Round 15 Review

Written by Dane on June 24 2024

Going to keep the rookie section of these reviews purely to debut/bubble games from now on, with the odd “score of mention” for an established rookie if it so pops up. With most teams now running at full keeper, I feel theres less interest in the rookies week to week.

If the community wants me to keep to the same feel of the review however, and include all the rookie scores from each game, please throw it in the comments and I’ll get back into the rhythm for round 17!


Carlton (21.12.138) defeated Geelong (11.9.75)

  1. Tom De Koning (176). That’s now four career high scores in a row for TDK (131, 140, 146 and 176). Deadset dominate Friday, finishing up with 25 disposals (20 contested) plus 6 tackles, 1 goal, 400 metres gained and 34 hitouts.
  2. Sam De Koning (135). Followed his brother with a career best as well. 20 touches (16 contested), no clangers plus 5 tackles, 20 hitouts and 1 goal too.
  3. Charlie Curnow (118). Pretty popular pickup for his high ceiling, Curnow was the dominant forward on Friday, slotting 5 goals from his 13 disposals.
  4. Matthew Kennedy (116). Nice game in the middle from Kennedy as the Blues won plenty of it. 31 touches (14 contested) with 5 clearances, 6 tackles and 1 goal.
  5. Sam Walsh (110). Rounds out the top five with his 33 touch effort that included a game best 640 metres gained. Also had 9 clearances, 5 tackles and 1 goal.

Other 100+ scores: Tom Stewart (107), Blake Acres (105), Matt Owies/Nic Newman (104), Max Holmes (103), Jeremy Cameron (102)

Disappointment: Nothing horrible, so it’ll go to McKay (68).

Rookies: As mentioned above, will keep the rookie section short and sweet from now on, only covering debuts/scores worth a mention. In saying that, if you held Oliver Dempsey over the byes, you’d be stoked wit this 99 point effort on the back of 25 touches and 1 goal.

Injuries: Hawkins with a foot is major blow for Geelong. The subs eventually were Mullin and Fantasia.


Port Adelaide (10.13.73) defeated by Brisbane (23.14.152)

1. Lachie Neale (149). Left unchecked like he was against the Bulldogs a few weeks back and deadset dominated. 37 touches (18 contested) with 10 clearances, 7 marks, 6 tackles and 89% DE.

2. Josh Dunkley (144). Did the hard work on the inside as per usual, setting up the outside runners with 32 touches (17 contested) to grow with 6 marks and 7 tackles.

3. Oscar McInerney (126). A nice return from the Big O against the inexperienced Port rucks. 18 touches (15 contested) with 8 clearances, 31 hitouts and 3 goals.

4. Zak Butters (123). Did as he always does and attacked the contest hard, finishing with a team best 35 disposals (12 contested) with 8 clearances, 6 tackles and 1 goal.

5. Connor Rozee (111). Cheap as chips right now and a ton is what potential owners wanted to see. 28 disposals, 8 marks and 7 tackles for the Port skipper.

Other 100+ scores: Zac Bailey/Eric Hipwood (110), Joe Daniher/Dayne Zorko (104), Dan Houston (102), Callum Ah Chee (101)

Disappointment: Even in a dominant win, McCluggage couldn’t get the highs of last week, scoring just 63. Admittedly, had close attention.

Rookies: Got a debut in this one to Logan Evans (68) who was busy in a heavy loss, collecting 20 touches and a solid 424 metres gained. Brain (3) played his third game as did Sinn (49) while Narkle (25) was subbed on in his second game for the year.

Injuries: Lohmann (quad) and Sweet (head) are on the report, while Zerk-Thatcher was the initial sub for Port.


GWS (11.9.75) defeated by Sydney (15.12.102)

  1. James Rowbotton (163). Career high score from Rowbottom with a standout performance in the middle. He posted a career best 32 disposals which included 20 contested plus 11 clearances and 6 tackles.
  2. Tom Green (153). Forget the rage trade mention last week, Green is back in the good books after a 35 touch (15 contested) effort that was paired with 8 marks, 5 tackles and just 2 clangers.
  3. Errol Gulden (151). Won his third battle of the bridge B.O.G medal in a row after finding 41 touches and 12 marks, 1 goal and 973 metres gained.
  4. Brodie Grundy (124). A semi popular VC option due to his current form and not a score you’d pass up. 28 touches (13 contested) with 5 tackles and 31 hitouts for the game.
  5. Nick Blakey (115). Rounds out the top five with 22 touches and a huge 651 metres gained off half-back, his sixth ton of the year.

Other 100+ scores: Isaac Heeney (112), Lachie Whitfield (105), Finn Callaghan (104)

Disappointment: Warner (72) well held in this one, tagged.

Rookies: Debut in this one too to Caiden Cleary (25) who came on as the sub and found 4 touches and 1 goal for the Swans, while the Giants also had a debut for Gruzewski (16) who had 2 majors from his 4 touches. I’ll make the threshold for rookie scores worth mentioning 75, so for that, Aleer (75) and Thomas (77) sneak in.

Injuries: Clean sheets in this clash, Melican and Angwin those subbed out.


Melbourne (11.4.70) defeated North Melbourne (10.7.67)

  1. Luke Davies-Uniacke (148). Another monster game from LDU, he powered the North midfield with 31 touches (17 contested) plus 8 clearances and 1 goal, his sixth ton in a row.
  2. Trent Rivers (131). Very nice from Rivers in a predominately midfield role, finishing with 21 touches, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 1 goal, no clangers and 559 metres gained for a career high score.
  3. George Wardlaw (122). Third ton on the trot for Wardlaw, his 23 touches (15 contested) with 7 clearances and 8 tackles important in a near North win.
  4. Harry Sheezel (117). A game high 624 metres gained for Sheezel from his 27 touches and 7 marks, plus 2 majors for his twelfth ton of the season.
  5. Max Gawn/Jy Simpkin (114). The Melbourne skipper found 18 touches (13 contested) with 1 goal and 30 hitouts, while Simpkin is putting up his hand as an option up forward with another ton from 25 touches (12 contested) plus 5 clearances and 1 goal.

Other 100+ scores: Tristan Xerri (111), Charlie Comben (109), Zac Fisher/Jack Viney (108)

Disappointment: Clayton Oliver (32) was horrid, a close Phillips tag now a watch in the weeks to come.

Rookies: Debut in this one to Brown (21) who had 1 kick and 1 tackle after coming on as the sub, while Thulstrop (70) played his second game and was solid for 10 touches and 7 tackles.

Injuries: Another clean sheet, Pink and Salem the subs.


Essendon (19.8.122) defeated West Coast (13.14.92)

  1. Elliot Yeo (139). Best score of this game in a losing side, Yeo was a beast at the contest as per usual with 20 touches (16 contested) plus 7 clearances, 1 goal and a game best 13 tackles.
  2. Zach Merrett (135). Used the ball really well, running @ 89% DE from his 29 touches and 8 marks, while also slotting 1 goal.
  3. Jayden Laverde (128). Just 1 clanger from his 28 touches that had 96% DE attached to them. Also grabbed 11 marks and had 5 tackles.
  4. Matt Guelfi (117). Important up forward, finding 15 touches (10 contested) without a clanger, 5 tackles and 2 majors.
  5. Jye Caldwell (115). Awesome all game, rounding out the top five with 26 touches, 6 clearances, 1 goal, 525 metres gained and 11 tackles.

Other 100+ scores: Nic Martin (112), Jake Stringer (111), Tom Barrass (109), Jamie Cripps (107)

Disappointment: A score of 84 was much quieter than Jordan Ridleys first three games.

Rookies: Second game for Nate Caddy who was a late in, he kicked 2 goals from 11 touches for a score of 46, while mid-season draftee Hutchinson (6) was the activated sub for the Eagles in his second game too.

Injuries: Clean sheets again, Cox and Maric the subs.


Fremantle (12.13.85) defeated Gold Coast (10.5.65)

1. Sean Darcy (147). Showed off in this game, finding 20 touches with 17 contested possessions, 12 clearances, 1 goal and 39 hitouts in a dominant performance.

2. Andrew Brayshaw (134). Reaped the rewards of Darcy, finding 32 touches (14 contested) with 7 clearances, 1 goal and 8 tackles for his best score of the season.

3. Hayden Young (130). Eighth ton of 2024 for Young, his 24 touches and 3 goals plus 87% DE was a classy performance in the middle.

4. Caleb Serong (121). Eleventh ton for Serong on the season, he found 29 touches (14 contested) plus 7 clearances and 1 goal for the game.

5. Will Powell/Sam Flanders (117). Back in the side and back to the triple figures for Powell, he had 22 touches, 12 marks and 5 tackles with 95% DE, while Flanders is still yet to miss a ton, this week he found 33 disposals (11 contested) plus 7 marks and 84% DE.

Other 100+ scores: Jordan Clark (100)

Disappointment: Second sub ton for Luke Ryan (93) in a row, good for non-owners, while Rowell (82) was quiet. Jackson (66) was poor.

Rookies: Some love going the way of Sexton (80) and Clohesy (84) in this one for the Suns, respectable scores and probably ended in the best 18. First game for Davies (21) who had 1 handball and 1 tackle but 6 1%ers for his score, while Worner was the sub in his third game for 19.

Injuries: An issue for Freo with skipper Pearce subbed out due to an arm injury. Humphrey subbed off tactically for the Suns.


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