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South West AFL Watch: Dunsborough’s Reuben Ginbey continues proving himself at AFL level

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Reuben Ginbey of the Eagles in action during the round nine AFL match between West Coast Eagles and Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium, on May 12, 2023, in Perth, Australia.
Camera IconPERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Reuben Ginbey of the Eagles in action during the round nine AFL match between West Coast Eagles and Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium, on May 12, 2023, in Perth, Australia. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Despite being caught up in a seven-game losing streak, Dunsborough’s Reuben Ginbey is continuing to put in the hard yards with another impressive midfield performance.

In the midst of West Coast’s disappointing 16.17 (113) to 6.7 (43) loss to Gold Coast at Optus Stadium on Friday, the former Dunsborough Shark put up a solid performance playing on Matt Rowell to be named among the Eagles’ best of the night.

Mainly sighted in the centre circle and attending 14 centre bounces, Ginbey managed 16 tackles — just one behind Rowell’s game-high 17 — along with 12 disposals, a mark, two intercept possessions, a score involvement, 33 pressure acts, five clearances and three inside 50s.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Matt Rowell of the Suns is tackled by Reuben Ginbey of the Eagles during the 2023 AFL Round 09 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium on May 12, 2023 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Camera IconPERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Matt Rowell of the Suns is tackled by Reuben Ginbey of the Eagles during the 2023 AFL Round 09 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium on May 12, 2023 in Perth, Australia. Credit: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

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The 18-year-old’s strong tackling performance in just his ninth game at AFL level left him just two short of West Coast’s record set by Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis.

Following the match, Ginbey told PerthNow he was still loving playing at AFL level despite his team not getting favourable results.

“If I’m out playing footy I’m the happiest guy and to be playing AFL has always been my dream,” he said.

“Obviously we haven’t been getting the results we want, but I’m still loving it.”

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Brady Hough of the Eagles and Hewago Oea of the Suns contest for a mark during the round nine AFL match between West Coast Eagles and Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium, on May 12, 2023, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Camera IconPERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Brady Hough of the Eagles and Hewago Oea of the Suns contest for a mark during the round nine AFL match between West Coast Eagles and Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium, on May 12, 2023, in Perth, Australia. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Harvey-born teammate Brady Hough made his return from injury, putting in a modest effort within the half forward line.

Hough finished with six disposals, three marks, six tackles, an intercept possession, a score involvement, 17 pressure acts and an inside 50.

Elsewhere, former Manjimup Tigers junior Marlion Pickett put in a solid effort in Richmond’s 16.6 (102) to 11.12 (78) win over reigning premiers Geelong at the MCG.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Marlion Pickett of the Tigers in action during the 2023 AFL Round 09 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 12, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Camera IconMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Marlion Pickett of the Tigers in action during the 2023 AFL Round 09 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 12, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Pickett managed seven disposals, a mark, two goal assists, three score involvements, eight pressure acts and four inside 50s.

On Saturday, former HBL Lion Ethan Hughes and Busselton’s Jye Amiss both featured in Fremantle’s 16.7 (103) to 13.8 (86) win over Sydney at the SCG.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13:  Jye Amiss of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the round nine AFL match between Sydney Swans and Fremantle Dockers at Sydney Cricket Ground, on May 13, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Camera IconSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Jye Amiss of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the round nine AFL match between Sydney Swans and Fremantle Dockers at Sydney Cricket Ground, on May 13, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. Credit: Matt King/Getty Images

Amiss put up a solid showing in the forward line, booting 2.1 along with racking up nine disposals, five marks, a tackle, five score involvements, six pressure acts and an inside 50.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13:  Ethan Hughes of the Dockers is tackled by Will Hayward of the Swans during the round nine AFL match between Sydney Swans and Fremantle Dockers at Sydney Cricket Ground, on May 13, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Camera IconSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Ethan Hughes of the Dockers is tackled by Will Hayward of the Swans during the round nine AFL match between Sydney Swans and Fremantle Dockers at Sydney Cricket Ground, on May 13, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. Credit: Matt King/Getty Images

Hughes also booted a goal of his own during the second quarter and managed nine disposals, four marks, three tackles, two intercept possessions, a score involvement, eight pressure acts and an inside 50.

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