Howe a shining light for Demons

VERY few Melbourne players have done enough to earn their pay this season, but Dodges Ferry’s Jeremy Howe is an exception.

The high-flier is one of the few players that generate any sort of excitement for the hapless Demons, playing a variety of roles over the first 10 rounds.

Against Hawthorn on Sunday, Howe started on the wing opposed to Stephen Hill, and collected 18 touches and kicked 1.0.

The 22-year-old is averaging 16 touches and seven marks a game this season, and has kicked 16.8.

He is eighth at Melbourne for disposals, first for marks, sixth for effective disposals, first for contested marks and second for marks inside 50.

Fellow Tasmanian and Demons vice-captain Colin Garland has also tried valiantly this season, and the Wynyard defender put in an excellent performance on Jarryd Roughead.

The Hawks forward kicked 3.1 in the rout, while Garland finished with 17 touches and six marks.

Hawthorn’s Grant Birchall, of Devonport, put in his best performance since the early part of the year, collecting 25 disposals at an amazing 100 per cent efficiency rate running off Jack Fitzpatrick.

At the SCG on Saturday, Launceston big-man Thomas Bellchambers was again strong in Essendon’s ruck, but apart from an important third-quarter goal had no impact around the ground.

Glenorchy’s Ryan Harwood impressed in his second appearance of the year for Brisbane.

Playing on Pies forwards Jamie Elliott, Andrew Krakouer and Ben Kennedy, the defender finished with 19 touches and six marks.

While his team suffered a great loss, Launceston’s Tim Mohr had a personal win as Greater Western Sydney went down to Carlton.

Mohr kept Jarrad Waite to 3.2 and collected 13 touches himself.

Surprisingly starting in Carlton’s defence, Lauderdale’s Mitch Robinson collected 29 touches with a lot of his disposal coming when the game was dead and buried.

Hobart’s George Burbury again showed promise as Geelong downed Gold Coast, kicking 1.1 from 13 touches, three marks and four tackles.

Meanwhile, Aaron Hall, also of Hobart, and Burnie’s Luke Russell provided great run and dash for the Suns.

Hall had 15 touches and took three marks, while Russell was outstanding with 1.0 from 20 disposals in his best game of the year.

West Moonah’s Liam Jones managed just 1.0 and one mark from 12 touches opposed to Alipate Carlile in the Bulldogs’ win over Port Adelaide.

Evandale’s Nathan Grima played on Rhys Stanley in North Melbourne’s big win over St Kilda, collecting 20 touches and 10 marks, while Stanley kicked 2.2.

Glenorchy’s Jimmy Webster was the Saints sub, coming on in the second half and finishing with nine touches and his first goal in the big time.

After a first quarter of frustration and not a touch of the footy, Clarence’s Jack Riewoldt moved up the ground to great effect with 2.0 from 11 touches and three marks in Richmond’s win over West Coast.

Beauty Point’s Sam Lonergan came off the bench in the third quarter and finished with nine touches.

Demons player Jeremy Howe, of Dodges Ferry. Picture: GETTY IMAGES.

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