If it wasn’t for the swimming pool-like conditions that Ben Brown faced in Cairns in round 1, there’s a very good chance he would be leading the Coleman Medal right now.
A 5.1 haul in Hobart on Saturday has North Melbourne’s key forward from Devonport second on the goal-kicking table with 15.1, behind just Sydney’s Lance Franklin (17.7).
Brown had fellow Tasmanian Liam Jones for company in the Roos’ big win, but this, like the match, was not a close contest. Brown kicked four of his five goals before the long break as he went on to outscore the Blues (4.6) himself. The 25-year-old had a career-high 17 possessions, with eight marks (five inside 50) and nine score involvements.
Jones, who has failed to capture the heights of his resurgence in 2017, had 10 touches, six marks and two rebound 50s, but had five clangers.
Having shut down Charlie Dixon, Joe Daniher and Tom Lynch, Ulverstone’s Alex Pearce had the job on Greater Western Sydney’s Jeremy Cameron on Saturday.
While Cameron managed just 2.0, he did collect 20 touches and had 11 score involvements while Pearce had nine touches, four marks and one rebound 50s.
Also on Saturday, Gold Coast’s Tasmanian trio were among the best for the Suns in their loss to West Coast.
Hobart’s Aaron Hall, in his 100th game, bounced back to have 26 touches, five marks, one clearance, two rebound 50s and four inside 50s.
Burnie’s Lachie Weller had 23 touches, six marks, one clearance, five rebound 50s and three inside 50s, while Launceston’s Kade Kolodjashnij played as the third tall in defence at times with 14 touches and nine marks.
At the MCG, Clarence’s Jack Riewoldt kicked 1.2 from 13 touches with six marks and four tackles and George Town’s Toby Nankervis won 17 hit-outs and had 19 touches in Richmond’s win over Brisbane.
Lauderdale’s Mitch Robinson collected 21 touches, seven marks and laid five tackles playing midfield and forward for the Lions.
On Sunday, Launceston’s Thomas Bellchambers enjoyed himself against Port Adelaide’s weakened ruck stocks in the Bombers’ victory, winning 45 hit-outs, collecting 15 touches, taking three marks and having seven score involvements. Teammate Josh Green, of Clarence, kicked 1.1 and had five score involvements from 12 touches and three marks.
Jake Kolodjashnij had 14 touches, took five marks and laid two tackles in defence for Geelong in its win over St Kilda
Dodges Ferry’s Jeremy Howe had 12 touches and four marks playing on Taylor Walker in Collingwood’s win over Adelaide, while Lauderdale’s Hugh Greenwood had 24 possessions, three marks and five tackles in the midfield for the Crows.