Tallygaroopna export Steele Sidebottom was in the news for more than one reason at the weekend.
The Collingwood star ripped Friday night’s clash against arch enemy Carlton apart with a dominant performance.
Sidebottom racked up 35 disposals for the match — including 16 of those in the first term — while also booting three goals to consign the Blues to a 24-point defeat.
But the midfielder’s sling-tackle on Zac Fisher in the final stanza also drew plenty of attention, and eventually cost Sidebottom a $2000 sanction for engaging in rough conduct.
Benalla product Caleb Marchbank had a tough night for the Blues, with his game done before half-time due to an ankle injury.
Port Adelaide’s strong contingent of Goulburn Valley exports survived a massive scare against Brisbane on Saturday.
Echuca’s Ollie Wines (25 disposals and four tackles), Benalla’s Tom Rockliff (19 disposals and six marks), Deniliquin’s Todd Marshall (one goal) and Katamatite’s Tom Clurey (seven kicks, four marks and four one-percenters) managed to escape with a five-point victory against the plucky Lions.
Mooroopna product Clayton Oliver struggled to shrug off a North Melbourne tag at the MCG with just 20 disposals to his name, but he did sneak forward for two majors to impact the scoreboard in the contest.
The Demons themselves were able to shrug off the shadow of a 17-game losing streak against the Roos with a 37-point win.
Benalla’s Jarrad Waite impressed for the Roos with three goals, while Rochester’s Shaun Atley (16 touches) and Mooroopna’s Jy Simpkin (11 disposals and one goal) also held their own in the defeat.
Meanwhile, Shepparton and Shepparton Swans export Jarman Impey continues to fit in well at his new Hawthorn home, snaring 18 disposals and six marks in a 13-point loss to Richmond.
Rennie product Daniel Howe’s star continues to rise as well after 21 disposals of his own, while Deniliquin’s Sam Lloyd had 17 possessions and a goal for the Tigers in his first AFL game of the season.