aflplayers.com.au has discovered the players that played an underrated hand for their side in Round 15. Whether it be a big moment in a close game, or an important role, these are the Unsung Heroes.
Melbourne – Jack Viney
While recent times may have been tough for the Demons, it seems to have only made Jack Viney tougher, with the veteran stepping up for his club when they needed him most. Viney – the stand-in skipper for the injured Max Gawn – was again influential as the Dees got their win-loss record back on track, in a performance consisting of 34 disposals (19 of those contested), eight clearances, eight score involvements and seven tackles.
Western Bulldogs – Rhylee West
Young Bulldog Rhylee West produced the best game of his career in the Dogs’ dominant win over the Hawks, with 19 disposals, 12 contested possessions and three very handy goals. Moving further up the field in recent weeks, West has provided a vital link in the Dogs’ transition, allowing his fellow forwards to thrive.
West Coast – Elliot Yeo
The Bombers dominated the inside fifty count, but the Eagles defence held firm to launch their own attack, led by the steady head and clean disposal of Elliot Yeo. Yeo finished with 20 disposals at 85 per cent efficiency, eight marks and ten rebounds to provide the Eagles with the bounce from the backline they needed to hurt the Bombers at the other end of the ground.
Carlton – Brodie Kemp
Carlton’s backline woes have been well-documented and with the Blues faced with the prospect of Fremantle’s tall targets, you’d be forgiven for thinking that their defensive stocks had finally run out. Enter Brodie Kemp. The 21-year-old in just his fifth game was equal to the task, finishing with eight marks and 17 disposals at one hundred per cent efficiency, while keeping Freo’s forwards on a tight leash.
Geelong – Jack Henry
There had to be a winner and loser from what was potentially the game of the season between the Cats and the Tigers on Saturday afternoon. It was Jack Henry who broke the hearts of the Richmond faithful when he took a magnificent mark and finished his work to seal the result in the dying minutes of the blockbuster clash. While Henry’s final disposal may have been his finest, his work throughout was also valuable – finishing with ten disposals, seven contested possessions and two goals in a role up forward.
Sydney – Ollie Florent
Fresh off signing a new two-year contract extension, young Swan Ollie Florent pieced together his best game of the season so far. Finishing with 27 disposals, 12 marks and a goal, Florent helped his side control the contest on their way to a dominant 51-point win over the Saints.
Adelaide – Darcy Fogarty
Darcy Fogarty celebrated his 50th game in style, showing a glimpse of what his future could hold in one of his most promising performances for the Crows. Fogarty finished with four goals from 20 disposals, along with eight marks and ten score involvements, combining with Taylor Walker beautifully.
Collingwood – Brayden Maynard
Another milestone man marked their achievement with a win, as Brayden Maynard led his side back into the top eight with a crucial victory over the Giants. Maynard, playing in his 150th game, displayed the heart and soul that has become synonymous with the way he plays the game, giving his all to finish with 22 touches at 86 per cent efficiency, nine intercepts, four score involvements, four inside 50s and six rebound 50s.
Port Adelaide – Sam Powell-Pepper
Port Adelaide kept their season alive with a gutsy two-point win over the Suns, with Sam Powell-Pepper producing multiple efforts that proved to be game-changing. Powell-Pepper finished with 21 disposals and eight contested possessions, but perhaps most impressive was his run-down tackle of Suns skipper Touk Miller in the dying minutes, just when it looked like the Suns had one last surge left.