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VFL 2017 Round 08 - Casey v Collingwood

Chris Mayne booted four goals in Collingwood's VFL loss to the Casey Demons

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Norwood v Adelaide - Saturday, June 10, 4.10pm, Coopers Stadium 

Forward Mitch McGovern (hamstring) and wingman Paul Seedsman (groin) made successful returns from their respective injuries in the Crows' thrilling two-point win. 

McGovern kicked an equal game-high four goals from his 13 disposals and four marks in carefully managed game time, while Seedsman was also monitored and finished with 17 touches and seven marks. 

Midfielder Harrison Wigg shook off a slow start to accumulate a team-high 30 disposals, nine clearances, six inside 50s and kick two critical goals in a standout performance. 

Forward Troy Menzel kicked a season-best four majors, defender Kyle Cheney (three intercept marks) repelled Norwood's attacks and the ever-reliable Scott Thompson gathered 25 touches (15 contested) and laid 14 tackles.

Draftee midfielder Myles Poholke, the No.44 selection in last year's NAB AFL Draft, kicked a last-minute running goal to hand the Crows the memorable win.

State league affiliate: Brisbane Lions (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast - Saturday, June 10, 12pm, South Pine Sports Complex  

Recommitted Lions forward Josh Schache was quiet again on return to the club's NEAFL team, which posted a five-point win over Gold Coast at South Pine Sports Complex on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Victorian, who this week ended speculation about his playing future by signing with the Lions for another two years, came back after a short break with personal leave and was held goalless. 

Josh Walker kicked the winning goal, his second major for the day, while Jonathan Freeman and Michael Close also contributed two goals each.

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State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Coburg - Saturday, June 10, 2pm, Preston City Oval

Midfield trio Nick Graham, Sam Kerridge and Rhys Palmer thrived on the tapwork of Andrew Phillips to lead the Northern Blues to a nine-point VFL win over Coburg at Preston City Oval on Saturday. 

Fringe senior players Graham (33 possessions), Kerridge (31) and Palmer (28) were prolific while receiving an armchair ride from ruckman Phillips (15 touches and 44 hitouts).

Harry McKay and Billie Smedts slotted two goals apiece.

Irishman Ciaran Byrne, in his first game back after a knee reconstruction, escaped his first hitout unscathed, gathering 13 possessions in closely monitored game time.

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Collingwood - Saturday, June 10, 2.10pm, Casey Fields

Collingwood terrier Jarryd Blair pressed his selection claims with a dominant midfield effort in a 19-point VFL loss to the Casey Demons at Casey Fields on Saturday.

Blair, 27, amassed a game-high 39 possessions, including 21 touches in the first half, in a terrific in-and-under display.

Former Fremantle forward Chris Mayne, who'd managed just five goals in his previous six VFL games, bagged 4.0 from just six kicks. A late major came after a screamer.

Exciting forward Kayle Kirby kicked two quick goals in the third term but was quiet overall and undisciplined at times.

Mason Cox enjoyed a strong first half with nine possessions, five marks (two contested) and two early goals, before sitting out the second half for a potential call-up for the Pies' Queen's Birthday encounter with Melbourne on Monday. 

Fellow big man Lachie Keeffe was also impressive in a forward/ruck role.

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Essendon - Friday, June 9, 7pm, VU Whitten Oval

Shaun McKernan bagged four of Essendon's 10 goals in their four-point loss to Footscray in a VFL thriller at Whitten Oval on Friday night.

McKernan, who hasn't played at AFL level since round two, has tallied eight goals in his past two outings. 

He received good scoreboard support from Jackson Merrett, who chimed in with three majors from 23 touches. 

Tall defender Jordan Ridley, 18, was perhaps the Bombers' best player with 12 marks in just his second game after overcoming a serious back problem. 

Experienced midfielder Heath Hocking generated a game-high 29 disposals, and laid six tackles, sharing the ball with the likes of runner Kyle Langford (26), defender Matt Dea (22) and teenager Kobe Mutch (22).

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: South Fremantle v Peel Thunder - Saturday, June 10, 2.15pm, Fremantle Community Bank Oval

Defender Ethan Hughes moved on from the disappointment of being omitted from the senior squad by being named among Peel's best players in its six-point win. 

The 22-year-old, who has played nine games for the Dockers this season, gathered 22 disposals, took eight marks and kicked a goal.

Fellow defenders Griffin Logue (14 disposals, seven marks) and Garrick Ibbotson (10 disposals, six marks) also provided support down back.

Rookie Josh Deluca was in the thick of the action with 22 touches, nine tackles and two goals, and draftee ruckman Sean Darcy showed good signs by accumulating 42 hit-outs.

Omitted forward Matt Taberner finished with two majors, while rookie Luke Strnadica converted the match-winning goal from a set shot. 

The Thunder withstood a second-half comeback after leading by 46 points at half-time.

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

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast - Saturday, June 10, 12pm, South Pine Sports Complex  

Veteran midfielder Michael Rischitelli returned from a right knee reconstruction, picking up 12 disposals in the Suns' five-point loss. 

The 31-year-old hadn't played at any level since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against the Brisbane Lions in round 16 last year. 

First-round draftee Will Brodie responded superbly after being demoted, collecting a game-high 30 disposals and six marks in the midfield. 

Brodie played two consecutive games in the senior squad, including his debut in round 10 against Melbourne.

Rookie Darcy Macpherson (27 disposals, two goals), midfielder Mitch Hallahan (27 disposals, one goal), ruckman Dan Currie (12 disposals, one goal) and fellow tall Keegan Brooksby (12 disposals, three goals) were also notable performers.

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v GWS Giants - Saturday, June 10, 11am, Blacktown International Sportspark

Tall utility Jeremy Finlayson was one of the few competitive Giants in a 167-point loss to Sydney at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday.

Finalyson, 21, belied the one-sided nature of the game by gathering a game-high 34 possessions.

Next-best ball winner in a disappointing showing from the Giants was ex-Dockers midfielder Tendai Mzungu, who had 19 touches.

The Giants' cause wasn't helped by a third-quarter blunder in which they were found to have one too many players on the field. Umpires halted play for a head count, after which the Giants' entire score of 0.4 (4) to that point was wiped.  

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: North Ballarat v Box Hill Hawks - Sunday, June 11, 1pm, Eureka Stadium 

Mobile defender Kurt Heatherley led the way for the Hawks in their 12-point win, gathering a team-high 29 possessions.

The 22-year-old has played just two games for Hawthorn, with the round nine loss to Collingwood his most recent senior appearance. 

Axed forward Ty Vickery finished with a goal, while draftee defender Harry Morrison, who was recruited with the Hawks' first selection in last year's NAB AFL Draft at No.74, collected 21 disposals.

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Collingwood - Saturday, June 10, 2.10pm, Casey Fields

Returning ruckman Jake Spencer was influential in his first VFL game back from a shoulder injury, helping the Casey Demons to a 19-point win over Collingwood at Casey Fields on Saturday. 

Spencer hadn't played since hurting an AC joint against Richmond in round five, but showed little sign of fatigue as he directed play around the stoppages. 

Josh Wagner did his chances of a recall no harm with the left-footed runner producing a fine display, with great support from the likes of Ben Kennedy and Jack Trengove.

Little man Jay Kennedy-Harris was also busy early before being removed from the contest to rest for a possible call-up for the Queen's Birthday game against Collingwood on Monday.

Talented forward Sam Weideman kicked two goals and looked dangerous, while Dean Kent and Billy Stretch also kicked two majors apiece.

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

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v West Adelaide - Sunday, June 11, 2.10pm, Alberton Oval

Young tall Dougal Howard put in an eye-catching performance that is sure to grab Power coach Ken Hinkley's attention, bagging eight goals from 24 disposals and 11 marks in the Magpies' 128-point win. 

Omitted midfielder Aaron Young returned to form in spectacular fashion by gathering 36 possessions, 13 inside 50s and kicking five goals. 

However, the thumping victory was soured by a calf injury to forward Angus Monfries, who sat out the final three quarters with ice strapped around his leg.

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

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Williamstown v Sandringham - Saturday, June 10, 2pm, Burbank Oval  

Jinxed speedster Nathan Freeman took another significant step towards a long-awaited AFL debut in Sandringham's 24-point loss to VFL counterpart Williamstown at Burbank Oval on Saturday. 

The 21-year-old 2013 first-round draft pick, who has been plagued by hamstring injuries, collected 29 disposals in his eighth successive game.

Even more impressive was Darren Minchington, finished with 27 disposals and three goals.

Jack Lonie also kicked three goals while Luke Dunstan and Ben Long snagged two each.

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State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v GWS Giants - Saturday, June 10, 11am, Blacktown International Sportspark

Kurt Tippett regained some lost touch with a strong performance in the Swans' landslide win over the Giants at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday.

Tippett, who was dropped this week for poor form, had 21 possessions, nine marks, 28 hitouts, five tackles and kicked 3.2 in a 167-point win.

The pacy Gary Rohan – a late withdrawal for the Swans' clash with the Western Bulldogs on Thursday night due to illness – had 18 touches and kicked two goals.

Other prominent Swans included youngsters in top draftee Oliver Florent (28 touches, eight tackles and two goals), Jordan Dawson (26 possessions, 11 tackles and four goals) and teenage rookie Sam Fisher (25 disposals and four goals).

Rookie-listed Shaun Edwards kicked 3.3 from 21 possessions, experienced defender Jeremy Laidler had a team-high 31 disposals, Brandon Jack had 27 touches and a goal, Irish rookie Colin O'Riordan also impressed with 27 disposals, while Jordan Foote had 22 touches and applied eight tackles.

State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Essendon - Friday, June 9, 7pm, VU Whitten Oval

Bulldogs premiership hero Tom Liberatore might struggle to receive a senior recall after producing another moderate performance in the VFL.

The 25-year-old had 21 possessions – second-most for the Dogs – seven of which he pumped inside 50, and he laid seven tackles, but the hard-nosed midfielder wasn't named among his team's best players in a four-point win over Essendon at Whitten Oval on Friday night.

Since being dropped, Liberatore has averaged just 20 possessions in three VFL games. 

More impressive were ruckman Tom Campbell (17 possessions and a goal), Bailey Williams (17 and a goal), Lukas Webb (a team-high 23 touches and a goal) and the versatile Zaine Cordy, who was the Dogs' only multiple goalkicker in a low-scoring game with two, both of which came in a tense final term, his second major proving the matchwinner. 

Midfielder Mitch Honeychurch continued his good form, helping the Dogs get the ascendancy early, collecting 12 of his 19 touches in the first half. 

Key forward Jack Redpath managed just one goal while youngster Patrick Lipinski, on return from a shoulder injury, slotted the Dogs' first goal.