The Courier-Mail

Roos says Hogan’s stocks are rising

- JON RALPH

PAUL Roos has lashed the continuing negative coverage of the AFL’s game style as Jesse Hogan hit back in the race for the Rising Star award yesterday.

The Demons didn’t give a yelp in a horror first quarter, but fought until the last 10 minutes in a respectabl­e 35point loss to North Melbourne.

A day after Patrick Cripps dominated at the MCG for Carlton, Rising Star contender Hogan (pictured) hauled in nine marks among a dynamic four-goal haul.

Roos admitted he would be “stiff to get pipped”, with Cripps ($1.85 favourite) and Hogan ($.195) pushing away from the chasing pack that has West Coast’s Dom Sheed ($21) the next best contender.

Despite both sides combining for 54 scoring shots and 33 goals, the Melbourne coach said too many people were talking down the game.

“I am sick of the headlines about how bad the game is. I think it’s a disgrace the way we attack the game as an industry,’’ he said. “There will be bad games, ladies and gentleman. That is going to happen.”

While Melbourne’s topthree selection Angus Brayshaw is tiring after only eight touches yesterday, Hogan goes from strength to strength.

“As a centre half-forward, he is 19, how many goals has he got (36), and four today – he would be stiff to get pipped,” Roos said of Hogan’s Rising Star hopes.

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