Territory stars light up opening round of AFL season

Daniel Rioli kicked three goals for Richmond.

Despite the lack of crowds, a number of Territory products shone on the big stage during the opening round of the AFL season on the weekend. 
On Thursday night, dual Richmond premiership player Daniel Rioli lit up the empty MCG with three goals in the Tigers’ 24-point triumph over Carlton. 
Additionally, the NT firebrand with the famous last name gathered 12 disposals at 91 per cent disposal efficiency, including 246 metres gained.  
In his new position at halfback, Ben Long was lively for the St Kilda on Saturday, tallying 14 possessions at 78 per cent disposal efficiency while also being nominated for Mark of the Week with a spectacular grab in the second quarter against North Melbourne. 
Kangaroos opponent Jed Anderson helped play a role in his side’s outstanding comeback two-point win over the Saints. 
Anderson was manic with his pressure around the football, finishing with 24 pressure acts to go with 16 possessions - nine of them contested - and four score involvements.  
For Port Adelaide, Steven Motlop had 14 disposals - seven of them contested - to go with four inside 50s and 14 pressure acts while Essendon small forward Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti had 11 disposals, five tackles and 13 pressure acts.  
Brisbane halfback Zac Bailey demonstrated his ability to break lines with 320 metres gained, 14 pressure acts and 13 disposals at a disposal efficiency rate of 76 per cent in the Lions’ 28-point loss to Hawthorn on Sunday. 
After a challenging debut season at his new club last year, Melbourne key defender Steven May looked in supreme condition in his side’s 27-point loss to West Coast on Sunday afternoon. 
The former Gold Coast captain kept dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy goalless, while compiling 10 possessions and four marks at 90 per cent disposal efficiency. 
While seven Territorians took to the field, four remained on the sidelines. 
Geelong pair Brandan Parfitt and Nakia Cockatoo are looking to build up fitness after interupted pre-seasons, exciting Gold Coast prospect Malcolm Rosas is waiting an opportunity with the Suns, while gun West Coast small forward Willie Rioli still awaits a potential ban from ASADA following an indiscretion last season.