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.
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.