It was a mixed bag for the Goulburn Valley’s AFL exports at the weekend.
Mooroopna’s Jy Simpkin injured his shoulder in North Melbourne’s defeat to Sydney on Sunday and could be set for a long stint on the sidelines.
Simpkin went off the field in the first quarter, returned shortly after with his shoulder taped, but went back to the bench during the second term and did not come back on.
He finished with his shoulder in a sling, causing concern for the AC joint in his shoulder.
Benalla boy Tom Rockliff is also expected to be sidelined with a shoulder injury after popping it out in the final quarter.
Brisbane Lions’ team doctor had to put Rockliff’s shoulder back in, with his place in the side for the clash with Adelaide on Saturday night now in doubt.
The Lions were well beaten by Hawthorn in Tasmania on Saturday, with Seymour export Josh Schache having a quiet game for the Queenslanders.
Rennie talent Daniel Howe played one of his best games for the Hawks, booting a goal to add to his 21 possessions and earning a place in Hawthorn’s top players.
There was excitement at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday night and it was not just because Melbourne recorded a famous upset against the Crows.
Mooroopna product Clayton Oliver again showed why he is rated a Brownlow Medal chance with an assured performance against one of the premiership favourites.
Oliver did all the grunt work by bullocking his way through packs to rack up 30 possessions and lay 10 tackles, but it was his incredible effort in the third quarter that will be remembered for a long time to come.
The 2014 Goulburn Valley Rising Star winner snapped an audacious banana kick from the pocket under pressure which split the goals.
That effort was recognised as one of the three goals of the week and will go down as one of the best for this season.
Tallygaroopna talent Steele Sidebottom also earned a goal of the week nomination for his spectacular effort for Collingwood against Greater Western Sydney.
Unlike Oliver, Sidebottom’s Magpies came out on the losing side, after Steve Johnson’s last-minute goal to pinch the win for the Giants.
Shepparton United ace Michael Barlow ensured he will go down in the trivia books.
Barlow earned his place in history as the first player to kick a goal in an AFL match in China, booting the opening major in Gold Coast’s game in Shanghai against Port Adelaide.
That was about where the highlights ended for the Suns as they were smashed by the Power to the tune of 72 points, scoring just four goals for the entire match.
Rising Star nominee Caleb Marchbank continues to impress for Carlton, recording another 20-possession game in the Blues’ valiant loss to St Kilda on Saturday at Etihad Stadium.