Tassie veterans shine in losing sides

TASMANIA'S AFL veterans Brad Green and Brady Rawlings flew the flag for their respective sides in contrasting losses over the weekend.

The 200th match of Melbourne's Green ended in a heart-breaking one-point loss to Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday, but no one can blame the man from George Town.

After starting on the wing opposed to Magpie Alan Didak and also spending some time as the loose man in defence, Green was most dangerous as a forward, forming a dangerous combination with Ricky Petterd and Lynden Dunn.

Green kicked 3.2, all in the second half, and collected 21 disposals and nine marks, but his contribution could have been even greater if it wasn't for an umpiring error.

He was not rewarded when he ran down Heath Shaw deep in Melbourne's attacking half, who did not dispose of the ball correctly.

A free kick would have given Green a shot on goal with just over two minutes remaining, and a potential fairytale ending to his milestone match.

Later that night at Etihad Stadium, 203-gamer Rawlings, of Devonport, finished as his side's best ball-winner with 34 touches, as North Melbourne was taught a footballing lesson by St Kilda.

Evandale's Nathan Grima, playing his first game of the season, spent his night playing on the likes of Adam Pattison and Nick Riewoldt, and finished with 16 possessions and eight marks for the Kangaroos.

Glenorchy's Brodie Moles made his AFL debut on Sunday at the MCG as the Western Bulldogs smashed Richmond, and finished with the impressive numbers of 21 disposals, four tackles, three marks and one goal.

It was a quieter night for Richmond's Jack Riewoldt, of Clarence, who finished with 0.2 from 10 touches and three marks opposed to Brian Lake, who managed a goal himself.

Burnie's Tom Hislop collected 11 possessions and took seven marks for the Tigers.

On Thursday night at the Gabba, Lauderdale's Mitch Robinson was lively for Carlton with 13 touches, six tackles and one goal, while Glenorchy's Aaron Joseph finished with 10 possessions.

Clarence's Justin Sherman had a very quiet night for the Lions, finishing with just 12 touches in Brisbane's win over the Blues.

He will be looking to have a better time of it on Saturday against Port Adelaide when he lines up for his 100th game for Brisbane.

In yesterday's clash at the MCG, Devonport's Grant Birchall finished with 19 touches and four marks for Hawthorn in their loss to Geelong.

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