seconds to go.
Trent Cotchin (41) went off with hamstring issues 20 minutes into the first quarter. At the time he had 6 disposals and a mark, and was the highest scoring player on the ground at the time. Mabior Chol (54) only had seven disposals and six hit outs, but he kicked a goal and held Grundy pretty nicely all game. Steele Sidebottom (82) had 25 disposals but didn’t use it too well in the wet. Jack Crisp (67) had 26 disposals, but he too didn’t use it well.
Ricky Henderson (75) had just 22 touches and two missed shots at goal down in Tassie, while Stefan Martin (68) was monstered by Big Boy. He only managed twelve hit outs for the game as the number one ruck, and Eric Hipwood (28) had a shocker too, with one goal from 8 touches.
Wayne Milera (40) had just 13 touches for the day, but laid 8 tackles. However, his disposal efficiency was poor and it really hurt his score. Tom Lynch (59) wasn’t able to live up to the name as the Adelaide version had a stinker with just 14 touches.
Jeremy McGovern (69) was restricted to 12 touches for the day, while Luke Shuey (86) was held to 23. Ben Brown (52) kicked two goals but did little else, while Shaun Higgins (68) had 19 touches for the day.
Jack Viney (72) had 18 touches for the day, whilst Christian Salem (72) had 24 but were poorly executed disposals. Jack Billings (65) had 21 touches and a goal, but he didn’t use it too well, while Shane Savage (66) only managed 11 touches for the day.
Paddy Ryder (68) came back into the side but wasn’t huge, with just 13 touches and 20 hit outs. Zac Williams (70), Lachie Whitfield (90), Jackson Hately (51), Shane Mumford (13) and Jeremy Cameron (68) all disappointed for the Giants. Shout out to Cameron, though. He had 65 at quarter time, 75 at half time, and finished on 68. Wow.
Luke Ryan (48) hurt his hamstring shortly after half time and will miss weeks. Before then, he had 10 disposals and was looking all right. Connor Blakely (74) had 22 touches but gave away two free kicks and didn’t use it too well. Josh Dunkley (88) didn’t set the world on fire with 26 disposals, but Macrae and Bontempelli mostly did the heavy lifting.
Gary Ablett jr (67) had 21 touches at 47%, but it took him ages to get into it. He had 2 touches to half time, which really hurt his ability to score big. Tom Stewart (74) had 19 touches, but wasn’t enough to warrant a big score. Jake Lloyd (88) was disappointing with 25 touches, which is about 10 less than what we’ve come to expect from the gun.
Aaron Francis (49) had just nine disposals for the game, while David Zaharakis (58) had 16 for the day. Sam Day (69) kicked three goals but was too loose on Cale Hooker with a minute to go and cost the Suns the lead. Shout out to the goal umpire for the Suns v Bombers game for making the biggest blunder you’ll ever see! (channelling my inner BT on this one)
Isaac Quaynor (52) only managed 12 disposals, but he went at 83% efficiency, which helped his score over fifty. Liam Baker (68) had 15 touches, but went at 66%, while Shai Bolton (72) had 16 and a goal. He also managed seven tackles, but only half of his touches were effective.
Jarrod Cameron (27) had a quiet day with 5 touches, but was carrying a niggle for most of the game. Luke Davies-Uniake (60) only had 16 touches in the loss.
Oskar Baker (26) had 8 touches and used them poorly, going at 37%. Doulton Langlands (71) had a decent game with 14 touches and a goal, while Nick Hind (75) also had 14 touches and a goal.
Griffin Logue (42) disappointed with just 8 touches and two clangers for the Dockers. Brett Bewley (43) wasn’t much better with just nine touches. Rhylee West (69) had 14 touches and a goal in his debut, and looked good for a first-gamer.
Gryan Miers (56) and Tom Atkins (54) disappointed with sub-par scores, but Jordan Clark (87) was very handy with 14 touches and two goals. Hayden McLean (65) had his second game and finished with 11 touches and 10 hit outs, but Sam Naismith played NEAFL this weekend and may come straight back in.
Chris Burgess (87) would’ve thought he had the match-winning goal with not long left, but his childhood dream was robbed from him. Dylan Clarke (66) had 22 touches but gave away three free kicks, while Will Snelling (85) had 18 touches and four clearances.
Who were your Heroes and Villains this week, community?