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Around the state leagues: Dumped Sun shines, Power ruck's day out

The 10: round 21's best moments Goals galore and a freaky weather event headlines this weekend's standout plays

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: West Adelaide v Adelaide - Sunday, August 11, 1.40pm, City Mazda Stadium

Youngster Myles Poholke put on a dominant display in the SANFL on Sunday, finishing with 28 disposals, 10 marks and 2.1 in Adelaide's 65-point win.

Elliott Himmelberg was imposing up forward with 3.1 from 15 disposals, while Shane McAdam also impressed with 2.2.

Out-of-contract midfielder Hugh Greenwood had 19 disposals, laid 10 tackles and won a game-high eight clearances. 

Forward Josh Jenkins failed to hit the scoreboard and finished with eight marks, 16 hitouts and 14 disposals.

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v Gold Coast - Saturday, August 10, 12.55pm, Gabba

Tough nut Rhys Mathieson had an impressive day, collecting 30 disposals, laying six tackles and booting two goals in Brisbane's 25-point win over crosstown rival Gold Coast.

There were four other Lions to bag two goals; Ben Keays, Sam Skinner, Nick Robertson and Corey Lyons.

Lewis Taylor finished with 21 disposals and 0.2.

Brisbane trailed by seven points at the main break before coming away with the 13.13 (91) to 10.6 (66) victory.

State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Northern Blues - Sunday, August 11, 11.50am, MCG

Midfielder Matthew Kennedy was a standout for the Northern Blues during their 44-point loss to Richmond on Sunday, responding to his senior omission with a game-high 28 disposals and five tackles.      

Youngster Paddy Dow also impressed with 22 touches, while Tom De Koning (two goals and 10 disposals), Ben Silvagni (two goals and four tackles) and Liam Stocker (two goals and 11 disposals) all showed promising signs up forward.     

Forward Alex Fasolo collected 14 disposals but was inaccurate, kicking 0.2.

Big man Matthew Lobbe kicked a goal from seven disposals and won 14 hitouts.

 

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Casey Demons - Sunday, August 11, 12pm, Victoria Park

Mid-season draftee John Noble has continued his strong VFL form with 23 disposals and six marks against Casey on Sunday.

Ben Crocker kicked 1.1 from 21 touches as the Pies went down by 15 points.

Rookie ruckman Max Lynch won 21 hitouts and kicked a behind from eight disposals.

 

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Essendon - Saturday, August 10, 1pm, VU Whitten Oval

Dropped defender Michael Hartley responded with 21 disposals on a dark day for Essendon, after it was thumped by the Western Bulldogs by 94 points at Whitten Oval on Saturday afternoon.

It was a quiet outing for Irving Mosquito in his return from a hamstring injury, collecting just four disposals and laying five tackles.

The Bombers were never in the contest as the Dogs assumed control early on their way to a 20.9 (129) to 5.5 (35) win.

 

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: South Fremantle v Peel Thunder - Saturday, August 10, 2.15pm, Fremantle Community Bank Oval

Midfielder Brett Bewley (20 disposals) was among the Fremantle-listed players to stand out as Peel Thunder fell to a disappointing 40-point loss to South Fremantle.

Experienced duo Hayden Ballantyne (14 touches, seven marks, six tackles) and Cam McCarthy (10 disposals and five tackles) went goalless, while rookie Ryan Nyhuis could only muster 12 possessions.

Former Bomber Travis Colyer was a notable absentee, with the speedy forward travelling to Melbourne as the carryover emergency for the Dockers' clash against St Kilda on Sunday.

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v North Melbourne - Saturday, August 10, 3.45pm, GMHBA Stadium

A handful of fringe players put up their hand for a senior recall as the Cats further strengthened their place inside the top eight by cruising to a 102-point rout of North Melbourne.

Twelve players scored goals during the impressive thrashing, with big man Darcy Fort, key forward Wylie Buzza and crumber Jamaine Jones all booting three.

The best player afield was Charlie Constable, with the tough midfielder finishing the match with 41 disposals and two goals in an impressive display that is sure to catch the eye of Geelong coach Chris Scott.

Ruck duo Rhys Stanley (29 hitouts and two goals) and Ryan Abbott (21 hitouts, 18 touches and one goal) also put their hand up for a senior game by contributing strongly to the victory.

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v Gold Coast - Saturday, August 10, 12.55pm, Gabba

Out-of-contract star Jack Martin responded to his shock omission by racking up 32 disposals, 11 tackles and two goals in Gold Coast's 25-point loss to Brisbane on Saturday afternoon.

His efforts included this brilliant left-foot curler. 

Another high-profile omission, key forward Peter Wright, was goalless but had 18 disposals.

Brad Scheer won plenty of the football, leading all-comers with 33 disposals.

Earlier this week, the Suns presented their case for Martin to stay with the club beyond this season, before dropping the 24-year-old.

He returned to the senior side last week for the Suns' loss to Collingwood after missing time following surgery for a dislocated finger.

Gold Coast shot off to a hot start, booting five-goals-to-one in the opening term, but Brisbane fought back to post the win, 13.13 (91) to 10.6 (66).

 

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Werribee v Box Hill Hawks - Saturday, August 10, 2pm, Avalon Airport Oval

Hawthorn champion Jarryd Roughead was scoreless and had 10 disposals in Box Hill's 25-point loss to Werribee on Saturday afternoon.

With young forward Mitch Lewis hurting an already strapped shoulder and copping a hip corkie in Friday night's surprise win over Greater Western Sydney, there is potentially an opening for Roughead.

He sported long sleeves for Box Hill, which was of note because Hawks players don't wear sleeves under Alastair Clarkson.

 

After seeing his charges beat the Giants, Clarkson said there was a chance the former skipper and four-time premiership player could be seen again at senior level.

"Rough has got a game to play at Werribee (on Saturday), if he plays OK and we need him, we will play him," Clarkson said.

"But he is also very understanding if that is not to be the case then it won't be."

Backman Jack Scrimshaw had 17 disposals in his second game back from a left knee problem.

Werribee, led by former Docker and Sun Michael Barlow's 42 disposals in his 50th VFL game, posted an 11.10 (76) to 7.9 (51) victory.

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Casey Demons - Sunday, August 11, 12pm, Victoria Park

Big man Braydon Preuss put on a rucking masterclass in the VFL on Sunday, winning an incredible 75 hitouts against Collingwood while also collecting 19 disposals.

Josh Wagner put his hand up for a senior recall with an imposing performance, finishing with two goals, seven marks and 22 disposals as Casey ran out 15-point winners.      

Half-forward Alex Neal-Bullen was impressive with 15 disposals and two goals, while Marty Hore backed up 34 disposals last round with another 25 touches on the weekend.

Rookie Kade Chandler laid five tackles to go along with nine touches and two goals.

 

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v North Melbourne - Saturday, August 10, 3.45pm, GMHBA Stadium

It was a dirty day for North Melbourne's VFL side as they fell to a 102-point loss to Geelong on Saturday.

 

Veteran Nathan Hrovat collected 36 disposals in the loss, while ruckman Tom Campbell continued his excellent season with 25 touches, 20 hitouts and two goals against Geelong duo Rhys Stanley and Ryan Abbott.

Former Demon Dom Tyson picked up 16 possessions and six tackles in his first game back from a calf issue.

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Woodville-West Torrens - Sunday, August 11, 1.40pm, Alberton Oval

Forward Steven Motlop starred with five goals from 15 disposals in Port Adelaide's 63-point win in the SANFL on Sunday.

He was one of a number of Port players to put their hand up for senior selection, with youngster William Drew racking up 38 touches and kicking 1.2.

Midfielder Jack Trengove collected 33 touches and laid 14 tackles in a ferocious performance.

Out-of-favour ruckman Scott Lycett was also prolific, collecting 30 disposals and winning 33 hitouts and seven clearances.

Dougal Howard impressed up forward with 3.2 from 16 touches, while Sam Mayes kicked 1.3 from 22 disposals.

 

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Northern Blues - Sunday, August 11, 11.50am, MCG

Forward Jacob Townsend was in scintillating touch in the VFL on Sunday, kicking 3.1 from 27 disposals as Richmond ran out 44-point winners.

Rookie Jake Aarts was similarly dominant, finishing with 24 touches and three goals, while Patrick Naish continued his strong form with a goal from 23 disposals.

Callum Moore was a strong focal point up forward and kicked 4.2.

Speedster Connor Menadue impressed with a goal from 21 touches.

 

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

 

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Aspley v Sydney - Saturday, August 10, 12pm, Voxson Oval

James Rose made a compelling case for an immediate return to the senior side with 31 disposals and two goals in Sydney's 36-point win over Aspley on Saturday afternoon.

 

Matthew Ling, a first-round draftee from 2017 who possesses speed and a deadly left boot, lined up in his first match since May after having been sidelined with an Achilles issue and picked up five disposals and five tackles.

He is contracted until the end of 2020.

Veteran Kieren Jack was left out of the AFL outfit but was with the side in South Australia for its loss to Port Adelaide.

Backman Lewis Melican finished with 18 disposals while Ryley Stoddart had 24.

Big man Joel Amartey won 20 disposals and bagged a pair of goals as the Swans won 12.13 (85) to 7.7 (49).

State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: Perth v West Coast - Saturday, August 10, 2.15pm, Mineral Resources Park

Former Cat Nathan Vardy and rookie-listed big man Keegan Brooksby booted three goals apiece as West Coast's WAFL side registered a 19-point victory over Perth.

 

Onballer Josh Rotham continued his good season by picking up 24 disposals, while Tom Cole (24), Hamish Brayshaw (22) and Brendon Ah Chee (21) all saw plenty of the ball.

West Coast had just two of its four senior emergencies play against Perth, with omitted duo Chris Masten and Jarrod Cameron held over for Sunday's AFL clash against Adelaide.

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Essendon - Saturday, August 10, 1pm, VU Whitten Oval

Hard-nosed onballer Rhylee West couldn't have done much more to stake his claim for a berth in the senior team, winning 29 disposals and bagging four goals as Footscray trampled Essendon by 94 points.

He also laid seven tackles in the one-sided affair.

Callum Porter topped the stats sheet with 31 disposals, Lukas Webb notched up 28 while Ben Cavarra had 23, along with three goals.

 

Backman Lewis Young (23 disposals), Lin Jong (22), Fletcher Roberts (22), Bailey Williams (22) were also among the ball-winners in the Dogs' 20.9 (129) to 5.5 (35) victory.