Briggs and Bruhn dominate, Jeffrey pushes for Suns debut, MEEK & VALENTE STAR
With limited news, we’ve switched our attention to the reserves across the weekend as Tanner Bruhn and Kieren Briggs dominated in a big win for GWS, Lloyd Meek and Luke Valente starred for Peel Thunder and Martin Frederick was gallant for Port.
It was a quiet day of news with clubs respecting the Queen’s Birthday MND occasion, although St Kilda confirmed Hunter Clark (AF $522k SC $330k D/M*) will miss a long period with a fractured jaw.
“Hunter will likely miss 6-8 weeks, which is hugely disappointing,” Saints Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean said.
“He put his body on the line and head over the footy, which are some of the things we love about Hunter’s game, but ultimately he’s come off second best in this instance.”
GWS had a 49 point win over Aspley on the weekend with Jake Riccardi kicking 8 goals with 23 disposals whilst Kieren Briggs (AF $182k SC $123k D/F) also put his hand up for selection collecting 22 touches and 28 hit-outs.
Giants VFL coach Luke Kelly said: “He’s finding a real level of consistency now inside. He had 12 clearances as well & around the ground he was strong in the air. It really started with him inside.”
Tanner Bruhn (AF $223k SC $161k M/F) also impressed in a more dinamic role collecting 24 touches and 2 goals.
Coach Luke Kelly continued: “Was good inside. He spent about 50/50 mid & forward & was able to kick his two goals. Another one that gave us good drive out of the middle with some real quality at the end of it. Another good performance.”
The Dockers senior team debuted two players last weekend but it didn’t stop Luke Valente (AF $170k SC $123k MID) from continuing to push for his senior debut.
AFL reserves round-up explained: “Moved closer to winning a senior debut by picking up 26 disposals during a narrow seven-point loss.”
Lloyd Meek (AF $210k SC $245k RUCK) also put in a quality display after almost coming into the senior side for in-form ruckman, Sean Darcy. Meek collected 17 touches and had 37 hit-outs.
Hopes of a Ronin O’Connor (AF $193k SC $123k MID) recall seem unlikely in the near future as he was only able to gather 10 touches. He did however have 9 tackles, so hope still remains.
Jackson Hately (AF $481k SC $310k MID) was the star of the show as he had 31 touches and a goal driving the Crows to a 10 point win.
The Crows SANFL report explains: “Backed up his strong form from the week prior, recording 31 disposals, eight tackles, seven clearances and a goal against the Double Blues.”
Port Adelaide Magpies were defeated comfortably but it wasn’t without a strong performance from Martin Frederick (AF $262k SC $172k DEF) down in defence. Frederick collected 17 disposals and a goal and was a highlight in a tough day for the Magpies.
Joel Jeffrey (AF $170k SC $102k DEF) kicked three goals including the match-winner after the siren for the Gold Coast Suns.
Tomorrow we will likely receive the latest injury reports from across the league.