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Keeping Tabs – Season Review: Part 1

TO finish off what has been a huge year for first-year players, we take a look at some of the top performers from each AFL club now the season is done and dusted. In today’s piece we look at the first nine clubs, from Adelaide through to GWS GIANTS, with the remaining nine clubs to come next week.

Adelaide 

Darcy Fogarty

The Crows were thrilled, perhaps even surprised, when their boy from south-east SA was still available to the Crows at pick 12 of the 2017 National Draft. Debuting in round one, Fogarty’s first kick was a beautiful set-shot goal – a theme Crows fans would soon become accustom to. He averaged 8.4 disposals (5.7 kicks and 2.7 handballs at 68 per cent disposal efficiency), 3.2 marks and two tackles for the year, also managing nine goals (just three behinds) in his ten matches. Fogarty played predominately as the third Adelaide tall forward, alongside the well-established Josh Jenkins and Taylor Walker, laying out plenty of fierce bumps – not a common thing for a draftee. No doubt “Fog” will have learnt plenty in his first season at AFL level. His main focus for the pre-season will be to again improve his tank, allowing him to spend more time on ground. However his ferocious attack on the football, beautiful foot skills and brute strength should see Darcy become a focal point of the Crows forward line for the next 10 years.

Lachlan Murphy

One of the success stories in a lean year for the Crows was the birth of Lachie Murphy. Fans of the TAC Cup may remember him fronting up for the Northern Knights back in 2016. Not being picked up in the draft, Murphy moved to Adelaide to play with the clubs SANFL side and was rewarded for his strong form with a rookie selection. The energetic small forward brought with him manic pressure, speed and an eye for the goals in his 11 games, in which he managed 12 goals and an average of 3.7 tackles and 8.7 disposals. “Murph” will look to maintain his place in the competitive Adelaide side as they aim to bounce back in 2019.

 

Brisbane 

Cameron Rayner

The number one draft pick always has a certain level of expectation associated with them, however being up at Brisbane, away from the media bubble of Melbourne, would have no-doubt helped Cam Rayner settle into life in the AFL. Utilised as a medium forward with stints in the middle, he played all 22 games for the club, averaging 13.5 disposals (73 per cent disposal efficiency), 3.5 marks, 20 goals (14 behinds), 1.7 clearances, 2.4 tackles and 2.5 inside-50s. His ability to launch for pack grabs was exciting for Lions fans. Like many draftees, he will look to build up endurance in his second pre-season.

Zac Bailey

The skilful small forward/balanced midfielder fronted up for 12 senior games games, averaging 13.5 disposals (74 per cent disposal efficiency), three marks, 2.3 tackles. Next season, competition for selection will be as tough as it has been in a long time at the Gabba, particularly given the likely inclusions of Lachie Neale and Lincoln McCarthy. However rest assured Zac Bailey remains well within the clubs plans for the future as the look to return to the glistening heights of the early 2000s.

 

Carlton 

Paddy Dow

It was a tough year for the Blues, however the encouraging performances of prized draft pick Paddy Dow gave fans a glimpse into the future. Playing a solid amount of midfield minutes in his 20 games, Dow averaged 14.2 disposals (67 per cent efficiency), two marks, seven goals, 2.6 clearances, 3.2 tackles and 2.6 inside 50s. Perhaps most impressive was his smarts around the stoppages for such a young player. There’s no-doubt Carlton will look to form their midfield core around Dow, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Patrick Cripps and potentially number one pick Sam Walsh as the continue to rebuild.

Lochie O’Brien

The top 10 draft selection spent the year playing across half-back where he was able to show off his classy foot skills and speed. O’Brien was given plenty of opportunity, playing 18 matches, where he averaged 14 disposals (at 71 per cent efficiency), 222 metres gained, 4.4 marks and 2.1 rebounds. His best game came in the final round in what proved to be a hefty loss to Adelaide. Here, O’Brien accumulated 22 disposals, sent the ball inside-50 on six occasions and took four marks.

 

Collingwood

Jaidyn Stephenson

The deserved Rising Star winner, Jaidyn Stephenson played a full-forward-type role for the Grand Finalists, which often allowed him to get out the back, beat his opponent one-on-one and speed away using his rapid pace to advantage. “Stevo” kicked a super impressive 38 goals in his 26 games, including two in the first quarter of the Grand Final, to go with an average of 12.3 disposals, 3.9 marks and 5.2 score involvements in what was a remarkable season. May spend more time on the wing next season where his blistering speed and athleticism will once again be expected to excite ‘Pies fans.

Brody Mihocek

Mihocek’s story is one of the best of the year. Rookie drafted as a mature aged recruit from Port Melbourne in the VFL, Mihocek came in as one of the best tall defenders in the state leagues, but was moved forward to fill a need for the Magpies. He crucially provided a decoy for tall teammate Mason Cox, with his ability to get off the chain and take a stack of marks important. Averaged nearly 2 goals per game, 11.6 disposals (73 per cent efficiency), 4.9 marks (1.4 contested) and 5.6 score involvements. With the Pies in pursuit of some tall timber, it remains to be seen where Mihocek will be played in coming seasons.

 

Essendon

Matt Guelfi

Essendon’s mature-aged recruit from WAFL side Claremont, Matt Guelfi came into the Bombers lineup and filled a variety of roles, showing off his strong versatility in his 15 senior games. He held his own at the highest level of football, averaging 15.1 disposals, 3.3 marks, one clearance, 3.1 tackles and also kicking five goals. In the WAFL his stoppage nous and contested ball winning were strengths, so it will be interesting to see whether he is able to push for more midfield minutes in 2019.

 

Fremantle

Andrew Brayshaw

The high draft pick managed to play 17 games in his debut season in the west. He spent a large chunk of time in the midfield alongside stars Lachie Neale and Nat Fyfe, from whom he will have learnt plenty. Averaged an impressive 15.9 disposals (69 per cent efficiency), 2.9 marks, 1.5 clearances and 4.4 tackles with his ready-made frame and willing attitude ensuring a strong start to life at the highest level for the brother of Angus and Hamish. However his season came to an early end when he was unfortunately on the receiving end of the now infamous Andrew Gaff uppercut, perhaps stealing the limelight from what was a sturdy start to his career.

Adam Cerra

Adam Cerra, the second of Fremantle’s 2017 first round picks, showed moments of absolute class off half-back. After debuting in round two, Cerra went on to play all remaining games for an average of 13.7 disposals (71 per cent efficiency), 3.3 marks and 3.4 tackles. Despite his precise foot skills and polish, Cerra showed he was not afraid of cracking in hard. Could potentially spend more time in the middle given the impending departure of Lachie Neale. The former Eastern Ranges midfielder looks destined to become one of the leagues most damaging onballers.

 

Geelong

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly produced one of the greatest debut seasons ever seen at AFL level. He slotted into the star-studded Geelong midfield with ease, complimenting the likes of Dangerfield and Ablett. A key aspect of his game was the ability to push forward and hit the scoreboard, allowing the coaching staff to play one of their star on-ballers up forward for stints. His work at the coal face was super impressive, extracting the ball and evading would-be tacklers with class. Playing ever game for his side, Kelly averaged 22.9 disposals, 368 metres gained, 3.3 marks, 4.2 clearances, 3.5 tackles and kicked 24 goals. Additionally, the former WAFL star sent the ball inside 50 on an average of four times per game. Could not as for much more.

Lachlan Fogarty

Lachie Fogarty, Geelong’s first selection in the 2017 National Draft, came over the Cats from the Western Jets regarded as one of the better midfielders in the draft. Yet due to the Cats strong onball brigade, he was limited to a forward line role where Fogarty’s renowned tackling created plenty of forward pressure. Averaged 13.3 disposals and 3.5 tackles, but will aim to sharpen up his kicking in-front of and around goals, with a scoring accuracy of just 24 per cent. However he will have been pleased to have played 15 games for the finalists.

 

Gold Coast

Charlie Ballard

The athletic South Australian utility came from the clouds to be drafted in the third round of last years National Draft. Given his light-frame, the former Sacred Heart College student will be rapt to have broken through for 11 games, debuting against the Bulldogs in Bendigo. He was never going to set the world on fire with his statistics, but showed plenty of promise, particularly in the air, taking 39 grabs for the season (average of 3.5 per game). Was utilised down back and up forward, although those who have seen him play at school and club level with Sturt know of the X-factor he provides on the wing. Gold Coast will be patient.

Brayden Crossley

The big ruckman certainly has some spunk about him with his slick hair and mustache. A member of the Gold Coast Suns Academy, Crossley played 10 senior games for the battling club, averaging six hit-outs and 9.4 disposals (at 69 per cent disposal efficiency). Isn’t one to shy away from the hard stuff, averaging more contested than uncontested possessions and laying 22 tackles on the whole. Will need time to learn but is developing nicely and already has a strong frame.

 

Greater Western Sydney

Aiden Bonar

Having played just the four games for the Dandenong Stingrays in 2017, due to an ACL injury, Bonar managed a further four games this season, albeit at senior level in a strong GWS side. His supreme athleticism, explosiveness and acceleration were evident, as was his tackling intensity. The tall midfielder/third tall forward averaged 10.5 touches at a neat 71 per cent efficiency, to go with three marks, 4.5 tackles and a total of five goals. He shapes as being a star of the game, with his size and strength making him hard to contain at the stoppages. Will only improve as he increases his endurance.

Sam Taylor

Taylor, a key component to the Western Australian under-18 Championships side last year, played eight games for Greater Western Sydney in what was yet another injury-riddled season. He averaged just the 8.9 disposals per game, however it was his clean ball use out of the defensive-50 which really caught the eye. Given his foot skills were regarded by some as an area in need of improvement, he and the Giants will be pleased with a disposal efficiency of 80 per cent. Looks set to be a key defensive prospect the club can rely upon.

Queensland weekly wrap: Multicultural initiatives hit Queensland

QUEENSLAND AFL is set to host two initiatives which look towards creating inclusion and accepting diversity in the footballing community. While the organisation of the Bachar Houli Cup and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) were well underway this week, both AFL sides fell short of victory.

A promotion of culture in Queensland AFL

Two events will shape the week for Queensland AFL. Those events being the Bachar Houli Cup and the Brisbane Lions commencing their first ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The Queensland Bachar Houli Cup takes place on the August 10 at Leyshon Park. Since the cup was introduced to Victoria in 2012, it has progressed to a national event involving more than 5000 Islamic students from around the nation. This initiative was developed between the AFL Multicultural Program and current Richmond premiership player, Bachar Houli. The aim of the carnival is to introduce the young Muslim community to Aussie Rules, in the hopes of swelling participation numbers from the Muslim community to enrich the game with their culture.

Houli and Essendon’s Adam Saad are currently the two AFL players for the Muslim community to look up to and adore.

Three schools will compete at Leyshon Park; Australian International Islamic College Brisbane, Wisdom College and Australian International Islamic College Gold Coast.

Bachar Houli Cup Fixture:

Game 1: AIIC Brisbane v Wisdom College
Game 2: Wisdom College v AIIC Gold Coast
Game 3: AIIC Gold Coast v AIIC Brisbane

Lions RAP plan

On Thursday, the Brisbane Lions set in motion their first ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. The launch was timely, falling on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. A crowd of media were there alongside Lions players and staff members to kick-off the new RAP initiative.

The RAP initiative allows the Brisbane Lions to become a more inclusive organisation with the document outlining future commitments to achieve reconciliation among the Indigenous community. The RAP also explains that the Lions will partake in programs with the Indigenous community promoting health, education and mental health and wellbeing.

The RAP program is in effect for one year commencing immediately.

 

Lions left wondering

In perhaps the story of their season, the Brisbane Lions have let anther game slip through their fingers, going down to North Melbourne 107-104 at the Gabba last Saturday afternoon. The Gabba crowd was treated to a tantalising first quarter with both sides kicking 11 goals between them. The Lions ended the first term with a perfect six straight goals to North Melbourne’s five goals one behind, to go in five point leaders.

The Kangaroos stamped their authority in the second term kicking seven goals to three as Trent Dumont led the way with 21 touches in the first half for North Melbourne. Down by a few goals like last week against Geelong, Lions fans’ hearts were in their mouths hoping for no second half hiding like last round.

Brisbane responded strongly in the second half, going blow for blow with the Kangaroos as the game tightened up. With only 30 seconds left in the game, Cameron Rayner won a holding the ball free kick 25m out from goal to win the game for the Lions. Bizarrely in a moment of pressure, Rayner went around the body from a slight angle and missed. The Kangaroos held out three point winners as Rayner was embraced by coach Chris Fagan after the match in a show of strong faith.

The Lions midfield brigade had plenty of footy with Dayne Zorko (35 disposals), Dayne Beams (29) and Tom Berry (28) continuing strong seasons. The Achilles heel for Brisbane was their inside 50 efficiency. North Melbourne were 56 per cent compared to Brisbane’s 39 per cent.

The Lions next face Collingwood at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

 

Suns smashed

Suns coach Stewart Dew was left pulling out whatever hair he has left last Sunday when his side lost by 96 points to the Demons at the MCG. It was a nine goal to one opening term that set up the whitewash win for the Demons. The Suns were outclassed almost all across the paddock, with only Touk MillerAlex Sexton and Jarrod Witts putting in strong performances. Miller had 25 touches and Witts beat Max Gawn in the hitouts, 40-30. Sexton had five goals from 10 disposals going at 80 per cent efficiency.

Down by more than 10 goals at the half, the Suns were brave in the third, holding Melbourne to just two goals in a game covered in negatives for Gold Coast. In the end, Melbourne kicked 21 goals to the Suns’ seven for a resounding victory. Jesse Hogan had four majors whilst James Harmes had three for the Demons. Ball magnet Clayton Oliver impressed with 31 disposals along with 27 from Angus Brayshaw and Dom Tyson.

On a side note, Gold Coast youngsters Will Brodie and Callum Ah Chee continued to show off their talent in another good game collecting 23 and 22 disposals respectively.

Like the Lions, Gold Coast face another premiership contender next round in the form of the defending premiers Richmond. The Suns will hope for a major upset in front of their home fans from Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Keeping Tabs: Standout players from Round 20

A NUMBER of new faces were among the first-year players who impressed in their games on the weekend, continuing the season trend of readymade draftees from last year’s AFL National Draft.

Hunter Clark

Hunter Clark was typically calm and composed across the St.Kilda half-back line in their defeat to the Western Bulldogs. The 19 year-old collected 20 disposals and recorded three rebounds but crucially, managed a disposal efficiency of 90 per cent, hitting 18 out of 20 targets by hand and foot and helping his side maintain possession of the Sherrin. The long-haired Hunter, who is versatile but looks perhaps best suited to a role in defence, has performed well enough this season to suggest he will live up to the hype as a future star of the competition.

Will Walker

Second-gamer Will Walker bagged the first two goals of his young career at the Gabba on Saturday afternoon. Viewed by some as a surprise selection when he was taken as early as pick 23 by the ‘Roos last year, Walker collected the majority of his possessions across the half-forward and wing areas, where his long leg and speed make him an exciting prospect for North. In addition to his two smart goals, Walker collected 11 disposals (seven kicks and four handballs at 64 per cent disposal efficiency), two clearances, one tackle and five score involvements. With the likes of Shaun Higgins and Ben Jacobs looking to make their returns to the side, Walker will have his work cut-out to keep his position. However he will undoubtedly have learned greatly from exposure in his first year.

Kane Farrell

In what was his second game and first Showdown, Kane Farrell was impressive, netting three goals. Opposed to Crows 199-game veteran David Mackay for much of the contest, Farrell was damaging out the back of the contests, hitting the scoreboard to help Port crawl back into the game after Adelaide got off to a flyer. Despite his side enduring a heartbreaking loss, the Victorian fitted in nicely, gaining 384 metres, moving the ball inside-50 five times and taking two strong contested marks. He looks to have made the small forward role his own, for the time being at-least.

Cameron Rayner

It was a performance which he will remember for crucially missed a chance to snatch the game late, however the number one draft pick was strong across the board. Rayner presented well up the spine of the ground as a medium forward, collecting six of his 14 disposals in the true centre-half-forward region. In addition to his six marks and two goals, also impressive was Cam’s time on-ground percentage which, at 82 per cent, suggests the has really worked hard to improve his endurance over the course of the year, given this was arguably the Western Jet’s lone flaw as a draftee. Rayner’s field kicking was terrific, ending with a disposal efficiency of 86 per cent however he will rue his final kick of the match.

Jack Higgins

In the absence of Premiership on-baller Dion Prestia, first-year small Jack Higgins stepped up the the plate, relishing his chance of added midfield minutes. A high draft pick from 2017, Higgins tallied 18 disposals (11 kicks and seven handballs), took two marks, laid a couple of tackles and kicked 1.2 in-front of goal. The former Oakleigh Charger showed off his stoppage smarts with four clearances and was an important piece in getting the ball moving for the Tigers. Although his role saw Higgins focus on winning and extracting the contested ball from inside, his disposal efficiency of 44 per cent will be an area for improvement moving forward.

Bayley Fritsch

In the Demons rout of the struggling Gold Coast, Bayley Fritsch once again more-than justified his second-round selection in the 2017 National Draft. His ability to cover the ground, pushing up across the wings and into the defensive half is becoming a trademark, as is his aerial prowess which saw him take another nine marks (including five intercept possessions). Recruited from the Dees’ VFL affiliate side Casey, notched up 21 touches (15 kicks and six handballs at 67 per cent efficiency) to go with 332 metres gained, three inside-50’s and two rebound-50’s. Fritsch is now not only an established best-22 player, but fast becoming an important link-up player for the Demons as they head into a draught-breaking finals series.

Tim Kelly

The incredible story of Tim Kelly rolls on, this time with the Western Australian collecting 36 touches (19 kicks, 17 handballs), three tackles, three marks, four clearances, 669 metres gained and one goal in the nail-biting loss at the hands of Richmond. Kelly was typically cool and composed under pressure in a game where many players struggled to get clean possessions away, highlighting his immense talent. I feel as if Kelly’s disposal efficiency (53 per cent) does not quite justify how good he was. Whenever the smooth-mover was in possession of the ball, you feel as if something good will come from the disposal. Kelly continues to star in just his first year in the competition, ignoring the media attention regarding his future at Kardinia Park to perfection.

Keeping Tabs: Standout players from Round 18

SOME lower order draftees stood tall in Round 18 of the AFL, while other top-end picks continued their incredible season for this week’s Keeping Tabs.

Jack Higgins

Higgins once again provided the Richmond forward line with even more energy, which was highlighted by his four tackles (two inside-50 tackles) and 16 pressure acts. Incredibly prolific as a junior, Higgins’ ball winning ability has transferred over to the biggest stage with 18 disposals (seven kicks and 11 handballs), 10 of which were won in contested situations, four clearances and a goal. Look for Higgins to spend more stints on-ball in future games where his ability to find an abundance of the ball, apply a stack of pressure and win the clearances. The Premiers have found another star small forward.

Hunter Clark

Whilst St Kilda’s miserable season continues to roll on with the loss to Richmond, Hunter Clark played one of the best matches of his young 13 game career. The former Dandenong Stingray found more of the ball than in previous weeks and once again looked composed and clean with ball in hand from his role along the Saints backline. Clark found 20 disposals (12 kicks and eight handballs at a sound 70 per cent disposal efficiency), took six marks and rebounded from the half-back line on three occasions. The 2017 first round draftee will be aiming to finish off the season strongly, with four of his sides next five games coming at Etihad Stadium.

Jaidyn Stephenson

Now the clear Rising Star favourite, Jaidyn Stephenson just keeps on playing his role in the Magpies lineup, once again having a significant impact on the scoreboard booting three majors in the win over North Melbourne on Saturday afternoon. Stephenson collected 11 possessions (eight kicks and three handballs) at an improved 82 percent disposal efficiency, three marks and a pair of strong tackles. His speed and leap make Stephenson a nightmare match-up for his direct opponent and a valuable asset in the Pies forward line.

Bailey Banfield

Bailey Banfield has played a prominent role in the Dockers on-ball brigade so far this season. In the 29 point defeat at the hands of the Bombers, the Claremont boy was able to get his hands on the ball 22 times with 14 kicks and eight handballs playing an inside/outside balanced role through the middle. Banfield, an imposing figure at 189cm and 86kg, was dominant particularly around the stoppages and in the contest, collecting six clearances and eight contested possessions. Banfield’s 398 metres gained was also a strong aspect of his performance.

Cameron Rayner

The number one draft pick flew and took a massive hanger close to goal from four deep, then converted the set-shot in what was one of the highlights of the night up at the Gabba. Rayner has impressive strength through his legs which allowed him to launch into packs often. It is only a matter of time before he starts to clunk these grabs more consistently. The highly touted forward/midfielder seems to have created a bit of a presence for himself when the balls in his area, a terrific sign for an 18 year-old. Rayner, who has featured in every game for the Lions in his rookie year, managed 14 disposals, seven kicks and seven handballs at an 86 per cent disposal efficiency. He spent considerably more time on-ball last weekend, matching up on All-Australian Crow Matt Crouch at the stoppages on occasions.

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly must now be recognised by most as an A-grader of the competition despite it being just his first year in the big league. The silky Western Australian midfielder has brushed off speculation regarding a potential return to his home state, and is beautifully complimenting established stars in Selwood and Dangerfield. Kelly ended the game with  32 disposals, 18 kicks and 11 handballs at a 59 per cent disposal efficiency, six marks, five clearances, a goal and 506 metres gained. Kelly’s stoppages and evasiveness on the run are particularity noticeable. His efforts in the Cats incredible fourth quarter comeback went a long way to getting his side over the line.

James Worpel

The blonde-haired onballer played the best game of his career in the smooth-sailing victory over Carlton. Worpel collected the majority of his career-high 32 disposals (12 kicks and 20 handballs) across the wing area. Worpel managed to balance his game out nicely, winning 14 contested possessions and three clearances, but also send the ball inside-50 five times and collect a handful of intercept possessions. Also impressive was his disposal efficiency at 88 per cent, is a significant improvement on some of the numbers Worpel put up last season in the TAC Cup. The Geelong Falcon graduate will no-doubt gain plenty of confidence and belief from this encouraging performance as he and the Hawks look to launch themselves into another finals series.

Mid-Season review: AGSV

AFTER reviewing the Associated Public Schools (APS) football competition at the midway point of the season last week, we take a look at how the nine Associated Grammar Schools Victoria (AGSV) are faring.

Assumption College

R1: lost to Marcellin by 71 points
R2: defeated Yarra Valley by 37 points
R3: defeated Camberwell by 69 points
R4: lost to Trinity by 12 points
R5: defeated Mentone by 81 points
R6: Bye
R7: defeated PEGS by 20 points

Assumption has started the season as one of the three sides with four wins from six games. They were belted by Marcellin in the opening round, but have been impressive since, losing to the undefeated Trinity in round four, and have knocked off all other challengers, including the second placed PEGS. Big wins over Mentone and Camberwell showed they have some talent amongst the team, as well as a solid 37-point win over Yarra Valley. Bottom-age Northern Knights tall Owen Sloan, Bendigo Pioneers’ Logan Fitzgerald, and Calder Cannons quartet Shane Skidmore – who has been their best performer – Jesse Taylor, Patrick Mahoney and James Westphal are among the TAC Cup-listed players at the school.

Camberwell Grammar School

R1: lost to Trinity by 54 points
R2: defeated Mentone by 17 points
R3: lost to Assumption by 69 points
R4: lost to PEGS by 70 points
R5: lost to Peninsula by 146 points
R6: lost to Ivanhoe by 88 points
R7: lost to Camberwell by 99 points

The only AGV school without a TAC Cup-listed player on its books, Camberwell has struggled this year, winning just the one match – a 17-point victory over Mentone – a result that turned heads. Camberwell has suffered losses of more than nine goals in each of its other six games. The average losing margin over the past three weeks is 111 points.

Ivanhoe Grammar School

R1: lost to PEGS by 88 points
R2: lost to Peninsula by 41 points
R3: Bye
R4: defeated Marcellin by 20 points
R5: defeated Yarra Valley by 44 points
R6: defeated Camberwell by 88 points
R7: lost to Trinity by six points

Ivanhoe had a shaky start to the season with back-to-back losses including an opening round belting at the hands of PEGS. But since the bye, Ivanhoe have been sensational, notching up three consecutive wins and only dropping its first game in five rounds on the weekend to an undefeated Trinity. Northern Knights’ Tom McKenzie is the top prospect at Ivanhoe and often cops a tag at school football. He is joined at the school by Knights teammates Xavier Naish – brother of Richmond’s Patrick – Charlie Simonsen, Nathan Howard and Ben Nikolovski.

Marcellin College

R1: defeated Assumption 71 points
R2: lost to PEGS by eight points
R3: defeated Peninsula by 27 points
R4: lost to Ivanhoe by 20 points
R5: Bye
R6: defeated Yarra Valley by 37 points
R7: defeated Camberwell by 99 points

Marcellin is one of three sides with four wins from the first seven rounds, with thumping victories over Assumption (71 points) and Camberwell (99 points) in the first and most recent rounds. They narrowly lost to PEGS and went down to Ivanhoe, but have had a solid season overall. Northern Knights’ Lucas Perry, Adam Carafa, Justin McInerney, Kye Yodgee, Xavier Bateman and Aaron Castagna – brother of Richmond’s Jason – represent the school, as do Oakleigh Chargers Trent Bianco and Jake Sticca.

Mentone Grammar

R1: defeated Yarra Valley by 17 points
R2: lost to Camberwell by 17 points
R3: lost to Trinity by 75 points
R4: Bye
R5: lost to Assumption by 81 points
R6: lost to PEGS by 49 points
R7: lost to Peninsula by 74 points

Mentone started its season off on the right note with a 17-point win over Yarra Valley, but it has been tough going since, losing their last five games, including three by more than 12 goals. Sandringham Dragons’ Harry Houlahan captains the side and has played in multiple positions, while Jai Florent – brother of Sydney’s Ollie – Matthew Scott and Christopher Perkins are other Dragons on Mentone’s list.

Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School (PEGS)

R1: defeated Ivanhoe by 88 points
R2: defeated Marcellin by eight points
R3: defeated Yarra Valley by 44 points
R4: defeated Camberwell by 70 points
R5: lost to Trinity by 26 points
R6: defeated Mentone by 49 points
R7: lost to Assumption by 20 points

PEGS enjoyed the honour of having the number one pick attend the school last season with Cameron Rayner becoming a household name in the AGS competition whilst away from the TAC Cup. This season the most notable name is Esssendon father-son prospect Mason Fletcher who is currently out injured and will miss the remainder of the season. He is joined in the side by fellow Cannons’ Harrison Minton-Connell, and Sam Graham who have been the sides’ best, while other Cannons include Tom Cartwright, Jacob Martin and Christos Kosmas

Peninsula Grammar

R1: Bye
R2: defeated Ivanhoe by 41 points
R3: lost to Marcellin by 27 points
R4: defeated Yarra Valley by 62 points
R5: defeated Camberwell by 146 points
R6: lost to Trinity by 46 points
R7: defeated Mentone by 74 points

Peninsula have won four games out of their six to start the season. They had the bye in the opening round and enjoyed thumping wins over Camberwell (146 points), Mentone (74 points) and Yarra Valley (62 points), while dropping matches to Marcellin and Trinity in between those matches. Dandenong Stingrays’ trio Finlay Bayne, Jeremy Burton and Daniel Frampton are the three TAC Cup players listed on Peninsula’s team list.

Trinity Grammar School

R1: defeated Camberwell by 54 points
R2: Bye
R3: defeated Mentone by 75 points
R4: defeated Assumption by 12 points
R5: defeated PEGS by 26 points
R6: defeated Peninsula by 46 points
R7: defeated Ivanhoe by six points

Oakleigh Chargers Charlie Beasley – brother of former Brisbane Lions’ player Hugh – is the sole TAC Cup-listed player on Trinity’s list, but it has clearly not stopped them from being ultra impressive this season. They have had a couple of big wins over Camberwell and Mentone, and were forced to fight it out against both Assumption and Ivanhoe. With a 26-point victory over PEGS, Trinity assumed top spot and will face Yarra Valley and Marcellin in the final two rounds.

Yarra Valley Grammar

R1: lost to Mentone by 17 points
R2: lost to Assumption by 37 points
R3: lost to PEGS by 44 points
R4: lost to Peninsula by 62 points
R5: lost to Ivanhoe by 44 points
R6: lost to Marcellin by 37 points
R7: Bye

The winless Yarra Valley have not had a great season, but they can hold firm in the fact they have only suffered one loss above 45 points. They face Trinity and Camberwell in the final games of the season with the latter being considered a winnable match for the school. Yarra Valley have a number of TAC Cup-listed players, most notably Vic Metro representative Xavier Fry. The running defender is joined in the team by Eastern Ranges’ teammates Riley Clausen, Lachlan Gawel and Josh Matthews. Oakleigh Chargers duo Lucas Westwood and Charlie Oglethorpe are also on Yarra Valley’s books.

Keeping Tabs: Standout draftees from Round 4

ROUND four provided many young prospects with the opportunity to build on their starts. Many have been backed in by their respective clubs and look likely to feature in most games throughout the year. This week we looked at the best performing players draftees and which of your players you should keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

Jaidyn Stephenson

Stephenson starred for the Pies in their upset victory over the Crows in a performance which resulted in the round four Rising Star nomination. In wet and windy conditions, last year’s fifth overall pick kicked a game-high five goals, collected, 13 disposals at 92 per cent efficiency and took four marks, helping the Magpies to a seemingly unlikely victory. Stephenson has featured in all four rounds in his debut season, showcasing his blistering speed and strong aerial ability. He will continue to add plenty of excitement to the Collingwood side.

Cameron Rayner

Despite the hefty loss to the reigning premiers, last year’s number one draft pick produced the best performance of his young career so far. Spending the majority of the game across half-forward Rayner collected 22 touches (12 contested possessions), took four marks (including three contested), laid three tackles, launched the ball inside 50 on six occasions and kicked a goal in his first game on the MCG for premiership points. After showing glimpses of his undoubted potential in the first three games, this was Rayner’s most complete performance to date.

Mitch Crowden

Fremantle’s Mitch Crowden has made an immediate impact at AFL level, having made his debut in round two after heading west as a rookie selection. The South Australian’s ball-winning ability and toughness was on show throughout the National Under 18 Championships last year, and the inside midfielder has been able to display these traits early in his AFL career. In the loss to GWS, he amassed 15 disposals, five marks, seven tackles and had 22 pressure acts playing across half-forward and the midfield. Having set a strong foundation and cemented his spot in the Dockers side for the time being, with Crowden to now focus on improving his disposal efficiency.

Bailey Banfield

Banfield has fitted into the ‘Freo’ lineup terrifically well in 2018, having been recruited from WAFL club Claremont. His AFL-ready body allowed Banfield to spend considerable time in the midfield from the get-go, alongside the likes of Lachie Neale and Nat Fyfe. Having been used as a tagger in previous rounds, Banfield played a predominately outside role against the Giants, finishing the game with 17 disposals (15 uncontested at 88 per cent efficiency), five marks (all uncontested), three marks and a goal. Banfield has proven his ability on both the inside and outside and will be given every opportunity to fully establish himself in the Dockers on-ball brigade.

Aaron Naughton

The key defender continues to improve in his first season at AFL level. The Bulldogs have a couple of promising key defenders on their hands in Marcus Adams and Lewis Young but last seasons ninth overall pick could be the best on the lot. Having featured in all four games so far, Naughton would have taken enormous confidence from last weekends game, where he was able to restrict the influence of Joe Daniher. This week, he again showcased his toughness,  ability to read the play and drift in to take intercept marks. With more and more games under his belt, Naughton will firm as a leader in the Bulldogs defence soon enough. Made a couple of errors, but has progressed very well for a young key position player.

Nick Coffield

After being introduced to AFL football last weekend against the Crows at Etihad Stadium, a trip down to Geelong was always going to be difficult. However the first round draftee once again showed class and composure well beyond his years. Coffield racked up 17 disposals at 82 per cent efficiency (including eight contested possessions), seven intercept possessions, four marks, five tackles and five rebounds. He was deployed across half-back where his foot skills and decision making stood out. He looks to be justifying his early selection already.

Lachlan Fogarty

The hard working, small midfielder/forward showed off his ability to find the football in just his fourth game of senior football for the cats, amassing 18 disposals – 11 of which were contested. Used across half-forward for much of the day, Fogarty also laid three tackles and propelled the ball inside 50 on six occasions. He looks to have locked down a spot in the Cats side, along with fellow 2016 draftee Tim Kelly, however Fogarty will be looking to improve upon his ball use, recording an efficiency of just 56 per cent against the Saints.

Keeping Tabs: Standout draftees from Round 3

With now a game or two under their belts, the first-year players are starting to find their groove. Some have certainly been more consistent over the weeks than others, but this week a few new names stood up to earn their spot. This week we looked at the best performing players from last years’ draft and which of your players you should keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

Liam Ryan

The Geelong and West Coast clash was a game for the first-year players as Liam Ryan proved. The young man dominated the West Coast offensive, picking up three goals in only his third game. He also took home 12 disposals – five contested – three tackles and three intercept possessions, all with a 75 per cent efficiency. His smart play allowed him to be tied the leading goal kicker (Mark LeCras) for his team. Provided he keeps up his efforts, Ryan will have a big future with the Eagles.

Tim Kelly

Once again, Kelly performed like a seasoned player for Geelong, picking up 19 disposals and 10 contested possessions. Despite being his lowest game numbers-wise so far, Kelly still exceeded expectations. In his first year, he is already holding his own against some of the AFL’s most elite athletes and is on his way to cementing a spot in the starting 18. He kicked an impressive goal in the fourth quarter to further Geelong’s lead, but unluckily for him, West Coast finished on top. Kelly has a big year ahead of him if he keeps playing at this level.

Mitchell Crowden

Crowden had the difficult matchup in Steven May, but did not let that lessen his performance. Taken with pick 59 in last year’s AFL National Draft, Crowden has so far smashed expectations. With 13 disposals, five contested, a goal and a 92 per cent efficiency against the Suns, the kid from South Australia dominated in his second game. He also boasted seven score involvements and two goal assists. Fremantle have developed their first years well, and it definitely shows in Crowden.

Nick Coffield

St. Kilda showcased their number eight pick from the AFL National Draft, Nick Coffield, against Adelaide in Round 3. Coffield played some impressive football in his first game. He made great decisions with the ball in hand, and did not rush his disposals. By half-time, Coffield had 12 disposals, one contested possession, a goal and an outstanding 100 percent disposal efficiency. He was a highlight for the Saints despite the resulting loss. In the end, Coffield picked up 18 disposals and three contested possessions to close the game, and his efficiency finished on 89 per cent. We saw plenty of smart football from this young man, and an eagerness to prove himself. If he takes the rest of his football this way, we might see some remarkable things from Coffield.

Ed Richards

In his first win for the Bulldogs, Richards had his fair share of the ball. With 17 disposals, two contested possessions, and a 71 per cent efficiency, Richards more than played his part to take home the win. The second gamer showed a lot fight around the football, taking on his man and laying five strong tackles. Richards showed poise and control around the pill, and with a few more games under his belt, could become a powerful defensive presence for the Dogs.

Aaron Naughton

Again, Naughton had the challenging task of playing on an elite opponent. Matched up on Joe Daniher, Naughton easily held his own and kept Essendon’s key forward off his game. He went onto collect 15 disposals, six contested possessions and finished with 87 per cent disposal efficiency. Many of the Bulldogs’ players showed a better read on Essendon’s movement better than they could, and Naughton was no exception, racking up eight intercept possessions.

Cameron Rayner

Brisbane’s number one pick played some efficient football in Saturday’s clash against Port Adelaide. Rayner dramatically picked up his game from last week’s four disposals with a 50 per cent efficiency. He bumped up it all up to take home nine important disposals – four contested – with an 89 per cent efficiency. He took a great contested grab going back with the flight of the ball which also snagged him a goal. He laid four tackles and had three inside 50s. Brisbane has faced some well performing teams thus far which may be forcing Rayner to push his game even further. With a few more matches, Rayner should fulfil his role even more with the Lions.

Lachie Fogarty

If there is one thing Geelong has proved they can do this year, that’s develop young players. Fogarty played some decent football in a tough match against West Coast. His efficiency was not as high as it can be, but he got half the job right. Fogarty will need to work on finishing properly if he’s to become a top tier player. The medium forward picked up 14 disposals, three contested possessions and a goal. He had five goes at scoring but only kicked the one goal. If he sharpens up in the matches to come, those behinds could easily become goals.

Bailey Banfield

There must have been something in the water at the Optus Stadium because Banfield was one of three first year Fremantle players to cap his game off with over a 90 per cent efficiency. Banfield had 11 disposals – six contested – four tackles and a 91 per cent efficiency. He played some dominant football, and his clean plays were a big reason Fremantle came out on top.

Adam Cerra

Cerra played some efficient football in his second game against the Suns. The young man finished his game with an impressive 90 per cent efficiency from 10 disposals. He played smart football and made lots of clever decisions, but was quiet around the contested ball. Cerra is developing into a fine player along with all of Fremantle’s first year players, but will need to show he can get his own ball going forward.

Paddy Dow

The dynamic midfielder got to experience his first rivalry clash against Collingwood in Round 3. He got a decent amount of touches, taking home 15 disposals – six contested – with 67 per cent efficiency. Dow is slowly coming into his own, laying two tackles, three intercept possessions, and four score involvements. He is yet to have his big game yet but his efforts need to be noted nonetheless.

AFL Academy talent pool out to impress AFL recruiters in VFL hitout

THE COUNTRY’S brightest draft eligible players will run out on the MCG on Saturday in the AFL Academy’s VFL hitout.

The curtain raiser to the Melbourne and North Melbourne clash, will see the 2018 Level Two AFL Academy squad, for players eligible for the 2018 National AFL Draft take on the North Melbourne VFL side.

The annual match for the AFL Academy against VFL opposition has seen players in the past put their hand up for higher honours against the often bigger and more experienced VFL opponents. 

Past strong performances from Will Brodie (2016) and Luke Davies-Uniacke (2017) helped push their top-10 draft credentials. Against Werribee two years ago, Brodie recorded 20 disposals and seven inside 50s, while last year against the Northern Blues, Davies-Uniacke had 22 disposals and six clearances. 

Over the summer, the members of the AFL Academy headed to America for a high performance camp at the IMG Academy in Florida, while also training at AFL clubs to gain an insight into what it is like in the AFL environment.  There is a good mix of talls and smalls in the AFL Academy squad and they will be hoping to put in a good showing in front of every clubs recruiting team, who will be following their every move right up until the draft, which will be held later in the year. 

South Australians Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine are likely to feature in the top handful or so of players for the draft, while twins Max and Ben King put together an outstanding performance in Round 2 of the TAC Cup, where Max booted eight goals, while Ben collected 20 disposals as both brothers pulled down nine marks each for the contest. 

Vic Country midfielder Sam Walsh also looms as an early pick and is one who will likely relish the contest against the bigger opposition, coming off a 36 disposal game for the Geelong Falcons against GWV Rebels in the TAC Cup on the weekend. Nick Blakey (NSW-ACT) and Tarryn Thomas (TAS) are two of the best prospects out of the pool of players who will take part in the Under 18 Academy Series, which kicks off Saturday week at Blacktown. 

The number one pick in the 2017 AFL National Draft Cameron Rayner had 11 disposals and booted an outstanding goal on the run in last year’s AFL Academy clash against VFL opposition and there’s no doubt the Lions would’ve been watching that game closely last year. If there is a game for the 2018 draft prospects to announce themselves on the big stage, then this game is for them.

This weekend will also see the inaugural “tall camp” take place in Melbourne from April 9-11, with players 195cm or taller taking place. The players aged between 17 and 20 in this calendar year will be invited for training sessions over the weekend. 

A full list of players invited to both the ‘tall camp’ and the final AFL Academy squads will be released later in the week.

Saturday 7th April 2018
AFL Academy vs. North Melbourne VFL
11.05am, MCG 

TAC Cup preview: Western Jets

DESPITE missing out on finals, 2017 proved to be an exciting year for the Jets as they saw their spearhead Cameron Rayner selected as pick one in the National Draft. While they possessed the most valuable player in last year’s draft pool, those following the club would have been equally keen on the players who would become top-age prospects this year.

The Jets’ strong suit is their top-end midfield and defensive talent, with a good bunch of them having played almost every game in their bottom age year. The likes of 2017 best and fairest winner Stefan Radovanovic (13 games), smooth midfielder Zac Butters (17), and the versatile Connor Thar (17) lead the way in terms of their 2018 draft prospects, with a wealth of TAC Cup experience already under their belts. The latter two were joined by bullocking inside midfielders Xavier O’Halloran (18 games) and Jaden Rice (16) in the Vic Metro under-17 futures side, and highlighted why they have been so highly touted.

Others to look out for include the ever-improving Buku Khamis (16 games) who thrived in a different role down back with some impressive intercept marking. The South Sudanese-born prospect is also a member of Western Bulldogs’ Next Generation Academy. Carlton fans will also be keeping an eye out for potential a father-son pick in the form of Oskar Manton (four games), who is quite raw but seems to be working hard on his game.

The Jets will again have some bottom age talent to unleash, with a number of 16 year-olds earning debuts last season. The best of them include Darcy Cassar (four games), who made his mark with four goals on debut against the Northern Knights, as well as athletic tall Emerson Jeka (one), who looks like he could be a top 10 pick in 2019. A good spread of talent from the back, forward could see the Jets propel themselves into finals contention for the first time since 2014, and they will most likely again have a good number of players pique interest come draft time.

2017 Stats:

2017 Summary:

The Jets improved on their previous season with six wins seeing them finish in tenth place – just behind Calder Cannons on percentage, and six points away from a finals berth. They started and finished the season in promising fashion, winning two of their first four and three of their last four games. In between those highlights, with eventual draftees Cameron Rayner, Lachlan Forgarty and Tristan Xerri away on Vic Metro duties, the Jets lost nine out of ten mid-season games.

They managed to snap their losing streaks with huge upset wins against Eastern in Round 10 and minor premiers Oakleigh in Round 15, which allowed the talent now coming through as top agers to experience overcoming the cream of the crop. There were also a few tight losses in the mix, with the young Jets fighting hard against teams in similar ladder positions to them – including Northern (one win each), Calder (two wins) and Greater Western Victoria (one loss). Western will be looking to build off of the upsets they caused with some added consistency, which should come with the wealth of experience their top agers now have. They will hope to again be knocking on the door of finals.

2018 Snapshot:

The Jets will fancy their chances in their first three outings for the year with clashes against Calder, Northern, and Eastern – teams which all look to place around the same mark as Western. They’ll face stiffer competition in rounds four to nine, with games against Dandenong, Sandringham, Oakleigh and Geelong twice. The June/July period afterwards could also prove crucial to their finals chances, as they face the possibility of coming up against the Cannons and Knights once again without their star players due to Vic Metro commitments.

With five games at Williamstown Football Ground as well as four at Avalon Airport Oval, they have the opportunity to create a couple of fortresses in the west. Overall, the top age talent in the current squad has been recognised for a couple of years now and there is still more to come. The Jets will be an exciting team to watch during 2018, with plenty of pace at ground level below a selection of athletic talls and amidst a couple of very strong inside midfielders. The Western squad is well placed to challenge for finals and improve on their wins tally once again, with the possibility of a few draftees come the end of the year.

2018 Fixture:

Western Jets 2018

DateEventTime/ResultsVenueArticle
Avalon Airport Oval
Rams Arena
Burbank Oval
Shepley Oval
Trevor Barker Oval
Warrawee Park
Burbank Oval
Avalon Airport Oval
Burbank Oval
Rams Arena
Morwell Recreational Reserve
Norm Minns Oval
Burbank Oval
Avalon Airport Oval
Queen Elizabeth Oval
Ikon Park
Ikon Park

Queensland weekly wrap: Beach footy and community camps

QUEENSLAND’S AFL teams endured a mixed start to their JLT Community Series campaigns, while the AFLW Lions fell short against a spirited Demons outfit. Meanwhile, the sunshine state has had some exciting developments at the grassroots level.

Gold Coast Suns Community Camps hit Townsville:

The Suns conducted school visits and community camps during their time in Townsville for the JLT match against Geelong.  The Suns arrived in North Queensland on Thursday and the players headed out to local football clubs as part of their community camp program.

The Suns hosted over 2000 Townsville locals during their community camps and activities. Perhaps the highlight of the Suns’ time in Townsville aside from the JLT match, was the visit to the Lavarack Barracks. Coach Stuart Dew was joined by Jack Bowes and Touk Miller, who conducted a training session and a Q&A focusing on leadership and teamwork.

AFL9’s on the Beach:

On Saturday, March 3, a new nine-a-side brand of beach footy was held at Mooloolaba beach. The competition included five teams with men and women equally taking part in the games. The games went for half an hour each, starting at 2:30pm and ending with the Grand Final at 5:00pm. The ‘Goose Islanders’ took out the inaugural competition with AFL9’s Queensland promising to announce a future beach competition.

U15’s Male Diversity Championship Teams Announced:

Two Queensland representative teams have today been announced for the 2018 Under 15 Boys squads to compete in the Male Diversity Championships taking place from April 13-19 in Blacktown, New South Wales. The National Diversity Championships includes both the National U15 Kickstart Cup and the National U15 All Nations Cup.

Queensland will field an indigenous team of 22 and a multicultural team of 19 in these competitions. The Diversity Championships are a key part of the AFL’s Diversity program. Full squads and coaches can be found here.

JLT Community Series:

Last weekend the two Queensland AFL clubs played in the JLT Community Series.  The preseason competition provides the opportunity for regional venues to host the elite players in their respective communities. The Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans clash took place at the Moreton Bay Sports Complex. Unfortunately for the home fans, the match was all one-way traffic. The Swans kicked 11 goals in succession after quarter time, highlighted by Lance Franklin kicking four goals. Number one draft pick Cameron Rayner had a quiet game, with just the five disposals, as the Swans ran out 55-point victors.

Full Time Scores:

BRISBANE:     2.5       2.5       2.8       5.10 (40)
SYDNEY:         3.1       6.6       9.7       14.11 (95)

Goals:
Brisbane: Keays 2, Hipwood 2, Christensen.
Sydney: Franklin 4, Papley 3, Rose 3, Reid 2, Hewett, Parker.

Best:
Brisbane: Martin, Bell, Taylor, Mathieson
Sydney: Franklin, Rampe, Fox, Mills, Kennedy, Papley, Rose

Gold Coast Suns took on the Geelong Cats at Riverway Stadium in Townsville in the JLT Community Series. Geelong were missing their superstar midfield trio of Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett and skipper Joel Selwood. The Suns showcased a new high-pressure, fast-paced brand of football under coach Stuart Dew. The Suns raced to a 21-point lead at quarter time and never seem to be challenged as they finished 56-point victors. The Cats played hard and matched the Suns in most statistical categories, but lacked class without their three midfield stars.

Full Time Scores:

GOLD COAST:            4.4       5.7       11.9     12.13 (85)
GEELONG:                  1.1       2.3       2.9       3.11 (29)

Goals:
Gold Coast: Sexton 2, Fiorini 2, Lemmens 2, Hall 2, Day, Young, Lynch, Holman.
Geelong: Miers, Menzel, Ratugolea.

Best:
Gold Coast: Sexton, Lyons, Holman, Lemmens, MacPherson, Fiorini
Geelong: Tuohy, C. Guthrie, Menegola, Kelly, Gregson, Constable

Next up, Queensland’s AFL sides will clash at Southport’s Fankhauser Reserve from 3:05pm on Sunday, March 11.

 

AFLW Round 5 | Brisbane Lions vs. Melbourne Demons

Friday night’s round five clash between the Lions and Demons promised to be a nail biter and it sure delivered, with Melbourne keeping their Grand Final aspirations alive in a fighting win over Brisbane. Spearheaded by skipper Daisy Pearce and on-ball partners Karen Paxman and Elise O’Dea, the Demons led from the start to triumph by six points, 4.10 (34) to 4.4 (28).

After a dominant first quarter from Melbourne, the Lions fought their way back over the remaining three quarters. This is becoming a pattern for the Lions girls, having slow starts to their games. A measure of Melbourne’s control was the lopsided 11-3 inside-50 advantage in the opening term. Brisbane kicked their first goal when the dangerous Sabrina Frederick-Traub broke clear and fired through a shot on the run six minutes into the second term. Frederick-Traub was the standout all night, kicking three goals alongside half-back Kate Lutkins who gathered an impressive 28 possessions.

With the game on a knife’s edge in the last quarter, the Lions could consider themselves unlucky after a controversial non-decision in the final play of the game didn’t go their way. With Brisbane down by six points, Shannon Campbell laid a big tackle on Pearce near the forward pocket after she seemed to have ample time to dispose of the ball. Pearce didn’t get a clean disposal away, prompting Campbell and teammate Emily Bates to plead with the umpire for a free kick as the full-time siren sounded.

Melbourne has an extended rest before playing Carlton at Ikon Park next Sunday afternoon. Brisbane will host Collingwood at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex next Saturday afternoon.

Full Time Scores:

MELBOURNE:     2.3     2.6     3.10     4.10  (34)
BRISBANE:         0.0     1.1      2.2       4.4    (28)

Goals:
Melbourne: D Pearce 2, Cunningham, Hore.
Brisbane: Frederick-Traub 3, Gibson.

Best:
Melbourne: D. Pearce, O’Dea, Paxman, L. Pearce, Smith, Patterson, Hore
Brisbane: Frederick-Traub, Lutkins, Ashmore, Anderson, Zielke