Adelaide CrowsState league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Adelaide, Qualifying Final - Saturday, August 31, 7.05pm, Adelaide Oval

The Crows were overrun in the last quarter in a 30-point loss to Port Adelaide in the SANFL qualifying final.

First-year defender Lachlan Sholl and veteran Andy Otten – who will retire at the end of the season – had 24 disposals each.

Midfielder Patrick Wilson had 19 touches, Elliott Himmelberg (17 disposals, six marks) competed well in the ruck and Chayce Jones (14 disposals and a goal) looked lively through the midfield.

Small forward Tyson Stengle kicked two goals.

Ruckman Kieran Strachan was a late scratching with concussion.

Brisbane Lions

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye - will play second week of NEAFL Finals



State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Did not qualify for VFL finals

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State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Did not qualify for VFL finals



State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Essendon, Qualifying Final - Saturday, August 31, 2.10pm, Swinburne Centre

The Bombers will be kicking themselves after letting a 40-point lead slip to go down by two points against the Tigers on Saturday afternoon.

Michael Hartley played forward and kicked three goals, although he looms as the logical replacement for Michael Hurley down the other end should the defender fail to recover from his shoulder injury this week. 

David Myers was the Bombers' leading disposal getter with 36 but hobbled off the ground late in the game with a leg injury.

Mark Baguley booted two goals while Jake Long was lively in the Bombers' devastating loss.  

Michael Hartley looms as Michael Hurley's most likely replacement. 


State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Did not qualify for WAFL finals


Geelong Cats

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Port Melbourne, Elimination Final - Saturday, August 31, 2.10pm, Adcon Stadium

Jordan Clark struggled with his elbow injury flaring as the Cats' season ended. The young gun had treatment at quarter-time and tried to stay on but finished up at the final change as the Cats went down by 40 points. 

Among the best were Charlie Constable (35 disposals) and Sam Menegola (27), while Scott Selwood collected 20 possessions and laid 11 tackles. 

Lachie Henderson had 21 touches and rookie Sam Simpson 25, as well as landing 13 tackles. 

Ryan Abbott was the most prolific of the big men with a game-high 42 hitouts.

Charlie Constable had yet another prolific outing. 

Gold Coast Suns

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Did not qualify for NEAFL Finals


GWS Giants

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Aspley v GWS Giants, Elimination Final - Saturday, August 31, 12pm, Graham Rd

Aiden Bonar kicked two as the Giants' only multiple goalkicker in their loss to Aspley. 

Tommy Sheridan was their leading possession getter with 26 and onballer Jye Caldwell laid 10 tackles as well as collecting 22 touches in his bid for a recall. 

Youngster Jackson Hately did well to rack up 20 disposals as the Giants' NEAFL season came to a close.

Jye Caldwell lays a tackle in round 22 against the Bulldogs. 


State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Werribee v Box Hill Hawks, Elimination Final - Sunday, September 1, 2.10pm, Adcon Stadium

Box Hill failed to kick a goal in the second half as Werribee erased an eight-point half-time deficit to win by 41 points and end the Hawks' season. 

James Cousins, who played 12 AFL games in his third season, gathered a team-high 26 disposals, while first-year swingman Jacob Koschitzke kicked both of his goals in the first half. 

Thirteen AFL-listed Hawthorn players took part in the final, with Ollie Hanrahan (18 disposals, one goal) a strong contributor, but his set shot in the final term was touched on the line.

Teia Miles (21), Kaiden Brand (18) and Marc Pittonet (16, 54 hitouts) were also prominent, but promising forwards Mathew Walker and Jackson Ross were goalless.

Jacob Koschitzke celebrates a goal during Box Hill's finals loss to Werribee. 


State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Did not qualify for VFL finals


North Melbourne

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Did not qualify for VFL finals


Port Adelaide

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Adelaide, Qualifying Final - Saturday, August 31, 7.05pm, Adelaide Oval

Cam Sutcliffe, Trent McKenzie and Peter Ladhams were outstanding as Port defeated Adelaide by 30 points in the SANFL qualifying final.

Sutcliffe was strong in the midfield with 27 disposals, McKenzie (27 disposals) was a wall in defence and Ladhams (23 disposals, two goals) dominated in the ruck.

Willem Drew (31 disposals), Jack Trengove (29) and Joe Atley (28) found plenty of the ball, while Sam Mayes kicked three goals.


State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Essendon, Qualifying Final - Saturday, August 31, 2.10pm, Swinburne Centre

The race for Richmond's second ruck spot has narrowed to Toby Nankervis and Mabior Chol, with both impressing in the Tigers' win over the Bombers. 

Nankervis got better as the game went on and kicked the winning goal with seconds to spare after the Tigers trailed by 40 points, while Chol booted two and was lively around the ground. 

Noah Balta, the preferred option in round 23, didn't play because of a corked thigh but is expected to be available this week.

Connor Menadue kicked two goals and was prolific while recent draftee Marlion Pickett showed just why he was plucked out of Perth mid-season with a bouncy third quarter to fuel suggestion he could cap off a remarkable year with a finals debut.  

But premiership player Kamdyn McIntosh had just eight touches as he rotated between the backline and wing while Jacob Townsend was reported for a rough tackle on Jake Long.

St Kilda

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Did not qualify for VFL finals


Sydney Swans

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v Sydney Uni, Elimination Final - Saturday, August 31, 11.30am, Blacktown International Sportspark

Sam Naismith was important in the final quarter as the Swans came back from 27 points down to keep their season alive.

The big man was influential in some crucial contests, kicked a goal and had 47 hitouts.

Justin McInerney was also important with a sparkling third quarter before kicking the goal that put the Swans ahead 22 minutes into the fourth term. 

Midfielder James Rose was also one of the best with 28 touches, two goals and 10 tackles despite being tagged.

Rookie James Bell limped off with a hamstring injury in the final quarter. 

West Coast Eagles

State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: West Coast v West Perth, Elimination Final - Sunday, September 1, 2.40pm, Joondalup Arena

Nathan Vardy (20 hitouts) competed strongly at Joondalup in tough conditions for big men, but he will be sweating on a report for a dangerous tackle on Mitchell Peirce in the final term.

Defenders Tom Cole and half-back Josh Rotham had little to do until the second half as the Eagles dominated inside 50s 65-33 in the 5.15 (45) to 6.6 (42) triumph. 

Inside midfielders Hamish Brayshaw (29 disposals) and Brayden Ainsworth (26) thrived in a scrappy contest. 

Top draftee Xavier O'Neill (24 possessions) showed excellent composure as the Eagles won their historic first-ever WAFL final in their inaugural season.

Jarrod Cameron, Brendon Ah Chee and Will Schofield all sat out the clash, giving the Eagles flexibility ahead of their AFL elimination final against Essendon on Thursday night. 

Western Bulldogs

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Williamstown, Qualifying Final - Saturday, August 31, 1pm, VU Whitten Oval 

Backmen Lachie Young and Fletcher Roberts were important for the Dogs in their see-sawing loss to the Seagulls that has forced them into next week's semi-final against Port Melbourne. 

Young took six marks and laid five tackles while Roberts had 21 and took two marks. 

Bailey Williams had 23 disposals and laid four tackles while Roarke Smith had 16 and took four marks. 

Billy Gowers kicked two majors as one of two multiple goalkickers.

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