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VFL 2017 Round 07 - Port Melbourne v Box Hill

Will Langford in action for Box Hill against Port Melbourne

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Glenelg v Adelaide - Saturday, June 3, 2.40pm, Gliderol Stadium

Small forward Troy Menzel returned from a corked quad with 10 disposals and kicked 0.1 as Adelaide lost to Glenelg by 41 points at Gliderol Stadium on Saturday.

Menzel, 22, suffered the injury against Melbourne in round eight of the AFL season and hadn't been seen since.

Experienced midfielder Scott Thompson collected 23 disposals, 18 contested possessions, seven clearances and six tackles to be his side's leading ball-winner.

Jonathon Beech made the trip to Geelong as an emergency but wasn't required and had 15 disposals in the SANFL.

The Tigers trailed by nine points at the first break but came back to win, 14.4 (88) to 6.11 (47).

State league affiliate: Brisbane Lions (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye 

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State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Sandringham - Sunday, June 4, 12pm, Victoria Park

Talented draftee Kayle Kirby booted six goals in Collingwood's first win since April, over Sandringham by 14 points at Victoria Park on Sunday.

Kirby was picked up with pick No.50 in last year's NAB AFL Draft and has shown signs of his speed and goal sense.

Tall forward Mason Cox kicked three goals to press his claim for selection in the senior side. 

Former Docker Chris Mayne and key defender Sam McLarty were others to impress in the 14.8 (92) to 11.12 (78) victory.

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v North Ballarat - Saturday, June 3, 12pm, Windy Hill

Returning backman Jordan Ridley had 17 disposals in his comeback from a back injury as Essendon beat North Ballarat by 38 points at Windy Hill on Saturday.

Ridley was drafted at No. 22 last year and played a pre-season game against Gold Coast but suffered a stress fracture in his back.

"Sometimes when you've had such a long lay-off it's going to take time just to get your footy back again," coach Paul Corrigan told essendonfc.com.au.

"I thought he performed really well today and he's going to keep learning and adjusting to the way we're playing."

Big man Shaun McKernan was dangerous in attack and finished with four goals while Aaron Francis booted three.

Ruckman Matthew Leuenberger picked up 23 disposals and kicked a goal. The former Brisbane Lion missed the senior side last week through illness and was forced to come back through the reserves.

Kyle Langford (31 disposals and two goals), Craig Bird (31 and two), Heath Hocking (28 and two) and Kobe Mutch (25) all won their fair share of the footy.

"Leuey in the ruck gave really good service to our mids. Hocking, Langford, Bird – these guys, I thought, were really good through there," Corrigan said.

The Bombers started hot with three early goals before winning 20.17 (137) to 15.9 (99). 

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v Subiaco - Saturday, June 3, 2.15pm, Bendigo Bank Stadium

Midfielder Tommy Sheridan picked up 29 disposals, 11 marks and six tackles in Peel Thunder's four-point loss to Subiaco at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday.

Sheridan, 23, was named among the best. He has played four games in the senior team this season.

Young defender Griffin Logue finished with 15 disposals, six marks and a goal. Fellow backman Zac Dawson also booted a goal.

Veteran Danyle Pearce notched up 27 disposals and seven tackles.

The Lions led at every change and held on for the win, 12.15 (87) to 12.11 (83).

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Williamstown v Geelong - Sunday, June 4, 2.10pm, Burbank Oval

Tom Ruggles notched up 27 disposals and a goal for Geelong as the Cats fell to Williamstown by 53 points on Sunday afternoon at Burbank Oval. 

Ruggles, 25, played the first four games of the year in the senior team but hasn't played in Chris Scott's side since.

Key forward Aaron Black, who could find himself in the senior team if Tom Hawkins is suspended, managed just one goal, while fellow big man Wylie Buzza took five marks and kicked a goal to be among the best for the Cats.

Midfielder George Horlin-Smith collected 18 disposals.

The Cats led by six points at quarter-time but the Seagulls kicked 13 goals in the second half to cruise to the 15.15 (105) to 7.10 (52) win.

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Southport - Saturday, June 3, 10.05am, Metricon Stadium 

Key defender Rory Thompson was among a host of returning players for Gold Coast in its 117-point win against Southport at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.

He finished with 14 disposals and eight marks after not having played since round three with quad and hamstring issues. 

The 26-year-old faces competition to return to the senior team with Jack Leslie having impressed in Thompson's absence. 

Forward Jarrad Grant came back from a knee injury and collected 19 disposals and eight marks, and booted 4.1. 

Last year's No.4 draft selection Ben Ainsworth had missed since round two with a heavily corked quad but finished with 19 disposals against the Sharks.

Jesse Lonergan (27 disposals) and Mitch Hallahan (26 and a goal) also came back after short stints out of the team.

Darcy Macpherson was named in the best after racking up 35 disposals and kicking 3.4, while Brayden Fiorini (33 and a goal) also won plenty of the ball. 

Gold Coast ran out dominant winners, 23.18 (156) to 6.3 (39). 

Veteran Michael Rischitelli is expected to return from a knee reconstruction in the Suns' next NEAFL game, as is Callum Ah Chee (back).

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: GWS Giants v Redland - Saturday, June 3, 12.55pm, Spotless Stadium

Experienced midfielder Tendai Mzungu notched up 32 disposals and eight tackles in his return from a serious hamstring injury, but it wasn't enough as Greater Western Sydney fell to Redland by 46 points at Spotless Stadium.

Mzungu, 31, was picked up as a rookie by the Giants at the end of last season. He played in the senior side for the season opener against Adelaide but suffered a torn left hamstring in the second quarter.

The former Docker will add another senior body for coach Leon Cameron to pick, with several players sidelined.

Key defender Tim Mohr responded to his omission with 20 disposals and was named among the best.

Draftee Lachie Tiziani was inaccurate in front of goal with 1.4 to go along with 17 disposals and 10 marks.

Zach Sproule won 27 disposals and kicked a goal while Isaac Cumming had 24 himself.

Redland led at every change to defeat an understrength Giants outfit, 14.14 (98) to 7.10 (52).

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Port Melbourne v Box Hill Hawks - Saturday, June 3, 2.10pm, North Port Oval

Premiership Hawk Will Langford finished with 30 disposals and three goals in Box Hill's draw with Port Melbourne at North Port Oval on Saturday. 

In the aftermath of Hawthorn's embarrassing 51-point loss to Port Adelaide, Langford pressed a strong claim to return to Alastair Clarkson's side.

He played the first nine games of the AFL season.

"I had last week off (after being dropped)," Langford told Channel Seven after the match.

"It's always good fun to play footy and do my best. We'll see what is best for the team going forward next week."

Tall forward Tim O'Brien kicked three goals while Kade Stewart (23 disposals) and Billy Hartung (21) were among their side's leading ball-winners.

Box Hill led by 16 points at the last break but didn't hold on, 16.12 (108) to 15.18 (108).

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Coburg v Casey Demons - Sunday, June 4, 2pm, Piranha Park

Jay Kennedy-Harris had an enormous game with 47 disposals and eight tackles in the Casey Demons' 18-point win against Coburg at Piranha Park on Sunday.

Kennedy-Harris, 22, has played three games in the AFL this season but made a strong claim for a recall. Simon Goodwin's side faces Collingwood in the Queen's Birthday clash in round 12.

Former Melbourne co-captain Jack Trengove picked up 30 disposals, while Dean Kent (28) and Mitch White (27) also won plenty of the footy. 

Ben Kennedy booted three goals as Casey led at every break, 12.14 (86) to 10.8 (68).

State league affiliate: Werribee (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Werribee - Saturday, June 3, 1pm, Holm Park Recreation Reserve

Former North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow picked up 30 disposals for Werribee in its five-point win against Richmond in Beaconsfield on Saturday. 

Swallow, 30, was typically influential inside the contest.

He has played six games in the senior side this season.

Key defender Sam Durdin impressed down back while Braydon Preuss performed well in a tough ruck duel against experienced big man Ivan Maric.

Werribee held on for victory, 10.12 (72) to 10.7 (67).

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: South Adelaide v Port Adelaide - Sunday, June 4, 2.10pm, Hickinbotham Oval

Veteran Angus Monfries finished with 26 disposals and two goals in Port Adelaide's 50-point win over South Adelaide at Hickinbotham Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Monfries, 30, is yet to play a senior game this season after missing all of last season with a doping ban. He has had setbacks with shoulder and hamstring injuries this year.

Nathan Krakouer returned from a foot injury to collect 17 disposals and nine inside-50s, while Will Snelling came back from an ankle concern and won 20 disposals.

Mature-age recruit Brett Eddy booted 3.3, taking his SANFL season tally to 24 goals from seven games.

The Magpies capitalised on an eight-goal second term to win comfortably 19.13 (127) to 12.5 (77).

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Werribee - Saturday, June 3, 1pm, Holm Park Recreation Reserve

Inside midfielder Anthony Miles picked up 34 disposals in Richmond's five-point loss to Werribee in Beaconsfield on Saturday.

Miles' balance of inside and outside play was a particularly impressive aspect of his game.

The 25-year-old has played just two games in the senior team this season but has been racking up the footy in the VFL.

Meanwhile, smart forward Ben Lennon slotted four goals to again press his claims for promotion. Lennon was drafted at No. 12 in 2013 and is out of contract at the end of the season. He booted three goals against Essendon last week.

He contested well both in the air and on the ground.

Fellow former first round selection Corey Ellis collected 30 disposals playing on a wing and looked a class above.

Experienced ruckman Ivan Maric rucked the final quarter without a break against listed North Melbourne players Braydon Preuss and Majak Daw.

Ivan Soldo landed awkwardly earlier in the game and was injured while fellow big man Todd Elton finished the match in a sling after suffering a shoulder injury.

Defender Nathan Broad looked as if he hadn't missed a beat in his comeback from an AC joint injury in his right shoulder, and was named among the best players as he notched up 21 disposals, six marks and six tackles.

Werribee led at every change to hold on for victory, 10.12 (72) to 10.7 (67).

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Sandringham - Sunday, June 4, 12pm, Victoria Park 

Tall forward Josh Bruce slotted four goals in the first half to stake his claim for a return to the senior side in Sandringham's 14-point loss to Collingwood at Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon.

He sat out much of the second half, with St Kilda to face the Crows at Adelaide Oval in just five days.

Bruce impressed with his work rate and follow up when the ball hit the deck.

"It was planned for him, depending on how he was going, to play three quarters. We pulled him before three-quarter time and he spent the rest of the game on the bench," Zebras coach Lindsay Gilbee told AFL.com.au.

Meanwhile, injury-prone former Magpie Nathan Freeman collected 25 disposals.

Improving his defensive running will be the next step for Freeman.

"His ability to go both ways (needs work), which you need to do as good AFL mid. Every game he's taking a step forward in little areas. It was another positive step forward," Gilbee said.

Rookie Nick O'Kearney picked up 31 disposals while hard nut Luke Dunstan won 30 and won his fair share of the footy outside the contest, while Darren Minchington and Jack Lonie also played well through the midfield.

The Zebras were left with one fit player on the bench in the final term. Defender Bailey Rice was among those under a fitness cloud with an ankle concern.

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State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: East Perth v West Perth - Monday, June 5, 2.10pm, Leederville Oval

Draftee Willie Rioli's chances of earning a senior debut have hit a roadblock after he experienced tightness in his "good" hamstring in East Perth's 46-point win. 

The 21-year-old goalsneak, who was appearing in his first game in the WAFL seniors, made his comeback from a long-term hamstring injury via the reserves just a fortnight ago before the bye. 

Rioli, the No.52 draft pick last year, showed his potential by kicking a clever banana goal in the first quarter and latching onto a hanger on the wing in the second term.

In better news, ruckman Scott Lycett emerged unscathed in his first game since last year's elimination final due to a PCL reconstruction and shoulder surgery, finishing with 16 hit-outs and 11 touches in about 75 per cent game time.

Ball-winner Jack Redden (29 disposals, two goals), yet-to-debut midfielder Luke Partington (22 disposals, three goals) and draftee Daniel Venables (14 disposals, two goals) were the pick of the Eagles. 

Axed duo Chris Masten and Malcolm Karpany collected 28 and 15 possessions respectively, with the latter also chiming in with a goal.

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Bye