Ben Brown was a key figure as North Melbourne collected its first premiership points of the season in downing Adelaide on Saturday, but it was a performance that also delivered some criticism.
The key-forward from Devonport finished his evening's work with 4.2 (out of North's 9.17) and seven score involvements from 15 touches and four marks with Daniel Talia and Alex Keath spending time on him, but it was some favourable decisions from the umpires that some got some watching a bit hot under the collar.
Specificially, Brendon Goddard, with the former Saint and Bomber (who ironically will be playing on the North-West Coast on Good Friday with Latrobe, responding to a third-quarter incident that saw Brown recieve a free-kick after what was described as a "blatant flop" by the Tasmanian.
"Ben Brown, just stand up and play like a man," Goddard said on ABC Grandstand.
"He's allowed to touch you. Talia's got a hand in his chest or under his armpit, he's not holding him in his stance.
"(Umpires need to) make a stand and say, 'Ben that's not acceptable, stop staging or flopping for free kicks'."
Brown, who kicked three of his four goals from free-kicks, responded on Sunday, telling Channel Nine "I never go into a game looking to stage for free kicks or anything like that.
"I can at times look a little bit unconventional and that is probably due to my size, and it is never something that I would want to do or be known for."
Brown has won 10 free kicks in the first month of the year.
Goddard's comments after earlier criticism last week from Wayne Carey, who had labelled Brown as one-dimensional after the Roos' poor start to the year.
Brown (who has 10.7 for the year) was one of a number of Tasmanians to feature on Saturday night, with Hobart's Aaron Hall putting in a solid performance in the midfield, with 21 touches at 62 per cent disposal efficiency, four marks, two clearances, one goal assist and four score involvements.
Tasmania's two top draft picks from last year (Tarryn Thomas and Chayce Jones) were also part of that contest, but one for longer than the other.
North Launceston's Thomas had eight possessions, two marks, four tackles, 0.1 and two score involvements for the Roos, while Launceston's Jones was out of the game at quarter-time due to a concussion.
Jones had started forward for the Crows, with 0.1 from three touches.
Meanwhile, George Town's Toby Nankervis was one of the Tigers who stood up on Saturday in the absence of Richmond's big four (Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt and Alex Rance) in its upset win over Port Adelaide.
The ruckman was pitted against Scott Lycett and Paddy Ryder, and more than held his own, with 17 hit-outs (four to advantage), 14 touches (nine contested), four marks (two intercepts), five clearances, five tackles, 1.0 and two score involvements.
Fellow Tasmanian big-man Thomas Bellchambers was quiet in Essendon's win over Brisbane with 16 hit-outs six touches (five contested), one mark, four clearances, one tackle and three score involvements.
Lauderdale's Mitch Robinson had a midfield role for the Lions, and finished with 18 possessions (13 uncontested and two intercepts) at 94 per cent disposal efficiency, two clearances, two tackles, one goal assist and five score involvements.
At GMHBA Stadium, Launceston's Jake Kolodjashnij spent time on Daniel Lloyd and finished with 13 possessions (eight intercepts) and six marks (three intercepts) in Geelong's loss to GWS.
Speaking of defenders, Ulverstone's Alex Pearce was a solid citizen for Fremantle in its Western Debry loss to West Coast on Saturday.
Spending time on Jack Darling (who finished with 3.2), Pearce had 14 touches (seven contested and nine intercepts), four marks (three intercepts), one clearance and one tackle.
Meanwhile, Glenorchy's Jimmy Webster 14 possessions (nine uncontested and five intercepts) at 79 per cent disposal efficiency and one score involvements from defence in St Kilda's win over Hawthorn.
On the Gold Coast, North Hobart defender Liam Jones was one of the Blues' best down back with 11 touches (eight intercepts) at 91 per cent disposal efficiency and seven marks (four intercepts).
But a "non-mark" call against him with just over a minute remaining in the match, which allowed the ball to stay in the Suns' front-half, proved to be a vital moment in the home side's close win.
On Friday night, Dodges Ferry's Jeremy Howe had 17 possessions (six intercepts), three marks (one intercept) and one tackle in Colingwood's win over Western Bulldogs.
In a tough night for forwards, Burnie's Brody Mihocek managed just 0.2 and four score involvements from 13 touches and six marks. He was also reported on the night for striking Tom Liberatore, with the charge thrown out the next day.
The round started with Jackson Thurlow collecting 18 possessions (12 uncontested and nine intercepts) at 61 per cent disposal efficiency, five marks (one intercept), one tackle, one goal assist and five score involvements in Sydney's loss to Melbourne.
North Launceston's Jay Lockhart was a late withdrawal for the Demons due a back injury, joining Kade Kolodjashnij (concussion) on the sidelines.