Wondering what happened to those bench players of yours? Or perhaps you’d like to see a fallen premium make a late-season return? Maybe you’ll find them in the Ressies Recap! Did I miss anyone you’d like to hear about? Let me know in the comments below.
FREMANTLE: Not much to write about for Peel, who are in their final season as the Freo affiliate, and could only manage two goals for the afternoon against Subiaco. Taylin Duman (198K def) had 21 possessions, while Harley Bennell (255K fwd) was quieter with 13 touches.
WEST COAST: East Perth had the bye.
PORT ADELAIDE: Karl Amon (335K mid) led all possession getters with 27 for the Magpies, while Jake Neade (306K fwd) tackled everything that moved with 15 of ’em. Keep an eye out for rookie draftee Jarrod Lienert (124K def) on the team sheets too; he’s averaging 21 possessions a game this season in the SANFL.
ADELAIDE: Patrick Wilson (105K mid/fwd) smashed it up again despite a big loss to Norwood, racking up 31 disposals and a goal. Sam Gibson (431K mid) might be in line for a recall (edit: he’s not) after a 29 possession effort, while Lachlan Murphy (205K def) had 25 touches (edit: and a recall!).
GWS: The Giants made hard going of it against the Swans, but defender Matt Buntine (222K def) was a shining light with a team-high 28 disposals.
BRISBANE: A narrow loss to Southport couldn’t prevent Ryan Bastinac (434K mid) 36 disposals, rookie Corey Lyons (124K mid) 27 possessions, and veteran Tom Bell (287K fwd) with 26 touches, from getting plenty of the football.
SYDNEY: Lots of injuries means lots of opportunities at the Swans, and all the usual suspects stepped up against the Giants. Irish import Colin O’Riordan (124K def) with 37 possessions and two goals, perennial whipping boy Nic Newman (405K mid) also with 37 possessions, and big man Darcy Cameron (124K ruc) with 27 touches and 37 hitouts, were all outstanding.
GOLD COAST had the bye.
CASEY (Melbourne): The Scorpions managed to hold the Roos goalless in nice weather for ducks, and out of favour trio Tomas Bugg (331K fwd), Dom Tyson (352K mid) and Jay Kennedy-Harris (272K mid) were among their best. Aaron vandenBerg (244K fwd) came back from injury with a casual 23 disposals and 16 tackles (in only three quarters!).
COLLINGWOOD: Promising halfback Josh Smith (370K def) made a great return from a hamstring injury, racking up 22 touches and adding three goals. Father-son favourite Callum Brown (304K mid/fwd) led all players with 27 disposals in the Pies win over Werribee.
ESSENDON: Darcy Parish (380K mid/fwd) will almost certainly return to the AFL this week after a 31 disposal game against the Tigers, while young gun Dylan Clarke (124K mid/fwd) also impressed with 27 possessions.
BOX HILL HAWKS: Hawks stalwart Brendan Whitecross (316K mid) was superb in Box Hill’s win over the Dogs, accumulating 28 possessions. Rookie Mitch Lewis (124K fwd) booted another three majors.
FOOTSCRAY: Fringe small forward Mitch Honeychurch (297K fwd) recorded 27 disposals against the Hawks, while Tim English (287K ruc/fwd) marked off another step on his injury recovery with seven touches and a goal.
NORTH MELBOURNE: Braydon Preuss (347K ruc) had his standard monstrous game, with 19 touches to go with 71 hitouts, but it was a dirty day out for the Kangaroos.
SANDRINGHAM (St Kilda): A thrilling draw with Coburg featured another Tom Hickey (446K ruc) masterclass, with 27 possessions and 48 hitouts. Blake Acres (462K mid/fwd) may well finally return to the Saints firsts this weekend, after amassing 31 disposals on the wing. Nathan Freeman (124K mid) had 25 touches, but may have to wait another week for a promotion.
GEELONG: A big win over strugglers Frankston means lots of big stats for the Cats. George Horlin-Smith (327K mid) with 41 disposals and two goals, Charlie Constable (124K mid) 31 possessions, and Stewart Crameri (287K fwd) with five goals, all had great games.
RICHMOND: Rookie-drafted midfielder Liam Baker (104K mid) has been great this season, and accumulated 24 possessions and two majors against the Bombers. Shai Bolton (243K fwd) continued his good form with 22 touches and a goal, while Connor Menadue (281K mid) had 25 disposals.
CARLTON (Northern Blues) had the bye.
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