Round 11 of the AFL season brought about mixed fortunes for our local exports, with some playing in wins, others in losses and injuries also rearing its head.
In Sydney, Carlton’s Sam Walsh continued his strong season despite the Blues loss to Swans on Friday night.
Walsh kicked a goal and collected 31 possessions in a solid showing for his club, which sits 13th on the ladder.
The following day, St Kilda ruckman Rowan Marshall was overshadowed by Hawthorn’s Ned Reeves in the Saints defeat to the Hawks at Marvel Stadium.
Marshall finished with 17 hit-outs to Reeves 29, but he was able to have an influence at ground level, finishing with 17 touches and laying four tackles.
Over at the MCG, Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy’s night was soured by a hamstring injury early in the Dockers win over Melbourne.
Darcy had racked up 10 hit-outs and six touches before his substitution late in the second quarter and is expected to spend the next month on the sidelines.
Up in the Northern Territory, Western Bulldogs forward Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was lively up forward for the Dogs in their loss to the Gold Coast Suns at TIO Stadium.
The former number one draft pick kicked 3.1 from 12 disposals and showed his aerial presence throughout the contest to finish with nine marks.
In the west, Essendon skipper Zach Merrett found plenty of the footy in the Bombers comfortable win over West Coast at Optus Stadium.
The midfielder finished with 32 touches, five clearances and five inside 50s
Sunday brought about good fortune for Port Adelaide on-baller Willem Drew, who kicked a goal in the Power’s eighth straight win over Richmond at the MCG.
Drew ended the match with 10 touches and laid five tackles, but had an impact at the stoppages as he recorded four clearances.
In Adelaide, Brisbane Lion Hugh McCluggage had his quietest outing for some time in the Lions loss to Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval.
The midfielder still managed a goal, three clearances and four inside 50s from 16 touches despite the tough going.
Meanwhile, in the state leagues, Ben Cunnington produced a dominant performance for North Melbourne in the VFL, finishing with 42 touches and six clearances and Josh Corbett kicked two goals in Peel Thunder’s victory in the WAFL.
Gary Rohan did not feature for any Geelong side, while Jamaine Jones will be out for the next eight weeks after having ankle surgery.