Disposal mars Hughes’ effort

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Fremantle’s Ethan Hughes.
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Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault product Ethan Hughes was the only South West player to feature in an AFL side this week, playing in his trademark role down back in Fremantle’s win over Adelaide.

Hughes had 16 disposals but looked uncomfortable at times, with Adelaide’s fleet of pressure forwards forcing him into a number of skill errors. The 26-year-old was part of a fresh-looking Fremantle back line, with Griffin Logue returning to the side and taking the assignment on Coleman Medal leader Taylor Walker.

Hughes, who played every game last season and the first five games of this season, disposed of the ball at 69 per cent efficiency, with three turnovers. Two quiet games in a row could see his spot at risk, with Taylin Duman continuing a strong season at WAFL level and Bunbury’s Tobe Watson waiting in the wings as a travelling emergency.

Bunbury’s other Fremantle-listed player, Connor Blakely collected a team-high 25 disposals for Peel Thunder and will be a chance to return for Saturday night’s game against North Melbourne, with Adam Cerra struck down by an ankle injury.

Neville Jetta was dropped by Melbourne this week and featured for the Casey Demons for the first time this season.

Jetta, who also collected a team-high 25 disposals and 10 marks, played against Busselton’s Damon Greaves who lined up again this week for the Box Hill Hawks.

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