Challenging week for local AFL legends

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Challenging week for local AFL legends

The Limestone Coast is well represented in the AFL with plenty of home-grown players starring on the national stage.

The SE Voice’s sports journo Will Boston takes a look at how our locals fared in Round 9.

Lachie Neale

Lachie Neale did not have the biggest night on paper against the Saints on Friday, only recording 20 disposals, two marks and seven clearances.

He still made an impact in the game as he had two goal assists, four score involvements and a source launch in the win.

This week Neale and the Lions head to SA again as they take on the Power on Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Dawson

Jordan Dawson had a solid outing against the Swans on Saturday night with 17 disposals, six tackles, five marks and a goal in the tough loss.

The captain once again make plays for his team to score as he had four score involvements and a score launch.

After another tough loss at home Dawson and the Crows will be able to rest up and refocus with the bye this week as they get ready to face the Giants at home next round.

Mitch Hinge

Mitch Hinge had a huge game on Saturday night against the Swans with a season high 33 disposals, eight marks, five tackles and three clearances.

To add to his top performance he also had a season high 10 rebound 50s too.

Hinge was solid in defence as three of his marks were intercepts.

As Hinge has found some nice form over the past few weeks he will be looking to keep that momentum going after the bye this week when he faces the Giants.

Darcy Fogarty

Not everything went Darcy Fogarty’s way on Saturday night, but he still found ways to make an impact on the game.

The Fog had eight disposals, four marks, two tackles and once again two goals.

This now makes it nine games in a row where he has kicked a goal and seven games in a row where he has kicked two or more.

This is a great sign to see that Fogarty is starting to settle in as the number one option in the forward line after a shaky start early on in the season.

Adding to his two goals, Fogarty also had four score involvements and a score launch.

This game showed how deadly he can be in the marking contest as he had two contest marks and two marks inside 50.

Fogarty will be able to rest up this week before he has another tough matchup against the Giants.

Toby Pink

Toby Pink and the Roos almost got the job done against the Pies on Sunday but they just could not get over the line.

Pink had a solid game in what was nearly the match of the round, finishing with seven disposals, two marks, three tackles and a goal.

Although Pink did not have many touches, when he did have the footy he used it well as he had a 85.7% disposal efficiency.

Once again Pink has moved in his position as he is now playing more time in the forward line.

This week the Roos have another tough game as they play the Melbourne at the MCG on Saturday night.

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