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Around the state leagues: Harley roars into form, young Hawk fires

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Harley Bennell starred in his first game of footy in nine months

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v GWS Giants - Saturday, May 25, 11.30am, Maroochydore Multisports Complex

Jacob Allison was one of Brisbane's best, finishing with 28 disposals in the Lions' 42-point win against GWS.

Small midfielder/forward Allen Christensen was busy, kicking 2.2 from 27 disposals and six marks.

Corey Lyons was another to feature, finishing with 22 disposals, seven marks and two goals, while Tom Cutler, who played three AFL games from rounds six to eight, kicked three goals from his 18 touches.

Nick Robertson was the travelling emergency for the senior side and did not play.


State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Northern Blues - Sunday, May 26, 11.50am, Marvel Stadium

Young forward Patrick Kerr continued his excellent recent form with a three-goal haul for the Northern Blues during their 11-point loss to Sandringham.

Midfielder Will Setterfield responded well to his omission by picking up 23 disposals, while former Cat Darcy Lang collected 19 touches and kicked a nice goal.


Dumped duo Lochie O'Brien (12 possessions) and Harrison Macreadie (11) didn't find a great deal of the ball, while Jarrod Garlett collected just seven disposals after he was the holdover emergency last weekend.

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Box Hill Hawks - Saturday, May 25, 2pm, Victoria Park

Young midfielder Josh Daicos led all-comers with 34 disposals in Collingwood's 14-point victory over Box Hill.

He was joined on the stats sheet by Isaac Quaynor, who is yet to debut but is pressing his claims for senior selection, finishing with 26 disposals and six tackles.

Tim Broomhead (20 and seven tackles) continues to build match fitness after recovering from a nasty broken leg suffered last year, while Brayden Sier (20 and six) is another who could come into contention. 

Draftee Will Kelly may have only had the ball four times before suffering an untimely leg injury, but was incredibly efficient, kicking two goals.


State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Essendon - Saturday, May 25, 2.30pm, Swinburne Centre

Young midfielder Dylan Clarke was prolific in Essendon's three-point loss to Richmond in the VFL on Saturday, finishing with a game-high 26 disposals.                                            

Veteran David Myers also racked up plenty of the ball, collecting 25 disposals and laying five tackles as he makes his case for a senior recall. 

Speedy youngster Irving Mosquito proved to be a handful up forward, kicking 2.2 to go along with 14 disposals and six tackles. 

Another veteran Mark Baguley impressed with 2.1, while Brandon Zerk-Thatcher took 11 marks and kicked a goal.      


State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: West Perth v Peel Thunder - Saturday, May 25, 4.30pm, HBF Arena

Talented midfielder Harley Bennell was super impressive in his first game for the year against West Perth in the WAFL on Saturday.

Despite only playing limited minutes, Bennell kicked two goals and finished with 30 disposals in his return from a calf injury, as Peel Thunder fell short by five points.     

Youngster Stefan Giro also starred with 32 disposals and eight tackles, while midfielder  Mitchell Crowden continued his strong recent form with 29 touches.

Recruit Travis Colyer racked up plenty of the ball with 25 disposals and took five marks.

Forward Cam McCarthy had 14 touches and kicked a goal.

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Coburg - Saturday, May 25, 2pm, GMHBA Stadium

Big man Nathan Kreuger starred in Geelong's thumping 77-point win over Coburg, kicking six goals in the first three quarters.

Fellow first-year players Blake Schlensog and Jake Tarca also hit the scoreboard, kicking three apiece.

Lachie Fogarty was busy, finishing with 24 disposals, while Scott Selwood had 23 and nine tackles as he continues to build match fitness after a hamstring injury.

There were a few injury concerns for the Cats, with rising midfielder Charlie Constable (three disposals) taking no further part in the game after half-time due to a knock to the leg.

Quinton Narkle also finished up early after returning from a hamstring injury. 


State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Sydney - Saturday, May 25, 11am, Metricon Stadium

Josh Schoenfeld was busy with 31 disposals and 10 tackles in Gold Coast's 58-point loss to Sydney.

Former Cat George Horlin-Smith finished with 23 disposals, six marks and six tackles, while fellow emergency Will Brodie also featured heavily with 27 touches and eight tackles of his own.

Suns Academy graduate Connor Nutting top-scored with 3.2 from his 18 disposals and nine marks.

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v GWS Giants - Saturday, May 25, 11.30am, Maroochydore Multisports Complex

Draftee Jackson Hately was one of the Giants' best in their 42-point loss to Brisbane, having a game-high 36 disposals, as well as six marks and six tackles.

Fellow highly rated youngster Aiden Bonar was another to star with 29 disposals and six marks.

Nick Shipley worked hard to finish with 26 touches and seven tackles, while big man Lachie Keeffe, who played rounds one and two in the AFL before the return of Shane Mumford, was dominant with 22 touches and 13 marks.

Developing key forward Matthew Flynn kicked three goals, while Dylan Buckley finished with two.

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Box Hill Hawks - Saturday, May 25, 2pm, Victoria Park

Veteran Jarryd Roughead was everywhere in Box Hill's 14-point loss to Collingwood but didn't overly impact the scoreboard, finishing with 22 disposals, four marks and 1.2.

Defender Kaiden Brand could be on his way back to the senior side after topping the Hawks' stats sheet with 29 disposals and a whopping 18 marks.

Second-year forward Jackson Ross, who is yet to make his AFL debut, kicked four goals from his 12 touches.

Teia Miles was also busy with 22, eight marks and a goal.


State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Williamstown v Casey Demons - Sunday, May 26, 2pm, Downer Oval

Key defender Jake Lever suffered a setback in his attempt to return to senior football when he hurt his ankle during the opening half of Casey Demons' 16-point loss to Williamstown.

Lever limped from the field during the opening half with what appeared to be a minor complaint and failed to return to the field after having his ankle re-taped.

Lever and Corey Maynard (concussion) didn't feature after half-time, but it wasn't all bad news for Melbourne fans with Jay Kennedy-Harris (26 disposals) and Jordan Lewis (23) picking up plenty of the ball in their return from injury.

Sam Weideman booted three goals up forward, while big man Braydon Preuss collected 11 disposals and 46 hit-outs.

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v North Melbourne - Saturday, May 25, 7pmVU Whitten Oval 

Small forward Nathan Hrovat pressed his claims for a senior recall with 20 disposals and two goals against Footscray in the VFL on Saturday.

Recruit Aaron Hall was the leading disposal winner with 28 touches and also laid eight tackles.

Big man Tom Campbell was prolific in the ruck and around the ground, winning 52 hit-outs and racking up 22 disposals.      

Draftee Curtis Taylor kicked 1.2 and had 14 touches.


State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Glenelg v Port Adelaide - Sunday, May 26, 1.40pm, ACH Group Stadium

Port Adelaide's SANFL side fell to a 49-point loss to Glenelg, but there were a host of players that shone in the defeat.

Joe Atley (31 disposals and five inside 50s) and Willem Drew (30 possessions and 10 clearances) collected plenty of the ball, while forgotten defender Hamish Hartlett had 17 touches and a goal in his return from a hamstring injury.


Omitted youngster Joel Garner could only manage 13 disposals in the loss, while rookie-listed midfielder Jack Trengove impressed once again with 21 touches and six tackles.

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Essendon - Saturday, May 25, 2.30pm, Swinburne Centre

Rookie ruckman Mabior Chol won the Sir Doug Nicholls Medal for best on ground honours as the Tigers withstood a late comeback to overcome Essendon in the VFL on Saturday. 

Chol had 22 disposals, kicked 1.1 and won 22 hit-outs in an impressive all-round performance. 

Midfielder Jack Graham kicked 2 goals and finished with 16 disposals, while another rookie Jake Aarts also kicked two goals.

Speedy forward Dan Butler racked up 19 disposals but was wasteful in front of goal, kicking 1.3.

Youngster Patrick Naish showed off his elite kicking skills and finished with 21 kicks.


State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Northern Blues - Sunday, May 26, 11.50am, Marvel Stadium

Young gun Hunter Clark once again shone at VFL level, with the classy midfielder collecting 29 disposals during Sandringham's 11-point triumph over the Northern Blues.

Out-of-favour veteran David Armitage also won plenty of the ball with 29 touches of his own, while youngsters Nick Coffield and Nick Hind picked up 20 disposals apiece.

Highly rated big man Max King booted two goals from five disposals up forward for Sandringham in what was his third game at VFL level since being drafted by the Saints with the fourth pick at last year's draft.


State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Sydney - Saturday, May 25, 11am, Metricon Stadium

Recruit Daniel Menzel kicked five goals straight in Sydney's 58-point win over Gold Coast.

Menzel is on the comeback trail from a groin injury and finished with 15 disposals and four marks.

He was joined on the scoreboard by draftee Zac Foot, who kicked two goals from his 18 disposals and seven marks, while fellow first-year James Rowbottom – who had been omitted from the senior side – had 31 touches and 10 tackles.

James Rose continues to rack up big numbers in the NEAFL, picking up 32 and seven marks.

Big man Darcy Cameron had 20 kicks in his 22 disposals.

Below: Former Cat Dan Menzel in the NEAFL. Picture: @sydneyswans

State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: Swan Districts v West Coast - Saturday, May 25, 2.15pm, Steel Blue Oval

Young forward Jarrod Cameron was an imposing presence inside 50 for West Coast, kicking 4.1 in the Eagles' 14-point loss to Swan Districts in the WAFL on Saturday. 

Midfielder Brendon Ah Chee kicked 1.2 to go along with 19 disposals, while rookie Josh Smith was the leading ball-winner with 28 touches and nine marks. 

Another rookie Keegan Brooksby dominated in the ruck, winning 50 hit-outs. 

Midfield recruit Xavier O'Neill was ferocious in the contest and finished with seven tackles and 21 touches. 


State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v North Melbourne - Saturday, May 25, 7pmVU Whitten Oval 

Sharpshooter Tory Dickson did his hopes of a recall no harm, with three goals in a best-on-ground performance for the Bulldogs in their 19-point victory over North Melbourne.

Tall forward Josh Schache also hit the scoreboard with two goals, while omitted forward Billy Gowers collected 19 disposals in his first game at VFL level for the season.

Lucas Webb (24 disposals) and Will Hayes (21) were the leading ball-winners for the Dogs, while Rhylee West – the son of club great Scott West – inched closer to a debut by picking up 19 possessions of his own in yet another impressive performance.