HFNL AFL Wrap: Round 17

HFNL AFL Wrap: Round 17

13th July 2023

THE latest round of AFL matches saw our local Hampden league exports grace the big stage, with numerous players enjoying big outings for their clubs.

On Friday night, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan kicked two goals but it wasn’t enough to help the Western Bulldogs defeat Collingwood.

The former number one draft pick finished the match with 2.3 from 16 touches, with his aerial prowess also on display as clunked 10 marks.

The following day Hugh McCluggage produced a strong performance as Brisbane easily defeated West Coast.

The South Warrnambool product kicked 20 goals from 20 disposals, laid six tackles and sent the ball inside 50 seven times for the Lions.

Another strong game from Rowan Marshall couldn’t quite lift St Kilda to victory against the Melbourne Demons.

The Portland export had 30 possessions, 10 marks and seven tackles for the Saints despite only having 15 hit-outs against the Demons combination of Brody Grundy and Max Gawn.

Willem Drew once again played his part in extending Port Adelaide’s winning streak, with the Power easily accounting for Gold Coast.

Drew had 14 possessions and seven tackles in the victory, which kept his side in the hunt for the minor premiership.

On Sunday, Gary Rohan kicked a goal as Geelong easily beat North Melbourne.

The Cats forward also had seven touches and four tackles in the triumph.

Later that afternoon, Zach Merrett and his Essendon team-mates produced a strong display to defeat Adelaide.

Merrett had 39 touches, six tackles, seven inside 50s and a goal in the triumph, which pushed the Bombers into fifth position.

In the final game, Sam Walsh and Carlton got the points over Fremantle and Sean Darcy at Optus Stadium.

Walsh racked up 32 possessions for the victorious Blues, while Darcy had 58 hit-outs, 14 touches and six tackles for the Dockers.

Meanwhile, Ben Cunnington collected 26 touches in North Melbourne’s VFL win over Geelong, while Josh Corbett had 10 possessions in Peel Thunder’s WAFL victory.

Jamaine Jones once again missed as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery.

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