It can be absolutely devastating how some decisions can impact a season especially for those chasing overall honours, Tom Mitchell as a Captain choice was absolutely crucial wit his performance but the Nat Fyfe injury probably hurt owners more as it has created a forced trade.
We are getting down to the business end of the season, here are some numbers in the Round 15 Wrap.
Round 15 Notable Performances (Good & Bad):
Jack Riewoldt (AF: 136, SC: 135) was outstanding against the Swans recording a career high 16 Marks, he has kicked 8 Goals from his last 3 games. Jake Lloyd (AF: 125, SC: 136) exceeded 30 Disposals for the first time since the Callum Mills season ending injury, Lloyd has averaged 28.2 Disposals post the Mills injury (Pre Mills Injury Disposal Ave: 27.2).
Toby McLean (AF: 114, SC: 104) seems to have overcome his shoulder injury, he recorded 11 Tackles against the Cats in Round 15. Joel Selwood (AF: 120, SC: 122) continues to roll, he has averaged 30.8 Disposals from his last 4 games.
Kade Simpson (AF: 112, SC: 139) recorded a season high 37 Disposals in game 300, Andrew Phillips (AF: 93, SC: 119) was more than a capable replacement for Matt Kreuzer as he recorded a game high 42 Hit Outs against Paddy Ryder (AF: 86, SC: 101). Justin Westhoff (AF: 113, SC: 120) is having an outstanding season with Ryder being limited, Westy has averaged 18.6 Disposals, 5.6 Marks, 8 Hit Outs & 2.0 Goals from his last 5 games.
Despite missing part of the season due to Hamstring issues Matt Crouch (AF: 120, SC: 126) is posting decent numbers, he has averaged 31.4 Disposals from his last 5 games. Speaking of large numbers Andrew Gaff (AF: 148, SC: 138) recorded season high 37 Disposals in Round 15, Luke Shuey (AF: 114, SC: 115) might tempt a few coaches struggling for a dollar as he recorded 26 Disposals & 10 Tackles.
David Swallow (AF: 123, SC: 114) recorded his 3rd 30+ Disposal game of the year against the Magpies, keep an eye on Jarrod Harbrow (AF: 121, SC: 92) as he has averaged 24.3 Disposals from his last 6 games. With Adam Treloar now gone all eyes were on Brayden Sier (AF: 82, SC: 83) and he didn’t disappoint, Brodie Grundy (AF: 151, SC: 136) torched the Suns for 23 Disposals, 49 Hit Outs & 9 Tackles in Round 15.
Callan Ward (AF: 125, SC: 131) was instrumental for the Giants getting over the line against the Hawks finishing with 32 Disposals, Stephen Coniglio (AF: 118, SC: 111) bounced back from a quiet Round 14 as he recorded 30 Disposals to go along with his 6 Tackles. Tom Mitchell (AF: 195, SC: 181) as Captain choice for many owners made for tremendous watching on Saturday night, he recorded 50 Disposals against the Giants.
Max Gawn (AF: 135, SC: 145) was dominant against Bill Longer (AF: 53, SC: 40) on Sunday finishing with 25 Disposals, 11 Marks & 39 Hit Outs, Angus Brayshaw (AF: 116, SC: 104) continued his good form as he posted 27 Disposals and 2 early Goals against the Saints. David Armitage (AF: 110, SC: 124) has responded well after being dropped averaging 25.5 Disposals from his last 2 games, Jack Billings (AF: 93, SC: 96) also has averaged 25.5 Disposals from his last 2 games after being dropped.
Dyson Heppell (AF: 116, SC: 118) recorded a game high 34 Disposals in Round 15, Zach Merrett (AF: 106, SC: 118) has averaged 28.7 Disposals from his last 6 games. Shaun Higgins (AF: 105, SC: 113) recorded his 4th consecutive 30+ Disposal game.
It was a nightmare end to Round 15 for some coaches as Nat Fyfe (AF: 36, SC: 43) injured his hamstring in Q2, Lachie Neale (AF: 109, SC: 113) recorded a team high 31 Disposals for the Dockers. Dayne Beams (AF: 112, SC: 129) recorded 33 Disposals, he & Nick Robertson (AF: 98, SC: 77) were the only 2 Brisbane players to record over 25 Disposals (Robertson 26).
Good Luck in Round 16