Apologies for the Recap that went missing last week – due to the tight schedule, there just wasn’t the space for it! Here’s a quick summary of who did what in the minor leagues last weekend.
FREMANTLE: Tommy Sheridan (266K def) had 29 touches for Peel, and while it’s a name a few of us would rather forget, he might be a sneaky pickup for your draft leagues if he gets back in the seniors.
WEST COAST: Matthew Allen (124K fwd) is a big lump of a kid who kicked 5 goals in the same game. Of the draftees, pick 32 Brayden Ainsworth (117K mid) had 29 disposals and pick 13 Jarrad Brander (149K def/fwd) 18 touches and a couple of goals, while Francis Watson (124K def) recorded 18 possessions.
ADELAIDE: Patrick Wilson (105K mid/fwd) had another 25 touches. The mature age recruit continues to knock on the door of that strong Adelaide midfield. Curtly Hampton (332K mid), with 21 disposals and 2 goals, is a serious chance of a call-up this week, with a few senior Crows needing a week or two off. Darcy Fogarty (174K mid/fwd) spent a bit of time in the midfield and failed to impress, managing 11 disposals and a few frees against. Still an outside chance this week if Tex doesn’t get up.
PORT ADELAIDE had the bye.
SYDNEY: Darcy Cameron (124K ruc) had a monster game with 24 disposals, 32 hitouts and 2 goals. Still struggling to find healthy tall forwards, Horse?
GOLD COAST: Aaron Hall (455K mid) might be a useful draft free agent, piling up 31 touches and 2 goals. Has served his penance and shouldn’t be far away from a return to the senior side. Will Brodie (GCS, 187K mid) continued his consistent form with 25 disposals and a goal.
BRISBANE: The top of the table Lions smashed the Giants by 93 points, and there were predictably plenty of impressive stat lines posted by blokes in maroon. Rohan Bewick, Claye Beams, Ben Keays, Tom Bell and Ryan Bastinac are all established players that tallied at least 28 possessions each. Of the rookies, Corey Lyons (124K mid) continues to improve, managing another 30 touches.
GWS: Given their senior side’s lengthy injury list, it was a frustratingly lean afternoon for the Giants. Pick 11 Aiden Bonar (158K mid/fwd) was among their best with 23 disposals and a goal. Fringe players Isaac Cumming (124K def) and Lachlan Keefe (124K def/fwd) had quiet games, with 15 and 13 touches respectively.
CARLTON: Nick Graham (424K mid/fwd) 26 disposals and a goal, Jed Lamb (293K fwd) 22 touches, and new recruit Darcy Lang (386K fwd) with 18 disposals, all nominated themselves if changes to be made at the Blues. The demoted Jarrod Garlett (213K mid/fwd) only had 9 possessions, and for the 25% of coaches who still have him, can be safely traded.
RICHMOND: Sam Lloyd (346K fwd) recorded 23 disposals and 2 goals for the Tigers, although their minuscule injury list and good form make changes unlikely.
MELBOURNE: Timothy Smith (124K fwd) is putting together a nice run of form after a horror year of injuries, with 25 disposals and 12 tackles in his latest effort for Casey against the Cats. For those looking for a backup ruckman in draft leagues, Cameron Pedersen (472K ruc/fwd) posted 15 disposals, 11 hitouts and a goal.
GEELONG: Charlie Constable (117K mid) continues to build, managing 28 disposals against Casey.
NORTH MELBOURNE: Finally, there’s plenty to like at North this year, and that extends to their VFL stock. Mason Wood (352K fwd) and Taylor Garner (368K fwd) racked up 49 possessions and 10 goals between them against Coburg. Braydon Preuss (347K ruc) had 35 hitouts, while prominent rookie Paul Ahern (124K mid/fwd) recorded 22 disposals. Quote from Brad Scott:
“[Ahern] was in our squad last week, and will be again this week.”
BOX HILL HAWKS, FOOTSCRAY, COLLINGWOOD, ESSENDON and SANDRINGHAM all had the bye.
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