In the last of the three bye rounds, the South West’s AFL stars have continued to impress the masses as the 2022 AFL season heads towards the finals race. Manjimup’s Marlion Pickett put on an impressive display across the midfield in Richmond’s fiery 15-point win over Carlton at the MCG on Thursday to storm into the top eight. Pickett booted the opening goal of the match, later managed a minor score, and finished with 20 disposals, four marks — all of which were uncontested — and three tackles. The Tiger also managed five score involvements, 13 pressure acts and six inside 50s. The impassioned rivalry between the Tigers and the Blues also came to a head at three-quarter time with a number of players, including Pickett, involved in some push and shove after Carlton’s Patrick Cripps expressed frustration towards Dion Prestia after being pushed in the back. Meanwhile at Optus Stadium, Harvey’s Brady Hough was part of what became West Coast’s best performance since round four after falling short to Geelong by three goals at Optus Stadium. Hough contributed within the midfield and finished with 13 disposals, six marks, a tackle and a minor score. Among his 13 disposals, Hough had 11 uncontested possessions and three intercept possessions and also managed five score involvements, 10 pressure acts and four inside 50s.