Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

Has had bet­ter games but de­fen­sive side has be­come a se­ri­ous strength. Pos­si­bly the best five-touch first half of all time. Un­sung hero. Stats don’t do jus­tice. Run and dash with a good boot. Piv­otal role in the mid two quar­ters Had some sea­son. Rock solid. Puts body on the line time and again. Dash­ing off a half-back flank but can do more than just that. Cap­tain coura­geous. Didn’t find usual time and space but gave his all. Self­less. Wore Lever like a glove. Works as hard as any. What a story. Brown­low, Premier­ship Medal, Norm Valu­able as the cut-off man. Not as sharp as usual. Played on su­per­star Martin when he was in­side 50, but what can you do? Gave away a costly free kick. Was it his last game in Ade­laide colours? Couldn’t re­pro­duce his pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal feats. Had the job on Jack Riewoldt and was pun­ished. Trou­bled by a knock to a knee be­fore half-time. Clever hands but had lit­tle im­pact. Jack Gra­ham bore down on him and all but shut him out. Rid­den into the ground by Daniel Ri­oli. Wasn’t his day. Corked thigh con­cern. Strug­gled. Smith Medal in one week. First player in the AFL to do so. From Gee­long for a premier­ship with Rich­mond. What odds? One sea­son, one premier­ship. Pres­sure enor­mous once again. Con­test, con­test, con­test. Jump­ing Jack hit the heights. Wasn’t as in­flu­en­tial as his four-goal pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal. Go­ing to be a star. Hands full against Ja­cobs but never stopped try­ing. Works as hard as any. Ex-Blue hasn’t been a fan favourite but has had a top sea­son. Silk. Huge sec­ond term helped turn the game. For­mer plumber hasn’t stopped plug­ging holes in de­fence. Just his fifth game and three goals in a grand fi­nal. Pres­sure his bread and but­ter. Had no im­pact and there was talk of a rib com­plaint. There in flashes and took a flyer. Tried to drag his fel­low for­wards in. Linkman that Hard­wick wanted to stop and Dimma got his man. Quiet early but booted a cru­cial goal to stem the Tiger tide. Looked rat­tled at times. Bat­tled to find his rhythm. Had the Sher­rin on a string and ab­so­lutely dom­i­nated in the ruck. Worked on Dustin Martin as best he could but strug­gled. Dion Pres­tia on him for most of the game, trade­mark ef­fi­ciency off. Kept Trent Cotchin quiet touch-wise but lack of com­po­sure costly. Ap­peared to hurt ham­string early and wasn’t the same af­ter that. Com­pet­i­tive early but ham­pered. A quiet day.

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