AFL Rd 6 - Essendon v North Melbourne
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 11: Jordan Ridley of the Bombers marks during the round 6 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Metricon Stadium on July 11, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Come Monday, all focus is usually placed on the stars that dominated for their clubs, while some lesser known or underappreciated performances fly under the radar.

These performances can still be crucial for their clubs and we want to highlight them!

Here are 10 underrated performances from Round 6…

Isaac Quaynor

Pies youngster Isaac Quaynor showed flashes a starpower during Collingwood’s 32-point win over Hawthorn on Friday night.

Quaynor provided excellent pace and ball use rebounding out of their defensive 50, gathering 15 disposals at 93.3 per cent efficiency combined with six interceptions. A strong display in his first game for the season.

Ben Keays

The former Lion produced his strongest performance yet for Adelaide despite his team falling by 33-points to the Eagles on Saturday.

Keays played an effective tagging role on star midfielder Andrew Gaff and help him to just 12 possessions and a fraction of his usual damaging impact at clearances. Keays himself was an effective user of the ball, gathering 13 possessions at 83.3 per cent efficiency.

Dylan Stephens

The debut of Stephens was one of the only shining lights for the Swans in their dour loss to Richmond on Sunday.

The No.5 pick in last years draft impressed with his ball use and quality in the wet on the wing, despite only gathering 11 disposals. With Sydney now missing both Isaac Heeney and Josh Kennedy for extended periods, expect Stephens to cement his spot in the Swans lineup.

Matt Kennedy

In his first game for the season, Kennedy was a standout for the Blues in their resounding 52-point win over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

With skipper Patrick Cripps struggling with a shoulder niggle, Kennedy became the hard body inside for the Blues. The former Giant gathered 20 possessions, 11 contested as well as four marks as he looks to cement a spot in what is quickly becoming one of the competition’s deepest midfield groups.

Mark Blicavs

A week after tall forward duo Eric Hipwood and Dan McStay wreaked havoc for the Lions, Geelong’s defence led by Blicavs shut them both down in their 27-point win on Thursday night.

Blicavs was a brick wall down back, crashing contests and holding his main opponent Hipwood to just one goal and eight possessions, while McStay was scoreless. Blicavs also chipped in himself with 11 disposals and three score involvements.
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Dan Houston

Port’s midfield were put on notice this week after being well beaten around the ball against the Lions last week and they responded strongly in their 17-point win over GWS.

Houston was one of the standouts, gathering 22 possessions, 11 contested, to help the Power win the clearance battle over the Giants 41-25.

Nat Fyfe

Despite clearly still not being 100 per cent recovered from his hamstring injury, the Fremantle captain was vitally important in their six-point comeback win over St Kilda on Saturday.

Fyfe spent the majority of the game up forward and kicked two vital goals, including one in the final term to put the Dockers 19 points ahead. With Rory Lobb moving to the ruck to cover for the concussed Sean Darcy, Fyfe provided a vital target for Fremantle’s midfield.

Touk Miller

Miller quietly continues to be one the league’s most underrated midfielders with another great performance against Melbourne despite the Suns going down by 17 points.

Miller gathered a team-high 23 disposals and seven score involvements, in line with his season average of 21.7 disposals. Miller’s pressure around  the ball was also immense, laying five tackles.

Jordan Ridley

Ridley continues to impress of half-back for the Bombers, providing speed and excellent ball movement in partnership with fellow defender Adam Saad. This was very clear during the Bombers’ 14-point win over North Melbourne on Saturday.

Ridley was fifth for meters gained with 420, with only Adam Saad producing more meters for the Bombers with 468. Ridley was also stunningly efficient, gaining his 18 disposals at 83.3 per cent efficiency. He also lead the game with seven marks.

Ridley is tracking as elite in both categories so far in 2020.

Harry McKay

After kicking only multiple goals once in his past 14 matches, McKay hit the scoreboard hard against the Bulldogs. McKay kicked three goals in a potent forward line display by the Blues, including the opening goal and the sealer in the last quarter.

It wasn’t only his goal-kicking that impressed however, with his ability to bring the ball to ground proving crucial for Carlton.

Carlton will continue to look for performances like this from McKay as they push to remain in the top eight.