Around The Grounds Rd10

Written by Schwarzwalder on May 23 2019

(Written & Created By AllSaints)


We could see a few rookies dropped this week, with a fair few established players putting their hand up for a return. Don’t be surprised to see Rotham and Preuss called up for their respective third games of the year. If named, can Rotham hold his spot with Jetta only out for one week (suspension). Proceed with caution …



State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Adelaide – Saturday, May 18, 2.10pm, Alberton Oval

Veteran forward Josh Jenkins did his chances of winning a recall no harm with an impressive six-goal haul for Adelaide in their 16-point victory over Port Adelaide.

The out of favour big man booted 6.3 and picked up 22 disposals and is sure to come into contention for the Crows’ blockbuster round 10 clash against the Eagles next week.

Small forward Tyson Stengle (FWD, $123 900) also looked good with four goals, while Paul Seedsman (23 disposals) and Richard Douglas (13 possessions and a goal) made successful returns from injury.

Verdict: too many top players likely back this week for Stengle to get a game just yet.



State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Frankston – Saturday, May 18, 2pm, Ikon Park

Powerful key forward Patrick Kerr was the hero with six goals for the Northern Blues in their 25-point triumph over Frankston.

He also collected 16 disposals in an impressive individual display that is sure to please Carlton coach Brendon Bolton and keep his name at the forefront of selectors’ minds.

Former Magpie Alex Fasolo booted two goals, while forgotten midfielder Darcy Lang had 28 touches and a goal.

Verdict: nothing SC-relevant from the Blues this week.



State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Collingwood – Sunday, May 19, 1pm, GMHBA Stadium

On-baller Brayden Sier continues to build momentum in his quest to return to AFL level, being one of several shining lights in a seven-point VFL loss to Geelong at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday.

Sier, who last year played 12 of the last games of the season including the Grand Final, is yet to play an AFL game this year following a series of niggles, but he showed promising signs in collecting 24 possessions, including 17 handballs, and snapping a goal.

Wingman Ben Crocker, who has regularly been in the selection frame for the Pies’ AFL team this year, was also in good form with 26 possessions, including 12 in the first quarter, while classy little man Josh Daicos showcased his clean skills with 23 touches and 1.1.

Quieter than usual, though, were veteran midfielder Daniel Wells (13 disposals and 0.1) and prized draftee Isaac Quaynor, both of whom were emergencies for the Magpies’ AFL clash with St Kilda on Saturday.

Verdict: if De Goey and Adams (& potentially Sier) are back, Rupert Wills could be very unlucky and find himself omitted after a pretty good game against the Saints last week.



State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Essendon – Sunday, May 19, 2.10pm, Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval

Experienced midfielder David Myers responded strongly to his AFL axing by leading the Bombers to a 13-point win overSandringham in their VFL clash at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Sunday.

The long-kicking left-footer, whose after-the-siren shot dropped short in the loss to Sydney at the SCG last round, enjoyed a 29-touch, three-goal performance against the St Kilda affiliate.

Youngsters Dylan Clarke (MID, $147 700) and Jordan Ridley each gathered 21 possessions and kicked a goal, with Ridley amassing 16 touches to half-time, while the versatile Jayden Laverde had 19 disposals and also scored a goal.

Verdict: minimal changes after a win last week.



State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Claremont v Peel Thunder – Saturday, May 18, 2.10pm, Claremont Oval

Big ruckman Sean Darcy hurt his ankle during the opening quarter of Peel’s 19-point loss to Claremont on Saturday and failed to return to the field.

Fellow young tall Scott Jones was forced to ruck solo from that point on and finished with 34 hit-outs and nine disposals.

Dumped veteran Travis Colyer collected 11 disposals, with young duo Tom North and Stefan Giro the highest ball winners with 22 touches apiece and Brett Bewley (MID, $117 300) with 21 disposals and his damaging kick again on display. Griffin Logue (DEF, $164 300) was considered best afield in his second game for Peel after coming back from hamstring issues.

Out of favour forward Cam McCarthy failed to kick a goal, while midfielder Mitchell Crowden caught the eye with 18 possessions and a whopping 15 tackles.

Verdict: could Logue and Bewley be knocking on the door after three successive losses for the Dockers?!



State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Collingwood – Sunday, May 19, 1pm, GMHBA Stadium

Cats big men Zac Smith and Wylie Buzza were standout performers in a seven-point win over Collingwood at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday.

Smith, who hasn’t played an AFL game in 12 months, produced a near-best-afield display, collecting an equal team-high 21 possessions, laying four tackles and having 48 hit-outs.

Buzza, who also hasn’t made an appearance at AFL level this season, bagged five of his team’s 10 goals.

Forgotten midfielder Scott Selwood also enjoyed a solid outing that netted 21 touches and 11 tackles, while runners Zach Guthrie (17 possessions) and James Parsons (18) were also good players.

Young pressure forward Lachie Fogarty failed to register a score but he laid a game-high 15 tackles, to go with his 13 touches.

Verdict: could Atkins replace Clark after last week? Parsons could be due a recall, maybe for Constable if Danger is passed fit to play. Fort should hold his spot on last week’s evidence, with Stanley (if fit) sure to replace Abbott?



State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: GWS Giants v Southport – Sunday, May 19, 1pm, Giants Stadium

Teenager Nick Shipley impressed during the Giants’ 48-point victory against Southport by amassing a whopping 40 disposals and nine clearances in a superb individual performance.

Fellow Giants Academy graduate Zach Sproule booted five goals in attack, while rookie listed forward Kieren Briggs kicked two and pulled down this big grab.

Verdict: who knows?I? No doubt there are a few surprises in stall for us.



State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Box Hill Hawks – Sunday, May 19, 11.40am, Swinburne Centre

Veteran Jarryd Roughead didn’t exactly enhance his chances of an AFL recall in Box Hill’s eight-point loss to the undefeated Richmond at Punt Road on Sunday.

After being dropped and responding strongly with five goals in his first VFL game in more than seven years, the 32-year-old was much quieter against the Tigers, managing just eight possessions, two marks and one goal in windy conditions.

The 281-gamer appeared set for another multiple-goal haul when he snapped the Hawks’ first goal of the day, with the breeze in the second term, but found it difficult to get involved in the flow of play.

Midfielder Daniel Howe, who was axed along with Roughead, performed well in gathering a team-high 25 touches and laying five tackles.

Key defender Kaiden Brand was a rock down back, particularly in the first half when he took eight marks, including four of the intercept variety, before his influence was stemmed.

Fellow backman David Mirra (23 touches and 11 marks) and untried teenage forward Jackson Ross (FWD, $123 900) kicked three goals from 13 touches were also prominent while Darren Minchington chimed in with two goals.

Verdict: Roughy could come in if Lewis isn’t fit?



State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Port Melbourne – Saturday, May 18, 2pm, Casey Fields

Important defender Jake Lever got through his first game back from injury unscathed as the Casey Demons fell to a 43-point loss to Port Melbourne.

Playing on restricted minutes, Lever took one of his customary intercept marks during the first term and ended up with seven disposals at Casey Fields.

Ruckman Braydon Preuss put his hand up for a recall with 16 possessions, 34 hit-outs and a couple of goals, while Corey Wagner (23 touches) and Corey Maynard (21) won plenty of the ball.

Verdict: bubble-boy Preuss could get a recall if Smith hasn’t recovered from last week’s concussion.



State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Adelaide – Saturday, May 18, 2.10pm, Alberton Oval

Dumped duo Willem Drew and Todd Marshall responded well to their demotion from Ken Hinkley’s side with impressive performances for Port Adelaide against the Crows in the SANFL.

Drew had 12 clearances and collected 32 disposals in an eye-catching display, while Marshall pulled down three contested marks to finish with 1.2.

Experienced midfielder Jack Trengove continued his remarkable season by picking up a game-high 37 disposals, 10 clearances and a goal.

Verdict: Drew vs Atley? Heads or tails! We have heard from PTA this week that Trengove is not currently in the selection mix. We could see the return of Robbie Gray this week. Should bottom out nicely right on his bye for those interested!



State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Box Hill Hawks – Sunday, May 19, 11.40am, Swinburne Centre

Tigers livewire Daniel Rioli made a positive return in an eight-point win over Hawthorn in their VFL clash at Punt Road on Sunday.

Rioli, who missed the win over Port Adelaide with rib and quad issues, scored just two behinds but helped Richmond’s reserves remain undefeated by collecting 18 possessions (eight kicks, 10 handballs) and laying a game-high seven tackles.

Fellow premiership heroes Jacob Townsend (19 touches and five tackles) and Dan Butler were also strong contributors, with the pacy Butler leading the scoring with 3.2, kicking the first goal in both halves, while collecting 17 possessions.

Second-year runner Patrick Naish (DEF, $123 900) was again impressive in amassing a game-high 28 touches, including 21 kicks. He also scored 0.2.

Pressure forward Maverick Weller had 18 touches, laid four tackles and kicked a goal after taking a strong contested mark, while rookie-listed beanpole Mabior Chol kicked two goals in the third quarter and first-year midfielder Fraser Turner had 20 touches.

Verdict: can’t say until we know the outcome of Soldo’s Tribunal, but we might expect some changes within the small forward contingency.



State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Essendon – Sunday, May 19, 2.10pm, Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval

The Saints’ top draftee Max King provided a spectacular glimpse of the future in Sandringham’s 13-point loss to Essendon in the VFL at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Sunday.

In just his second VFL game since recovering from a knee reconstruction, the No.4 pick in last year’s NAB AFL Draft marked strongly and kicked straight, producing an equal game-high goal haul, bagging 4.1 from just six kicks and six marks.

Fellow youngster Hunter Clark racked up a game-high 32 possessions and also snapped a goal in a mature performance that keeps him in the frame for a senior recall.

Teenager Nick Coffield (22), Brandon White (21) and Nick Hind (19) were also busy, while Bailey Rice slotted two goals.

Saints veteran David Armitage had just 15 touches.

Verdict: if Webster is fit, he will be IN for either Paton or Marsh you’d think. It depends if the Saints decide to match up on Carlton’s talls.



State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: East Perth v West Coast – Thursday, May 16, 7.10pm, Leederville Oval

Omitted forward Jake Waterman responded to his omission by picking up 14 disposals, seven marks and a goal in West Coast’s 34-point loss to East Perth at Leederville Oval on Thursday night.

Young midfielder Brayden Ainsworth was the leading ball-winner for the Eagles with 27 disposals, while mature-age rookie Keegan Brooksby had 11 disposals, 29 hit-outs and a goal.

Verdict: we might see Rotham in for Jetta (one-week suspension) this week, but don’t be surprised to see him out again next week when Jetta returns.



State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Werribee – Saturday, May 18, 12pm, VU Whitten Oval 

A host of young pups showed some positive signs during the Bulldogs’ 11-point triumph over Werribee, with Bailey Dale leading the way with three goals and 20 disposals.

Patrick Lipinski (30 touches) and Bailey Williams (28) won plenty of the ball, key forward Josh Schache showed some good signs with 17 disposals, eight marks and a goal, while Lin Jong collected nine disposals in his first game back from a burst appendix.

Verdict: last week’s relatively poor performance from Hayes could see him dropped for the in-form Lipinski. Damn!


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5 thoughts on “Around The Grounds Rd10”

  1. Great write up All Saints, Would love to go Rotham or Hately but gee, their JS is shocking. Hopefully Bewley gets in and establishes himself. Very fearful of the selection table tonight, something tells me that the bye rounds have come early.


  2. Not sure what more Trengove could possibly do in order to get a game. Averaging around 37 disposals a game in the 2’s and not even a sniff of a call up to the 1’s.
    Perhaps a 70 disposal 6 goal game might get him considered for an emergency spot.


    1. Think he’s got more of a coaching/mentoring role. Bringing those kids on. Unless the Pig or Boak go down, he’s little chance it seems.

      That’s pretty much was said when the question was asked directly anyways.



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