Round 14 of the 2015 AFL season was not about football, the best players or even who got the four premiership points, but about respecting and paying tribute to murdered Crows coach Phil Walsh. Around the league we saw tributes and players standing up for their team to honour the “great man”.
In a depleted Sydney forward line without Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippet the Port Adelaide defence stood tall to challenge the Swans.
None stood taller than Jack Hombsch who had 18 disposals from the back pocket and propelled the Power forward despite his side going down by ten points.
It may have been the Gary Ablett show at Metricon Stadium on Saturday but without Steven May standing tall at full back, the Suns’ win may have been a bit tougher.
May stood North Melbourne forward Jarrod Waite and kept him to one goal.
Dyson Heppell is a player James Hird can put just about anywhere and he’ll play well.
This week spending time in the midfield, Heppell gathered 32 touches and slotted two goals but is just as damaging running of half back.
Alex Rance once again stood tall in defence and teammate Bachar Houli got his name in the best players with 32 touches.
Jordan Lewis had a field day against Collingwood on Friday night with 36 touches and 10 marks in the Hawks’ ten-point win.
In saying that, Scott Pendlebury took it up to the Hawks midfielder and gathered 37 touches.
Pendlebury also applied his own pressure laying ten tackles.
Dan Hannebery continues to prove his Brownlow credentials with an impressive game against the Power in which he had 34 disposals, kicked a goal and laid seven tackles.
After only winning one match before round 14 this season, the Gold Coast Suns needed that spark and it was provided with the return of captain Gary Ablett.
Ablett had 31 touches lifting the midfield, but also hit the scoreboard with three goals.
Robbie Gray is an early favourite amongst the Fiasco Sports team for the Port Adelaide best and fairest and his performance this week did not disappoint.
Gray recorded 32 touches playing in the midfield but also kicked himself a goal giving him a half forward position in this week’s team.
If anyone has seen a better ten disposals in a game of football please speak up because Cyril Rioli‘s were a game changer.
Rioli only had ten touches of the football but took five marks and kicked five goals in a best on ground performance.
A different West Coast forward in this round’s team of the week is Jack Darling who gave Coleman Medal leader and teammate Josh Kennedy some support this week.
Darling slotted five goals in West Coast’s 54-point drubbing of Melbourne.
Charlie Dixon also seemed to welcome the return of his captain and helped his side to a 55-point win by kicking a career-high seven goals.
Matthew Leuenberger plays second ruck once again, this week to Todd Goldstein.
Leuenberger again provided that tall option in the Brisbane forward line kicking two goals.
Any club would be lucky to have these next three players on the field, let alone the interchange bench, and their performances were something special.
Leigh Montagna continued his recent run of form with 31 touches and two goals while Trent Cotchin also kicked two goals and gathered 33 disposals.
Playing alongside Hannebery, Josh Kennedy put in an outstanding performance against the Power on Thursday night racking up 33 touches, kicking two goals and laying eight tackles.
Written by Michael Lorenzoni