MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Tom Mitchell of the Hawks is tackled by Joel Selwood of the Cats during the 2017 AFL round 17 match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Five things we learned from Round 17

1. Patrick Dangerfield is not from this planet

Whether it be Mars, Jupiter, or the great unknown, Patrick Dangerfield isn’t from around these parts. On one leg and thrown forward Dangerfield tore Hawthorn to shreds.

He finished with five goals and could have had 10 had he been more accurate in front of goal, kicking six behinds. The Hawks tried a number of different options on Dangerfield but none of them could go with him.

Imagine what the reigning Brownlow Medallist could do fully fit, let alone with a full season down there. 50 goals? 60 goals? 70 goals?

2. Teams don’t seem to care about Tom Mitchell

Another week in the books, and another occasion where the opposition pays little attention to Tom Mitchell. He had 19 touches at quarter time against the Cats, and ended the game with 43.

It’s unclear as to why teams are letting him run wild, because if they limit his influence who else will win the ball in the Hawthorn midfield. Currently he averages 36.1 disposals per game, if he maintains that for the rest of the year it will be the highest disposal average for a season in VFL/AFL history.

Leather poisoning seems to be something that runs in the Mitchell family with Tom’s father Barry, also finding a lot of it during his career. In a six season stretch starting in 1987, and finishing at the end of 1992, Barry Mitchell was in the top five average disposal winners each year.

3. The Dogs have found a talent in Lewis Young

The Western Bulldogs haven’t had an enjoyable month, however, in what was a scrappy win over Carlton, their fans had one big reason to cheer.

Lewis Young came out on debut and performed incredibly well. He finished the game with 21 disposals and nine marks. It was a record number of grabs for a Western Bulldogs player on debut.

His ability to stay calm in defence and clunk marks is highly sought after in the league and the Dogs will be extremely happy that he has performed.

4. It’s time for Fremantle to recall Matthew Taberner

On the weekend the Dockers had serious problems in front of goal. They kicked 5.14 and lost by 30 points despite having the same number of scoring shots as the Eagles.

Matthew Taberner kicked five goals in the WAFL on the weekend, and it was another big bag in a string of good performances. He kicked six goals the week before, and places in the top 10 in the goal-kicking race in the WAFL, despite missing a number of games.

Look for Ross Lyon to recall Taberner in an attempt to turn around the Dockers form in front of goal.

5. It’s good to see Ben Griffiths playing football againĀ 

When Ben Griffiths suffered yet another head knock earlier this year there was talk he would never take to the field again. However, on the weekend he suited up for the Tigers’ VFL side and managed to kick two goals.

It is safe to assume that the doctors had given him the all clear, which is pleasing to fans across the country. Nobody likes to see players suffer concussion and when a player like Griffiths receives repeated head knocks it is very worrying. He may only have played limited minutes but welcome back Ben Griffiths.

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