The Seagulls’ Jake Owen tries to spoil the Casey Scorpions’ Troy Davis. Photo: Ken Irwin
Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy has put his hand up for a senior recall after an encouraging performance against Richmond in Morwell in a VFL match on Saturday.
Grundy, an emergency for Sunday's clash against Carlton, kicked two goals to help the Pies to a 44-point win over the Tigers.
But the emerging young talent has struggled to win his spot back into the senior team in recent weeks; his last match was the loss to the Western Bulldogs in round 13. Since then Jarrod Witts has taken the No.1 ruck role for the Pies.
Conversely, Grundy, a prized top draft pick, was the prime choice – ahead of the retired Darren Jolly – last season as he played the last seven games including the elimination final loss.
He had played 11 matches this season before being dropped.
Grundy, along with the Magpies' other emergency Tim Broomhead, was among the better performers in Morwell pushing for a senior recall.
Ben Kennedy, who is another emergency for the clash against Carlton, did not play. Kennedy has been in ripping VFL form, coming off a 31-disposal match last week.
Richmond midfielder Daniel Jackson also showed plenty of form, finishing with 21 disposals, on return from a minor hip injury. He was among the Tigers' best and appears set for an AFL return against the Brisbane Lions next week.
Ben Lennon was impressive with 23 disposals, while Sam Lloyd was also influential at times for the Tigers and finished with 21 disposals and two goals. Ruckman Orren Stephenson also kicked two goals.
Meanwhile, Melbourne has plenty of ball-winners to choose from ahead of its clash against Fremantle next week with Jay Kennedy-Harris starring for Casey with 31 disposals, Luke Tapscott (30) and Sam Blease (23) and two goals – but Casey lost by 80-points against Williamstown.
Viv Michie collected 18 disposals and Jimmy Toumpas had a fairly quiet day with 14.
Western Bulldogs midfielders Tom Young (24 disposals) and Brett Goodes were among Footscray's best in its 29-point win over North Ballarat.