Premiership reunion an AFL battle

OF all the places to hold a mini-Launceston Football Club reunion, Spotless Stadium in Sydney would seem an unlikely location.



But this was the setting for former 2007 premiership teammates Thomas Bellchambers and Tim Mohr to get reacquainted, spending plenty of time on each other in Essendon's win over Greater Western Sydney.

Giants defender Mohr spent his evening manning the resting Bombers ruckmen, which included Bellchambers and Paddy Ryder.

Unlike his team, Mohr took the points on the night, collecting 17 disposals at 88 per cent disposal efficiency, took six marks, had two score involvements and kept charging out of defence.

In comparison, Bellchambers could only manage 1.1 from eight disposals and four marks to go with his 16 hitouts, while Ryder also kicked just 1.1.

Devonport's Grant Birchall was also kept quieter than usual by West Coast's Jamie Cripps in Hawthorn's win at Aurora Stadium.

He collected 22 disposals and five rebound 50s at his usual high efficiency rate of 82 per cent.

Clarence small-forward Josh Green was as lively as usual for Brisbane, kicking 2.0 from 18 possessions against the Western Bulldogs, while Glenorchy's Ryan Harwood also collected 18 possessions (at 83 per cent disposal efficiency) playing on Luke Dahlhaus.

Launceston's Kade Kolodjashnij again showed why he is one of the favourites for the Rising Star with 17 disposals at 88 per cent efficiency, four rebound 50s and a career-best 2.0, including one beauty from just inside 50 after he had a considerable impact in the lead-up.

Burnie's Luke Russell had Swan Nick Smith as an opponent, and the forward kicked 1.0 from 16 disposals and six marks, as well as laying three tackles.

For the second week in a row, Clarence's Jack Riewoldt again left it late to have a scoreboard impact, kicking most of his 3.3 in the final quarter of Richmond's loss to North Melbourne having been well held by Scott Thompson.

Riewoldt, with 34 majors for the year, holds a two-goal lead in the Coleman Medal race over Geelong's Tom Hawkins.

Burnie's Maverick Weller collected 17 possessions in St Kilda's loss to Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval, while Lauderdale's Mitch Robinson had 18 touches, took three marks and laid two tackles against Geelong, but had no scoreboard impact.

In the traditional Queens Birthday clash with Collingwood, Jeremy Howe was again at his aerial best in Melbourne's loss.

Dodges Ferry's Howe, in defence on Alex Fasolo, had 13 touches at 100 per cent disposal efficiency, took five marks, laid four tackles and kicked one of the Demons three goals, while Wynyard defender Colin Garland finished with 15 disposals and took three marks.


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