Robinson uses aggression to advantage

 Mitch Robinson.
Mitch Robinson.

AFTER a summer that was tainted by off-field physicality, Mitch Robinson is letting his football do the talking as he continues to win back the respect of Carlton teammates.

The 23-year-old from Lauderdale was infamously involved in a fight at the Melbourne Big Day Out in January, and subsequently fined and ordered to do community work.

On Saturday night, his aggression was aimed at the Sherrin as the Blues crushed Fremantle in round 2 of the NAB Cup.

Robinson was his usual hard-at-it self in the midfield, collecting 26 disposals, with his contested possession count well into double figures.

He also kicked 2.1 and applied four tackles in a sign that he's going to be a key part of Mick Malthouse's plans.

Teammate Aaron Joseph started the game as a sub, coming on in the final term to play on Michael Walters. The Glenorchy small-defender had just four touches.

For the Dockers, Derby's Jesse Crichton had the unenviable task of trying to stop Eddie Betts, one that proved too hard for the mulleted one.

Betts kicked four early goals and spent plenty of time in the middle, while the Tasmanian collected nine disposals.

Richmond may have got the points against Essendon at Wangaratta, but it was a dirty afternoon for spearhead Jack Riewoldt.

Clarence's Coleman medallist had his colours lowered by Jake Carlisle, kicking just 1.0 from 10 touches and giving away four free-kicks.

Launceston ruckman Thomas Bellchambers looked good for the Bombers with 15 hit-outs and eight touches before he was subbed off in the third term.

Brisbane's Aaron Cornelius continued his strong preseason with a five goal haul against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday at Wagga Wagga.

The Glenorchy forward put in one of his finest performances in a Lions jumper to finish with 5.4 from 13 touches and six marks.

Teammate Josh Green, of Clarence, collected 15 touches, five marks and kicked 0.1.

For the Giants, North Hobart's Sam Darley finished with 14 touches and Launceston's Tim Mohr 12.

Gold Coast trio Aaron Hall, of Hobart, and Maverick Weller and Luke Russell, of Burnie, all had a run for the Suns against North Melbourne on Friday.

Hall kicked 1.1 from 13 touches, Russell finished with 10 disposals and Weller seven.

On Friday night, West Moonah forward Liam Jones showed promising signs in the Western Bulldogs' thrilling win over Hawthorn.

He led and marked strongly while playing on a variety of opponents, including Ryan Schoenmakers, Matt Spangher and Kyle Cheney, but failed to capitalise in front of the sticks.

In his most promising outing in a while, Jones finished with 1.3 from five marks and nine touches.

Launceston's Jackson Thurlow impressed after starting Geelong's clash with Adelaide on Saturday as a sub.

The 18-year-old came on for Paul Chapman in the second term, and collected 10 touches, laid two tackles and took four marks.


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