Waiting in the Wings: Jeffrey presses debut case, Cockatoo stars, Jones injured

After another week of limited state league matches, a nine goal-haul from Gold Coast Academy product Joel Jeffrey headlines the weekend action, while Nakia Cockatoo continues to push.

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Gold Coast Suns

After being listed as an emergency this week Joel Jeffrey (AF $170k SC $102k DEF) continues to push his case for a debut, kicking an impressive nine goals from 11 disposals. 

Malcolm Rosas Jnr (AF $189k SC $130k FWD) finished with a team-high 27 disposals and seven tackles to push his case for selection again. First-round draft pick Elijah Hollands (AF $258k SC $180k M/F) collected 20 disposals.

Brisbane Lions

Nakia Cockatoo (AF $243k SC $123k M/F) played in the VFL after being the medical sub this week and finished with 13 disposals and two goals.

Lions VFL Coach Mitch Hahn said: “Nakia Cocktaoo continued with his progression and had a pretty strong four quarter performance.”

Ely Smith (AF $170k SC $123k M/F) kicked a goal to go with his 20 disposals. 

GWS Giants

Zach Sproule (AF $246k SC $185k FWD) put in a dominant performance, kicking 2.4 to go with his 24 disposals and 10 marks.

Sydney Swans

Will Gould (AF $170k SC $123k DEF) had 16 disposals playing a fill-in role for the Giants.

Essendon

Alec Waterman (AF $356k SC $231k FWD) collected 14 disposals but also a game-high 10 tackles to press his AFL case after being dropped a fortnight ago.

West Coast Eagles

Alex Witherden (AF $640k SC $415k DEF) showed his class, finishing with 25 disposals, eight marks and three tackles. Luke Foley (AF $269k SC $197k DEF) had 25 disposals for the Eagles to stay in senior contention.

Fremantle

Nathan O’Driscoll (AF $218k SC $117k MID) collected 19 disposals after being named as an emergency last week.

Scrimmages

Orazio Fantasia (AF $452k SC $286k D/F) will put his hand up for selection after playing in a match simulation on the weekend.

Meanwhile Lachie Jones (AF $333k SC $243k DEF) suffered another injury setback in the same practice match.

Adelaide’s James Rowe (AF $389k SC $288k FWD) kicked five goals, after being “managed” from the seniors.

Brayden Cook (AF $22k SC $117k M/F) was a standout and Adelaide’s SANFL coach Michael Godden said: “the most impressive thing is his speed in his game… it was a good reward for the hard work he’s been putting in”.

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