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Stats reveal unsung hero

Marc McGowan  February 12, 2018 4:22 PM

The Intraclub Wrap Want all the intraclub info in a hurry? This news wrap will sort you out.
AFL 2018 Training - Hawthorn Intra-club

Willsmore collected 29 disposals in Friday's intraclub - the second most of any player.

The extent of James Sicily's outstanding performance in Hawthorn's intraclub clash at Waverley Park on Friday night is laid bare in the numbers.

The Hawks released individual player statistics on Monday, with Sicily finishing the match with 27 disposals and 12 marks down back. 

View: All the stats from Hawthorn's intraclub

They are in line with the 23-year-old's respective averages of 24.1 possessions and 9.1 marks in his 10-game reinvention as an intercepting defender last year.

Sicily's penetrating kicking was another feature as he duelled for best-on-ground honours with Jaeger O'Meara, who amassed 33 touches, seven marks, six clearances and a goal.

Most promisingly, O'Meara played without any strapping on his troublesome knees, which have restricted him to six AFL games in the past three years. 

Jack Gunston (23 disposals, nine inside 50s), Tom Mitchell and Ricky Henderson (23 each), James Cousins (21) and Luke Breust (20 and a game-high three goals) were other major ball-winners. 

Ex-Port Adelaide recruit Jarman Impey was also lively with 18 touches and three shots on goal. 

But one player who may have snuck under the radar is fourth-year midfielder Dallas Willsmore, who gathered 29 possessions and used his 191cm frame to take six marks. 

Willsmore made his AFL debut last year in Round 10 against Sydney, but played only one more match the following week against Port Adelaide before spending the rest of the season in state league ranks. 

Hawthorn delisted the 22-year-old at season's end, but re-drafted him as a rookie as he enters the final year of his contract. 

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