MICK Malthouse famously said that he defines a player by the way he performs in finals.
If the Carlton coach is true to his word, then surely his opinion of Lauderdale's Mitch Robinson would have risen in the past fortnight, despite his less than perfect outing on Saturday night.
Off the back of his dominant second-half in the elimination final comeback against Richmond, the 24-year-old was one of the few to put in a four-quarter performance as Carlton's year was ended by the Swans.
Playing as defensive forward on Nick Malceski (who had just 14 touches) as well as a pure midfielder, Robinson collected 27 disposals, his second most fruitful game for 2013.
Twelve of his touches were contested, he had two rebound 50s, one inside 50, took four marks (one inside 50), kicked 1.1, had six score involvements and applied 21 pressure acts.
But like his team, it was a performance that had a downside.
His bash and crash style saw him commit a game-high six clangers and a disposal efficiency rate of 51.9 per cent.
Robinson averaged 19 touches from 21 games, with five of 15 or less, in a frustrating year that saw him dropped twice.
Tasmanian-born Levi Casboult, who played his football in Victoria before being drafted to the Blues, was given the big task of being Robert Warnock's back-up in the ruck, as well as an attack option, but could not step up to the plate.
Heath Grundy limited him to just eight touches, two marks and five hit-outs.
Meanwhile, Glenorchy's Aaron Cornelius dominated in Brisbane reserves' 46-point NEAFL northern conference grand final win over Apsley, kicking six goals and taking 11 marks.
Launceston's Jackson Thurlow and Hobart's George Burbury were part of the Geelong VFL side that defeated Williamstown in their preliminary final.
The Cats will face Box Hill in Sunday's decider, which features former Collingwood and Gold Coast defender Sam Iles, of Clarence.