Each week, AFLPlayers.com.au looks at the players who flew under the radar in their team’s victory. Whether it was a moment of impact or a four-quarter performance, these are the Round 12 Unsung Heroes.
Geelong: Mark Blicavs
Playing on one of Richmond’s most important key forwards, Cats defender Mark Blicavs held Tom Lynch to one goal and nine disposals as Geelong stormed home to a 67-point victory. Blicavs collected 10 touches of his own at 100 per cent efficiency and seven marks in a crucial role across the Cats’ backline.
Carlton: Ed Curnow
After running rampant through the Brisbane midfield, Lachie Neale had amassed 25 disposals to half-time. With a second win on the line, Carlton caretaker coach David Teague sent Ed Curnow to the Lions’ ball-getter. Curnow nullified Neale’s impact, keeping him to just six disposals in the second half while collecting 30 of his own.
North Melbourne: Kayne Turner
North Melbourne are undergoing a mid-season revival and forward Kayne Turner played a big role in his club’s third win in a row on the weekend. The small forward collected 15 disposals at 93 per cent efficiency, laid eight tackles and kicked two goals as North Melbourne improved to five wins and 12th spot on the ladder.
Adelaide: Hugh Greenwood
Earning a late call-up after Tom Lynch injured his calf in the warm up, Hugh Greenwood became the Crows’ unlikely hero. Playing as a third tall, Greenwood only collected seven disposals but his most important moment came late in the final quarter when he kicked a goal to give Adelaide an eight-point buffer and one of their most significant wins of the season against premiership contenders the GWS Giants.
Sydney: George Hewett
Continuing his best season to date, Sydney’s George Hewett played an important role in the Swans win against the reigning premiers. Hewett collected 29 disposals and seven clearances as West Coast’s SCG hoodoo continued, losing their ninth-straight game there.
Collingwood: Brayden Sier
Returning to Collingwood’s side for the first time since last year’s AFL Grand Final, Brayden Sier relished in his opportunity to be part of the Pies’ midfield brigade again. Sier laid a game-high nine tackles and collected 23 disposals in a solid effort for his first game at the elite level in more than nine months.