HFNL AFL Wrap: Round 23

HFNL AFL Wrap: Round 23

25th August 2023

IT was another big weekend of performances from our AFL exports as the home and away season draws closer to a finish.

Hugh McCluggage and the Brisbane Lions went one step closer to earning a home qualifying final with a 24 point win over Collingwood.

The midfielder finished with 20 touches, seven inside 50s, five clearances and three tackles.

Toby McMullin tasted victory for the first time as the GWS Giants triumphed easily over Essendon.

McMullin kicked 1.1 from five touches after coming on as the substitute in the third quarter.

Rowan Marshall’s claims for All Australian selection suffered no harm as the ruckman produced another big game for St Kilda in their victory over Geelong.

The big man kicked a goal from 24 touches and added 28 hit-outs and six inside 50s in a dominant display.

Zach Merrett finished with 27 touches for the Bombers, with the skipper also finishing with seven clearances and five tackles.

Jamaine Jones contributed to West Coast’s upset victory against the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium.

Jones finished with 13 touches, three inside 50s and three rebound 50s across half-back for the Eagles, while fellow export Jamarra Ugle-Hagan had a quieter outing for the Bulldogs, finishing with 1.1 from seven touches.

Willem Drew was once again productive for Port Adelaide in the Power’s win over Fremantle.

Drew racked up 18 touches, claimed seven clearances and laid four tackles to keep the Power’s chances of a top two spot alive.

Meanwhile, Josh Corbett did not feature at either AFL or WAFL level, Sam Walsh is still recovering from injury and is expected to return this week, Gary Rohan missed Geelong’s loss and is likely out for the remainder of the year, while Sean Darcy’s season ended in July and Ben Cunnington has retired.

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