Many teams had plenty to choose from, while some only had very few, as we dissect every club’s standout performer in round one.
Adelaide – Rory Sloane
36 disposals, 11 clearances, nine tackles and a goal wasn’t enough to get his side across the line against the Hawks on Saturday afternoon. The 29-year-old had his sidekicks in Matt and Brad Crouch helping the star out with 40 and 28 disposals each respectively, although the Crows were certainly disappointing over the weekend but you definitely can’t blame their engine-room.
Brisbane – Lachie Neale
In his first outing for his new club, Neale was certainly impressive as were the entire Lions’ outfit. 29 disposals, eight tackles and a goal highlighted Neale’s night to go along with a 44-point win over the reigning premiers.
Carlton – Nic Newman
The ex-Swan was composed off the Blues’ halfback line in their 33-point loss to the Tigers. Newman racked up 26 disposals, nine marks and a classy goal from the intersection of the 50 and boundary line. Carlton’s captain, Patrick Cripps was also impressive with 32 disposals and six tackles.
Collingwood – Adam Treloar
In what was a dark and disappointing loss for the Pies’, Treloar was a shining light. Gathering 34 touches and a goal, Treloar showed grunt and poise in their seven-point loss to the Cats and may even snag three-votes from the Friday night blockbuster.
Essendon – Dyson Heppell
In what was one of the Dons’ worse losses in the last decade, it was extremely hard to find a player who stood out for the right reasons. Captain Dyson Heppell was the closest to that, racking up 25 disposals and six inside 50’s. The 26-year-old was a diamond in the rough, so look for more standout performers in the Dons’ match with the Saints this week.
Fremantle – Cam McCarthy
What about the ex-Giant’s performance on the weekend, as he booted four first-half goals to down the Roos by 82-points. The 23-year-old certainly had a game to remember finishing the Dockers’ impressive outing with five majors. Can we see more of the power-forwards consistency be shown more in 2019?
GWS – Stephen Coniglio
In a race between the Swan Districts product and the highly-rated Tim Taranto, Coniglio was scintillating in the Giants’ 72-point win over the disappointing Bombers on Sunday afternoon, racking up 31 disposals in the midfield as well as hitting the scoreboard with three majors. Coniglio might add a couple of zero’s to the end of his contract if he is to keep up performances like this by the end of the year.
Geelong – Patrick Dangerfield
The former Brownlow Medalist looked back to his best in the Cats’ impressive seven-point victory against the heavily favoured Pies’. The famous number 35 ran around on Friday night collecting 27 classy disposals and a goal. Dangerfield had the opportunity to ice the game late in the last quarter but wasn’t able to capitalise. We know it’s only round one but could ‘Danger’ be eyeing off a second Brownlow?
Gold Coast – Wil Powell
A breakout performance from the youngster in the Suns’ narrow loss to the Saints on Sunday afternoon. Powell showed poise with ball-in-hand racking up 23 disposals, a goal and 532 metres gained. Although Stuart Dew wouldn’t be satisfied with the Suns’ final score, he certainly would have liked what he saw from his youngsters, especially Powell.
Hawthorn – James Worpel
How good was the ‘Worpedo’? One of Alistair Clarkson’s master-strokes as his search for a replacement for Brownlow Medalist Tom Mitchell may have already come to end with Worpel’s performance on the weekend. 27 disposals and two goals highlighted the young-bull’s performance as well as five clearances and eight inside 50’s.
Melbourne – Christian Salem
The Dees’ halfback-flanker was composed as ever in their disappointing loss to the Power in their first hit-out for the year. 84% disposal efficiency from 32 disposals highlighted the former number nine pick’s afternoon gaining 741 metres with his touches. Salem can certainly hold his head high in the Demons’ loss.
North Melbourne – Jaime Macmillan
You didn’t have to look too far after Macmillan’s performance in such a disappointing game for the Roos. The 28-year-old led both sides in disposals and metres gained with 37 and 574 metres respectively. Macmillan was certainly a diamond in the rough in their 82-point thrashing on Sunday. Expect more stand out performers from the Roos this weekend.
Port Adelaide – Tom Rockliff
‘The Pig’ was back to his best on the weekend, putting together a monster game that included 44 disposals, ten marks, eight marks and a round-high of 166 Fantasy points. Nudging out ex-skipper Travis Boak and Justin Westhoff who kicked a bag of five goals in the Power’s ultra impressive win, the ex-Lion is set for a huge year if he can stay on the park.
Richmond – Trent Cotchin
The Tigers’ skipper polled a perfect 10 in the coaches votes for his efforts in the opening clash against the Blues. Collecting 31 disposals, six marks – one being an impressive one over his opposite number – Patrick Cripps and six clearances. Cotchin was certainly leading from the front in Richmond’s 33-point win over the Blues.
St Kilda – Josh Bruce
Slightly left-field but Bruce’s performance in the Saints’ narrow one-point win over the Suns on Sunday can’t be slept on. Booting three goals and taking a vital mark in the dying stages of their round one clash, Bruce’s mark had Leo Barry written all over it, despite the much smaller ramifications following the final siren.
Sydney – Jake Lloyd
Brian Taylor’s man was one of many few to perform well in the Swans’ loss to the Dogs on Saturday night. Lloyd was able to gather 35 disposals off the Swans’ backline as well as ten marks and 630 metres gained. Lloyd may be staring at another All-Australian jacket if he can back this performance up each week.
West Coast Eagles – Dom Sheed
Weren’t they just simply disappointing after quarter-time? Dom Sheed seemed to be the only one who was able to spur the Eagles on in their 44-point loss to the Lions on Saturday night. Continuing on from his JLT form, the premiership hero gathered 38 touches and 10 clearances in a standout performance, and it looks as though Sheed has finally cemented his spot in the reigning premiers’ best 22.
Polling a perfect 10 in the coaches association votes, ‘The Bont’ has started off his 2019 on fire, collecting 29 disposals, seven tackles and the game-sealing goal, Bontempelli was the difference in their 17-point scalp over the Swans on Saturday night. ‘The Bont’ led the ground for metres gained with 640, and the Dogs and Bontempelli have certainly started the year off how they would have liked.