DEREK Eggmolesse-Smith of the Tigers celebrates victory in 2019.
PICTURE: Bradley Kanaris
Here is a look at where Sunraysia’s AFL stars are at as round eight gets underway:
THE fourth game at AFL level for former Wentworth defender Derek Eggmolesse-Smith was by far his most impressive as he helped Richmond knock over North Melbourne 77 to 23. The 22-year-old Next Generation Academy graduate collected a team-high 23 disposals at 82 per cent ef ciency, combined with six marks, three tackles and 471 metres gained. With a number of stars missing, Eggmolesse-Smith is taking full advantage of his chances to show what he’s capable of.
TWO games in for Dylan Stephens and that first win, and consequential Gatorade shower, still eludes him. An injury-hit Sydney out t were taken down by an impressive Gold Coast Suns 92 to 60, and will now face Hawthorn at the SCG on Sunday. For the second consecutive week, the 19-year-old gathered 11 disposals and kicked a behind, as well as taking three marks and laying a tackle.
While Eggmolesse-Smith may be flying high after Saturday’s clash, North Melbourne’s Robbie Tarrant and co. are feeling the brunt. The 31-year-old vice-captain had 18 disposals against the Tigers on Saturday, but the Roos have slumped to five successive defeats. Tarrant, however, did restrict Richmond’s key forward Tom Lynch to just four disposals.
TALL utility Brander is still undergoing testing on his hip and back having missed the past two matches for the Eagles. With West Coast having convincingly won the ‘Western Derby’ against Fremantle on Sunday, the 21-year-old is unlikely to be an automatic selection if deemed t to play.
SOUTH Mildura talent Lochie O’Brien is putting his best foot forward with Carlton’s reserves. The 21-year-old played for the Blues’ reserves in a scratch match against St. Kilda’s reserves and was praised by development coach Daniel O’Keefe.
THE debut AFL season was always likely to be one of development for the lightly-built Rowles, however the 19-year-old could potentially be called upon with the Swans’ poor form and injury list.
THE forgotten man of the Sunraysia AFL players, the 22-year-old Essendon midfielder is finally returning to the main training sessions following a wrist injury.
The Wentworth export has played just four games at AFL level and only one since the start of the 2018 season.