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VFL 2017 Round 17 - Collingwood v North Ballarat

Kayle Kirby continued his fine season for the Pies

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Woodville-West Torrens v Adelaide - Sunday, August 20, 2.10pm, Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval

Coming off his match-high 29-possession game last Saturday, wingman Paul Seedsman collected another game-high 33 touches and one goal in the Crows' 11-point loss in windy conditions.

Key defender Kyle Hartigan played his first game in three weeks after overcoming a hamstring setback, gathering 14 possessions and eight marks. 

Midfielder Curtly Hampton (eight disposals, six tackles) also made his comeback after missing the past three months due to ankle surgery.

Returning backman Kyle Cheney gathered 23 disposals and nine marks after serving a two-game SANFL suspension for striking.

Livewire forward Troy Menzel led the goalkicking with three majors to go with his 17 possessions and nine marks, while retiring veteran Scott Thompson (29 disposals, seven tackles) and untried third-year utility Harrison Wigg (25 disposals, seven tackles) were also kept busy. 

The Crows conceded nine of the last 10 goals of the match.

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State league affiliate: Brisbane Lions (NEAFL)
This weekend: GWS Giants v Brisbane Lions - Saturday, August 19, 12.55pm, Spotless Stadium

Key forward Josh Schache kicked two goals in the Lions' close-fought five-point win over GWS.

The former No.2 draft pick played four games in a row from rounds 17-20 after taking some time away from the game, but has played in the NEAFL for the past two weeks.

Rookie Oscar McInerney kicked three goals and was in the team's best. The tall played for Casey in the VFL last year before being signed as a rookie by the Lions.

Fellow rookie Matt Eagles was named best on ground for the Lions, while Ben Keays, who has been in and out of the senior side this year, was also good.

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State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Werribee v Northern Blues - Saturday, August 19, 1pm, Preston City Oval

Rookie Andrew Gallucci kicked four goals in the Northern Blues' 29-point win over Werribee.

The speedy forward was delisted off the rookie list at the end of last year before being re-drafted as a rookie.

Nick Graham broke a hard tag to finish the match with three goals and 24 touches to be named best on ground for the team. Two of his goals came in the last quarter when the match was in the balance.

Rhys Palmer continued his strong VFL form with 25 disposals, while David Cuningham had 20.

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State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Geelong - Saturday, August 19, 10.45am, Holden Centre 

Young forward Kayle Kirby extended his lead at the top of the VFL goal-kicking leaderboard with another three goals in Collingwood's five-point loss to Geelong.

Kirby was drafted at pick 50 at the end of last year, but despite his scoring exploits has yet to play a senior game.

The versatile Jesse White, who recently announced his retirement and could yet get a farewell game next week, was dangerous rotating through the ruck, forward and even on the wing.

Lachlan Keeffe also kicked two goals.

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Footscray - Saturday, August 19, 12pm, Windy Hill

Veteran Brent Stanton was the pick of Essendon's AFL-listed players, amassing 31 disposals in the Bombers' five-point win over Footscray.

The 31-year-old has struggled to crack the senior line-up this year after returning from the season-long doping ban. 

Heath Hocking kicked two goals in the first quarter before being forced off in the third term with a corked thigh from a marking contest. He sat out the rest of the match.

Forward Kyle Langford had a big day, finishing with 30 touches and two goals. It's been a lean AFL year for the 20-year-old; after playing the first four matches of the season, Langford has only managed two since.

Former GWS Academy player Kobe Mutch was another to feature prominently with 27 disposals.

First-year player Jordan Ridley, who has spent much of the year in defence, played forward to finish with 17 disposals, 10 marks and a goal.

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State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: East Fremantle v Peel Thunder - Saturday, August 19, 2.15pm, East Fremantle Oval

Tom Sheridan, who was named as an emergency for Fremantle this weekend, played well in the 13-point win.

He had 23 disposals – 21 of which were kicks – and laid nine tackles.

Fellow emergency Garrick Ibbotson was also prominent with 19 disposals and seven marks in the come-from-behind win.

Ruckman Jonathon Griffin was named best on for Peel, finishing with 36 hit-outs, 17 disposals and two goals.

Griffin has battled injury and now fallen behind first-year Sean Darcy in Fremantle's ruck pecking order this year.

Retiring defender Zac Dawson is unlikely to come into the senior side for a farewell game next week on form, finishing with just five touches.

Trailing by 31 points at three-quarter time, the Thunder kicked seven unanswered goals in the final quarter.

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Geelong - Saturday, August 19, 10.45am, Holden Centre

Untried ruckman Ryan Abbott gave his side first use of the ball courtesy of his game-high 56 hit-outs, eight clearances and one goal in the Cats' five-point win.

Youngster Jordan Cunico (24 disposals, two goals) and speedster Darcy Lang (19 disposals, five tackles) also gathered plenty of the ball, while forward Aaron Black (one goal) presented well.

VFL-listed co-captain Tom Atkins tallied a whopping 26 tackles to go with his 26 touches (21 contested), 10 clearances and two goals. 

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Sydney - Saturday, August 19, 12pm, Metricon Stadium

Axed draftee midfielder Jack Bowes was named the Suns' best player in their 67-point loss, responding to his omission with 32 touches and a goal.

Fellow draftees Will Brodie (game-high 39 disposals, one goal) and Brad Scheer (17 disposals, two goals) showed plenty of upside despite the heavy defeat.

Half-forward Ryan Davis (26 disposals, 10 marks, two goals) and veteran midfielder Michael Rischitelli (25 disposals) could hold their heads high, while omitted midfielder Alex Sexton collected 26 possessions and kicked two goals.

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: GWS Giants v Brisbane Lions - Saturday, August 19, 12.55pm, Spotless Stadium

Matthew Kennedy topped the disposal tally for the Giants, finishing with 37 in the team's loss to the Brisbane Lions.

Kennedy had taken full advantage of the Giants' injury crisis, playing 11 AFL games in a row before losing his spot this week.

Young gun Tim Taranto was another to feature, last year's No.2 draft selection picking up 29 touches.

Tendai Mzungu was also dominant, finishing with 34 disposals.

Young forward Lachie Tiziani kicked three, as did rookie Zach Sproule.

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Box Hill Hawks v Port Melbourne - Sunday, August 20, 2pm, Box Hill City Oval

Draftee defender Harry Morrison led the way for the Hawks-listed players with 23 disposals in the 28-point loss.

The 18-year-old was recruited with the club's first selection (pick No.74) in last year's NAB AFL Draft.

Second-year forward Kade Stewart chipped in with a team-high two goals, joining experienced campaigner Brendan Whitecross as Hawthorn's key trio.

Rookie Oliver Hanrahan, youngster Dallas Willsmore and returning onballer Jono O'Rourke each kicked singles.

O'Rourke played his first game in nearly four months following a lengthy hamstring injury.

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State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Williamstown - Saturday, August 19, 2.10pm, Casey Fields 

Midfielder Jack Watts was reported for charging in the final quarter of Casey's 24-point win.

The 26-year-old had his number taken for making late contact with his Williamstown opponent, Nick Sing, in a marking contest.

Watts, who was playing his second successive game for Casey since being omitted, finished with 20 disposals, 12 marks and a goal playing between the midfield, forward and ruck.

Onballer Tom Bugg returned after serving his six-week suspension for striking Sydney defender Callum Mills in round 15.

The 24-year-old showed good signs in his comeback game with 24 touches (18 contested), 12 tackles, six clearances and six inside 50s.

Midfielders Jay Kennedy-Harris and Corey Maynard gathered 23 and 22 possessions respectively, and chipped in with a goal apiece.

State league affiliate: Werribee (VFL)
This weekend: Werribee v Northern Blues - Saturday, August 19, 1pm, Preston City Oval  

Forgotten speedster Jed Anderson (24 disposals) and yet-to-debut rookie Will Fordham (26 disposals) led the charge for the Kangaroos-listed players in the 29-point loss.

Small forward Lindsay Thomas, usual defender Lachlan Hansen and second-year tall Ben McKay each kicked a goal.

Meanwhile, rookie Oscar Junker made his return from a broken tibia via the development league.

The No.28 selection in last year's NAB AFL Rookie Draft suffered the injury in a pre-season practice match against Werribee in early February.

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Norwood - Sunday, August 20, 2.10pm, Alberton Oval 

Hard-running utility Aaron Young put in a complete performance in the Magpies' convincing 71-point win, ending with a game-high 30 disposals, six inside 50s and three goals.

Versatile tall Jackson Trengove picked up 24 possessions, 13 marks and four goals playing in attack, while omitted forward Jarman Impey covered the ground well and collected 17 touches and five inside 50s.

Axed young midfielder Brendon Ah Chee was lively with 24 disposals, nine marks and two goals, forward Brett Eddy bagged five goals from his 18 touches and Angus Monfries had 25 touches and nine marks.

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Sandringham - Sunday, August 20, 12pm, Punt Road Oval

Forward Sam Lloyd had a serious dose of leather poisoning, amassing 50 disposals and four goals in the Tigers' 70-point win. 

Ball-winner Anthony Miles was also influential through the midfield with 45 possessions and a goal.

The good news didn't end there, with utility Reece Conca, defender Steve Morris and tall forward Ben Griffiths all coming back from injury. 

Conca overcame a Lisfranc (foot) injury he suffered against Adelaide in round six, Morris came back from a seven-week right hamstring injury and Griffiths returned from a dislocated right shoulder he picked up last month. 

After playing a half in his comeback from a lingering back injury last weekend, ruckman Shaun Hampson played more game time and finished with 21 hit-outs and two goals.

Youngster Callum Moore (26 disposals, two goals), defender Jayden Short (25, two goals), omitted onballer Corey Ellis (24, one goal) and defender Jake Batchelor (23) also had solid outings.

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Sandringham - Sunday, August 20, 12pm, Punt Road Oval

Midfielder Jack Lonie was Sandringham's best in its 70-point loss, finishing with 33 touches and two goals.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a solid patch of form, collecting 37 disposals (26 contested) and kicking two goals a fortnight ago before the Zebras' bye. 

Yet-to-debut rookie Nick O'Kearney took the game on with 30 possessions, while draftee Josh Battle and rookie Rowan Marshall kicked a goal apiece. 

Ruckman Tom Hickey left the field holding his shoulder in the first term, but returned in the second quarter.

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State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Sydney - Saturday, August 19, 12pm, Metricon Stadium

Young forward James Rose shone with 32 disposals, eight marks and four goals in the 67-point win.

The 21-year-old has played just one game at the elite level this season, the round six loss to Carlton.

Midfielder Daniel Robinson wasn't far behind with 31 possessions and four marks alongside Brandon Jack, who gathered 30 disposals.

Versatile tall Aliir Aliir kicked three goals from his 20 touches and eight marks, while utility Harry Cunningham gathered 20 disposals of his own and kicked a goal as he continued to work his way back from a serious foot injury. 

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State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: Perth v East Perth - Saturday, August 19, 2.15pm, Lathlain Park

Axed defender Sharrod Wellingham let his actions do the talking, collecting a team-high 34 touches, eight marks and eight inside 50s in his team's five-point loss.

Father-son recruit Jake Waterman showcased his potential with three goals from his 14 possessions and six marks.

Yet-to-debut rookie Jordan Snadden (27 disposals, one goal), tall Fraser McInnes (21 disposals, 18 hit-outs) and backman Will Schofield (11 disposals, two goals) rounded out the leading Eagles, while injury-prone forward Simon Tunbridge suffered an apparent hamstring injury. 

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Footscray - Saturday, August 19, 12pm, Windy Hill

Forward Tom Boyd made a promising return after taking a break to focus on his mental health, kicking three goals in his team's five-point loss.

Bulldogs development manager Rohan Smith told AFL.com.au that Boyd showed "encouraging signs" in his first competitive hit-out since June 18.

"The way that he approached the game by getting around his teammates, using his voice and helping out our younger players was great," Smith said.

Speaking after the 17-point loss to Port Adelaide, Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said it was unlikely Boyd would return to the senior squad this year given his lack of match fitness.

Meanwhile, ruckman Tom Campbell (abdominal strain) and midfielder Mitch Honeychurch (facial infection) returned from their respective injuries.

Campbell proved too skilful in the ruck and registered a goal, while Honeychurch kicked three majors playing between midfield and attack.

Draftee Patrick Lipinski (32 disposals), midfielder Lukas Webb (30 disposals, one goal), retiring defender Matthew Boyd (27 disposals) and forward Clay Smith (25 disposals) were all prominent.