HFNL AFL Wrap: Round 20

HFNL AFL Wrap: Round 20

4th August 2023

IT was a tough weekend in terms of the win-loss ratio for our exports with just two Hampden league product featuring in a victorious team throughout Round 20.

The round opened with Cobden’s Gary Rohan collecting 13 touches in his return from injury.

However, his Geelong side was upstaged by a Fremantle featuring Josh Corbett at GMHBA Stadium, with Rohan enjoyed a strong third quarter and registered five score involvements for the match along with four inside 50s.

Corbett enjoyed his best game at AFL level this season, kicking two goals from 11 touches in a strong display across half-forward.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan also found himself on the wrong end of a close result, with the Western Bulldogs going down to GWS Giants by five points.

The key forward had eight touches, five marks and kicked a behind for the Bulldogs, with other results allowing them to maintain their spot in the top eight.

The trend of close losses continued for Zach Merrett and his Essendon team-mates, as the Bombers fell narrowly short against Sydney.

Merrett was once again at his prolific best through the midfield, finishing the contest with 39 touches, nine clearances, seven inside 50s and four tackles in a strong display.

Willem Drew and Port Adelaide’s recent losing run continued, with the Power falling to Adelaide in the Showdown at Adelaide Oval.

Drew had another strong defensive game, laying eight tackles to go with 17 touches, two clearances and eight inside 50s.

Hugh McCluggage and his Brisbane team-mates were also well-beaten in a rivalry clash, with the Lions going down to the Gold Coast Suns.

The winger was one of the Lions’ better players, kicking 1.1 from 28 touches, while he also had six tackles, five inside 50s and five clearances.

Rowan Marshall was the other export to taste victory, with the Saints beating Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium.

Marshall was once again one of St Kilda’s best, with the ruckman finishing the match with 22 touches, 24 hit-outs, five marks, four tackles and a goal as his strong season continued.

Meanwhile, Ben Cunnington made a return from injury with the midfielder finishing with 24 disposals and nine clearances in North Melbourne’s VFL loss to Werribee.

Sean Darcy and Jamaine Jones remain on the sidelines, with Darcy out for the season and Jones listed as a week away according to West Coast’s injury list.

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