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Around the state leagues: Who staked their claim for your club in this weekend's second tier?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies, who found himself in trouble with AFL for wearing non-approved gloves during the game on the weekend, marks the ball during a Collingwood Magpies training session at Gosch's Paddock on July 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images/AFL Media)
An axed Travis Cloke kicks five goals for Colingwood's VFL side

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Norwood v Adelaide - Saturday August 13, 2.10pm, Coopers Stadium

Four Crows made timely returns from injury in Adelaide's win against Norwood.

Ricky Henderson (achilles) kicked three goals from his 20 disposals, while Andy Otten (thumb) finished with 21 disposals and seven marks.

Riley Knight (21 disposals, eight tackles) played his first match over three months after an ankle injury, and Nathan van Berlo (foot) completed the returning quartet.

Draftee Tom Doedee was steady with 24 disposals and seven marks.

Mature-age rookie Jonathon Beech was named best on ground for the Crows, finishing with 27 disposals and a goal, while second-year defender Harrison Wigg (27 disposals) was impressive.

Mitch Grigg (26 disposals, seven clearances) and Troy Menzel (19) were also good.

 

State league affiliate: Brisbane Lions (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Port Melbourne - Saturday August 13, 1pm, Victoria Park

A five-goal haul to Travis Cloke to helped the Pies side to a 16-point win against Port Melbourne.

Jarrod Witts was impressive in the ruck and kicked two goals, while Marley Williams was influential from defence following his omission from the senior team.

Coach Dale Tapping said the defender was solid all day, but was particularly impressive in the final quarter as the Borough threatened to win.

"The last quarter we needed a bit of a lift, and he (Williams) provided that with his run and bounce out of the back half, off really good defence," Tapping told AFL.com.au.

"He intercepted a few balls and set up some really good offensive transition for us."

Perhaps the only issue with Williams' game was the disposal errors he occasionally made.

The coach was also pleased with Alan Toovey, who was once again solid down back. Corey Gault provided a strong presence in the air.

 

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Williamstown - Sunday August 14, 12pm, Windy Hill

Defender Jason Ashby put in a four-quarter performance playing through the midfield in the Bombers' 18-point win.

Essendon VFL operations manager Ash Brown told AFL.com.au Ashby played away from his customary half-back position and "set the tone with his attack on the ball".

Forward/ruckman Shaun McKernan was the dominant big man on the ground with four goals and his confidence grew as the game went on.

Brown said McKernan was hard to stop in the air and "if he wasn't marking he was bringing the ball to ground for the crumbers". 

Axed midfielder Will Hams, who played his first VFL game in 10 weeks, was another consistent performer and chipped in with two goals to round out the Bombers' best.

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Geelong - Sunday August 14, 5pm, Punt Road Oval

Midfielder George Horlin-Smith was named among the Cats' best in their 37-point loss courtesy of his 19 possessions, 11 tackles and four clearances.

In his third game back from injury on both knees, youngster Jordan Cunico looked lively in attack and booted a team-high two goals to go with eight marks.

The 20-year-old's highlight of the evening came with a brilliant dribble goal in the third term that lifted the Cats' spirits.

Cunico added his second major in the final term as the Cats aimed to mirror the AFL side's final-quarter comeback, but the Tigers steadied to claim the win.

 

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Southport v Gold Coast - Sunday August 14, 1.30pm, Fankhauser Reserve

Midfielder David Swallow got through unscathed in his first game in 13 months, finishing with 16 disposals, eight marks and four tackles in the Suns' 13-point win.

The 23-year-old, whose return from back-to-back posterior cruciate ligament injuries was further delayed by complications in his other knee, played about 60 minutes game time.

Suns NEAFL coach Stephen Daniel told AFL.com.au Swallow passed his first test.

"We didn't care if he didn't get a kick at all, the main thing that we were worried about was that he got through the game, and he did, so we're absolutely delighted," Daniel said.

Draftee Brayden Fiorini accumulated a game-high 40 disposals to go with his 14 marks, seven tackles and two goals, while axed defender Sean Lemmens responded solidly with 36 touches, 10 marks and a goal. 

"They were both outstanding. Sean came back with the right attitude and it showed in the way he played, and Brayden's coming along really well in his fourth game back after a knee injury," Daniel said.

State league affiliate: Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Giants v Redland - Saturday August 13, 12.55pm, Spotless Stadium

Running defender Nathan Wilson responded to his demotion with 29 disposals in the commanding 150-point win against the Bombers.

Giants coach Brad Miller said Wilson brought a positive mindset.

"(Wilson) was really able to influence it off half-back. Later in the game, we moved him up on the wing and he was terrific there as well," Miller told AFL.com.au.

"Couldn't fault his attitude to come back and play the right way."

 

The midfield trio of Jack Steele (43 disposals and two goals), Rhys Palmer (40 and one) and Jacob Hopper (37 and two) were dominant around the ball.

Defender Matt Buntine had 33 disposals in his third straight NEAFL game following a hamstring injury.

"He didn't lose a one-on-one contest and was able to move the ball quite well," Miller said.

Sam Reid registered 25 disposals and 4.4 in a role largely in the forward line. His tackling and pressure had been his focus and he performed well in that facet of the game.

Jeremy Finlayson played on a wing and was rated among the best three players on the ground by Miller. The No.85 pick in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft picked up 30 disposals, 15 marks and a goal.

State league affiliate: Box Hill (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Box Hill - Sunday August 14, 2pm, Trevor Barker Beach Oval

Midfielder Alex Woodward continued his impressive comeback from injury with 29 disposals, seven marks and a goal in the 22-point win.

Box Hill coach Marco Bello was full of praise for Woodward's efforts in his fourth successive VFL game.

"He's been a real big inclusion over the past month. We've lacked someone who can win the footy and hunt the opposition as much as he can," Bello told AFL.com.au.

"He's just led from the front … and there's a direct correlation between us being able to play better footy and having Alex in the side."

Important Hawthorn utility Ryan Schoenmakers got through his first game back in the VFL as he tries to overcome a frustrating groin injury. He played most of the match, kicking a goal in the third quarter. 

Schoenmakers last played for Hawthorn in round three and shapes as an important wildcard for the Hawks in the finals. 

Bello said omitted midfielder Jonathan O'Rourke began the game well with 15 disposals up until half-time and "was quite influential".

Fellow axed Hawks Tim O'Brien and Kurt Heatherley also responded to their omissions in a positive way.

O'Brien kicked three goals from his 15 disposals and seven marks, while Heatherley collected 16 touches and seven marks.

"(O'Brien) kicked three behinds, two of those being posters, but … he was one of our better forwards," Bello said.

State league affiliate: Casey Scorpions (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Scorpions v Werribee - Sunday August 14, 2pm, Casey Fields

There were positives all round for the Demons-listed players, with their strong midfield depth steering Casey to a commanding 105-point win.

Ball-winners Matt Jones (42 disposals), Jack Grimes (41, one goal), Alex Neal-Bullen (37, two goals) and Viv Michie (35) led the stats sheet and dominated the clearance count.

The quartet was well complemented by Jack Trengove (30 disposals, one goal), Mitch White (29, two goals), Ben Kennedy (27, one goal) and Jay Kennedy-Harris (26, three goals).

Experienced forward Chris Dawes also contributed on the scoreboard with three goals, with Christian Salem chiming in with two of his own.

Casey registered 21.25 (151) in the one-sided affair.

 

State league affiliate: Werribee (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Scorpions v Werribee - Sunday August 14, 2pm, Casey Fields

Tagger Ben Jacobs and defender Sam Wright successfully returned from their respective injuries in Werribee's heavy 105-point defeat.

Jacobs had foot surgery after the win over Essendon in round eight, while Wright also required surgery on the left ankle he injured against Richmond in round 11.

Kangaroos development manager Ben Dyer told AFL.com.au Jacobs saw out most of the game and spent stints up forward to manage his workload, while Wright was rested in the third quarter.

"In terms of game time, we got what we wanted for both of them which was good," Dyer said.

Defender Joel Tippett matched up on experienced Demons forward Chris Dawes and stood tall down back.

"He was our best defender under siege all day. Dawes kicked three (goals) but a couple of them were pretty easy ones," Dyer said.

 

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Glenelg v Port Adelaide - Sunday August 14, 1.40pm, Gliderol Stadium

Forward Jay Schulz registered 2.2 and picked up nine disposals and six marks as he bids to return to the senior team.

It was the 31-year-old's third consecutive SANFL game, after he was dropped following the round 18 loss to Greater Western Sydney. His contract expires at season's end.

Back surgery meant he missed about three months of football after playing in round one versus St Kilda.

Jimmy Toumpas collected 23 disposals and three goals in the Magpies' 55-point win against the Tigers.

Hard-running midfielder Kane Mitchell won plenty of the ball with 31 disposals, a goal and nine tackles, while Brendon Ah Chee responded to his omission with 26 touches.

John Butcher registered just a point and had 13 disposals after he spent three games in the AFL side, while backman Riley Bonner picked up 21 disposals as he approaches his debut.

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Geelong - Sunday August 14, 5pm, Punt Road Oval

Midfielder Kane Lambert led the way for the Tigers with 36 disposals and eight clearances in the 37-point win.

Richmond VFL operations manager Daniel Hull told AFL.com.au Adam Marcon, Reece Conca and Mabior Chol also performed admirably.

Marcon, who was omitted from the senior squad, picked up where he left off with 29 disposals, 11 tackles and two goals, followed closely by Conca on 27 touches.

Chol had a strong game playing deep in defence, while athletic tall Todd Elton kicked two goals.

 

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Box Hill - Sunday August 14, 2pm, Trevor Barker Beach Oval

Rebounding defender Jimmy Webster took the points for the Saints-listed players, accumulating a team-high 27 disposals and five marks in the 22-point loss.

It was the 23-year-old's second successive game since overcoming a five-week hamstring strain.

On the back of his 33-disposal game last week, second-year midfielder Jack Sinclair was again in the thick of the action with 25 disposals, nine tackles and three marks.

Big man Billy Longer also worked hard for his 16 touches and five tackles, while forward Cameron Shenton kicked four goals to go with his 13 possessions.

State league affiliate: Sydney Swans (NEAFL)
This weekend: NT Thunder v Sydney Swans - Saturday August 13, 6.30pm, TIO Stadium

Experienced campaigner Ben McGlynn (one goal) was a key player for the Swans despite their 38-point loss.

Ruckman Tom Derickx worked hard to control the hit-out battle, although it didn't always translate into a win in the clearances.

Youngster Sam Murray (one goal), who was recruited with pick No.66 in last year's NAB AFL Rookie Draft, could also hold his head high for the Swans, who had a 17-point lead at quarter-time but were restricted to just three goals thereafter.

State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: East Perth v Subiaco - Saturday August 13, 2.15pm, Medibank Stadium

Lewis Jetta (24 disposals) led the way in a quiet day for the Eagles-listed players at East Perth.

Patrick McGinnity could be in line for a senior recall, finishing with 23 disposals and eight inside-50s.

Ruckman Jonathan Giles had 24 hit-outs and kicked two of his team's six goals.

Rookies Corey Adamson and Brant Colledge finished with 21 and 17 disposals respectively. 

Forward Fraser McInnes made his return after six-week break with a hamstring strain.

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

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