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VFL 2017 Round 11 - Essendon v Richmond

Brent Stanton clocked up plenty of touches for the Dons at Windy Hill

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Sturt v Adelaide - Saturday, July 1, 2.10pm, Peter Motley Oval  

Dumped forward Andy Otten picked up 15 disposals, three hit-outs and two goals in Adelaide's 52-point loss to Sturt at Peter Motley Oval on Saturday.

Tom Doedee led the disposal count for his side with 23 while draftees Myles Poholke (22) and Jordan Gallucci (17) also won the footy.

Otten, 28, had played every game in the senior side this year up until this weekend and booted 17 goals.

Sturt trailed by five points at quarter-time but kicked away to post a 17.17 (119) to 10.7 (67) victory.

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State league affiliate: Brisbane Lions (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney Uni v Brisbane Lions - Saturday, July 1, 12pm, Blacktown International Sportspark 

Young midfielder Ben Keays picked up 34 disposals, six tackles and four goals in the Brisbane Lions' 65-point win over Sydney University at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday.

Matthew HammelmannMichael Close and Liam Dawson all booted three goals apiece.

Recently re-signed forward Josh Schache finished with 11 disposals, eight marks and two goals.

Jacob Allison (30 disposals and one goal), Corey Lyons (28 and one) and Marco Paparone (28) were all prolific.

Keays has played seven matches in the senior team this season but hasn't been seen in Chris Fagan's side since round 10.

Meanwhile, Hammelmann has slotted 10 goals in his past three NEAFL games. He has been used as a defender at times in the AFL. 

The game was relocated from Henson Park and the Lions ran out comfortable 21.6 (132) to 10.7 (67) winners. 

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State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Box Hill Hawks - Sunday, July 2, 2pm, Preston City Oval 

Omitted midfielder Blaine Boekhorst was the key player for the Blues, amassing 36 possessions in the 22-point loss.

Axed midfielder Billie Smedts (22 disposals), draftee Harrison Macreadie (20) and former Giant Rhys Palmer (20) were the other major ball-winners.

The inaccurate Blues finished the game with six goals and 19 behinds.

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State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Footscray - Sunday, July 2, 11.45am, Victoria Park

Returning from a hamstring injury, speedster Travis Varcoe was managed in his first game in two months and featured in each quarter of the Magpies' thrilling five-point win.

Defender Ben Reid played well after being omitted and bobbed up forward to kick a goal from just beyond the 50m arc, while midfielder Jarryd Blair didn't stop trying through the middle.

Axed forward Ben Crocker kicked the match-winning goal with his clever snap in the dying minutes handing the Magpies a six-point advantage.

Collingwood secured the win after Bulldogs' hit the post with a shot at goal after the siren that would have drawn the match. 

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Richmond - Saturday, July 1, 2.10pm, Windy Hill

Young forward Jayden Laverde emerged unscathed in his first game of the season as Essendon fell six points short of Richmond at Windy Hill on Saturday afternoon.

Laverde had ankle surgery in March. He played three quarters of game time and pulled up well. 

Promising defender Aaron Francis lined up in the backline and defended strongly, with his intercept marking impressive. 

David Myers racked up 35 disposals as an onballer and was clean with the footy while Jackson Merrett slotted three goals. 

Veteran Brent Stanton played on the wing and offered plenty of run.

Richmond edged out the Bombers in a hotly contested game, 12.8 (80) to 10.14 (74). 

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v Claremont - Saturday, July 1, 2.15pm, Bendigo Bank Stadium

Young defender Ryan Nyhuis was impressive in Peel's two-point win, gathering a match-high 30 disposals and six marks in wet and muddy conditions.

The 20-year-old, who is yet to debut since being recruited with pick No.34 in the 2015 NAB AFL Rookie Draft, provided good rebound from defence.

Defender Zac Dawson returned to the backline after featuring at the opposite end of the ground in recent weeks and fitted in seamlessly with 17 touches and seven marks, while first-year rookie Taylin Duman was also solid down back with 22 disposals.

Axed forward Shane Kersten kicked an equal game-high two goals in his first appearance for Peel since joining Fremantle in last year's exchange period from Geelong. 

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State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Coburg - Saturday, July 1, 1pm, Simonds Stadium

Returning young gun Brandan Parfitt picked up 26 disposals and a goal in his first game back from a hamstring injury in Geelong's 85-point win against Coburg at Simonds Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

He also laid nine tackles.

Parfitt was nominated for the NAB Rising Star after round three and was injured against Collingwood in round six. 

The Cats posted a comfortable victory, 19.12 (126) to 6.5 (41).

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Aspley - Saturday, July 1, 12.55pm, Metricon Stadium

Tough midfielder Michael Rischitelli notched up 27 disposals and a goal in Gold Coast's dominant 127-point win against Aspley at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Tall rookie Cameron Loersch booted seven goals to combine with his 17 disposals and eight marks. 

Dropped youngster Darcy MacPherson had 31 disposals, nine marks and four goals. 

Matt Shaw was the leading ball-winner for his side with 39 disposals and two goals while Mitch Hallahan (32 and one) and draftee Jack Bowes (28) were also prolific. 

Rischitelli has played three games since returning from a right knee reconstruction.

The respected onballer is out of contract at the end of the season.

Gold Coast held Aspley scoreless in the first half on its way to a 25.13 (163) to 5.6 (36) victory. 

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: GWS Giants v NT Thunder - Saturday, July 1, 3.15pm, Spotless Stadium 

Draftee Will Setterfield had 31 disposals and two goals in Greater Western Sydney's four-point loss to the Northern Territory Thunder at Spotless Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

He wasn't the only first-round selection from last year to flourish, as Harry Perryman finished with 27 disposals and two goals while Isaac Cumming collected 26 himself. 

Former Docker Tendai Mzungu won 20 disposals. 

It was Setterfield's second-straight game since returning from an ankle syndesmosis injury he suffered in April. 

The Giants led by four points at the final break but couldn't hold on as the Thunder won 15.7 (97) to 14.9 (93).

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State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Box Hill Hawks - Sunday, July 2, 2pm, Preston City Oval 

Maligned forward Ty Vickery kicked three goals in his team's 22-point win.

Vickery, whose last game for the Hawks was in the round 11 loss to Port Adelaide, was joined among the Hawks' best by youngster Teia Miles.

Second-year forward Kade Stewart kicked a goal and impressed with his pressure acts, while onballer Brendan Whitecross also added a major.

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Port Melbourne v Casey Demons - Saturday, July 1, 2pm, North Port Oval

Rookie midfielder Corey Maynard continued his push for a senior debut by collecting a team-high 32 possessions in Casey's 65-point loss.

Ball-winners Ben Kennedy (29 disposals), Jay Kennedy-Harris (27, one goal) and Dean Kent (23, one goal) responded positively after being banned from selection for Friday night's loss to Sydney.

The trio, along with ruckman Jake Spencer, were not considered for senior call-ups after breaking team rules by drinking alcohol following last Saturday's VFL game against Box Hill.

Rookie Joel Smith returned from a left shoulder reconstruction he suffered in his AFL debut in round one against St Kilda, gathering 21 disposals.

An inaccurate Casey managed just five goals for the match. 

State league affiliate: Werribee (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Werribee - Sunday, July 2, 2pm, Trevor Barker Beach Oval

Draftee Jy Simpkin made his first appearance since recovering from shoulder surgery, playing between the forward line and midfield in the six-point loss.

Simpkin, who played six of the first eight games for the Kangaroos before going down with injury against Sydney in round eight, finished with a goal.

A Werribee spokesman told AFL.com.au on Sunday that Simpkin "ran the game out really well".

Draftee Nick Larkey, who was taken with North's final pick in last year's draft, kicked four goals and hit the post on two occasions.

Second-year rookie Will Fordham used his hard-running ability through the centre and kicked two goals, while fellow rookie Cameron Zurhaar followed suit up forward with two goals of his own.

Defender Sam Wright took part in his second consecutive game since overcoming a foot/ankle injury and played out the game.

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Woodville-West Torrens v Port Adelaide - Saturday, July 1, 2.10pm, Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval

Out-of-contract runner Jimmy Toumpas collected 27 disposals in Port Adelaide's 27-point loss to Woodville-West Torrens at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Tough onballer Joe Atley had 25 himself and kicked a goal, to go along with 13 tackles.

Mature-age pick-up Brett Eddy booted three goals.

Big-bodied midfielder Brendon Ah Chee finished with 24 disposals.

Toumpas has played 10 matches in his two seasons since crossing over from Melbourne.

The Magpies led by 10 points at the main break but were run over by the Eagles, 12.13 (85) to 8.10 (58).

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Richmond - Saturday, July 1, 2.10pm, Windy Hill

Inside midfielder Anthony Miles racked up 36 disposals for Richmond in its six-point win against Essendon at Windy Hill on Saturday afternoon.

Taylor Hunt was named the best player for the Tigers as he finished with 28 disposals.

Draftee Ryan Garthwaite bagged two goals. 

The Tigers held on for victory in a tough game, 12.8 (80) to 10.14 (74). 

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Werribee - Sunday, July 2, 2pm, Trevor Barker Beach Oval

Hard-running backman Daniel McKenzie took out best-on-ground honours in the Zebras' six-point win courtesy of his defensive rebounding ability.

The 21-year-old sat out the final quarter for Sandringham last weekend after receiving a knock between his hip and coccyx.

Another key contributor, Shane Savage, used his 115-games experience to win contests and drift forward for two goals.

Big man Tom Hickey was the dominant ruckman on the ground and kicked a goal, adding a little more pressure on first-choice ruckman Billy Longer.

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State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Canberra v Sydney - Saturday, July 1, 12pm, UNSW Canberra Oval

Sydney defender Alex Johnson made a remarkable comeback to football as he picked up eight disposals and kicked a goal in the opening half as the Swans beat Canberra by 91 points at UNSW Canberra Oval on Saturday afternoon. 

Watched on by several teammates, including Lance Franklin and Dan Hannebery, Johnson emerged unscathed in his first game for 1,736 days, when he played against Gold Coast in a pre-season match and ruptured the ACL in his left knee.

He has had five knee reconstructions.

Meanwhile, Dan Robinson (32 disposals and one goal), James Rose (30 disposals and 3.4) and Jordan Foote (29 and one) all won plenty of the ball. 

Tall option Callum Sinclair picked up 26 disposals and 3.3 while defender Aliir Aliir had 21 disposals and kicked 2.2. 

The Swans booted 14 goals to half-time before cruising home 20.18 (138) to 7.5 (47).

State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: East Perth v East Fremantle - Saturday, July 1, 2.15pm, Leederville Oval

Ruck duo Scott Lycett and Jonathan Giles made light work of their smaller East Fremantle opponent in the 61-point win, combining for a monster 122 hit-outs to 17.

Playing his fourth game since overcoming shoulder surgery, Lycett had 67 hit-outs, 21 disposals, laid six tackles and kicked a goal to suggest he is on the verge of earning a senior call-up.

Fellow tall Fraser McInnes featured in the forward line and finished with 17 disposals and three goals, including two majors in the first quarter.

Second-year onballer Kurt Mutimer also relished the wet conditions with his 32 touches, eight inside 50s, seven tackles and two goals, while rookie Jordan Snadden began well but was concussed before half-time. 

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Footscray - Sunday, July 2, 11.45am, Victoria Park

Veteran defender Matthew Boyd led the stats sheet with 26 disposals in Footscray's five-point loss.

It was the 34-year-old's third consecutive VFL appearance since being omitted following the round 12 loss to Sydney.

Forward Clay Smith gathered 22 touches as he continues to push for senior selection, while forward Tom Boyd, whose calf complaint kept him sidelined last weekend, was a late withdrawal from the game.

The Bulldogs had the chance to draw the match courtesy of VFL-listed player Anthony Bruhn but his set shot after the siren hit the post, handing the Magpies the thrilling win.

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