Around The Grounds Rd8

Written by Schwarzwalder on May 15 2019

(Written & Created By AllSaints)

Not much to report with many state league affiliates enjoying a bye this week. Maybe a debut for Robbie Young (STK), a return to the AFL for bubble-boy James Rowbottom (SYD) after a strong NEAFL performance and/or a first game in 2019 for Connor Blakely (FRE) after a week’s rest. We will learn their and others’ fates soon enough.



State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Canberra v Brisbane – Saturday, May 11, 12pm, Phillip Oval

Lewis Taylor, who won the NAB AFL Rising Star award in 2014, had 35 disposals, six marks and a goal in Brisbane’s massive 89-point win over Canberra after being omitted from the AFL side.

Fellow omittee Josh Walker was a travelling emergency for the senior team. 

Ryan Bastinac, who played the first three AFL games of this season, had 36 disposals (24 kicks) and six marks. 

In-form forward Ben Keays kicked 3.3 from his 16 disposals, while Toby Wooller (FWD, $123 900) continues to push for a debut after three goals of his own from 12 touches.

The lively Rhys Mathieson was also prominent with his own three-goal haul from 27 disposals and five marks.



State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Sandringham – Sunday, May 12, 2pm, Victoria Park

Veteran midfielder Daniel Wells may be considered for Collingwood’s round nine clash against St Kilda, after the veteran midfielder got through his third game in succession for the Magpies’ VFL team on Sunday.

Wells almost proved the hero with his late goal from the boundary giving the Pies their first lead of the game, before Sandringham regained the advantage late to record a thrilling one-point victory.

Veteran Travis Varcoe managed two goals in the loss, while rookies Jack Madgen and Mark Keane (DEF/FWD, $102 400) were named among the best players.




State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Casey Demons – Saturday, May 11, 2pm, Windy Hill

Midfielder Dylan Clarke (MID, $147 700) was prolific again in Essendon’s 41-point defeat to Casey on Saturday, finishing with a game-high 28 disposals.

Fellow onballer Kyle Langford responded well to his omission from the seniors, racking up 24 touches, laying five tackles and kicking a goal.

Utility Jordan Ridley was the Bombers most threatening forward with six marks and two goals, while Josh Begley and Noah Gown also chipped in with a goal. 

Rookie Matt Dea impressed with 20 touches and 10 marks.



State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Bye

So a week off for Connor Blakely. Will he get to play his first AFL game for 2019 this week? Let’s hope so.



State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: North Melbourne v Geelong – Sunday, May 12, 2.30pm, Avalon Airport Oval

Big man Darcy Fort moved closer to a first senior game with a three-goal effort for Geelong’s VFL team against their North Melbourne counterparts.

Fort has been knocking on the door of senior selection for some time now and his latest effort won’t go unnoticed. 

Lachie Fogarty was the Cats’ leading ball-winner with 27 disposals, while Jamaine Jones (21 touches) and Scott Selwood (16) also found plenty of the ball.



State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Aspley v Gold Coast – Saturday, May 11, 1.30pm, Voxson Oval

Veteran Michael Rischitelli was named the Suns’ best in their 29-point win over Aspley, finishing with 18 disposals, nine tackles and five marks.

High draft pick Will Brodie led the disposal count with 32 (20 kicks), five marks and four tackles. The No.9 draft pick from 2016 has played just two AFL matches this year, rounds five and six. 

Jacob Dawson (26 disposals, 12 marks and five tackles) and Josh Schoenfeld (25, six tackles and five marks) were busy, while Jesse Joyce responded to his omission with 23 touches (19 kicks) and seven marks.

Highly touted draftee key forward Ben King kicked three goals and took six marks from his 13 disposals.




State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Box Hill Hawks v Footscray – Sunday, May 12, 11.50am, MCG

Veteran Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead showed some excellent signs in his first VFL match in over seven years, kicking five goals and finishing with 17 disposals and seven marks as the Box Hill Hawks drew with Footscray at the MCG. The 32-year-old was in everything for the Hawks and even had time to give his opponent – former Brisbane Lions big man Rueben William – some coaching tips.

Conor Glass with 24 disposals, Oliver Hanrahan (FWD, $123 900) with 22 and David Mirra (21) all won plenty of the ball for the Hawks, while untried rookie Changkuoth Jiath (DEF, $123 900) displayed some promise with 17 disposals and a couple of impressive high grabs.



State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Casey Demons – Saturday, May 11, 2pm, Windy Hill

Rookie key forward Tim Smith was imposing for Casey in their 41-point victory over Essendon at Windy Hill, kicking four goals.

Youngster Oskar Baker (MID, $123 900) followed up his two-goal performance last weekend with another two goals on Saturday, to go along with seven marks. 

Ruck recruit Braydon Preuss also kicked two goals and had a game-high 40 hitouts.

Rookie Corey Wagner (MID, $199 700) was ferocious in the contest and finished with 11 tackles.    Could we see a return for his 6,000 owners?



State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: North Melbourne v Geelong – Sunday, May 12, 2.30pm, Avalon Airport Oval

Experienced small forward Nathan Hrovat put his hand up for a recall with a brilliant six-goal haul for North Melbourne’s VFL side during their 20-point victory over Geelong’s VFL affiliate at Avalon Airport Oval.

Hrovat booted 6.3, while pulling down eight telling marks and collecting 16 disposals in a superb individual effort that is likely to put him the frame for a recall to the senior side.

Dumped midfielder Aaron Hall also impressed with 29 touches and two goals, while Paul Ahern (25 disposals) and Luke Davies-Uniacke (23) found plenty of the ball.



State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Frankston v Richmond – Sunday, May 12, 2pm, SkyBus Stadium

Young gun Patrick Naish (DEF, $123 900) inched closer to a debut with four goals and 29 disposals in a dominant performance on the wing for the Tigers during their 74-point victory over Frankston at Skybus Stadium.

With Nank the Tank out for a few weeks at least, big ruckman Ivan Soldo issued a timely reminder to selectors of his talent with 38 hitouts, 14 disposals and five tackles, while fellow tall Mabior Chol (FWD, $102 400) also looked good with three goals up forward.

Former Saint Mav Weller picked up 27 possessions and contributed a goal, while premiership player Jacob Townsend collected 20 disposals.



State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Sandringham – Sunday, May 12, 2pm, Victoria Park

Young midfielder Hunter Clark showed his class with a game-high 28 disposals for Sandringham in their one-point triumph over Collingwood’s VFL side at Victoria Park.

One-gamer Jonathon Marsh (DEF, $163 100) also found plenty of the ball with 26 disposals in a BOG performance against his former club, while former Carlton backman Sam Rowe was Sandringham’s leading goalscorer with two goals.

Highly rated youngster Max King finished with seven disposals and a goal in his first game at VFL level, while Nick Hind (MID, $117 300) moved closer to a debut for St Kilda with 19 touches in a polished display down back. Robbie Young (FWD, $117 300) continues to pressure both the opposition and selectors and snapped a brilliant goal in the narrow win over the Pies on the weekend. There are rumours he will debut against Collingwood in the AFL this week. Let’s hope so!



State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v Sydney University – Saturday, May 11, 11.30am, Henson Park

Recruit Daniel Menzel played his first game in Swans colours after groin surgery and subsequent re-injury sidelined him for much of pre-season.

The classy forward kicked 3.1 from his 11 disposals, also taking five marks.

Fellow Swans recruit Ryan Clarke racked up another 40-disposal game after last week’s 47-touch effort following his omission from the senior side.

Clarke had 23 kicks in his 40, as well as 11 tackles and 1.3 in a well-rounded game.

Draftee and bubble-boy James Rowbottom (MID, $117 300, BE: -8) put his name forward for a senior recall with 27 disposals (15 kicks), eight tackles and two goals, while small forward Ben Ronke – who was dropped last week – was busy with 20 disposals and two goals.



State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Box Hill Hawks v Footscray – Sunday, May 12, 11.50am, MCG

Experienced sharpshooter Tory Dickson responded well to his omission from the senior side as he booted three goals and collected 19 disposals during Footscray’s draw against the Box Hill Hawks at the MCG.

Mid-season draft hopeful Kyle Dunkley (three goals) and big man Josh Schache (two goals) were also in form in front of the big sticks, while Bailey Williams was the Dogs’ leading ball winner with 31 disposals and 9 marks. Owners will be hoping not, but it’s thought he may have done enough to replace Lachie Young this week.


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4 thoughts on “Around The Grounds Rd8”

  1. I was hoping Tom Boyd would tear it up for the dogs so Mr Magnets could stop playing mids in the forward line.

    I’m happy Hind is on the radar. Downgrade targets are slowly appearing.

    I was high on Patrick Nash last week, but have cooled my jets. I think he has too many folk in front of him at Tiger land.


    1. Think Robbie Young could do a Matty Parker for us and generate $130k+. Hind would be even better. Maybe they’re building his confidence for a run in the post-bye season. I hope so. Would be v helpful.


  2. Thanks allsaints.

    This is fast becoming one of favourite reads on the site.

    Blakey could be a smokey for sure.

    Be great if Hind could get a look pre byes. Hunter Clark or Hanners seem more likely Ins at this stage.

    Thanks again.



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