AFL Unsung Heroes, Monday 18th July

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A ‘deadly’ performance in Darwin led to a groundswell of support, while the red and white of ‘The Bloods’ feature heavily in the Round 18 edition of Unsung Heroes.

Unsung hero #1

Fans of Kozzy Pickett

There is something magical about how the indigenous athleticism, culture and spirit intertwines with the game of Aussie Rules. 

It was on show none more so than when Kysaiah Pickett slammed home six goals in a critical win for the Demons up in Darwin. 

The post-game celebrations were one to savour as a handful of indigenous fans, young and old for that matter, lined up and go their photos with Pickett after his match-winning performance. 

Melbourne’s social media did it justice by posting up footage of the fan fare which ensued. 

Have a watch of it here! 

Unsung hero #2

John Longmire

He would have to be the best developer of youth in the AFL system.

John Longmire’s ability to turn his young troopers into battle-hardened players has not got enough credit this season. 

Sydney was only down out of the eight for two years through 2019 and 2020. 

Since then, Longmire has overseen a transformation of the Sydney playing list which new includes a heap of youngsters set to carry the club forward for the next decade. 

With finals and a top-four berth on the agenda yet again, it is a testament to how Longmire fast tracks the blossom of his juvenile lads.  

Unsung hero #3

Errol gulden

It would be remiss of us to not herald one of the players John Longmire has turned into a genuine jet. 

Errol Gulden burst onto the scene in 2021 as a slight 19-year-old kid out of the Sydney AFL academy. 

Little did we know the immediate of impact he would have in the elite level of Aussie Rules. 

Gulden produced a stunning 23-disposal and two-goal performance against Fremantle at Optus Stadium to guide his Swans to victory over the weekend. 

It was a performance which brought about comparisons to champion Swan Ryan O’Keefe – a gun left-footer in his own right. 

For all the talk about Buddy Franklin’s contract, this bloke deserves a similar amount of attention. 

Unsung hero #4

Jaiyden Stephenson

Much has been made about Jaiyden Stephenson and his commitment to North Melbourne.

Scapegoating him would be the easy thing to do given the plight and crisis of North’s season. 

But, enter Round 18 on Saturday afternoon, Stephenson would revel under the roof of Marvel Stadium against Richmond. 

Stephenson was tremendous in the four-point win over the Tigers as he catapulted the Roos forward with 12 rebounds 50s, 835 metres gained, 23 disposals and a goal to boot. 

In all the fervour and chaos after the win, it was only right to honour what was a sensational performance from the young man. 

Base your season and the rest of your career off this game and you have a big career ahead of you at Arden Street. 

Unsung hero #5

patrick lipinski

The conditions were shocking and it required a strong performance around the contest. 

Patrick Lipisnki brought this in spades as Collingwood extended its unbeaten run to eight-straight games. 

Lipinski continues to prove his worth as one of the recruits of the season after another strong display for the Magpies. 

He conjured up 13 tackles, eight score involvement, six clearances and four inside 50s in a game where field territory was of utmost importance. 

To have only one clanger in the wet conditions was also a highlight of his poise with ball in hand. 

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