This teen Tiger is something special

IN THIS week’s 9 Issues We Realized, we uncover {that a} younger Tiger will keep on his household’s legacy, the Bulldogs are toothless for the time being, and an unfortunate Lion deserves his first All-Australian blazer. 

1. There’s something particular about Maurice Rioli jnr

After kicking three objectives in simply his third AFL recreation final Friday evening, Rioli produced one other eye-catching show in simply his second recreation of the season. {The teenager} completed with 14 touches, six rating involvements, 5 inside 50s and three aim assists towards Collingwood, but it surely was his ferocious strain and composure inside 50 that stood out. He laid two gorgeous chase-down tackles within the first half and instantly arrange Coleman Medal chief Tom Lynch twice. When you think about he was taken at decide No.51 within the 2020 NAB AFL Draft, the son of Corridor of Famer Maurice Rioli looms as a steal. – Josh Gabelich

2. The Canine have misplaced their chew

Sure, they had been lacking skipper Marcus Bontempelli, key place gamers Alex Keath, Tim English and Josh Bruce, in addition to Lachie Hunter, Mitch Wallis and Jason Johannisen, however Friday evening’s loss towards Port Adelaide continued a season of toothless biting from the Bulldogs. The run-and-gun midfield that led them a Grand Last look simply eight months in the past had been outworked by Port. The attacking aptitude is lacking, and other than Aaron Naughton, there’s nearly no pizzazz inside ahead 50. A bunch of huge names are inconsistent at finest, and the ferocious assault on the ball that made them so feared is gone. One thing wants to alter shortly on the Kennel earlier than this season will get away. – Michael Whiting 

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Bulldogs gamers go away the sector after the loss to Port Adelaide in spherical eight on Could 6, 2022. Image: Getty Pictures

3. Ben Hobbs’ emergence ought to assist the Bombers’ No.1

The last-quarter affect of Hobbs in Essendon’s midfield towards Hawthorn on Saturday evening confirmed two issues: the first-round draft decide could make a distinction for the Bombers across the ball and it must also result in Andrew McGrath spending extra time at half-back. Hobbs had a powerful recreation towards the Hawks with 19 disposals and a aim, and had some very good moments when it mattered within the Bombers’ comeback. McGrath was additionally vital late however the Bombers cannot match Hobbs, McGrath, Darcy Parish and Zach Merrett in the identical midfield directly and a few of McGrath’s most damaging play has come off half-back. It might be a positional flip that serves many. – Callum Twomey

Ben Hobbs and Dyson Heppell after Essendon’s win over Hawthorn in spherical eight, 2022. Image: AFL Pictures

4. This is the yr McCluggage needs to be All-Australian

For the previous three seasons Brisbane ace Hugh McCluggage has made the Therabody AFL All-Australian squad of 40 – however by no means the ultimate 22. The decide No.3 from the 2016 NAB AFL Draft has spent a lot of his early profession on a wing, a specialist function that has usually gone ignored by the selectors. Nonetheless, in 2022, the Lions have opted to make use of McCluggage in a extra central midfield function, and he hasn’t allow them to down. In opposition to West Coast he was unimaginable, kicking 4 objectives and establishing 4 others from his 26 disposals. He may not get the gaudy numbers of different midfielders, however the harm McCluggage does within the entrance half of the bottom may elevate him to his first AA jacket this season. – Michael Whiting

5. Blues’ twin towers give high Cats a run for his or her cash

Geelong duo Tom Hawkins and Jeremy Cameron have a powerful declare for being the very best key ahead pairing within the competitors, however Carlton’s Harry McKay and Charlie Curnow are scorching on their heels. Lastly enjoying constant footy after years of accidents between the pair, the 2 Blues have now mixed for 45 objectives, simply behind the Cats duo with 47. Their potential to work collectively and keep away from spoiling one another was notably noticeable towards Adelaide, and their contested marking was second to none. – Sarah Black.

Harry McKay and Charlie Curnow rejoice a aim in Carlton’s win over Adelaide in spherical eight, 2022. Image: Getty Pictures

6. They love them homegrown down Geelong means

Within the modern-day AFL no membership is really native, however the Cats have developed a powerful choice for gamers from their junior catchment space and on Saturday one other couple of native children debuted within the hoops. Colac boy Cooper Stephens was taken with decide 16 within the 2019 NAB AFL Draft, however as a result of COVID restrictions by way of 2020 and an ankle harm and subsequent surgical procedure that completed his 2021 earlier than it began, he needed to wait until Saturday for his senior debut. He didn’t waste the chance, grabbing 19 disposals and 4 clearances in a mature efficiency within the Cats’ 55-point win over the Giants. Teenager Mitch Knevitt was named as medi-sub however solely needed to wait until the second time period earlier than getting his likelihood. A 193cm mid from Grovedale on Geelong’s outskirts, Knevitt had seven disposals for the quarter and 15 for the match, additionally trying greater than succesful on the stage. With a urgent must regenerate their record, the Cats could have discovered a pair extra 10-year gamers in their very own yard. – Howard Kimber

Cooper Stephens and Mitch Knevitt lead the Cats off after the large win over GWS in spherical eight on Could 7, 2022. Image: Getty Pictures

7. The Dockers have found yet one more younger gun

Fremantle has no scarcity of rising expertise led by top-10 draft picks Andy Brayshaw, Caleb Serong and Hayden Younger, however Jye Amiss is one other so as to add to the record. The Dockers took the East Perth product with decide eight on the 2021 NAB AFL Draft and, after an interrupted pre-season, debuted him on Friday evening towards North Melbourne. Coach Justin Longmuir stated per week prior that he felt the 18-year-old key ahead wasn’t fairly prepared for AFL footy, however after eight objectives in two WAFL video games and a few luck at choice, Amiss acquired his likelihood and grabbed it, booting a aim together with his first kick. He took some sturdy marks and completed with two objectives, together with six rating involvements. – Ben Somerford

8. Is that this former Blue the yr’s finest cut price recruit?

Levi Casboult’s AFL profession appeared over when he was delisted by Carlton on the finish of 2021. However eight rounds into 2022, Casboult’s transfer north to Gold Coast is paying dividends for participant and membership alike. The Suns picked up the then 31-year-old for nothing within the 2021 NAB AFL Rookie Draft, a lifeline Casboult has grabbed with each palms. Enjoying all eight video games for the Suns up to now this season, Casboult has booted a minimum of one aim each recreation, together with 4 towards Collingwood final week and two essential snags – together with the sealer – within the Suns’ boilover towards Sydney on Saturday. Gold Coast’s choice to take a chance on the veteran – who performed 154 video games for the Blues throughout 10 seasons – seems to be even smarter in hindsight given the unexpected absence of Ben King. The Suns could have a few areas to work on this season, however Casboult’s reliability isn’t one in every of them. – Sophie Welsh

9. St Kilda’s second half towards Melbourne was the actual deal

Regardless of shedding by 38 factors, the Saints needs to be heartened by their effort towards the reigning premiers. After trailing by 9 objectives to 1, the Saints restricted the Dees to only 5 extra objectives for the sport, whereas including seven of their very own. In opposition to Melbourne’s much-vaunted midfield, St Kilda had extra hitouts (31-25), clearances (30-29) and stoppage clearances (19-14). Melbourne was capable of kick eight objectives from stoppage, whereas St Kilda managed simply two. And, the Saints will rue their effectivity inside 50, which was 36.4 p.c, down on their season common of fifty.7. – Trent Masenhelder


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