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Monday, April 9, 2018

AFL watch: How did the Eagles, Dockers go in round two of the WAFL?


Michael Apeness: Attracted the ball but was beaten by Alex Howard before a suspected lower leg injury ended his day.
Brennan Cox: Played back before moving into attack to kick a 45m set shot at an important time.
Sean Darcy: Threw his weight around in the ruck and looked ready to dominate stoppages before a suspected knee injury sidelined him four minutes into the second quarter.
Brady Grey: Was an important player rotating between the midfield and forward line before injury sidelined him late. Typical hard-tackling performance.
Ethan Hughes: Mopped up across half back and played a very good game with 22 possessions and nine marks.
Scott Jones: Big man found himself loose behind the ball early before rotating through the ruck after Darcy went down. Effectiveness as a forward a key to his game.
Shane Kersten: Playing back for the second straight week, he had an even contest with Brayden Noble but made some errors with the ball.
Lloyd Meek: The big man stepped into the lead ruck role after Darcy was cut down and covered the ground well to win 18 possessions and a game-high 23 hit-outs.
Tom North: First league game, he stepped into a number of centre bounces and competed hard, linking up well through the midfield chains before injury sidelined him late.
Ryan Nyhuis: Quiet game in defence, playing more shutdown than creative roles.
Danyle Pearce: Big 40-possession day. Could have been more effective by foot at times, but got the ball going his team’s way and worked hard.
Darcy Tucker: A class above with his ability to find space and hit targets. Ran hard both ways as a midfielder and looks ready for the top level when called on.

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Matthew Allen: Provided a reasonable target in attack and finished with 15 touches.
Tarir Bayok: Lively first term but faded in second half; 19 disposals.
Jarrod Brander: Excellent prospect was strong in the air with 10 marks and worked hard on the ground.
Tom Cole: Bobbed up at half-back and on ball though no great impact.
Callan England: Had 19 possessions in reserves.
Malcolm Karpany: Much better than poor first game; 26 disposals with 19 in first half.
Fraser McInnes: Outstanding game; won in ruck, around ground and in attack.
Kurt Mutimer: Started in defence and found ball 19 times.
Luke Partington: On-baller won 33 possessions in four-quarter effort.
Jack Petruccelle: Quiet second game though 18-year-old found ball 18 times.
Josh Rotham: Strong physical presence as key defender.
Will Schofield: Experience vital in adding ballast to defence; 20 disposals.
Francis Watson: Had some good moments as sweeping defender.