Three takeaways from round twenty-one

Darcy Fogarty kicks a goal during Adelaide’s clash against West Coast on Sunday. (Photo by: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos)

The Crows must keep playing Darcy Fogarty

He’s only played two games this season, and on Sunday Darcy Fogarty showed why he has to be a regular member of the Adelaide Crows side going forward.

In a year that has seen Josh Jenkins fall out of favour, Tom Lynch battle injury and at times Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts struggle with form, powerful tall forward Fogarty has plied his trade at SANFL level, despite impressing in his debut season at the Crows in 2018.

Sunday’s clash against reigning premier West Coast saw Fogarty show what he has to offer at AFL level, and the 19 year-old kicked five goals, almost leading the Crows to an upset win over the Eagles.

The Crows have thought highly of Fogarty for quite some time and he’s clearly a fan favourite amongst Adelaide supporters, Sunday’s performance should help see him feature at AFL level more consistently in times to come.

Josh Dunkley is now one of the competition’s elite on-ballers

If Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley’s season before Saturday night wasn’t enough to convince you he is amongst the AFL’s best, then his performance against the Essendon should have been enough to do so.

Dunkley had 16 disposals and a goal in the first quarter alone against the Bombers and was instrumental in the dismantling of an Essendon side that was eventually defeated by 104 points.

Dunkley finished the match with a game-high 39 disposals, and he continues to build on a season that has seen him average 28.4 disposals per game, a huge jump from his 2018 average of 21.9 which shows his growth as one of the most improved players in the league.

Along with Marcus Bontempelli, Jackson Macrae and Lachie Hunter, Dunkley is part of an extremely strong midfield quartet that the Bulldogs will continue to rely upon as they make a last gasp push toward September.

Toby Greene is the man that can keep the Giants in the premiership mix

If there was one positive for the Giants to take out of their big loss at the hands of Hawthorn in wild and snowy conditions on Friday night, it was the performance of Toby Greene.

Without the likes of Josh Kelly and Stephen Coniglio in the Giants midfield due to injury, Greene stood up worked tirelessly, accumulating 38 disposals and leading all possession getters on the ground.

The Giants have lost a lot of talent over the past few seasons including Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams, Will Hoskin-Elliott, Devon Smith and Dylan Shiel; whilst Stephen Coniglio is also a chance to leave the club with Carlton and Hawthorn circling aggressively.

The continual losses of these star players has the potential to rip the Giants away from a challenge at a premiership, but they still have arguably the most talented of them all in Greene, and if he can reach his outstanding potential over the course of a season or finals series, the Giants still have enough talent on their list to win a premiership.

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