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Brandon Ellis was good in the Tigers loss and could stake a claim for a senior recall
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State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Did not qualify for SANFL finals

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Lost elimination final to Aspley

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

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Lost elimination final to Essendon

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Essendon, Semi-Final - Saturday, September 8, 12.40pm, Stannards Stadium

James Stewart (13 disposals, 10 marks and two goals) was the hero for the Bombers, kicking the winning goal in his team's five-point semi-final win over Richmond.

Small forward Josh Green was seemingly hobbled by a foot complaint but still kicked three goals from limited ball as the Bombers held on 10.9 (69) to 9.10 (64).

Nineteen-year-old tall midfielder Jordan Ridley, who played three matches this year, was the Bombers' best, clean by foot and finished with 24 disposals and seven marks.

Kobe Mutch (23 disposals and eight tackles) was industrious through the middle, while key back Michael Hartley (10 and five marks) was crucial inside defensive 50.

 

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

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Box Hill Hawks, Semi-Final - Sunday, September 9, 2.10pm, Stannards Stadium

The Cats were sent home in straight sets, failing to take their chances early before falling to Box Hill by 29 points on Sunday.  

Zac Smith bounced back from last week's below-par performance with 20 disposals, while wingman Jordan Cunico (20 disposals, one goal) was busy.  

Jamaine Jones (13 disposals, 1.2), Lachie Fogarty (16 disposals, one goal) and Lincoln McCarthy (eight disposals, 1.2) were lively in attack but failed to capitalise on a positive inside 50 count (61-52). 

In an attempt to chase the game, coach Shane O'Bree threw the magnets around, sending Zach Guthrie (1.2) forward and Ryan Gardner into defence.

Charlie Constable (hamstring/glute) was a late withdrawal, while Esava Ratugolea didn't play and looks set for more work on the broken ankle he suffered in round 10.

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

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Did not qualify for NEAFL finals

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Box Hill Hawks, Semi-Final - Sunday, September 9, 2.10pm, Stannards Stadium

AFL hopefuls Teia Miles (21 disposals) and Kaiden Brand (21 disposals) kept themselves in the frame for senior selection as Box Hill booked a preliminary final berth against Williamstown.

The Hawks controlled the match against Geelong at Stannards Stadium (102-65 marks), with the game in safe keeping by three-quarter time.  

Miles and Brand impressed, while James Cousins (27 disposals) and Brendan Whitecross (14 disposals, two goals) gave onlooker Alastair Clarkson something to consider.

Jono O'Rourke (11 disposals) was used on and off the bench, Tim O'Brien played in defence, while rookie Oliver Hanrahan excited with three majors.

David Mirra and Taylor Duryea appear the most likely to replace Ben Stratton for Hawthorn's AFL semi-final with Melbourne, both late withdrawals from the 29-point win.

AFL late withdrawal Ryan Schoenmakers (Achilles soreness) sat out the match.

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Bye - will play preliminary final on Saturday, September 15, 2pm, Stadium  

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

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Did not qualify for SANFL finals

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Essendon, Semi-Final - Saturday, September 8, 12.40pm, Stannards Stadium

Running defender Brandon Ellis, who was dropped for the Tigers' qualifying final win, was busy with 24 disposals and three marks in his side's five-point loss.

Splitting his time between half-back and the wing, Ellis' class shone through in patches, with good choices and accurate disposal.

Connor Menadue kicked two important goals, including a set-shot from 55 metres, and was busy with 26 touches and eight marks.

The trio of Sam Lloyd (18 disposals and eight tackles), Corey Ellis (23 touches) and Anthony Miles (19, seven tackles and a goal) spent most of their time on the ball.

Young key forward Callum Moore kicked two and took five marks.

 

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

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v Canberra, Semi-Final - Saturday, September 8, 1.30pm, Fankhauser Reserve

James Rose was one of the Swans' best in the 56-point semi-final win over Canberra.

The forward had 31 disposals, seven marks, seven tackles and two goals in the win.

Rookie midfielder Jake Brown was also among the best, with 22 touches, five marks and five tackles.

Robbie Fox (27 touches) and Harry Marsh (25) were good, while James Bell, Gary Rohan and Darcy Cameron all kicked a bag of three each.

 

State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: Lost elimination final to Claremont

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