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TWO locals made returns from injury, while a South export starred in round eight of the AFL season.

Willem Drew

Home Club: Koroit

AFL Club: Port Adelaide Power

Stats: 8 kicks, 10 handballs, 2 marks

Racked up 18 possessions along with two clearances in the Power’s victory over the Western Bulldogs.

Sam Walsh

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Carlton Blues

Stats: 12 kicks, 14 handballs, 7 marks

The former Cobden junior was prominent in the Blues win over Adelaide.

Hugh McCluggage

Home Club: South Warrnambool

AFL Club: Brisbane Lions

Stats: 14 kicks, 12 handballs, 4 marks

Four goals, 10 tackles and seven inside 50s capped off a best on ground performajce for the South export in the Lions win over West Coast.

Zach Merrett

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Essendon Bombers

Stats: 13 kicks, 15 handballs, 3 marks

Capped off another strong performance with a goal as the Bombers defeated Hawthorn.

Sean Darcy

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Fremantle Dockers

Stats: 9 kicks, 8 handballs, 7 marks

Made a successful return from a week off with concussion, finishing with 37 hit-outs and a goal as well as 17 touches in the Dockers triumph over North Melbourne.

Rowan Marshall

Home Club: Portland

AFL Club: St Kilda Saints

Stats: 5 kicks, 3 handballs, 1 mark

Made a return for the Saints in their loss to Melbourne, with the Portland product kicking two goals

DID NOT PLAY:

Jamaine Jones

Home Club: Portland

AFL Club: West Coast Eagles

Had a week’s break after the Eagles WAFL clash with East Fremantle was postponed.

Lewis Taylor

Home Club: Terang Mortlake

AFL Club: Sydney Swans

Collected 26 disposals and kicked a goal in the Swans VFL win over Werribee.

Gary Rohan

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Geelong Cats

Finished with 17 possessions in the Cats VFL triumph against North Melbourne.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

Home Club: South Warrnambool

AFL Club: Western Bulldogs

Had the week off with the Bulldogs VFL affiliate not playing.

INJURY LIST:

Josh Corbett

Home Club: North Warrnambool Eagles

AFL Club: Gold Coast Suns

Did not play in the Suns win over Sydney.

Ben Cunnington

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: North Melbourne Kangaroos

Sidelined indefinitely as he recovers from testicular cancer.

HFNL AFL Exports

 

A STAR midfielder made his return and a Koroit export recorded his first win of the season, while two ruckmen were injured in round six of the AFL season.

Willem Drew

Home Club: Koroit

AFL Club: Port Adelaide

Stats: 8 kicks, 18 handballs, 5 marks

The Koroit export also had 10 tackles and six clearances as the Power recorded its first win of 2022 against West Coast.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

Home Club: South Warrnambool

AFL Club: Western Bulldogs

Stats: 5 kicks, 1 handball,3 marks

Continued his goal scoring run, finishing with one major as the Bulldogs lost a thriller to Adelaide in Ballarat.

Sam Walsh

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Carlton

Stats: 18 kicks, 18 handballs, 3 marks

The leading possession winner on the ground but his efforts were in vain as the Blues were defeated by Fremantle.

Rowan Marshall

Home Club: Portland

AFL Club: St Kilda

Stats: 11 kicks, 4 handballs, 3 marks

Kicked a goal and had 16 hit-outs alongside his tally of 15 disposals before he suffered a quad injury in the Saints win over the Giants.

Hugh McCluggage

Home Club: South Warrnambool

AFL Club: Brisbane Lions

Stats: 8 kicks, 14 handballs, 3 marks

Strong numbers again from the former South junior, with nine tackles, six clearances and four inside 50s complementing his 22 possession haul.

Sean Darcy

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Fremantle

Stats: 6 kicks, 6 handballs, 6 mark

Was subbed out in the fourth quarter of the Dockers victory with concussion but had earlier kicked 1.1 and had 24 hit-outs.

Josh Corbett

Home Club: North Warrnambool Eagles

AFL Club: Gold Coast Suns

Stats: 1 kick, 4 handballs, 1 mark

A quiet game for the former North Warrnambool Eagle, with his club losing the Q clash to Brisbane.

Zach Merrett

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Essendon

Stats: 16 kicks, 20 handballs, 4 marks

Made his return from an injury sustained earlier in the season and was among the Bombers best in their Anzac Day loss to Collingwood.

DID NOT PLAY:

Jamaine Jones

Home Club: Portland

AFL Club: West Coast Eagles

Was omitted from the Eagles AFL line-up but had 16 possessions in the WAFL clash against South Fremantle.

Lewis Taylor

Home Club: Terang Mortlake

AFL Club: West Coast Eagles

A week off for the Terang Mortlake export, with the Swans VFL team having the bye.

INJURY LIST:

Gary Rohan

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Geelong

Drawing closer to a return at VFL level from a back and hip injury sustained during the pre-season.

Ben Cunnington

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: North Melbourne

Sidelined indefinitely as he recovers from testicular cancer.

HFNL AFL Exports

 

With the start of the 2022 HFNL season fast approaching, the weekly wrap of our homegrown stars and how they are faring at AFL level is below.

Willem Drew

Home Club: Koroit

AFL Club: Port Adelaide

Stats: 10 kicks, 13 handballs, 1 mark

Was productive for the Power in a disappointing effort against Hawthorn. Nine tackles exemplified his effort, while he also got his hands on the ball as showcased by his 23 disposal tally.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

Home Club: South Warrnambool

AFL Club: Western Bulldogs

Stats: 5 kicks, 1 handball, 2 marks

The 2020 number one pick made his first appearance of the year in his side’s loss to Carlton. Had multiple opportunities in front of goal, finishing with one goal and two behinds

Sam Walsh

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Carlton

Stats: 11 kicks, 23 handballs, 2 marks

Walsh’s return from a syndesmosis injury sustained in the pre-season was customary of the player has he become. He finished the night with 34 disposals and four tackles and was one of the Blues best as they produced their best start to a campaign in a decade.

Zach Merrett

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Essendon

Stats: 17 kicks, 14 handballs, 4 marks

Produced a mammoth game for the Bombers, racking up 31 touches and a goal before he was subbed out with a syndesmosis injury. Is set to spend six to eight weeks on the sidelines and will leave a big hole in Essendon’s midfield.

Rowan Marshall

Home Club: Portland

AFL Club: St Kilda

Stats: 4 kicks, 5 handballs, 3 marks

Marshall was influential at the stoppages, losing the overall hit-out tally by two despite going up against Sean Darcy and Lloyd Meek.

Hugh McCluggage

Home Club: South Warrnambool

AFL Club: Brisbane Lions

Stats: 9 kicks, 10 handballs, 6 marks

The South export was prominent in front of goal, finishing with three goals from 19 touches from the wing. Was named in the best as the Lions triumphed by 22 points.

Sean Darcy

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club:

Stats: 4 kicks, 6 handballs, 3 marks

Was overshadowed by Saints opponent Rowan Marshall in the ruck, finishing with 12 hitouts and 10 touches in the Dockers 10 point defeat. Sustained an ankle injury in the third quarter and was eventually subbed out but is a chance to play in the Western Derby this weekend.

Jamaine Jones

Home Club: Portland

AFL Club: West Coast Eagles

Expected to be available for selection this weekend after missing the Eagles clash with North Melbourne after entering the league’s health and safety protocols.

Gary Rohan

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: Geelong

Currently sidelined with a back and hip injury sustained during the pre-season.

Ben Cunnington

Home Club: Cobden

AFL Club: North Melbourne

Sidelined indefinitely with testicular cancer.

HFNL AFL Exports

 

Then there were five.

The AFL’s finals series is getting down to the pointy end, with the five Hampden league exports still a chance to be a part of the action.

Camperdown’s Easton Wood and Ken Hinkley, Cobden’s Gary Rohan, Koroit’s Willem Drew and South Warrnambool’s Jamarra Ugle-Hagan all remain in the hunt for glory with their respective clubs.

Wood and Ugle-Hagan with the Western Bulldogs, Hinkley and Drew with Port Adelaide and Rohan with Geelong.

Wood has been selected in the back pocket for his side’s preliminary final clash against the Power.

The Bulldogs earned their spot after a thrilling one point win over Brisbane Lions, while the Power enjoyed a week’s break after its qualifying final win over Geelong.

Ugle-Hagan has missed selection this week, but will continue to put his hand up at training for a spot in the grand final if the Bulldogs progress.

Hinkley will lead the Power into its second successive prelim, while Drew will play in his first after being named rover.

The pair’s clash will be played at Adelaide Oval tomorrow night at 7.30pm,

Rohan produced a more prominent display in the Cats semi-final win over Greater Western Sydney Giants to book a spot in the other preliminary final against Melbourne.

The two sides played out a last-round thriller three weeks ago, with Max Gawn kicking a goal after the siren to claim the minor premiership.

The pair’s clash will be played at Perth’s Optus Stadium tonight starting at 7.50pm.

The Cats win over the Giants subsequently ended South Warrnambool’s Leon Cameron’s season.

The Giants coach lost no admirers for taking his side to the preliminary final after encountering numerous COVID challenges throughout the season.

Profiles:

Easton Wood

Age: 32

Number: 10

Position: Defender

Games: 186

Gary Rohan

Age: 30

Number: 23

Position: Forward

Games: 164

Willem Drew

Age: 22

Number: 28

Position: Midfield

Games: 33

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

Age: 19

Number: 22

Position: Forward

Games: 5

Ken Hinkley

Age: 54

Position: Coach

Games: 201

HFNL AFL Wrap

 

ANOTHER best on ground performance has Hampden league export Sam Walsh in line to earn All-Australian honours this season.

Walsh was once again at his productive best last weekend, this time in Carlton’s disappointing loss to Port Adelaide.

The 21 year-old was one of nine players from the league to be picked for their respectively clubs but only eight took to the field.

Below is a full wrap of how each of player performed:

AFL:

Zach Merrett (Essendon)

The Cobden local once again waxed lyrical with team-mate Darcy Parish in the Bombers comfortable victory over the Gold Coast Suns, finishing with 31 touches and five clearances.

Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane Lions)

The South Warrnambool product was one of Brisbane’s best in its 85 point mauling of Collingwood. Finished the night with 30 touches and a goal, alongside six clearances and an equal game-high 10 inside 50s.

Sean Darcy (Fremantle)

The 23 year-old produced another strong game as the Dockers won the Western Derby against the West Coast Eagles. Had a stat line which read 17 touches, 29 hit-outs and a goal as he finished as one of Freo’s best.

Sam Walsh (Carlton)

Thirty touches and six tackles were again numbers indicative of the local export’s rise into the elite ranks. Was best on ground for the Blues in its disappointing 95 point loss.

Willem Drew (Port Adelaide)

Drew’s inside midfield prowess was once again on show, with the Koroit export finishing with six tackles and five clearances to go alongside 16 touches in the Power’s big win over Carlton.

Josh Corbett (Gold Coast Suns)

Kicked 1.1 from six touches in the Suns 68 point loss to Essendon.

Easton Wood (Western Bulldogs)

Collected 13 possessions and six marks in the Bulldogs shock 27 point defeat to Hawthorn.

Rowan Marshall (St Kilda)

Battled gamely to finish with nine touches and 21 hit-outs in the Saints loss to Geelong.

Didn’t play:

Marty Gleeson (Essendon)

Was named as Essendon’s medical sub but did not take to the field.

Gary Rohan (Geelong)

Missed the Cats clash with St Kilda after failing to recover from a hip/glute complaint sustained in the Cats loss to Greater Western Sydney.

Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne)

Sidelined indefinitely following the discovery of a testicular tumour in late July.

Jamaine Jones (West Coast Eagles)

Was still listed as one to two weeks away from a return following an ankle injury against Sydney.

Lewis Taylor (Sydney)

Did not feature at AFL level due to VFL shutdown

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Western Bulldogs)

Did not feature at AFL level due to VFL shutdown

Jay Rantall (Collingwood)

Did not feature at AFL level due to VFL shutdown

HFNL AFL Wrap

 

COBDEN export Gary Rohan is in a race to prove his fitness after he was injured in Geelong’s clash with Greater Western Sydney last weekend.

The 30 year-old was hampered by combined glute and hip complaint throughout the contest and was eventually taken out of the contest with a quarter to play.

The Cats are hopeful Rohan will recover in time for its clash with St Kilda this weekend.

Rohan was one of 11 Hampden league listed players to feature across the weekend, with two players missing out due to injury and another time not featuring due to COVID lockdowns.

Below is a full wrap of how each of exports performed:

AFL:

Zach Merrett (Essendon)

Another 30 possession outing along with five clearances, this time in Essendon’s 13 point victory over the Western Bulldogs.

Gary Rohan (Geelong)

Sustained an injury in the Cats 19 point loss to Greater Western Sydney last Friday night. Missed the last quarter as a precaution but had endured a quiet night up until that point.

Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane Lions)

Was prominent with 29 possessions and six tackles in the Lions 64 point victory over Fremantle.

Sean Darcy (Fremantle)

Kicked a goal to go alongside 17 touches and 29 hit-outs in the Dockers defeat to Brisbane.

Sam Walsh (Carlton)

Collected 23 touches to go alongside eight tackles to again be amongst the Blues best but it was a tough day for his club as it suffered a 19 point defeat at the hands of Gold Coast.

Willem Drew (Port Adelaide)

Another strong outing from the Koroit export, this time in the Power’s thrilling four point showdown win over Adelaide. Finished the night with 23 touches, 10 tackles and a match-high seven clearances.

Josh Corbett (Gold Coast Suns)

Collected 17 possessions and kicked a goal in another strong performance for Gold Coast. His goal came at a crucial time for the Suns in their win over Carlton.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Western Bulldogs)

Finished with 1.1 from six touches for the Bulldogs in their loss to the Bombers.

Marty Gleeson (Essendon)

Earned an AFL recall and played his role well for the Bombers. Finished with 12 possessions and six tackles across half-back.

Easton Wood (Western Bulldogs)

Was serviceable for the Bulldogs with 16 touches and a goal but could not will his side over the line in its defeat to Essendon.

Rowan Marshall (St Kilda)

Was one of St Kilda’s best in its surprise 29 point win over Sydney.

Finished with 25 disposals and 29 hit-outs to be the most dominant ruckman on the ground.

Didn’t play:

Jay Rantall (Collingwood)

Missed the weekend after VFL games were postponed due to the Victorian COVID lockdown.

Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne)

Sidelined indefinitely following the discovery of a testicular tumour in late July.

Jamaine Jones (West Coast Eagles)

Was still listed as one to two weeks away from a return following an ankle injury against Sydney.

Lewis Taylor (Sydney)

Missed the weekend after VFL games were postponed due to the Victorian COVID lockdown.

HFNL AFL Wrap

 

KOROIT export Willem Drew continued his rapid rise up the AFL midfield charts with a best on ground performance last Friday night.

The 22 year-old finished the night with 32 disposals and eight clearances to be Port Adelaide’s best in its 40 point win over Collingwood at Marvel Stadium.

It was undoubtedly the former Saint’s best performance at the elite level in his 28 game career and continues his quick ascension into the Power’s starting midfield.

Drew was one of 11 from the Hampden’s league’s AFL-listed contingent to feature in the top grade and you can read on to find out what did what for their respective clubs:

AFL:

Zach Merrett (Essendon)

Was well held against the Giants, collecting only 20 possessions in his side’s 13 point defeat. Picked up four clearances which showed he was still effective around the stoppages.

Gary Rohan (Geelong)

Kicked a goal to go alongside 12 disposals in the Cats 38 point win in the grand final rematch against Richmond.

Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane Lions)

Celebrated his 100th game with another strong performance. Was a bit wayward in front of the sticks kicking a couple of behinds in the Lions win over Gold Coast, but 23 touches and 661 metres gained showed he was once again very effective for the victors.

Sean Darcy (Fremantle)

Collected 19 possessions alongside 22 hit-outs and five clearances in another strong performance. Finished with a goal also and could have kicked four, but missed three attempts in the Dockers loss to Sydney.

Sam Walsh (Carlton)

Collected 27 touches to go alongside four clearances and was among Carlton’s best in the Blues 39 point loss to North Melbourne.

Willem Drew (Port Adelaide)

Arguably his best game at AFL level. Drew excelled around the stoppages and ensured his defensive efforts (five tackles) and attacking forays (five inside 50s) matched his performance in the clinches.

Josh Corbett (Gold Coast Suns)

Another to produce a strong game. Kicked three goals from 16 possessions in their defeat to Brisbane.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Western Bulldogs)

Kicked a goal in the Bulldogs 20 point win over Melbourne.

Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne)

The bullocking inside midfielder was at his damaging best around the stoppages in the Kangas’ victory over Carlton.

Finished the contest with 10 clearances, including six out of the centre, and racked up 27 possessions in another strong performance.

However, on Tuesday it was announced Cunnington would be sidelined indefinitely after having surgery to remove a testicular tumour.

The HFNL community sends its best wishes to Ben and his family and hopes the early diagnosis will allow him to make a full and speedy recovery.

State League (VFL, SANFL, WAFL):

Marty Gleeson (Essendon)

Collected 19 disposals and 10 rebound 50s across half back in the Bombers’ narrow VFL defeat to Southport.

Didn’t play:

Easton Wood (Western Bulldogs)

Didn’t play at either level as he continued his return from ankle injury but has been named in the Bulldogs line-up for this weekend’s clash with Adelaide.

Jay Rantall (Collingwood)

Did not play at either level as the VFL was paused for some Victorian and New South Wales sides due to the respective COVID lockdown. Has been named as an emergency for this weekend’s clash against West Coast.

Rowan Marshall (St Kilda)

Was a late withdrawal from the Saints clash with West Coast after it was discovered he had visited a Tier 1 exposure site in the lead-up to the clash and was forced into isolation.

Jamaine Jones (West Coast Eagles)

Still on the sidelines after injuring his ankle against Sydney three weeks ago.

Lewis Taylor (Sydney)

Did not play at either level as the VFL was paused for some Victorian and New South Wales sides due to the respective COVID lockdowns.

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