Crisp brings up an AFL ton
By JUSTIN JENVEY
MYRTLEFORD’S Jack Crisp will play his 100th AFL match this weekend.
A week after Collingwood teammate and another North East product, Steele Sidebottom celebrated his 200th game, Crisp will run out in his milestone match when the Pies take on West Coast.
Sunday’s match against the Eagles will be Crisps 82nd for Collingwood.
The 24 year-old hasn’t missed a game since joining the Pies in 2015 after a trade from Brisbane who selected him with pick 40 in the 2011 rookie draft.
Crisp finished third in the best and fairest in his first campaign at Collingwood but is enjoying his best ever year, this season.
His play off the half-back line has helped propel Collingwood to second on the ladder through 15 games.
He’s averaging a careerhigh 24 disposals a game which ranks fifth at the Pies, is second in metres gained and at the club, third in intercepts and fifth in total tackles.
While Crisp has enjoyed an injury free run not just at Collingwood but for most of his AFL career all four of the other local AFL players are currently sidelined.
Ben and Sam Reid can’t take a trick on the injury front with the brothers set to miss five to six weeks with knee and Achilles injuries.
Ben (Collingwood) had ar- throscope procedures on both knees last week while Sam hurt his Achilles in just his second game back since quad surgery.
The Sydney forward lasted only five minutes of Sydney’s reserves match against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.
He has played just one game this season while Ben had appeared in six matches up to round 10.
Fellow Bright product Matt Taberner also remains sideline but could return in the next month from a foot injury.
Taberner was set for a breakout year as Fremantle’s number one forward while also rotating through the ruck.
He started the season strong averaging a career high 16 disposals and six marks before going down against the Western Bulldogs in round five.
Taberner was restricted in the preseason as he recovered from a meniscus injury sustained in last year’s WAFL grand final which the Dockers’ affiliate Peel Thunder won.
Dederang’s Ben McEvoy was fit, but is now set for a stint on the sidelines after fracturing his cheekbone in Hawthorn’s win over the Bulldogs on Saturday night.
The 200cm ruckman suffered the injury when he clashed heads with Dogs midfielder Josh Dunkley and was immediately taken to hospital.
He underwent surgery on Sunday and is expected to miss several weeks.
McEvoy, who turns 29 today, had played every game for the Hawks.