Collingwood forward Ben Crocker is the special guest on this week's episode of State of Play.

Crocker returned for his first game for the Magpies since 2019 in Sunday's win over former club Carlton at IKON Park.

He joins hosts Joe Pignataro and Gemma Bastiani to chat about his return to the Pies following an AFL stint at Adelaide and three VFL seasons with the Blues, and opens up on developing his skills to assist young players in welfare and development.

Joe and Gemma also review all the action from the weekend's Smithy's VFL and rebel VFLW action, which includes:

1:00: Gemma takes a deep-dive into how sides are using their AFLW lists in the VFLW programs.

3:40: Collingwood young Lucy Cronin was forecast as Joey's weekend performer by Gemma on Saturday morning before the game and didn't disappoint.

7:45: Why momentum is so important in the Smithy's VFL.

9:45: Ben Crocker following his return to the Magpies after five years away.

22:30: The intriguing match ups you don't want to miss this weekend.


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