Ben Brown’s form resurgence continued on Saturday as the big man from Devonport stood tall in North Melbourne’s heavy loss to Port Adelaide.
After managing just 5.5 from rounds 10-14, the 24-year-old has roared back to life with 10.4 in the past three rounds.
This includes 3.0 from10 touches and four marks, with two goal assists and five score involvements against the Power on Tom Clurey. He now has 41.20 for the year, just one goal away from bettering his 41.18 last year.
It was a less enjoyable time of it for Clarence’s Mitchell Hibberd, who suffered a shoulder injury which has ended his season.
Clarence’s Jack Riewoldt had a strong, but inaccurate day in Richmond’s win over Brisbane.
Opposed to Harris Andrews, Riewoldt kicked 4.4, on goal assist and nine score involvements from 14 touches, took six marks and laid two tackles. The two-time Coleman Medalist now has 40.26 for the season.
George Town’s Toby Nankervis spent time forward, and finished with 18 touches [10 contested] to go with 14 hit-outs.
Launceston’s Thomas Bellchambers continued his fine season as Essendon thumped St Kilda.
Bellchambers was too strong for Tom Hickey in the ruck, winning that individual ruck battle 26 hit-outs to 19, and was also able to have an impact around the ground.
He kicked two goals in the third quarter as the Dons put the foot down, and finished with 14 possessions, four marks and five tackles.
Teammate Josh Green, of Clarence, was dangerous up front, also finishing with 2.0 from 12 touches with three touches.
Dodges Ferry’s Jeremy Howe returned from injury as Collingwood upset Gold Coast, but his output was lower than usual in the back-half with just 14 touches and four marks.
In the opposition, Hobart’s Aaron Hall also made his return from injury and collected 21 touches [15 uncontested] at 81 per cent disposal efficiency, with three marks, two tackles and 1.0.
Launceston’s Jake Kolodjashnij was strong in defence in Geelong’s win over Hawthorn, finishing with 15 possessions, six marks and five tackles.
North Hobart’s Liam Jones celebrated his contract extension with Carlton with another solid performance in defence for the Blues as they lost to the Western Bulldogs.
Jones shut down Jack Redpath and finished with nine touches [six of them intercepts], six marks [five intercepts] and three tackles.
Burnie’s Lachie Weller had 20 touches, took four marks, laid two tackles and kicked 0.1 in Fremantle’s loss to West Coast. Hobart’s Hugh Greenwood had 16 touches and laid seven tackles as Adelaide defeated Melbourne.