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Around the state leagues: Flag hero hurt, luckless Cat returns

Liam Duggan, David Myers and Nakia Cockatoo enjoying varying fortunes in the state leagues across the weekend - AFL,Around the State Leagues,Adelaide Crows,Brisbane Lions,Carlton Blues,Collingwood Magpies,Essendon Bombers,Fremantle Dockers,Geelong Cats,GWS Giants,Hawthorn Hawks,Melbourne Demons,North Melbourne Kangaroos,Port Adelaide Power,Sydney Swans,West Coast Eagles,Western Bulldogs,Gold Coast Suns,St Kilda Saints,Richmond Tigers,WAFL,News
Liam Duggan, David Myers and Nakia Cockatoo enjoying varying fortunes in the state leagues across the weekend

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

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Southport v Brisbane - Saturday, August 3, 1.30pm, Fankhauser Reserve

Midfielder Ryan Bastinac starred with four goals and 28 disposals in Brisbane's thumping 125-point win over Southport.

The victory is the Lions' 15th straight, setting a new NEAFL record.

Ben Keays (3.1 and 23 disposals), Toby Wooller (3.0 and 11 marks) and Cedric Cox (3.0 and 23 disposals) were all able to make a big impact on the scoreboard.

Youngster Corey Lyons continues to push his case for a senior debut with a game-high 36 disposals and a goal.

Midfielder Rhys Mathieson also found plenty of the ball, finishing with 31 touches and kicking a goal.

 

State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Collingwood - Sunday, August 4, 11.50pm, Marvel Stadium

Highly rated midfielder David Cuningham, who signed a three-year contract extension last week, returned from a knee injury to have 13 disposals in the Northern Blues' 48-point loss to Collingwood.

Young gun Paddy Dow responded well to his omission from the senior side by picking up 20 touches of his own, while fellow first-round draft pick Liam Stocker (22 disposals) also impressed.

Out-of-favour ruckman Matthew Lobbe had 12 disposals and 31 hitouts, while former Pie Alex Fasolo collected 15 disposals and was kept goalless.

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State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Collingwood - Sunday, August 4, 11.50pm, Marvel Stadium

Mid-season recruit John Noble stood out as Collingwood's VFL side returned to form with a 48-point victory over the Northern Blues.

Noble had 23 touches and booted a goal in a dominant performance, while Tim Broomhead (26), Tyler Brown (25) and Jack Madgen (21) also won plenty of the ball.

Veteran defender Tyson Goldsack managed just 11 disposals in defence as he attempts to win a recall to the senior side.

 

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Sandringham - Saturday, August 3, 2pm, Windy Hill

David Myers, who earlier this year withdrew his name from AFL selection to work on his form, had a day out in the Bombers' thumping 85-point win over Sandringham.

The midfielder finished with 39 disposals, six marks and three goals.

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Ben McNiece responded to his AFL omission with 26 touches and five marks, while forward Josh Begley had 24 and a major.

Draftee key forward Noah Gown was very efficient in front of the big sticks, kicking four goals from nine disposals.

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v Claremont - Saturday, August 3, 2.15pm, David Grays Arena

Midfielder Travis Colyer was among Peel Thunder's best during their two-point loss to Claremont on Saturday, finishing with 26 disposals, nine tackles and a behind.

Cam McCarthy was impressive up forward, kicking 2.1 from 15 touches, while also laying six tackles.

Veteran Hayden Ballantyne responded to his omission with two goals and 10 disposals.

Ruckman Scott Jones won 33 hit-outs and finished with eight touches.

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Port Melbourne v Geelong - Sunday, August 4, 2pm, Adcon Stadium

Exciting forward Nakia Cockatoo had six disposals while playing a half in his return from a long-term knee injury for Geelong's VFL side on Sunday.

Cockatoo showed some good signs during the early exchanges of the Cats' 23-point victory over Port Melbourne, but sat out the entire second half as he attempts to play a part in Geelong’s September campaign.

Big man Darcy Fort was the standout for the Cats with five first-half goals and six for the match, while James Parsons (27 disposals and one goal), Quinton Narkle (20 touches and two goals) and ruckman Rhys Stanley (16 disposals and 34 hitouts) did their chances of a senior recall no harm.

 

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: GWS Giants v Sydney - Saturday, August 3, 10.30am, Giants Stadium

Adam Kennedy had 29 disposals, five tackles and a goal in his first match back after a week off following an elevated heart rate in a NEAFL match.

But it was youngster Nick Shipley who led all comers in the Giants' 14-point win over Sydney, finishing with 37 disposals and 11 tackles.

Former Docker Tommy Sheridan was busy with 21 touches and a goal while Irishman Callum Brown had 18, seven marks and a goal of his own.

 

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: North Melbourne v Box Hill Hawks - Saturday, August 3, 2pm, Arden St

Draftee Mathew Walker impressed up forward during Box Hill's heartbreaking two-point loss to North Melbourne on Saturday, kicking 4.1 from 15 disposals.

Midfielder James Cousins was Box Hill's leading disposal winner with 24 touches, while David Mirra collected 22 disposals and took 11 marks.

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Kaiden Brand (2.2) and Teia Miles (2.1) were both able to make an impact on the scoreboard.

Veteran Jarryd Roughead went goalless but finished with 16 disposals.

 

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Casey Demons - Saturday, August 3, 2.30pm, Swinburne Centre

Marty Hore recorded a game-high 34 disposals – 30 of which were kicks – and six marks in Casey's 35-point loss to Richmond.

Midfielder Billy Stretch was next best with 23, while Josh Wagner had 18 and seven tackles after being dropped from the senior side.

With Melbourne's list decimated by injury, there weren't many AFL-listed footballers playing, with draftee James Jordan picking up 14 touches and six tackles.

 

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: North Melbourne v Box Hill Hawks - Saturday, August 3, 2pm, Arden St

Midfielder Nathan Hrovat dominated in North Melbourne's thrilling two-point win over Box Hill in the VFL, finishing with a game-high 37 disposals.

Ruckman Tom Campbell continues to rack up plenty of the ball, collecting 24 disposals and winning 32 hit-outs.

Jed Anderson was ferocious, laying 12 tackles to go along with 25 disposals.

Defender Sam Wright announced his retirement during the week and, in his final game for the club, collected four disposals and kicked a behind before coming off in the third quarter with an injury concern.

 

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

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Casey Demons - Saturday, August 3, 2.30pm, Swinburne Centre

All eyes were on mid-season recruit Marlion Pickett, who had 20 disposals and a goal in his first match for Richmond, after being drafted with a broken finger.

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Premiership ruckman Toby Nankervis had his strongest game yet, his third since returning from an adductor injury, recording 34 hitouts, 20 dipsosals, seven marks and a goal.

Patrick Naish's strong year in the VFL continued with 26 touches and 10 marks, while Jack Ross had 12 touches in a half in his return from ankle surgery.

 

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Sandringham - Saturday, August 3, 2pm, Windy Hill

Young midfielder Ed Phillips topped the disposal count in a dirty day for Sandringham, going down by 85 points to Essendon.

Phillips had 24 touches and six tackles in the loss.

Four-time club best and fairest Jack Steven's return to football continued with 22 disposals and four tackles; it was the midfielder's third game since an extended mental health break.

Swingman Sam Rowe battled hard, recording two team-highs in hitouts (19) and goals (two), as well as 13 touches and four tackles.

Darragh Joyce got down and dirty with 10 tackles, six touches and a goal.

 

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: GWS Giants v Sydney - Saturday, August 3, 10.30am, Giants Stadium

Key back Lewis Melican (11 disposals, three marks) was named one of Sydney's best in its 14-point loss to GWS, after being omitted from the senior side.

Rookie duo James Bell (28 touches, eight tackles) and Joel Amartey (26, eight marks and a goal) topped the disposal count for the undermanned Swans.

Jackson Thurlow also found plenty of the ball, the former Cat finishing with 20 disposals and seven tackles.

State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: Swan Districts v West Coast - Saturday, August 3, 2.15pm, Steel Blue Oval

Matthew Allen was West Coast's leading disposal winner in the WAFL on Saturday, racking up 24 touches and kicking a goal as the Eagles fell by four points to Swan Districts.

Another youngster Hamish Brayshaw also impressed, finishing with 23 disposals and six tackles.

Midfielder Mark Hutchings collected 21 disposals and kicked 1.1, while Brendon Ah Chee kicked a goal from 18 touches.

Defender Liam Duggan, making his return from an ankle syndesmosis injury, left the field in the first quarter following a heavy collision in the back pocket and did not register a possession.  

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Frankston v Footscray - Sunday, August 4, 2pm, SkyBus Stadium 

Returning duo Lukas Webb (19 disposals and one goal) and Ben Cavarra (two goals) showed some good signs for Footscray's VFL side in their 70-point victory over Frankston.

Billy Gowers (17 touches and two goals) and Will Hayes (16 disposals and one goal) also hit the scoreboard, while untried ruckman Jordan Sweet inched closer to a senior debut with 13 possessions, two goals and 32 hitouts.

The Bulldogs had 13 different goalkickers, with senior performers Lin Jong, Roarke Smith and Brad Lynch all booting a major in an excellent team performance.