Around the big leagues – AFLW and JLT Series

It was a big weekend of footy for SMJFL alumni, with the AFLW competition entering its fifth home and away round and the JLT Series getting underway. Let’s take a look at how some familiar names fared.

AFLW

Abbie McKay

McKay was a solid contributor in Carlton’s thrilling win over Collingwood on Saturday, picking up ten touches to help her side overcome the old enemy by five points at Ikon Park.

Isabel Huntington

Huntington made her long-awaited return to top level football on Sunday. After rupturing her ACL last year and suffering a setback in the pre-season, the 20-year-old kicked a goal and had three disposals from limited opportunity, as her Bulldogs went down to Fremantle by 18 points.

AFL

Andrew McGrath

The former number one draft pick starred for the Bombers on Thursday night against Carlton, collecting a team-high 25 disposals running though the midfield and kicking two goals.

Mitch Brown

Brown was a focal point up forward for the Bombers, bagging three goals to go with 18 disposals and five marks playing as a key forward.

Charlie Constable

The young Cat was among Geelong’s best against West Coast on Friday, racking up 26 touches in an impressive display. Only Patrick Dangerfield and Mitch Duncan found more of the ball for the Cats.

Tim Taranto

The former Mordialloc-Braeside junior was everywhere for the Giants as they played Sydney in their first JLT Series hit out on Saturday night, amassing 33 disposals, seven tackles and six clearances.

Oliver Hanrahan

The East Brighton product showed promising signs for Hawthorn as they travelled north to play Brisbane. The 20-year-old collected 19 touches and used them smartly, going at 79% efficiency for the day.

Jack Scrimshaw

A change of clubs for Scrimshaw might reap more opportunities at AFL level in 2019. He did his case no harm on Sunday, picking up 18 disposals at 78% in his new Hawthorn colours.

Jarryd Lyons

Another player who moved clubs over the off-season, Lyons was impressive against the Hawks with 26 disposals and a goal as Brisbane took out a comfortable 42-point win.

Angus Brayshaw

A surprise third placing in last year’s Brownlow Medal might not be a flash in the pan for Brayshaw, who was among Melbourne’s best with a 37 disposal, ten clearance game against Richmond in Shepparton.

 Jack Higgins

A solid 21 disposals and opportunistic goal for the second-year Tiger against the Demons on Sunday and it looks as though he’s cemented himself in Richmond’s best 22.

Bailey Smith

Smith’s first taste of AFL footy came against the Gold Coast on Sunday night and there were some promising signs, with the East Malvern product collecting nine touches and a goal.