The smile is back for Benalla boy Tom Rockliff and his Brisbane team.
The Lions came from 27 points down early in the final quarter to pinch a famous win against Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Rockliff (27 possessions, five clearances) was among Brisbane’s best as the bottom side broke the Bombers’ hearts for a second straight week.
Seymour product Josh Schache is still biding his time in the Lions’ NEAFL team, kicking two goals in a big win against Sydney Uni.
Meanwhile, Rennie export Daniel Howe played arguably the best game of his AFL career in his third season after playing a major role in Hawthorn’s 24-point victory against Collingwood.
Howe spent large parts of the match in the midfield and he did not disappoint, racking up 26 disposals and laying eight tackles.
Tallygaroopna-raised Steele Sidebottom was typically industrious for the Magpies in a losing cause, having 25 touches and a goal in an impressive performance.
Benalla’s own Caleb Marchbank had 14 possessions as his Carlton side fought bravely against premiership contender Adelaide, before losing by 12 points.
The news was not as positive at the Adelaide Oval for Port Adelaide, with the Power’s reputation taking a hit after losing to Richmond by 13 points.
Echuca’s Ollie Wines gathered 28 possessions for Port, while former Shepparton and Shepparton Swan Jarman Impey and Katamatite’s Tom Clurey were quiet.