Around The Grounds Rd8

Written by Schwarzwalder on May 8 2019

(Written & Created By AllSaints)



State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Norwood v Adelaide – Friday, May 3, 8pm, Coopers Stadium

A pair of highly rated draftees were influential as Adelaide kicked seven goals to none in the second half to record an 18-point win over Norwood.

Ned McHenry (MID/FWD, $139 800), who was taken with pick 16 and is yet to make his AFL debut, had 25 disposals, four tackles and two clearances in the win.

Last year’s ninth overall selection, Chayce Jones (MID, $180 900), was also impressive with 24 touches, eight clearances and a goal.

Mature-ager Shane McAdam (FWD, $123 900), who had a long-winded path to Adelaide by being traded to the club after being pre-selected by Carlton, played his second game for the season, kicking three goals and taking five marks.

Mature-age rookie Patrick Wilson (MID, $147 700) continues his dominant form with 25 disposals and two goals and was also in the Crows’ best, while out-of-favour key forward Josh Jenkins finished with 14 disposals, five marks and one behind.

Defender Luke Brown played his first game for the year after recovering from an ankle injury. He was ADE’s kick-in chief in 2018. His main target recipient was one Rory Laird!



State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v Sydney – Saturday, May 4, 12pm, South Pine Sports Complex

Allen Christensen put together a second strong NEAFL performance after being dropped in round six, picking up 34 disposals and eight marks in Brisbane’s 67-point thrashing of Sydney.

Forward-midfielder Toby Wooller (FWD, $123 900) has consistently been in Brisbane’s NEAFL best this year and was good once again, finishing with 30 touches and 14 marks.

Rookie winger Jacob Allison (DEF, $198 300) had just two handballs out of his 24 disposals, kicking the ball 22 times while also taking five marks.

Ben Keays kicked another bag of four, taking his season tally to 16 from four games, while defender Matt Eagles (DEF, $200 300) with 16 disposals and eight marks was adjudged best afield.



State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v North Melbourne – Sunday, May 5, 10.30am, Ikon Park

Young midfielder Will Setterfield (MID/FWD, $193 600) could be due an imminent recall after he made an impressive return from a two-game suspension on Sunday, with 22 disposals and six tackles in the VFL on Sunday.

Rookie Hugh Goddard (DEF, $159 600) was again imposing in the Northern Blues’ 37-point win over North Melbourne, with 18 touches to go along with a game-high 10 marks.

Big-bodied midfielder Matthew Kennedy was handy with 18 touches, while forward recruit Alex Fasolo kicked a goal and had 11 disposals.

Young key forward Patrick Kerr was threatening up forward with two goals.



State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Geelong – Sunday, May 5, 11.50am, MCG

Rookie midfielder Trent Mynott (MID, $123 900) proved a dangerous proposition in Essendon’s 42-point win over Geelong in their VFL curtain-raiser at the MCG on Sunday. The untried 19-year-old gathered an equal team-high 21 possessions and slotted a game-high three goals.

Brayden Ham (FWD, $117 300) was again impressive with 21 disposals and a goal, while Jake Long won 19 possessions.

Teenage prospects Irving Mosquito and Noah Gown kicked a goal apiece. Will list prices if either of these two, look like pushing for selection.



State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v East Perth – Saturday, May 4, 2.15pm, David Grays Arena

Midfielder Connor Blakely continued his strong comeback from a serious pre-season hamstring injury, finishing with 31 disposals and a goal in Peel Thunder’s dominant 77-point win over East Perth on Saturday. Has to be knocking on the door surely?!

Small forward Mitchell Crowden also found plenty of the ball, with 27 touches to go along with a game-high 12 tackles.

Youngsters Bailey Banfield and Tom North (MID, $123 900) were handy with 22 disposals each, while owners of forward Lachie Schultz (FWD, $142 300) will be pleased to read that he was dangerous up forward with three goals and 16 touches.

Promising big man Sean Darcy was the dominant ruckman on the ground with 42 hit-outs and 11 disposals. 



State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Geelong – Sunday, May 5, 11.50am, MCG

Experienced Geelong duo Lachie Henderson and Scott Selwood have passed their first tests in their returns from injury, with both enjoying positive workouts despite fighting a losing battle in the Cats’ 42-point defeat to Essendon in the MCG curtain-raiser on Sunday.

Swingman Henderson (foot) moved well to collect 17 possessions to the final change, while Selwood (hamstring) had 12 touches in the first half before sitting out the rest of the game as planned.

Young midfielder Charlie Constable, a nominee for this year’s NAB AFL Rising Star award, pressed his claims for an AFL recall, starting strongly with 19 disposals in the first half and finishing with a team-high 25 touches.

Another youthful runner, Sam Simpson (MID, $152 000) gathered 23 touches and kicked a goal while showcasing his impressive evasive skills.

Big man Ryan Abbott was prominent with 19 disposals and an equal team-high two goals, while fellow tall Nathan Kreuger was stretchered off after coming off second best in a clash of heads with Matt Dea.



State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: NT Thunder v Gold Coast – Saturday, May 4, 6.30pm, TIO Stadium

Speedy forward Sean Lemmens pushed his case for a return to the senior side with four goals against NT Thunder in the NEAFL, as he continues his comeback from a serious ankle injury suffered during the JLT Cup.

Prized draftee Ben King was also dominant up forward with four goals in the Suns’ impressive 70-point victory, while Tom Nicholls was a standout in the ruck.

Veteran rookie Michael Rischitelli was also among the Suns’ best.




State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Canberra v GWS Giants – Friday, May 3, 6.30pm, Phillip Oval

Defender Harry Perryman led the way for GWS in its win over Canberra, finishing with 19 disposals, seven marks and six tackles in his first game since puncturing his lung in round one.

It was a low-disposal affair, with Aiden Bonar having the Giants’ second-highest individual tally with 16.

Exciting draftee Ian Hill (MID/FWD, $117 300) kicked 2.2 from his 10 disposals, while fellow small forward Zac Langdon – who is yet to play a game this year after 21 in his debut season – kicked 3.2 from seven.

Category B rookie and former decathlete Jake Stein (10 touches, five marks) was named the team’s second-best behind Perryman.



State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Bye



State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Footscray – Sunday, May 5, 2pm, Casey Fields

Owners of rookie Corey Wagner (MID, $199 700) will be pleased to hear he was Casey’s leading disposal winner against Footscray on Sunday, finishing with 25 touches and five tackles.

Key forward Sam Weideman responded to his omission from the seniors with 2.3 and 21 disposals, as Casey went down to Footscray by 17 points.

Oskar Baker (MID, $123 900) also impressed up forward with two goals and 20 touches, while small forward Charlie Spargo was relatively quiet with 15 disposals.  



State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v North Melbourne – Sunday, May 5, 10.30am, Ikon Park

Ruck recruit Tom Campbell made his presence felt around the ground against the Northern Blues with 34 hit-outs, 18 touches and a goal.

Speedster Aaron Hall responded to being dropped with 13 touches and a goal in North Melbourne’s 37-point loss, while fellow omission Luke Davies-Uniacke finished with 16 disposals.

Midfielder Paul Ahern was wasteful in front of goal, kicking 0.2.



State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Central District – Saturday, May 4, 2.40pm, Alberton Oval

Midfielder Jack Trengove (DEF, $235 600) led the way once again, finishing with 32 disposals (20 kicks), 10 clearances and seven marks in Port Adelaide’s 34-point win over Central District. Playing Rocky’s role in the magoos, and the former Melbourne skipper is averaging 37 disposals from his six SANFL matches this year!

Joe Atley (MID, $123 900) was also busy with 28 and 11 clearances, as was Steven Motlop (27, seven inside 50s and a goal).

Rookie ruckman Peter Ladhams (RUC, $123 900) had a day out, finishing with 40 hit-outs, 28 disposals, 10 clearances and two goals. Meanwhile, Tobin Cox (MID/FWD, $115 900) and Billy Frampton (RUC, $191 100) kicked four goals apiece.



State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Williamstown v Richmond – Sunday, May 5, 2pm, Downer Oval

Richmond premiership star Dan Butler has placed himself front and square for an AFL return after starring in the Tigers’ 51-point win over VFL opponent Williamstown at Downer Oval on Sunday. Butler, who was dropped from Richmond’s AFL side after three rounds, kicked three goals and was a constant threat with his speed and finishing ability. You would think he’d come in for Castagna if he gets a recall.

Marking target Mabior Chol (FWD, $102 400) was also dangerous in attack with two goals.



State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Frankston – Sunday, May 5, 2.10pm, RSEA Park

Left-footed hard nuts Luke Dunstan and David Armitage reminded Saints selectors of their abilities by piloting their VFL affiliate Sandringham to a two-point win over Frankston at RSEA Park on Sunday.

Dunstan, who played the opening three rounds at AFL level before being dropped, amassed 32 possessions and kicked a goal from outside 50, while veteran Armitage, who is yet to make an AFL appearance this year, had 25 touches and also contributed a goal.

Also crucial to the cause was uncapped midfielder Nick Hind (MID, $117 300) who was busy with 23 touches. He must be getting close. Versatile pair Bailey Rice and Sam Rowe each kicked two goals.



State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v Sydney – Saturday, May 4, 12pm, South Pine Sports Complex

Former Roo Ryan Clarke (DEF, $298 600) had a game and a half in response to his omission from the senior side, finishing with a whopping 47 disposals and nine marks in Sydney’s 67-point loss to Brisbane.

However, Irish defender Colin O’Riordan (DEF, $250 800) was named the Swans’ best, having 41 disposals and eight marks of his own.

James Rowbottom was busy with 27 disposals and eight tackles after being dropped, while James Rose (FWD, $165 000) kicked two of Sydney’s four goals from his 28 touches.



State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: South Fremantle v West Coast – Saturday, May 4, 1.15pm, Fremantle Community Bank Oval

Midfielder Brendon Ah Chee – who is yet to play a senior game this year – finished with 32 disposals and four tackles in West Coast’s 59-point loss to South Fremantle.

Key forward Matthew Allen (MID/FWD, $123 900) played well, kicking two goals from his 16 disposals. He also laid seven tackles.

Jackson Nelson was busy, finishing with 24 touches (19 of which were kicks) and six marks.

Jarrod Brander had 16 disposals and seven marks after being dropped from the senior side, while ruckman Keegan Brooksby had 37 hitouts, 15 disposals and five tackles.

For those interested though not named in West Coast’s best, Josh Rotham (DEF, $123 900) had 21 disposals (18 by foot), 5 marks, 3 tackles, 5 I50s and 3 R50s to go with a 3/0 free-kick count.



State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Footscray – Sunday, May 5, 2pm, Casey Fields

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said recently that Tom Boyd wasa long way” off returning to the senior side, but the premiership forward put in a promising VFL performance on Sunday as he completes his comeback from a debilitating back injury.

Boyd kicked three goals and had 13 hit-outs in Footscray’s 17-point win over Casey, and was aided in attack by draftee Ben Cavarra (FWD, $117 300) who kicked two goals.

Midfielder Bailey Williams pushed his case for a recall with 29 disposals, while youngster Pat Lipinski continued his strong VFL form with 24 touches and a goal.

Big man Lewis Young played well in his new ruck role, finishing with 31 hit-outs, 21 disposals and 10 marks.

Defender Roarke Smith also impressed with a game-high 12 marks, but key forward Josh Schache failed to hit the scoreboard.   


If you want more information on a particular player, let me know in the comments below and I’ll do some digging.


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10 thoughts on “Around The Grounds Rd8”

  1. I think/hope Daniel Butler comes in for a very sore Daniel Rioli. Has copped two corked thighs in consecutive weeks and is nursing sore ribs.

    Ben Cavarra for the dogs also tweaked his hamstring. So that might slow him down 🙁


  2. Setterfield and Constable both tonned-up (SC) in the VFL last weekend. Let’s hope they both get a recall!!


  3. Thanks Sainter.

    Amazing amount of work you put into this.

    I find it an invaluable.

    Just a little thought….

    Stocker was pretty ordinary on debut. How was his form leading up to selection?

    I’m really hoping he can show some improvement this week.

    We all had him earmarked as an early rookie, I’m hoping he can live up to the hype, and become a viable down grade next week.

    Nice to see Hind finding some form. You would think with he would get a run soon.

    Looking over those names again, it still seems there’s a lot more Midfield Rookies likely to get games soon, than Forward or Defensive ones.

    This gives me even more reason to get in Answerth and Corbett this week.

    I actually hope Hatley isn’t named as that that will make my decision even harder.

    As to you comments about maybe loosing pace with the leaders by doubling down. I wouldn’t be worried. All the folks in the top 1% at this stage of the season have a fair idea what they are doing. 90% of them will be doubling down ,if enough rookies are named on the Bubble this week.

    How many times have you heard a coach say ” We aren’t too worried about what the opposition are going to do. We are more concerned with playing our own brand of footy.”

    Back yourself, and “Play you own brand” allsaints.

    You’ve got this .. 🙂


    1. Ta mate. Definitely one downgrade as Petruccelle has to go this week (can pick any line with DPP options) but am happy with the rest for now. Am thinking Answerth (via DMoore) as that should improve my onfield scoring on both DEF and especially FWD lines.
      Will likely go Libba to Fyfe. I miss having him in my side. Same bye and think he’s gonna kill it this year!

      Stocker played 3 VFL games pre-call up and ave’d 17 disps (12 kicks), 2 marks, 1 tackle, 1I50 and 7R50s, playing half back flank predominantly.


      1. Thanks for the Stocker stats.

        A low tackle count tells me he is more “outside” in his HB role.
        I’m not holding out too much hope for his future. Lets hope he can show something.

        I’m more about Setters coming back in, We need those cows playing.

        Fyfe is life , with a ( double down planned ) he is now my Rocky get out of jail card.

        For my sanity ,I only need one of them in my team!

        Thanks again for your great contribution.

        Legend 🙂


  4. Patrick Naish is a 123k defender for Richmond.

    He must be getting close to a game. (They featured him on the website)

    23 disposals, five clearances, eight inside-50s & one goal

    Recap from the reserves coach.
    “Played predominantly through the wing and continued his great form. He ended up with 23 disposals, but the pleasing part of it is his 10 contested possessions and he’s just playing great footy. He’s setting us up with inside-50s and clearances.”



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