The Heroes, Villains and the Damned: Round 22
The season’s almost over, Community! Can you feel it? One day we’ll be lying on a beach, dreaming of SuperCoach. Do not take this last week for granted, because you won’t know when you’ll come back to this lovely game (next season I assume).
Angus Brayshaw (124) top scored for the Demons on Friday night, with 24 disposals, 8 tackles and 15 contested possessions. He attended the most centre bounces out of anyone for the match, which is promising for next season, I guess. Jack Viney (113) had 25 disposals himself in the match, as well as 7 clearances. Sam Reid (115) kicked three goals from 14 disposals to top score for Sydney, while Ollie Florent (106) and Dane Rampe (110) cracked the ton in a relatively low scoring affair.
Seb Ross (116) had 29 touches in the loss to the Blues, while Rowan Marshall (111) didn’t miss a beat despite looking like he tore his ACL last week.He had 33 hit outs to go with 17 touches and seven tackles. His opponent for the day, Matthwe Kreuzer (128) top scored for the Blues with 23 hit outs and 21 disposals. Ed Curnow (125) had 25 touches and a goal, while Marc Murphy (122) had 27 touches and a snag himself.
Jarryd Lyons (141) continues to dominate around the ball, with 28 disposals, 11 tackles and a goal for the day. Stefan Martin (129) went big as well, with 36 hit outs to go with 16 disposals. 15/16 were contested, as well! Hugh McCluggage (115) was instrumental on a wing, with 27 disposals and a goal, while Daniel Rich (106) was great off half back. Patrick Dangerfield (146) was best on ground despite the loss, with 36 touches and a goal. 23 of his disposals were contested, and he also had 9 clearances.
Brayden Maynard (129) had potentially his first huge SuperCoach game (look it up, I’m too lazy) with 30 disposals, 12 marks and a goal. He also went at 83% efficiency. Jamie Elliott (125) snagged 5 goals from 19 disposals and 10 marks, while Brodie Grundy (123) had a standard game, with 17 touches and 35 hit outs. Paul Seedsman (140) had 30 touches for the Crows, while Brodie Smith (108) was the only other player to crack the ton for Adelaide.
North Melbourne (144) is a team I’ll never understand. Are they good? Are they bad? Who knows anything anymore? Somehow Ben Brown (136) didn’t crack 150 with 10 goals to his name, which I find bizarre, but one player who did was Todd Goldstein (176) with 28 hit outs and 34 disposals. Ben Cunnington (129) has finally returned to form with 37 touches, while Jack Ziebell (125) had 33 himself. Shaun Higgins (121) got in on the action with38 touches, while Nick Larkey (119) kicked 5 goals and Jy Simpkin (117), Jamie Macmillan (113), Jared Polec (110), Shaun Atley (108) and Jasper Pittard (101) all had 29+ disposals. It’s strange to think that 12 of the 14 players to crack the ton in a match were all on the same side, with Travis Boak (111) and Dan Houston (105) the only Port players to reach the milestone.
Michael Walters (124) had 36 disposals and two goals in the loss to the Bombers, while Ed Langdon (117) had 37 touches. Adam Saad (117) had 27 disposals himself while Dylan Shiel (116) had 26 and a goal.
Elliot Yeo (141) has been in rip-roaring form and it continued despite the close loss on Sunday. He had 26 disposals and 15 clearances, while Andrew Gaff (124) had 29 touches himself. Bachar Houli (145) has been dominant at the MCG this year and he had 34 touches to continue the trend, while Dustin Martin (132) and Dion Prestia (124) were great on the ball with 35 and 29 touches respectively. Tom Lynch (118) also snagge three goals from 17 touches.
Josh Dunkley (169) will win a Brownlow one day. You heard it here first. The Sydney Father/Son reject had 31 touches, 10 tackles and two goals, as well as 8 clearances. His lookalike Pat Lipinski (113) had 27 and two goals himself, while Jack Macrae (105) had 39 touches but went at 56% efficiency. Toby Greene (115) and Lachie Whitfield (114) were two of the better Giants, with 24 touches and two goals for Toby, while Lachie had 31 and 1 himself.
Many of you may be too young to remember, but once upon a time Jarryd Roughead (103) was a SuperCoach/AFL beast. Not only could he kick bags of goals (he won a Coleman Medal) but he could move up the ground, into the ruck, and onto the ball. He was originally drafted as a utility player after spending his junior years as a backman, but in potentially his last game of football, Roughead showed us all why he spent 283 games of AFL as a dominant forward. Despite the opposition and the fact his teammates were looking only for him, you still need to convert. And he did. Six times. Every goal was met with a roar from the crowd and hugs from his teammates. His influence and impact on the football club will never be forgotten. We’ll miss you, big Rough. <3 <3 <3
James Worpel (142) has continued his fine form against the hapless Suns, amassing 34 touches, seven tackles, two goals and 13 clearances. Pearce Hanley (119) and Jarrod Witts (119) shared the spoils of the top-scoring Sun for the afternoon, with Witts amassing 42 hit outs and Hanley collecting 34 disposals and 11 marks.
Christian Salem (61) only managed 17 touches at 58% in the loss for the Demons, while Clayton Oliver (92) was well held for the day, despite collecting the ball 30 times. Isaac Heeney (78) had just 12 touches for the day, and Jake Lloyd (89) continued a gross run of sub-100 scores with 26 disposals.
Jack Steven (32) had just 10 touches at 50% after a match-winning performance last week, while Sam Walsh (76) owners would’ve been disappointed with his score. He only managed 18 touches for the game, while his parter-in-crime Patrick Cripps (85) was tagged for the majority of the game and only managed 22 touches.
Eric Hipwood (39) was quiet with just 10 touches at 40%, while Alex Witherden (72) had 15 disposals off half back. Tom Hawkins (40) had a bit of a ‘mare of a weekend, with 13 touches at 38% and two missed shots at goal. Tom Stewart (81) let down his owners with just 22 touches and 81 points.
Matt Crouch (56) had 24 touches at 54% efficiency, while Reilly O’Brien (60) didn’t play too well with Sam Jacobs (58). Rory Sloane (76) was also quiet with 17 touches for the day.
Port Adelaide (58) managed to drop out of the 8 due to an 86 point loss while their cross-town rivals Adelaide “only” lost by 66 points. It’s hard to name a decent Port player from the weekend.
Michael Hurley (58) had 19 touches, while Jake Stringer (72) was quiet despite his two goals. Connor Blakely (41) had 14 touches and Brad Hill (58) had 32 dismal disposals, going at 46%.
Jayden Short (57) hasn’t re-found his preseason form since his return from injury, with the half back finding only 15 touches for the day. He did kick a goal, but with Bachar playing so well as that rebounding half back, Short is out of a job.Dom Sheed (45) only managed 14 disposals himself, while Josh Kennedy (60) had just one goal for the day.
Toby McLean (57) had just 14 touches and no goals on the forward flank, while Marcus Bontempelli (90) was tagged for the day and held to 27 inaccurate disposals. Harry Himmelberg (57) was required to step up as the number one forward with Jeremy Cameron out, but he only managed two goals as the Giants failed to kick a major in the second half.
James Sicily (47) was rarely required for the Hawks, as they found the ball lived in their forward line for the majority of the afternoon. He managed just 12 touches for the match. Jaeger O’Meara (78) is playing second fiddle to Worpel at the moment, with the gun midfielder collecting 24 inaccurate disposals. Sam Day (25) was barely sighted for the Suns, while Jack Bowes (53) had just 12 touches for the day.
Max Gawn (119) was having a ripper before hurting his hamstring late in the fourth and not returning. With Melbourne’s season done, they will most likely put him on ice for the last round. Jordan Lewis (95) and Nathan Jones (61) both came off sore but finished the game.
Michael Gibbons (27) came off multiple times during the match and only managed 64% game time. It is unclear what the injury is, or if he’ll miss next week.
Allen Christensen (11) only had 3 touches before coming off with a hamstring injury in the second quarter, while Lachie Neale (103) was pretty dusty after a head knock but he played out the game.
Robbie Tarrant (54) and Jed Anderson (84) both came off at different stages of the match due to an ankle and a hamstring injury. I have no idea how long for, I did not watch the most boring Saturday night match ever.
Matt Whetten (6 bad calls) was cleaned up by Lachlan Schulz and stopped play as the umpire was helped off. It’s very concerning when a 50kg man gets belted by a 90kg AFL player, so hopefully the knock hasn’t done too much damage.David Zaharakis (18) looked to have hurt his ankle early in the match and didn’t return.
Mark Hutchings (11) came off in the first quarter and didn’t come back on due to a hamstring. He may be rested against the Hawks next week if he’s a little sore, I guess we should probably just wait for scans.
What about you, Community? Who cost you a grand final gig?