‘Rusty’ racks up career best 43 touches

April 17, 2018

Tallygaroopna export Steele Sidebottom takes down Adelaide midfield star Rory Sloane on Friday night. Sidebottom's career best 43 disposals led Collingwood to an eight-goal win. Picture: AAP

Tallygaroopna’s Steele Sidebottom annihilated Adelaide on its home turf as Collingwood silenced its critics to bring up its second win of the AFL season.

Sidebottom touched the ball a career best 43 times, with 26 contested possessions highlighting his work rate on Friday night.

Collingwood’s reigning best-and-fairest lifted his side to an eight-goal upset win, while Euroa’s Jamie Elliott missed playing any football on the weekend after a minor hamstring strain.

But Elliott remains in the mix to play on Anzac Day, with eight days before Collingwood takes on Essendon in the mid-season blockbuster.

North Melbourne was yet again well served by Jarrad Waite.

The Benalla export snared three goals in the Kangaroos’ smashing of Carlton, with plenty of other Goulburn Valley talents proving their worth.

Rochester’s Shaun Atley also bagged three, with Mooroopna’s Jy Simpkin slotting through a major as part of his 10 disposals.

As the Melbourne of years past reared its ugly head, Mooroopna’s Clayton Oliver topped his side’s disposal tally.

The Dees leapt to an early lead against Hawthorn, but lost more than just their footing on a wet MCG, although Oliver still racked up 28 disposals as his side was trounced by 67 points.

Doing the damage for the Hawks was Jarman Impey with 23 disposals made up predominately of kicks as the Port Adelaide recruit continues to take a liking to his new club.

Essendon reversed its poor form against Port Adelaide on Sunday, although Echuca’s Ollie Wines did what he could with his 27 disposals and Deniliquin’s Todd Marshall kicked a goal for the losers.

Cobram tall Esava Ratugolea played in his third AFL match for Geelong, gathering six disposals and three marks after his contract extension was announced last week, keeping the ruck/forward at the club until the end of next year.

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