HFNL AFL Wrap: Round 16

HFNL AFL Wrap: Round 16

7th July 2023

TEN local exports graced the AFL stage last weekend, with a number coming away with victories and others having big performances.

On Thursday, Hugh McCluggage produced one of his best games of the season as the Lions easily accounted for Richmond at the GABBA.

McCluggage finished with an equal game-high 34 possessions, five clearances and five inside 50s in the victory which kept Brisbane in third on the ladder.

The following evening, Gary Rohan and his Geelong team-mates were involved in a draw against Sydney at the SCG.

After a run of good form, Rohan was quieter on this occasion, kicking a solitary behind from eight touches.

Saturday afternoon saw Jamarra Ugle-Hagan produce a big performance as his Western Bulldogs side defeated Fremantle and Sean Darcy.

Ugle-Hagan kicked 4.2 from 15 touches, while Darcy had a monster game in the ruck, finishing with 50 hit-outs, a goal and 18 disposals at Marvel Stadium.

That evening, Willem Drew and Port Adelaide snared four points with a goal after the siren against an Essendon outfit featuring Zach Merrett.

Drew racked up 18 touches, laid seven tackles and had three clearances and four inside 50s in the victory, while Merrett had 31 possessions, three clearances and five tackles for the Bombers.

On Sunday afternoon, Sam Walsh helped Carlton to a comfortable win over Hawthorn at the MCG.

Walsh had 25 disposals and seven tackles in the victory, which was the Blues second in a row following a horror run of results.

Closing out the round was Rowan Marshall, who played a starring role as St Kilda pulled off a great escape against West Coast over in Perth.

Marshall had 26 touches, 34 hit-outs, six tackles and eight clearances in the Saints win.

In the state leagues, Josh Corbett kicked a goal from 10 possessions in Peel Thunder’s WAFL win over South Fremantle, while Ben Cunnington also kicked a goal in a 16 disposal outing for North Melbourne in the VFL.

Jamaine Jones did not feature at either level as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery.

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