AFL was back with a bang at the weekend, with the region’s footballing exports producing a string of storylines between them.
Leading the way was Shepparton boy Jarman Impey, with the Hawthorn speedster marking his 100th game in style as the Hawks upset Adelaide by 32 points.
Impey racked up 17 disposals and contributed at either end with four rebound 50s and three inside 50s, helping his side run away with the game in the second half.
Mansfield maestro James Cousins lived up to pre-season Rising Star hype, with 18 disposals and six tackles, while Benalla’s Harry Morrison had 17 touches with six tackles as well.
Kialla’s Alex Keath was strong in defeat, with 20 disposals, six marks, five one-percenters and four rebound 50s.
Elsewhere, Euroa’s Jamie Elliott reminded the competition what it is has been missing out on in his absence, kicking three goals in his first game since 2017.
The Euroa electric factory only needed eight touches for his three majors, with five tackles highlighting what a presence he will be for Collingwood moving forward.
But it was a disappointing night for the Magpies, upset against Geelong by seven points.
Finley’s finest Tom Hawkins had a night to remember, with his two goals taking him to 500 career snags, playing just two days after the birth of his second daughter, Primrose.
Tallygaroopna product Steele Sidebottom had his standard 26 disposals for Collingwood in his side’s defeat.
In Perth, Moama’s Lachie Schultz earned his debut for Fremantle and paid his new club back for the faith immediately with two majors.
The former Williamstown VFL star had to learn the words to Freo, Way to Go pretty quickly, with the Dockers smashing North Melbourne by 82 points.
Seymour flyer David Mundy had 20 touches for the Dockers, while Rochester’s Shaun Atley (20 disposals) and Mooroopna’s Jy Simpkin (12) were solid for the Kangaroos.
Benalla’s Tom Rockliff led Port Adelaide to one of the weekend’s big upsets, with the Power downing Melbourne by 26 points.
Rockliff had a whopping 44 disposals in the win, his best game since joining the Power last season.
Katamatite’s Tom Clurey had 15 touches, while Todd Marshall kicked a goal before a head knock ended his day early.
For Melbourne, Leitchville’s Marty Hore earned a debut and had 14 touches, while Mooroopna’s Clayton Oliver was quieter than usual with 23 disposals.
Deniliquin’s Sam Lloyd wasted no time making an impact for the Western Bulldogs, helping himself to 22 touches and two goals as the Dogs upset Sydney by 17 points.
Seymour’s Josh Schache also enjoyed the win with 10 disposals and a goal.
Mooroopna’s Jarrod Harbrow had 18 disposals as his Gold Coast Suns lost to St Kilda by one point, while Kyabram’s Brett Deledio (14 disposals) and Echuca’s Sam Reid (15) enjoyed GWS smashing Essendon.
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