The Blackchrome Player of the Day is awarded to the player adjudged best afield in the SFNL’s Match of the Round by the SFNL Radio Team. The weekly winners will receive a Blackchrome Sportswear prize pack.
MATT MORWOOD (Dingley)
The son of Dingley Senior Coach Shane Morwood produced one of his best games for the club as the Dingoes recorded a hard-fought victory over East Malvern. On Saturday Morwood simply owed the defensive 50, winning plenty of possessions and looking to switch the play and launch attacks off half back at every opportunity. The rebounding defender has been an integral part of the Dingoes line up for a few years now, and is fast becoming an elite player in the SFNL in his own right.
PHIL WARD (Hallam)
Ward put in dominant performance for the Hawks on Saturday as they cruised to a comfortable victory over Doveton. The big-bodied onballer was hard to stop in the trenches, and controlled the midfield with his ability to win his own contested footy. His work on the outside was also exceptional, and delivered the ball into the forward line beautifully time and again. Ward’s distinctive sleeve tattoos helped ensure he constantly caught the eye.
GEOFF HUMPHREYS (Keysborough)
It was a complete performance from the Burras’ midfield bull on Saturday, who backed up from Interleague the previous week with a best afield display against Springvale Districts. Joffa won plenty of ball around the stoppages, where he used his strong body to great effect, while he also causes plenty of headaches up forward, finishing with four goals.
TOM CURRY (Mordialloc)
It was a day in which Mordialloc had many contributors, but Curry was one of the clear standouts. The former De La Salle midfielder racked up plenty of possessions, particularly early in the game, but also earned admiration for his efforts without the ball in his hands. Curry’s work rate was extraordinary, covering an enormous amount of ground throughout the afternoon, and appears a brilliant acquisition for the Bloods.
JORDAN PERYMAN (Chelsea Heights)
A favourite among the SFNL radio team, Peryman was simply everywhere in his side’s victory over Hampton. The little fella has an uncanny knack of finding plenty of the football, and Saturday was no exception as the ball magnet was again a prolific possession accumulator. Peryman worked incredibly hard around the ground, setting up his teammates up forward while also jagging a goal himself.
In a match in which there were few passengers for East Brighton, Ward was one of the clear standouts. She attacked the football with a ferocity that belied her diminutive stature, which helped her side dominate through the midfield, particularly early in the contest. Ward was also influential up forward, booting two goals as her side claimed a historic victory in the SFNL Women’s.
DEAN MILLHOUSE (East Malvern)
Although it was a game in which there were so many standout contributors, Dean Millhouse was the clear standout with his 10-goal haul. On Sunday against the Clays, Millhouse was unstoppable up forward, using his strong body to advantage and clunking several contested marks, while his lethal right foot saw him convert his chances from everywhere. The boom recruit can also play multiple positions, which is a great ace for Panthers coach Ben Lockwood to have up his sleeve.
SEAN McLAREN (Cheltenham)
The one-time Sydney Swans rookie was touted as one of the Division 1 players to watch preseason, and he didn’t disappoint on Saturday with a dominant performance in the ruck all afternoon against Bentleigh. McLaren almost monopolised the hitouts, and frequently gave his midfielders first use from the stoppages. He also showed his versatility around the ground, kicking a goal and looking lively when stationed behind the footy. A very handy acquisition to this Rosellas side.
JAKE KNOX (Port Melbourne Colts)
It was an inspired performance from Jake Knox, who willed his team to victory over St Kilda City with his efforts in the back half. His ability to drive the ball out of defence was exemplary, and set up many forward thrusts with his explosive rebound. In particular, Knox’s efforts late in the game when the Saints were mounting their challenge went a long way to helping his team secure an emotion-charged victory.
STEPHEN HAWKINS (Skye)
Hawkins lit up the forward line on Saturday and was a massive influence in Skye’s big win over East Brighton. The clever forward finished with six majors for the day, and stood out with his remarkable athleticism, sure hands and canny goal sense for a big man. Hawkins was selected in the Ellinbank that took on the SFNL in last year’s AFL Victoria Community Championships, and looks to a great addition to the Bombers’ line up in 2017.