‘Elite effort’ on show

‘Elite effort’ on show

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

The SE Voice’s sports journo Will Boston takes a look at how our locals fared in Round 2.

Rowan Marshall

After a disappointing loss to the Cats last week Rowan Marshall and the Saints had a great bounce back win over the 0-3 reigning premiers Collingwood.

Marshall was not as dominant in the ruck contest as he was last week, only having 13 hit outs.

Marshall was very good in the possession play, racking up 24 disposals with 16 of them being contested possessions.

He was still dominant with the ball during stoppages, having 11 clearances with six from stoppages.

Marshall and the Saints should be feeling confident after their win over the Pies as they play the Bombers this week on Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Dawson

On Friday night Jordan Dawson had yet another great game.

Although the Crows did not get the four points Dawson still put up some elite numbers.

Dawson led the game in Fantasy points with 131 and racked up 26 disposals.

He was a tackling machine in the game, recording 12 tackles.

Dawson had 18 kicks and led the game in metres gained with 769.

With another loss recorded for Dawson and the Crows their backs are against the wall this week as they play the Dockers Friday night in Perth.

Mitch Hinge

Mitch Hinge had another great game on Friday night.

Hinge continues to cement himself as a key player in the Crows back six.

He had 22 disposals and 14 kicks, and while he was not as effective with the footy this week as he was last week as he had a 59.1% disposal efficiency.

Hinge and the other Crows defenders had a tough time against the Cats forward line that has been playing great footy in the first two rounds.

Hinge was still good defensively as he had seven intercept possessions.

Hinge will have to be playing his best this week against a hot Freo team.

Darcy Fogarty

Darcy Fogarty had a good bounce back game against the Cats on Friday night.

Fogarty kicked two goals in the game (should have been three but we will not talk about that) and two points.

Fogarty also applied a lot of defensive pressure inside the 50, racking up four tackles.

Fogarty looked back to his usual self in the forward line, using his strength and taking on the contact.

He was instrumental in the forward line, having six score involvements in the game.

This week it should be interesting to see how Fogarty and the Crows forwards go against a Freo side that got off to a slow start against an average North Melbourne team.

Luke Pedlar

Luke Pedlar had a pretty quiet night against the Cats, only getting 10 touches with a 30% disposal efficiency and scoring one point off two shots at goal.

In my opinion Friday night was definitely not the Luke Pedlar we saw last year.

In stoppages Pedlar was alright, recording two stoppage clearances in the game.

This week will be important for Pedlar as he needs to have a good confidence booster game to lift his spirits after a rough start.

Jeremy Cameron

Jeremy Cameron had a bit of a quiet one in Adelaide, only registering nine disposals in the game.

Cameron was still a threat in front of goal, kicking two goals and two points as well as five score involvements.

In the forward line Cameron was a major target during the game grabbing four marks inside 50.

Cameron has a big game this week as the Cats play the Hawks on Easter Monday.

Cameron will be looking to have another big game in this match up after his seven goal performance in the game last year.

As a side note, Cameron’s holding the ball call in response to security guards tackling a pitch invader was one of the highlights of Friday night, and I’m sure it made many viewers chuckle.

Brad Close

On Friday night Brad Close had a great game against the Crows.

Close had 15 disposals, six tackles and eight kicks in the game.

The former North Gambier footballer did a great job at setting up his teammates for goals as he had three goal assists and nine score involvements.

Close also got a shot at goal which he converted.

He was smart with the footy, having an 80% disposal efficiency and only two turnovers.

This week Close plays a Hawks side that lost to Melbourne by 55 points.

Hopefully he can continue his form from Friday night’s game in the Easter Monday showdown.

Toby Pink

After having a pretty good debut game Toby Pink continues to improve his skills as he had another good game against the Dockers.

Pink had 10 disposals, four marks and three tackles.

Pink was great in the backline as all four of his marks were intercept marks.

Pink helped generate a few scores for the Roos, having two score involvements and a score launch.

He was composed with the footy, having a 70% disposal efficiency.

Pink had a big improvement moving the footy, recording three rebound 50s after having 0 last week.

Pink and the Roos have a tough task this week as they face Carlton on Friday afternoon.

Tom McDonald

Tom McDonald and the Melbourne backline had a great game against the Hawks on Saturday.

McDonald had 18 disposals, 6 marks and 8 kicks.

Once again he did a great job of moving the footy as he had four rebound 50s in the game, while with the ball McDonald had a 70% disposal efficiency.

McDonald helped the Dees hold the Hawks to only 38 points.

This week the Dees have a tough game against the Power at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

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