IF IT wasn't enough that we lost the likes of Caleb Daniel and could foresee Max Gawn needing to be replaced on Thursday night, Dan Hannebery created issues on Friday evening and Travis Boak became the straw that broke the camel's back for many. Add to that the injury and form issues of premiums like Josh Kelly, Zach Merrett and Mitch Duncan and the round became a complete disaster for many.
THE RUN HOME Are there shades of 2017 about these Tigers?
Tom Rockliff: After flagging his SANFL form last week in his first game back since a hamstring injury, the Pig did what pigs do - completely over-indulged. He had a huge second half, scoring over 100 in that time alone to end the game on yet another 150. He didn't miss a beat and was extremely active in the all-important 'red time' at the end of the game. His game was highlighted by 36 possessions and 11 marks.
Honourable mention: Stephen Coniglio had another awesome day despite the Giants being well below their best and outplayed by the Lions. He battled hard the whole day to eventually finish with 34 possessions and 11 tackles for a score of 146, well above his underperforming midfield teammates.
NINE THINGS WE LEARNED Is the Eddie Betts show on its last legs?
Connor Blakely: After having an impressive game last week to reach 100 with plenty of time in the middle, it looked like Blakely was a viable underpriced premium option in the back line. Unfortunately, he was completely outclassed and hardly scored in the second half against the Eagles, eventually finishing on 42 from 12 possessions and no tackles.
Honourable mention: Dustin Martin was a popular trade target this week as well as being a highly selected captain against the Suns. Unfortunately, he was well held in the easy win and coasted to a disappointing score of 58. He had 19 possessions to go with just one mark and two tackles.
Oliver Hanrahan stepped up in a big way for many Travis Boak owners with 74 in a week of need, a far cry from his 39 on debut. He managed to snag two handy goals that turned out to be more valuable than his coaches expected.
AROUND THE STATE LEAGUES Big Crow shines, tough Pie stats up
- Lachie Whitfield
- Tom Rockliff
- Jack Crisp
- Jack Billings
- Stephen Coniglio
Daniel, Gawn, Hanners, Boak, Hore and Kelly for me this week. Hore still around due to crap like this every week!— Crafty McBeerFace (@CraftyBeerFace) July 7, 2019
Yeah, so… You didn't dodge many of the bullets…
My D6 doing way better than D5 (Blakely). pic.twitter.com/uWqQvS65Ga— Eric Magtuto (@ricontop) July 7, 2019
Let's just call it a failed experiment and trade him out as soon as possible.
Oi but that Stef Martin call!— Nicholas Regnault (@Regnaultlicious) July 7, 2019
Yes, I copped a lot of criticism when I tweeted that Stef was my cash grab replacement for Gawn… But it turned out a ripper.
Wish I could say the same except mine is Logue atm haha. Him to Sicily is a no brainer this week— Steven Cox (@odySteve) July 7, 2019
Yes, that is a great move. I had planned to move Logue off my ground until the carnage hit last week, Sicily is in play for the spot now.
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