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.
CAL CATHCART (St Pauls)
With a bye for Sandringham in the VFL, Cathcart returned to his local club and reminded us all of his sublime talent with a best-afield performance against the Saints, helping St Pauls claim the 2017 Pride Cup on Saturday. A mercurial midfielder, the classy Cathcart won plenty of the footy through the centre, but again proved he is super dangerous around goal with five classy majors that ultimately proved the difference.
KRISTIAN BLIESNER (Black Rock)
Bliesner got his side off to the best possible fashion on Saturday, booting five goals straight in the first 19 minutes of the game to help the Jets record a 10-point victory over the third-placed Endeavour Hills. Up forward, he was the difference between the two sides – he was simply too big and too strong, clunking plenty of contested marks inside 50. Bliesner finished with 6.2 for the day, with his final major one of the highlights of the afternoon.
TIM WERNER (Keysborough)
Werner was again at his explosive best as the Burras claimed an important over Caulfield. The speedy midfielder worked incredibly hard to find space on the narrow confines of Koornang Park, and in doing so was able racked up a ton of possessions. Werner also displayed his importance forward of centre, slotting four of his side’s eight goals on the day, and is a vital piece of Keysborough’s premiership puzzle.
JOSH FERGUSON (Dingley)
The Dingley speedster has been in tremendous form so far this season, and was a one of the catalysts for his side’s narrow victory over Mordialloc last week. Although outstanding all afternoon Ferguson raised the bar when moved from the wing into the middle after half time, winning plenty of his own ball and repeatedly driving the Dingoes into attack.
BRENTON RAFFERTY (Black Rock)
Rafferty got the Jets off to the perfect start in their upset win over Ashwood, booting three goals inside the first six minutes of the game. By game’s end, the skipper had six to his name in a dominant midfield performance to almost single-handedly drag his side over the line. Black Rock is beginning to make its charge to September following some early season turbulence, and Rafferty is a key component in their resurgence.
PHIL SMITH (Chelsea Heights)
There was no simply stopping the ‘Big Show’ on Saturday, as he dominated up forward for the Chelsea Heights in their narrow victory over Keysborough. His aerial prowess was again on show, clunking several telling contested marks and booting six goals to lead the League table by 10 goals. There is no more dominant spearhead in Division 2 than Smith, who remains key to the Heighters premiership hopes.
STEVE MULLER (St Pauls)
It was a masterful performance from the Doggies spearhead on Saturday, who almost singlehandedly dragged his side over the line against local rivals Bentleigh. The big fella was unstoppable up forward, finishing with nine of his team’s 12 goals, many of which came at crucial stages of the match when his side needed it. Sure hands and a wonderful kick for goal, Muller has been an invaluable acquisition for St Pauls in 2017 and a key driver in their rapid ascent up the Division 1 ladder.
BRANDON TURNER (Caulfield)
The brother of North Melbourne star Kayne Turner was given the job on dangerous Skye spearhead Stephen Hawkins, and BT did not let his side down. Turner was rarely beaten in one-on-one duels, and kept the star forward goalless in the Bears’ impressive win on Saturday. Turner stood out with his composure in defence and his classy ball use, and is a key figure in this impressive Caulfield team.
DANIEL NICHOLLS (Mordialloc)
The former Collingwood rover has been a wonderful addition to the Mordialloc midfield this season, and was the clear standout in Saturday’s big win over Oakleigh District. Nicholls not only won plenty of the footy, but carved up the Oaks through the centre with his exquisite disposal. His solid build and footy smarts means he is rarely beaten in one on one contests, and his big-game experience will no doubt be vital to the Bloods come September.
JACKSON SMITH (Mount Waverley)
It’s not very often a player on the losing team earns best on ground honours, but Jackson Smith is no ordinary player. The Mount Waverley young gun was one of the few players for either side that contributed for the entirety of the game, and put in one of his best performances for the year. Smith gained plenty of metres with his raking left foot while also hitting plenty of targets out of the back half. Tall, quick and versatile, Smith is one of the SFNL’s most outstanding young talents and is more than capable of progressing his career to a higher level.
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.