That is what the AFL inventory market appears to be like like after the opening spherical. 

Adelaide

Rising – Ben Keays
I had considerations over his manufacturing with Matt Crouch again however he was huge on this sport. He had 37 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles for the match. He by no means gave up, keen the Crows again right into a successful place.

Falling – Riley Thilthorpe
It might appear harsh however it’s primarily based on one key second and that was the turnover resulting in the game-winning aim. With three minutes on the clock, a ruck/ahead shouldn’t be biting off a hall kick, full cease. Poor choice making and talent execution as a complete value them the sport and this was a main instance.

Brisbane

Rising – Marcus Adams
He was absolutely the rock in Brisbane’s defence and if we overlook two particularly nervy moments, he was flawless. He had 20 disposals, 16 kicks, 4 handballs and 11 marks whereas holding Mitch Georgiades to seven disposals and one aim. He doesn’t get the love and a spotlight that Harris Andrews does however he’s equally vital.

Falling – Dayne Zorko
He got here into the sport underneath an damage cloud and was ultimately subbed out because of Achilles soreness. He had 5 turnovers in his 13 disposals whereas on the sphere and the mixture of his age and decrease leg accidents throughout Spherical 1 isn’t signal.

Dayne Zorko and his Lions team mates look dejected after losing

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Carlton

Rising – midfield group
With out Sam Walsh, the mixture of Patrick Cripps, Adam Cerra, George Hewett, and Matthew Kennedy had these stats. They’d 121 disposals at 70 per cent effectivity, 26 clearances, 11 inside 50s, 38 rating involvements and 6 objectives. It was a compete domination by the Blues’ midfield and the standout purpose they went on to interrupt their Spherical 1 hoodoo.

Falling – Zac Williams
It’s laborious to search out somebody out of this win however Williams performed the vast majority of the sport as a half-back flanker and didn’t have the offensive impression he’s identified for. He solely had one deal with and for somebody on the contract of his calibre, the begin to his second season in blue has lowered the shares.

Collingwood

Rising – Pat Lipinski
He was the most effective participant on the bottom, having 30 disposals and kicking an early aim. His ball use was elite and impactful with seven inside 50s and he had 4 tackles defensively. He moved to the Pies for an opportunity to show himself as a midfielder and is nicely on the best way.

Falling – Jack Crisp
He was in all probability the excitement participant out of Collingwood in the summertime, with the phrase being a midfield position. Nonetheless, Crisp was not often sighted at vital centre bounces and solely had 16 disposals for the night time. He appeared good with ball in hand, however didn’t stay as much as the pre-season hype.

Jack Crisp runs.

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Essendon

Rising – Sam Draper
Draper was one of many solely Bombers who received his place, with 33 hit-outs and impression across the floor. He appeared to take the shortage of effort by his teammates personally and did his finest to get them again within the sport. I like his ardour.

Falling – Dyson Heppell
The captain is coming off considered one of his finest years of his profession, however Saturday wasn’t fairly. In an offensive-minded half again position, Heppell solely managed seven kicks and constantly acquired uncovered defensively. It was a unclean day for Essendon, however Heppell both wants to enhance his defensive sport or get extra footy to be efficient.

Fremantle

Rising – Jordan Clark
I used to be an enormous fan of him whereas at Geelong and he appears to be like at residence within the purple and white. Clark had 20 disposals at 80 per cent disposal effectivity and kicked a phenomenal working aim. He has proven he has the expertise, can he springboard his profession out west?

Falling – Michael Walters
He was my pre-season maintain and his Spherical 1 efficiency has not swung me in direction of shopping for any inventory. He had solely seven disposals, no impression on the scoreboard and never one centre certain attendance in a Freo midfield depleted of depth.

Geelong

Rising – Patrick Dangerfield
I’ve admittedly been a Dangerfield doubter through the years, however he turned it on for Spherical 1, 2022. He had 13 disposals, six inside 50s and kicked a aim in simply the primary quarter. He completed with 31 disposals and 9 inside 50s and he performed the vast majority of the second half ahead. If he can have this impression all year long, look out.

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats looks on with blood on his face

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Falling – Esava Ratugolea
They began him within the ruck to try to get him concerned within the sport early and he took a large mark within the first 5 minutes. After that second, he had three disposals and 0 marks in 91 minutes of sport time. He has proven flashes and the damage of Jeremy Cameron could assist his job safety, however this wasn’t a great displaying.

Gold Coast

Rising – Matt Rowell
We needed to see him get by means of the sport and never solely did he do this, he dominated. Rowell had 33 touches and 6 tackles and was a real wrecking ball within the center. The footy world has all the things crossed he can keep wholesome.

Falling – Alex Sexton
He has been considerably of a mainstay on this Gold Coast facet all through his profession and an avenue to aim however he was left to be the medical sub for this sport. The place does this depart his profession?

GWS Giants

Rising – Tom Inexperienced
He has been hyped as Patrick Cripps 2.zero and he positive performed that means in opposition to the Swans. Inexperienced had 31 disposals, 5 marks, seven tackles and two objectives in an enormous begin to his season. It appears to be like like they will give him the keys to the midfield and if he can play like this, the transfer will likely be justified.

Falling – Lachie Ash
He was primed as a make-or-break candidate in 2022 and if his Spherical 1 efficiency was something to go off, it might be a break 12 months. He had solely eight disposals in 104 minutes of sport time, two of these disposals coming late within the fourth quarter. Contemplating the draft decide used on him, we simply should see extra from Ash.

Hawthorn

Rising – Changkuoth Jiath
He was unable to complete the 2021 season because of a knee damage and had a really interrupted pre-season, so we weren’t positive how he would return. The reply was brilliantly. Jiath was electrical from the get-go, halting North Melbourne’s ahead thrusts a number of instances. He had 24 disposals and took 5 marks whereas placing smiles on the faces of Hawks followers.

Changkuoth Jiath

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Falling – Jaeger O’Meara
He was given the captaincy for Spherical 1 because of the absence of Ben McEvoy and was extraordinarily quiet. He had 15 disposals with solely 5 of these being kicks and 5 of the 15 being turnovers. It was a quiet begin to the season and with kids impressing, O’Meara will wish to carry.

Melbourne

Rising – Ben Brown
Christian Petracca is the plain candidate however how a lot greater can your shares get after a top-three grand closing efficiency ever? It appeared like prime North Melbourne Ben Brown at factors on this sport. He was leaping and taking the ball on the highest level. He kicked 3.Three and was typically harmful. If Brown had his standard well-known accuracy in entrance of the large sticks, it may have been an enormous sport.

Falling – Kysaiah Pickett
If we take away the junk-time aim that he kicked within the closing minute, Pickett had 4 touches and no rating with one mark and two tackles. Regardless of his impression being extra than simply the stats, the Dees will likely be on the lookout for extra out of the live-wire small ahead all through the season.

North Melbourne

Rising – Luke Davies-Uniacke
Davies-Uniacke had been shoved in my face by everybody over the low season, however I wasn’t prepared to purchase in. He helped sway me in Spherical 1 with 27 disposals, 5 marks and 9 tackles. He was all over the place early, and his defensive work actually stood out for me.

Falling – Jaidyn Stephenson
He by no means acquired into the sport and contemplating the contract he’s on, North will need extra. Stephenson had solely 11 disposals and didn’t handle to hit the scoreboard, highlighted by an opportunity to maintain his crew within the sport late, which was sprayed throughout the face for no rating.

Jaidyn Stephenson

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Port Adelaide

Rising – Ryan Burton
Dan Houston was a star, however I wish to give Ryan Burton his credit score. After Charlie Cameron began on fireplace, Burton was given the job and did brilliantly. Burton not solely locked down among the finest small forwards within the sport, but additionally had 15 disposals at 93 per cent effectivity.

Falling – Jeremy Finlayson
With Charlie Dixon lacking the beginning of the season by means of damage, this the possibility for Finlayson to show himself at his new membership. He was unsighted for almost all of the sport and couldn’t hassle the scorers.

Richmond

Rising – Shai Bolton
He went lacking all through the tip of final 12 months however was electrical to start out 2022. He had 16 disposals and kicked three objectives together with two shut behinds. Each time Bolton goes close to the footy, you get the sensation one thing goes to occur.

Falling – Trent Cotchin
He gave up the captaincy over the low season and appeared a step off the tempo on this sport. He wasn’t alone within the Richmond midfield brigade going lacking late, however the coronary heart and soul of this dynasty solely had two disposals within the final quarter when Carlton have been working excessive.

St Kilda

Rising – Jade Gresham
Gresham loomed to be a key cog for the Saints over the low season. They have been hoping to maintain him wholesome and he confirmed why. After a rusty first half, he had 18 disposals, six marks and two objectives within the second half, doing his finest to get St Kilda again within the sport.

Jade Gresham

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Falling – Jack Higgins
It wasn’t night time for Higgins. He kicked 4 behinds with out kicking a aim however made some key errors all through the sport. His disposal proportion was 47 per cent and it simply wasn’t his night time.

Sydney

Rising – Isaac Heeney
It’s right here! The Isaac Heeney midfield position is right here, and boy did he look good. Heeney had 25 disposals, took 5 marks, had six tackles and kicked three vital objectives. All of us knew he had the expertise to do it, however we needed to see it and this one sport is sufficient for me.

Falling – Josh Kennedy
They’re trialling him in a half-back position and it simply appears mistaken. The position simply doesn’t work to his strengths, and it isn’t his fault. I see the place the Swans are coming from, wanting youth within the center, however Kennedy at half again simply doesn’t sit proper with me.

West Coast

Rising – Jermaine Jones
In an undermanned West Coast outfit, Jones took his alternative with each arms. He had 21 disposals, kicked two objectives, had 5 tackles, and took six marks. His tempo and explosiveness across the contest was elite and he can cement himself a spot on this facet.

Falling – luck
I genuinely can’t fault any of the Eagles, contemplating that they had 24 gamers to select from. Hopefully their luck can flip round in the course of the season.

Adam Simpson addresses the Eagles

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Western Bulldogs

Rising – Aaron Naughton
The ‘Astronaught’ appeared unbelievable and can should be for the Canine. With no Josh Bruce, he was the lone choice and dealt with it superbly. He kicked 4 objectives and took six marks, giving among the finest key backs within the sport, Steven Could, a tricky time.

Falling – Luke Beveridge
I do know it looks as if a very long time in the past now however I needed to get my opinion out. This was a very poor search for Beveridge and the membership. The frustration shouldn’t have been on a (then) journalist doing their job, nonetheless, the particular person inside the 4 partitions leaking the data. He has since apologised however it was not take a look at all.

Who’re your risers and fallers, Roarers?



By 24H

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