Round 17 Review

Written by Dane on July 8 2024

Collingwood (12.8.80) defeated by Essendon (13.14.92)

  1. Zach Merrett (145). Stellar start to the round from Merrett on Friday, he had 30 touches (10 contested) @ 80% DE with 5 clearances, 1 goal, 6 marks and over 450 metres gained.
  2. Jye Caldwell (134). One of the form players right now, Caldwell had another great game with 30 touches (14 contested), 8 clearances, 7 tackles and 1 goal.
  3. Scott Pendlebury (132). The sole Pie to make the top five, Pendlebury was vintage, collecting 24 touches @ 95% DE with 1 goal, 7 marks and 6 tackles.
  4. Jordan Ridley (129). After a couple of quiet weeks, Ridley went off here, leading the game for marks (15) and metres gained (525) plus having just 1 clanger in his 25 disposals. 
  5. Dylan Shiel (124). Back in the team and making an impact on the inside, Shiel had 26 touches (12 contested) with 6 clearances and 8 tackles, while also not recording a single clanger.

Other 100+ scores: Steele Sidebottom (122), Sam Durham (108), Jack Crisp (106)

Disappointment: Falls to Daicos, who had 31 touches but didn’t use it very well, recording only 92 points.

Rookies: No scores above 75, no debuts/bubble games, hence nothing to cover here.

Injuries: Rough news for the Pies with Mihocek (pec) and Quaynor (leg) on the injury report, but it was Dean who got subbed. Caddy the sub for the Dons late in the game.


North Melbourne (13.9.87) defeated Gold Coast (12.11.83)

  1. Harry Sheezel (141). Starred again in the midfield, this week collecting 35 touches (14 contested) with 10 clearances, 8 marks, 5 tackles and 1 goal to lead the Roos win.
  2. Colby McKercher (134). Back in the side and dominated, leading the game with 666 metres gained from his 37 disposals and 6 marks across half-back.
  3. Tristan Xerri (119). Another ton for Xerri, did a bit of everything as we’ve been used to in 2024, finishing with 17 touches (10 contested), 7 tackles, 35 hitouts and 1 goal.
  4. Luke Davies-Uniacke (114). Bounced back from last week with a nice game of 30 touches (12 contested) plus 9 clearances and 1 goal.
  5. Jy Simpkin (110). Rounds out and all Roos top five thanks to 28 touches with 6 marks and 5 tackles plus 538 metres gained.

Other 100+ scores: Charlie Comben (108), Sam Flanders/Tom Powell (104), Mac Andrew (100)

Disappointment: Most of the Suns players. Rowell (79) another average week, Sexton (58) can’t be trusted on field.

Rookies: Moyle (90) enjoyed solo ruck duties, tallying 18 touches, 6 tackles and 26 hitouts. Clohesy (88) was very nice too thanks to 15 touches and 5 tackles if you’ve still got him.

Injuries: Stephens the sub in the Roos win, while Gold Coast suffered injuries to Day (foot) and Touk Miller (wrist).


Port Adelaide (15.12.102) defeated Western Bulldogs (8.6.54)

  1. Connor Rozee (168). Was huge on Saturday, leading his team to a win on the back of 36 touches (14 contested) with 8 tackles, 7 clearances, 1 goal and 515 metres gained.
  2. Zak Butters (159). Not far behind his midfield mate, Butters didnt have a clanger from his 33 touches, while also recording 10 marks and slotting 1 goal before being subbed out.
  3. Tim English (137). Great all round game from English as he finished with 17 touches (10 contested) plus 8 marks, 5 tackles, 24 hitouts and 2 goals.
  4. Adam Treloar (129). Best of the Dogs midfield by a fair margin, Treloar found 38 disposals (14 contested) with 7 clearances, 7 tackles and 518 metres gained.
  5. Ollie Wines (115). Finishes off this games five with his own 30 disposal performance, which included 9 clearances and 1 goal as well.

Other 100+ scores: Tom Liberatore (110), Marcus Bontempelli (106)

Disappointment: Bailey Dale (73) and Dan Houston (76) a like-for-like here.

Rookies: Nice game again from Evans, his 16 touches resulted in 86 points meaning he was the best of the rookie crop here. No debuts or bubble games.

Injuries: Butters was subbed out late for the Power, tactically you’d assume, while a double dose of concussions hit the Bulldogs, Naughton and O’Donnell the casualties.


Geelong (16.14.110) defeated Hawthorn (9.5.59)

  1. Mitch Duncan (128). Second 120+ for Duncan in a row, his 25 touches and 10 marks came in just 65% game time with only 1 clanger attached.
  2. Sam De Koning (125). Another nice score from SDK with more ruck time than usual. 20 touches, 6 tackles, 15 hitouts and 2 goals on Saturday.
  3. Sam Mannagh (118). Back into the senior side and was very good in the middle of the ground, recording 20 touches of the ball to pair with his game high 14 tackles.
  4. Tom Stewart (115). Best game in a hot minute for Stewart who didnt have attention for once, allowing him to find 26 touches and 11 marks for the game.
  5. Lloyd Meep (114). Best score for the Hawks went to the ruckman Meek, his 47 hitouts and 13 disposals leading him to his seventh ton of the year.

Other 100+ scores: James Worpel (110), Dylan Moore/Will Day (103), Jeremy Cameron/Mark Blicavs (101)

Disappointment: Giving this one to Max Holmes for his score of 82.

Rookies: Dempsey (96) is ticking along really nicely right now, another solid hit out of 23 touches. Neale (82) kicked 2 goals from 12 touches while second gamer Humphries (66) was solid with 17 touches and presents as a nice downgrade option.

Injuries: Dangerfield the sub for the Cats as the win was locked in. The Hawks subbed out Gunston but then also had Lewis (head) on the injury report.


GWS (18.8.116) defeated Carlton (16.8.104)

  1. Kieran Briggs (148). Best score of Brigg’s career here, he did everything in the Giants win, recording 22 touches (16 contested) with 10 clearances, 9 tackles and 40 hitouts for the game.
  2. Patrick Cripps (144). Dominate again, this week collecting 33 touches (22 contested) with 11 clearances and 2 majors for another elite game.
  3. Jesse Hogan (143). Difference up forward with the Giants spearhead slotting 5 majors from his 15 touches and 9 marks.
  4. Tom De Koning (128). Copped a big hit but soldiered on, producing another fine score from 24 disposals (16 contested) with 11 clearances, 5 tackles and 19 hitouts.
  5. Brent Daniels (125). Best score of Daniels career too, his 27 touches included 15 contested plus a game best 11 tackles.

Other 100+ scores: Callan Ward (114), Lachie Whitfield (107)

Disappointment: Has to go to Sam Walsh (69) who was ultra quiet. Curnow (33) was just so well held.

Rookies: Doubt anyone has got him but small forward Jones (88) was busy, recording 18 touches and 1 goal, while first gamer Joe Fonti (61) found 17 touches around the flanks.

Injuries: Clean reports here, Aleer and Fantasia those subbed out.


Fremantle (16.9.105) defeated Richmond (7.12.54)

  1. Toby Nankervis (159). Kept his great individual season going, this week with a massive performance of 26 touches (21 contested) with 11 clearances, 1 goal. 7 tackles and 36 hitouts.
  2. Josh Treacy (131). Another great game for Treacy, his 5 goals was a game best as were his 9 marks. Overall 16 disposals and 6 hitouts to round out the stat line.
  3. Hayden Young (125). Bounced back from a really poor week with a classy performance of 24 touches and 2 goals.
  4. Tim Taranto (122). Did what he usually does with a 26 touch performance in the middle of the ground, adding to it 7 tackles and 1 goal.
  5. Luke Jackson (121). Got solo ruck duties once Darcy went down which boosted his scoring potential. Finished up with 21 touches (11 contested) plus 9 tackles and 13 hitouts.

Other 100+ scores: Jordan Clark (103), Sam Switkowski (102)

Disappointment: Serong (84) copped a tight tag, reducing his DE% and holding his 27 touch game to this score.

Rookies: Just the second gamer here in Blight (86), who had 13 touches @ 85% DE with 7 intercepts before being subbed off.

Injuries: Sean Darcy (concussion) and Draper (corked leg) the issues in the Dockers win. Blight the unlucky sub for the Tigers.


Melbourne (17.10.112) defeated West Coast (8.10.58)

  1. Trent Rivers (143). Another fantastic performance in the midfield from Rivers, his 29 touches, 9 marks and 609 metres gained were all game highs.
  2. Jacob Van Rooyen (126). Very dangerous up forward with 8 shots on goal, breaking even with 4 majors from his 14 disposals and 9 marks.
  3. Caleb Windsor (120). Another solid showing from Windsor in his debut season, plenty of class with his 25 touches (10 contested), adding 7 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal and nearly 500 metres gained.
  4. Tom McDonald (115). Solid down back again, McDonald found 22 disposals and 7 marks while running at a solid 86% DE.
  5. Max Gawn/Liam Duggan (100). The Melbourne skipper crept into triple figures despite being subbed off with an ankle injury, his 11 disposals, 4 marks, 1 goal and 21 hitouts doing enough. His opposing captain in Duggan was the lone Eagle to hit the ton thanks to 20 touches, 6 marks and over 400 metres gained.

Other 100+ scores: Zilch

Disappointment: Oliver (51) again just no where near it, just 14 touches for the game.

Rookies: Reid just slides into the mentionable scores for his 76 from 16 touches, while the third game of Hutchinson’s career was a 74. Tholstrup (93) kicked the first 2 goals of the game and finished with 12 touches, while the second game for Moniz-Wakefield had 16 touches and 60 points.

Injuries: The recently returned Allen had an ankle concern for West Coast, but it was Brockman who was the sub. Pickett had a finger issue but the big news for SuperCoach was Max Gawn and his ankle concern. Wait and see on that one.


St Kilda Sydney

  1. Callum Wilkie (139). Second 130+ in a row from Wilkie, he used his elite defensive skills to find 14 marks and 26 touches, while running at a very good 92% DE.
  2. Isaac Heeney (127). Was very quiet until a big second half when the game got tight. Finished with 24 touches (11 contested) plus 2 goals.
  3. Mattaes Phillipou (112). Best score of this guys career on Sunday, he did plenty in just 68% game time, finding 26 touches, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal and a game best 714 metres gained.
  4. Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera (111). Classy as usual, NWM found 28 touches off half-back that had nearly 500 metres gained and 85% DE attached to them.
  5. Jack Sinclair (110). Rounds out the top five thanks to 28 touches, 6 marks and 82% DE for his ninth ton of the year.

Other 100+ scores: Chad Warner/Tom McCartin (103), Jack Steele (102)

Disappointment: Quieter week for Nick Blakey (69), while Marshall (79) was solid with 2 goals and 16 touches but quiet bar that.

Rookies: Third game for Schoenmaker (52) is all thats worth mentioning here, solid enough with 13 disposals.

Injuries: Roberts was the sub at 3QT for the Swans, while the Saints subbed out Windhager with a hamstring concern.


Brisbane (14.13.97) defeated Adelaide (13.8.86)

  1. Lachie Neale (179). Just massive in the Lions win, leading the game with 523 metres gained from his 36 touches. Also had 18 contested possessions, 10 clearances, 9 marks and 3 goals.
  2. Josh Dunkley (140). Another great game from Dunkley, his 35 disposals (14 contested) also had 7 clearances, 8 marks and 1 goal next to it.
  3. Mark Keane (112). Best score for the Crows went to the backman Keane, who had 20 touches and 7 marks but importantly good DE of 85%.
  4. Rory Laird (99). Best of the midfield for the Crows with 27 touches (10 contested) plus 6 clearances, 5 marks and 5 tackles.
  5. Izak Rankine (97). Involved in a heavy collision early but still played a stealer game of 16 disposals, 2 goals and 4 tackles to round out a weird scoring top five.

Other 100+ scores: Zilch

Disappointment: Dawson (60) really quiet for the Crows, Zorko (82) also below recent scores.

Rookies: Second game for Zac Taylor (15) who got subbed on for 6 touches. That’s all.

Injuries: Starcevich (concussion) subbed off early for the Lions, while Hinge was clean on the injury report but was the sub for the Crows.


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8 thoughts on “Round 17 Review”

  1. Great as always Dane and excellent reading for a Monday morning.
    Don’t mean to knit pick, but you missed one of my few shining lights from this round in Brayshaw


    1. Get a life Worp( or is it worm ? ) Dane makes a great contribution to the SC community and his Round reviews are a must read. Thanks again Dane.


      1. Appreciate it Stache!

        Close enough I say, sure everyone was fully aware of who the player was meant to be !


  2. I’ve still got Darcy Jones Dane – hadn’t made enough cash! :p

    Thanks for the review



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