It was another round of upsets and tipping nightmares in the AFL on the weekend, but the region’s exports were involved in some historic outcomes.
Leitchville’s Marty Hore and Mooroopna’s Clayton Oliver were two of the standouts for Melbourne in its win against Sydney last Thursday night.
Hore was a late call-up for the match and had 20 disposals, nine marks and eight rebound-50s in the Demons’ first win over the Swans since 2010.
Oliver was at his usual best, racking up 33 touches — 20 of those contested — and seven clearances in Melbourne’s first win of the season.
Echuca’s Sam Reid had 15 disposals as well as the last laugh over Finley’s Tom Hawkins, as GWS defeated Geelong in a four-point triller at GMHBA Stadium — the Giants’ first-ever win at the venue.
Cobram’s Esava Ratugolea helped out in the ruck contests as Hawkins (three goals) almost dragged the Cats over the line.
Tallygaroopna’s Steele Sidebottom collected 25 possessions and pulled in seven marks in Collingwood’s 14-point win against the Western Bulldogs.
Euroa’s Jamie Elliott booted two goals for the Magpies, as did the Bulldogs’ Deniliquin-export Sam Lloyd, which could have easily been three if it was not for the controversial goal-review system.
An impressive performance from Benalla’s Tom Rockliff was not enough for Port Adelaide to win against a Richmond side without its big four stars.
Rockliff registered a whopping 37 disposals and five tackles, Katamatite’s Tom Clurey pulled in nine marks in defence and Echuca’s Ollie Wines found the ball 20 times as the Power went down 15.9 (99) to 14.8 (92).
Two former Goulburn Valley stars helped North Melbourne record its first win of the season, with Rochester’s Shaun Atley and Mooroopna’s Jy Simpkin playing a role in a 9.17 (71) to 8.11 (59) win against Adelaide.
Atley had 22 touches and eight marks and Simpkin enjoyed a good showing under the Docklands roof, recording eight marks and 19 possessions.
Kialla’s Alex Keath tried tirelessly in the Crows’ backline, with the former cricketer holding onto 12 marks, as well as registering 20 disposals.
Seymour’s David Mundy was at his vintage best for Fremantle in the WA Derby, with the star midfielder collecting 36 disposals and four tackles to be named best afield for the Dockers in their 13-point loss.
Moama’s Lachie Schultz was unable to feature on the goal-kicking list for Fremantle as West Coast’s Tom Cole won bragging rights over his fellow Seymour export Mundy.
Mooroopna’s Jarrod Harbrow and Kyabram’s Nick Holman are enjoying one of the Gold Coast’s greatest starts to a season, as the Suns went to 3-1 after its nail-biting win against Carlton on Sunday.
Benalla’s Caleb Marchbank looked comfortable for the Blues in his second game back from injury, recording six marks and 13 disposals.
The last game of the round produced another stunning outcome as St Kilda defeated Hawthorn by five points.
Rennie’s Daniel Howe (23 disposals, four marks), Benalla’s Harry Morrison (18 disposals, four tackles) Mansfield’s James Cousins (24 disposals) and Shepparton’s Jarman Impey (15 disposals, four marks) were unable to help the Hawks prevail.