Birchall's brilliance conquers Adelaide

 Jack Riewoldt
Jack Riewoldt

ONLY three Tasmanians tasted victory in the AFL on the weekend and while Devonport's Grant Birchall was not Hawthorn's best performer, he provided the X-factor the reigning premier needed to conquer Adelaide.

The dashing defender amassed 25 disposals and five tackles off half-back in the grinding 12-point win at the Adelaide Oval - consistently breaking lines and opening up the play.

Meanwhile, in his 150th match, Clarence's Jack Riewoldt booted 3.1 in Richmond's upset win over Port Adelaide on Sunday.

Riewoldt (22 disposals, six marks and two tackles) was manned by Jack Hombsch for most of the day but managed to pop up at crucial moments.

Rising star nominee Kade Kolodjashnij was on song for the Gold Coast before succumbing to right hamstring soreness and was subbed out in the third quarter of the loss to the Western Bulldogs in Cairns.

Kolodjashnij picked up 18 possessions and took six marks before he was replaced by Matt Shaw, while his former Launceston teammate Jesse Lonergan (16 disposals and three marks) was solid.

In the same game, Hobart's Aaron Hall had little impact and the Dogs' Sam Darley gathered 13 touches before also receiving the substitute's vest.

At Bellerive Oval, both Maverick Weller and Ben Brown played in their home state as North Melbourne and St Kilda played out a one-sided contest.

Brown kicked the Kangaroos' only goal in the final term and took six marks overall in the Roos' 10-goal win, as Weller went head-to-head will Ben Cunningham, laying eight tackles in the process.

In Brisbane's loss to West Coast, Glenorchy's Ryan Harwood collected 28 disposals and Josh Green kicked two goals from 13 touches.

Melbourne duo Jeremy Howe, of Dodges Ferry, and Wynyard's Colin Garland could not stop Geelong. 

Howe picked up 21 disposals and kicked 2.0 swinging from defence to attack and Garland was good on Jimmy Bartel.

Launceston's Tim Mohr had the job on Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich who finished the win over the Greater Western Sydney with 3.1.


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