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Around the state leagues: Who starred for your club?

Ben Collins and Giulio Di Giorgio  August 13, 2017 5:56 PM

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Jack Watts in action for the Casey Demons during their win over the Northern Blues

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: North Adelaide v Adelaide - Saturday, August 12, 2.10pm, Prospect Oval

Wingman Paul Seedsman kept himself in the selection frame courtesy of his match-high 29 disposals, seven inside 50s and three goals in the Crows' 39-point win.

Rookie Ben Jarman, the son of Crows great Darren, showed his potential with 16 touches, three score involvements and a goal.

Livewire forward Troy Menzel netted four goals, including a superb snap from the boundary in the final quarter, while youngster Dean Gore (19 disposals, seven marks) stood tall in the Crows' undermanned defence.

Retiring onballer Scott Thompson (28 disposals), midfielder Jordan Gallucci (23 disposals, two goals) and speedster Wayne Milera (18 disposals) rounded out the Crows' leaders.

Adelaide led by four points at the last change before kicking clear in the final quarter.

State league affiliate: Brisbane Lions (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast - Saturday, August 12, 12.45pm, Gabba

Youngster Ben Keays kept his side in the contest with a team-high 32 possessions and five tackles in the seven-point loss.

Omitted key forward Josh Schache showed glimpses of his best with two goals from 13 touches and five marks.

The former No.2 draft pick resisted overtures from Melbourne-based clubs to re-sign with the Lions earlier this year.

Tall forward Matthew Hammelmann led the goalkicking for the Lions with three majors from his 12 touches and 11 marks, while Tom Cutler (26 disposals, two goals) and draftee Corey Lyons (25 disposals) also found the ball.

The Lions' 10-game winning streak came to end with the loss.

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State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Northern Blues - Saturday, August 12, 2pm, Casey Fields 

Coming off his 29-possession game last weekend, former Giant Rhys Palmer was one of the few key Blues with 30 disposals and two goals in the 37-point loss.

The Blues were a man down in the second half after small forward Liam Sumner was ruled out with concussion as a result of a bump from Melbourne defender Christian Salem in the second term.

Running backman Ciaran Byrne, whose only game for Carlton this season came in round 17, gathered 18 possessions.

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State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v North Ballarat - Sunday, August 13, 1pm, Victoria Park 

Midfielder Tim Broomhead performed strongly through the middle against inexperienced opposition, kicking three goals in the Magpies' 87-point win.

Defenders Josh Smith and Jackson Ramsay controlled half-back and retiring forward Jesse White kicked the opening two goals of the match.

Second-year midfielder Brayden Sier returned from a foot injury and played three quarters.

League-leading goalkicker Kayle Kirby finished with one major to take his tally for the season to 39 – one goal ahead of Port Melbourne's Jordan Lisle. 

The 18-year-old should've nailed his second goal shortly after but dropped a mark in the square.

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Box Hill Hawks - Saturday, August 12, 2.10pm, Windy Hill

Aaron Francis took a match-saving contested mark with just seconds left to ensure Essendon held on for a six-point win over ladder-leader Box Hill Hawks at Windy Hill on Saturday.

The versatile Francis hadn't had his greatest day but lifted for what proved the final contest of the game, marking strongly in front of Hawks big man Ty Vickery.

On a blustery day, runners Craig Bird (20 touches) and Kobe Mutch (15) were serviceable, while key defender Michael Hartley (15) was typically reliable.

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v Perth - Saturday, August 12, 2.15pm, Bendigo Bank Stadium

Midfielder Harley Bennell inched closer to his long-awaited Dockers debut after emerging unscathed in his fourth game back from recurring calf setbacks.

The 24-year-old played in the forward line and finished with 14 disposals, four marks and two goals in Peel's 21-point win.

Midfielder Tom Sheridan impressed with 22 touches, seven tackles, six inside 50s and two goals, while defender Ryan Nyhuis was another standout with 18 possessions and five tackles. 

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Richmond - Saturday, August 12, 10.15am, Simonds Stadium

Resolute defence by Timm House ensured Geelong held on to defeat Richmond by seven points in their VFL clash at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.

The Cats snatched back the lead in the last quarter before tall backman House saved his team several times.

Rookie Jamaine Jones kicked a goal and was always busy, while ruckman Ryan Abbott was a strong presence around the ground.

In attack, Aaron Black (three goals) and Wylie Buzza (two) proved dangerous targets.

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast - Saturday, August 12, 12.45pm, Gabba

Axed forward Jarrad Grant was unstoppable in his return to NEAFL ranks with seven goals in the Suns' seven-point win, including five in the third quarter.

Last weekend's appearance against Fremantle was the 28-year-old's only game for the Suns at the elite level this season due to form, knee and groin issues.

Fellow omitted Sun Mitch Hallahan was equally impressive with a game-high 38 disposals, 14 marks and a goal, while onballer Matt Shaw found plenty of space with 32 touches, seven marks and a goal in his return from a calf injury.

Midfielders Jesse Lonergan (28 disposals), Brayden Fiorini (26 disposals, two goals) and Michael Rischitelli (21 disposals) were also strong contributors.

In a further boost, forward Brandon Matera made his comeback from a lengthy foot injury and had 22 possessions, took 10 marks and snapped a goal.

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State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye 

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Box Hill Hawks - Saturday, August 12, 2.10pm, Windy Hill

Jaeger O'Meara stole the headlines with a brilliant return from long-term injury in the Box Hill Hawks' six-point loss to Essendon at Windy Hill on Saturday. 

O'Meara had 29 touches and kicked three goals before being rested in the final term.

Hawks ruckman Marc Pittonet was a solid contributor with 58 hit-outs and at times gave O'Meara silver service.

Small forward Paul Puopolo returned after missing the past six games with a groin strain, finishing with 11 disposals and a goal in a midfield role.

Defender Kurt Heatherley was good in the air and Dallas Willsmore booted two goals, while second-year midfielder Kieran Lovell sat out the last quarter with an ankle injury.

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Northern Blues - Saturday, August 12, 2pm, Casey Fields 

Omitted defender Christian Salem will come under scrutiny after being reported in the second quarter of Casey's 37-point win.

The 22-year-old had his number taken for a bump on Carlton small forward Liam Sumner, who was ruled out of the game with concussion.

Despite the incident, Salem finished with 29 possessions and a goal.

Another axed Demon, midfielder Jack Watts, didn't feature among the leading possession-getters and kicked a goal in the second term.

"There were some really positive signs for both of those boys, Watts and Salem," Casey coach Justin Plapp told AFL.com.au on Sunday.

"They certainly didn't dominate the game but they … showed encouraging signs."

Midfield trio Ben Kennedy, Billy Stretch and Jack Trengove each gathered 31 disposals, with Kennedy also booting three goals.

State league affiliate: Werribee (VFL)
This weekend: Williamstown v Werribee - Sunday, August 13, 2pm, Burbank Oval  

Small forward Lindsay Thomas provided a number of highlights in the first quarter of his side's 71-point loss, including a goal of the year contender.

The 29-year-old, whose last game for North came in round 17 against Port Adelaide, kicked each of his three goals in the opening term before fading out of the game. 

Second-year tall Ben McKay, the No.21 pick in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft, again featured in defence and was the only Kangaroo to feature among the best players. 

Werribee kicked just one goal after quarter-time.

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: West Adelaide v Port Adelaide - Saturday, August 12, 2.10pm, City Mazda Stadium 

Omitted hard-running utility Aaron Young bounced back in style with 28 disposals, eight marks and two goals in the Magpies' comprehensive 92-point win.

Forward Nathan Krakouer, who is yet to feature for the Power this season, bagged five goals from his 18 touches and eight marks in an impressive display.

Key defender Logan Austin controlled the backline with 16 possessions and nine marks, while dumped utility Jackson Trengove had 23 touches, eight inside 50s and kicked two goals in his first SANFL appearance since 2010.

Draftee Todd Marshall kicked each of his five goals in the final quarter, and former Demon Jimmy Toumpas gathered a team-high 31 touches and took 12 marks.

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State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Richmond - Saturday, August 12, 10.15am, Simonds Stadium

Ben Lennon was arguably the most potent forward on the field in Richmond's seven-point loss to Geelong at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.

The versatile forward slotted an equal game-high three goals.

The exciting Shai Bolton, who was dropped from the AFL, kicked two goals, including a classy, weaving effort that put the Tigers in front in the last quarter.

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

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State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v Redland - Saturday, August 12, 10.05am, SCG

Dan Robinson responded strongly to being omitted by the Swans, starring in the club's 127-point NEAFL win over Redland at the SCG on Saturday.

Robinson gathered 36 possessions and kicked a goal as the Swans enjoyed what amounted to a glorified training run on their way to clinching the minor premiership.

Sydney 2012 premiership player Alex Johnson, in his fifth NEAFL game after overcoming a series of serious knee injuries, produced his most impressive performance to date in compiling 21 possessions and nine marks.

Best-afield honours, though, went to agile big man Aliir Aliir, who controlled play in the ruck with 27 touches, seven marks, 25 hit-outs and two goals.

Teenage midfielder Sam Fisher also had a sensational game with 32 touches, six tackles and a team-high four goals.

Others to shine included Shaun Edwards (20 touches and a goal), Jordan Dawson (26 and three goals), Oliver Florent (25 and two goals) and James Rose (26 and two goals).

State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: East Perth v Swan Districts - Saturday, August 12, 2.15pm, Leederville Oval

Draftee small forward Willie Rioli kicked four goals and set up a few others in his first league game since overcoming a hamstring injury, guiding East Perth to a 54-point win.

The 22-year-old, who was taken at pick No.52 in last year's NAB AFL Draft, spent the previous three matches in the reserves.

Axed midfielder Chris Masten was outstanding with 31 touches and seven marks, while forward Tom Lamb (24 disposals, one goal) will come under scrutiny after being reported.

Omitted duo Malcolm Karpany and Will Schofield finished with 13 and 12 disposals respectively.

The Royals set up the win by kicking the first eight goals of the match. 

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