Defensive efforts give Jones new dimension

IT was not the Liam Jones we are familiar with that provided the Western Bulldogs with their spark in Sunday's win over Collingwood.

emWhile his 4.2 effort in front of goal was impressive, it was the  West Moonah key-forward's work without the ball that made his afternoon special.

Two moments exemplify this: when he ran down Clinton Young and then did the same to Heritier Lumumba, which showcased the pressure aspect of his game that has been missing.

Jones set or equalled career highs in four categories (goals, disposals, kicks and tackles), as he finished with 16 touches, five marks and six tackles, with Jack Frost and Tom Langdon his main opponents.

It was Jones's first outing since round 8 following the suspension for his bump on Melbourne's Dean Terlich.

Wynyard's Colin Garland and Jeremy Howe, of Dodges Ferry, more than did their bit in the Demons' come-from-behind win over Essendon.

Garland kept Jason Winderlich goal-less, while Howe had 19 disposals at 84 per cent efficiency and took eight marks playing across half-back.

Launceston ruckman Thomas Bellchambers had his chances for the Dons, kicking 0.3 from his 11 touches, but Mark Jamar had control of the ruck contests.

At Simmonds Stadium on Sunday, Jimmy Webster returned from his club-imposed suspension and collected 20 touches, taking seven marks and laying three tackles in St Kilda's big loss to Geelong,

Burnie's Maverick Weller spent time tagging Joel Selwood, and finished with 17 disposals, laid eight tackles and had three scoring involvements in his best game as a Saint.

Launceston's Tim Mohr had an intriguing battle with Jonathan Brown until the veteran Lion suffered a facial injury in the third-quarter of Greater Western Sydney's win over Brisbane.

Mohr, who played on Marco Paparone after that, was outstanding in defence, with 11 marks and 17 disposals.

Glenorchy's Ryan Harwood had 22 touches and seven score involvements off half-back, while Clarence's Josh Green was restricted to 1.0 from eight touches by Josh Hunt.

Lauderdale hard-nut Mitch Robinson was a strong presence in Carlton's loss to Hawthorn, equalling his career-best haul of three goals.

Playing mostly across half-forward on Ryan Schoenmakers, Robinson finished with 18 disposals at 67 per cent efficiency, eight tackles, 21 pressure acts and eight score involvements.

Devonport's Grant Birchall was his usual smooth-moving self off half-back and up the wing, collecting 23 disposals (18 uncontested) at 87 per cent efficiency and having five scoring involvements.

Clarence's Jack Riewoldt was hampered by a jarred ankle  in  Richmond's loss to Fremantle.

Poor work in front of the sticks (1.5) and opponent Zac Dawson further ensured he had a poor day.

Launceston's Kade Kolodjashnij had the quietest day of his career in Gold Coast's loss to West Coast, collecting just 10 disposals.

Burnie's Luke Russell (13 touches) and Hobart's Aaron Hall (six touches and 1.0 before being subbed) were also ineffective.

Western Bulldogs' Liam Jones showed an impressive defensive side to his game in the Dogs' upset win against Collingwood on Sunday.

Western Bulldogs' Liam Jones showed an impressive defensive side to his game in the Dogs' upset win against Collingwood on Sunday.


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