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VFL Player Review: Round 12

VFL: Round 12 in 60 seconds Watch highlights and key moments from the VFL side's 26-point win over Geelong on Saturday.
James Aish starred with 28 disposals, eight tackles and one goal. Photo: Shane Barrie.

In a performance led by some of Collingwood's brightest young stars, the VFL Magpies triumphed Geelong at Simonds Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Locked in a tight battle at the half, the Magpies piled on six second-half goals to the Cats' one, to run away 26-point winners.

The result marked the third straight victory for Jared Rivers’ side, with midfielders James Aish and Rupert Wills the stand out performers for the away team.

Forward Kayle Kirby kicked four goals, while VFL-listed defenders Marty Hore and Kye Beveridge impressed from the back half.

You can view the individual stat line of every player in the article below. All numbers are courtesy of Champion Data.

VFL Round 12
Collingwood v Geelong
Saturday 8 July, 2017
Simonds Stadium, 1pm

Collingwood: 4.0   5.2   9.4   11.10 (76)
Geelong:        1.2   5.3   6.6   7.8     (50)

GOALS
Collingwood: Kirby 4, White 2, Blair, Crocker, Hellier, Aish, Borthwick
Geelong: Hayball, Capiron, Tsitas, Gardner, Ratugolea, Dobson, Henry

BEST
Collingwood: Aish, Wills, Hore, Mayne, Beveridge, Kirby
Geelong: Tsitas, Mclachlan, Jones, Garnder, Edwards, Dobson

THE BEST

14. James Aish
Statistics: 13 kicks, 3 marks, 15 handballs, 28 disposals, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 8 tackles, 1 goal
Notes: Tasked with playing on the wing and in the middle, it was a long sleeve sort of day for James Aish, but the South Australian made sure he didn’t leave Geelong without getting his hands dirty. 28 possessions – of which 16 were contested – typified the midfielder’s tireless work rate against the Cats. Add in his four clearances, eight tackles and the goal which he kicked in the third term to propel the Pies into the lead, and the 21-year-old had pieced together a best afield performance and one of his stronger outputs on the season.

33. Rupert Wills
Statistics: 8 kicks, 4 marks, 25 handballs, 33 disposals, 7 clearances, 1 inside 50, 2 rebound 50s, 5 tackles
Notes: Since returning from his calf injury, the 24-year-old has starred for the VFL Pies. Three games, three wins. And in each of those victories, Wills’ impact hasn’t gone unnoticed. Of his team-high 33 disposals on the weekend, 15 were contested, while his seven clearances and five tackles only highlight his uncompromising attack on the football, paired with his desire to pressure the opposition. As one of the team’s best performers over the past month, Wills could be firming for a senior recall this week.



The 24-year-old amassed 33 touches against Geelong. Photos: Shane Barrie.

REPORT: In-form Rupe ready to attack

63. Marty Hore
Statistics: 13 kicks, 3 marks, 7 handballs, 20 disposals, 1 clearance, 3 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s, 6 tackles
Notes: Quickly becoming a staple of the VFL Magpies’ back six, Hore’s performance against Geelong exemplified the untapped potential of this young defender. With most of his work being completed between the arcs, Hore’s attacking mindset from defence was crucial to Collingwood’s second-half surge. With 20 disposals and seven tackles, the 21-year-old remained involved in the game, despite most of contest being played in the Pies' forward 50 in the final hour of the match. Keep an eye on this left footer as the season moves into its latter stages.



Hore with one of his 20 disposals at Simonds Stadium. Photo: Shane Barrie.

16. Chris Mayne
Statistics: 8 kicks, 5 marks, 7 handballs, 15 disposals, 0 clearances, 1 inside 50, 0 rebound 50s, 8 tackles
Notes: Despite not hitting the scoreboard, Mayne relished in his role playing higher up the ground against the Cats. As the game set into its motions, the former Docker made sure to insert himself into the contest, as he applied his characteristic defensive pressure and set up teammates in better attacking positions. With 15 possessions, eight tackles and five marks on the day, Mayne was consistently involved in the play and was a key to the Magpies’ victory.

58. Kye Beveridge
Statistics: 8 kicks, 5 marks, 9 handballs, 17 disposals, 1 clearance, 0 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 3 tackles
Notes: In his second consecutive game as Collingwood’s 23rd player, Beveridge made an impression in defence against the Cats. He joined Henry Schade, Dale Hinkley and Hore in stemming Geelong’s second-quarter momentum swing, in which the home side piled on four goals to Collingwood’s one. The son of Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge recorded 17 disposals, while taking five marks and laying three tackles. A notable performance for the 18-year-old, and one that he will no doubt look to build on in the coming weeks.

Beveridge played his best game for the Magpies in his young career with 17 disposals. Photo: Shane Barrie.

27. Kayle Kirby
Statistics: 10 kicks, 5 marks, 1 handballs, 11 disposals, 0 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 2 tackles, 4 goals
Notes: Saturday’s game against the Cats gave Magpie fans just another taste of what Kayle Kirby will be able to offer Collingwood’s forward line in the future. Four goals – which takes him to the top of the VFL’s goal kicking with 27 – headlined the Magpies’ victory at Simonds Stadium. With his unique mix of power, speed and class, the small forward showcased his marking, play making and goal kicking on the day. Whether he debuts this season is yet to be seen, but one thing is for sure, Kirby is an attacking weapon that will excite Collingwood fans for a long time coming.



Kirby and Mayne after the Magpies' 26-point victory, Photo: Shane Barrie. 

THE REST

9. Jesse White
Statistics: 11 kicks, 9 marks, 3 handballs, 14 disposals, 1 clearance, 13 hit outs, 0 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 3 tackles, 2 goals

11. Jarryd Blair
Statistics: 13 kicks, 3 marks, 19 handballs, 29 disposals, 9 clearances, 9 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 5 tackles, 1 goal

17. Callum Brown
Statistics: 8 kicks, 5 marks, 14 handballs, 22 disposals, 2 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 3 tackles

23. Lachlan Keeffe
Statistics: 6 kicks, 6 marks, 4 handballs, 10 disposals, 0 clearances, 2 hit outs, 0 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 2 tackles

26. Josh Daicos
Statistics: 12 kicks, 5 marks, 9 handballs, 21 disposals, 2 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 2 tackles

31. Jackson Ramsay
Statistics: 17 kicks, 11 mark, 10 handballs, 27 disposals, 0 clearances, 1 inside 50, 5 rebound 50s, 4 tackles



Ramsay impressed with 27 touches from defence. Photo: Shane Barrie. 

36. Brayden Sier
Statistics: 2 kicks, 1 marks, 4 handballs, 6 disposals, 1 clearances, 1 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 3 tackles
Notes: Sier injured his foot and didn’t return in the second half.

39. Ben Crocker
Statistics: 7 kicks, 6 marks, 0 handballs, 7 disposals, 0 clearances, 1 inside 50, 0 rebound 50s, 2 tackles, 1 goal
Notes: An ankle injury in the third term ended Crocker’s afternoon at the Cattery.

41. Henry Schade
Statistics: 8 kicks, 6 marks, 11 handballs, 19 disposals, 0 clearances, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50, 2 tackles

45. Max Lynch
Statistics: 5 kicks, 2 marks, 6 handballs, 11 disposals, 1 clearance, 34 hit outs, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 4 tackles

47. Gus Borthwick
Statistics: 5 kicks, 2 marks, 4 handballs, 9 disposals, 2 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 3 tackles, 1 goal

53. Jack Hellier
Statistics:
5 kicks, 1 mark, 5 handballs, 10 disposals, 1 clearance, 0 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 2 tackles, 1 goal

55. Ryan Pendlebury
Statistics: 10 kicks, 7 marks, 9 handballs, 19 disposals, 1 clearance, 0 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 3 tackles

61. Nick Gray
Statistics: 8 kicks, 5 marks, 10 handballs, 18 disposals, 1 clearance, 4 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 1 tackle

64. Campbell Lane
Statistics: 
15 kicks, 6 marks, 9 handballs, 24 disposals, 2 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 2 rebounds 50s, 5 tackles

66. Dale Hinkley
Statistics: 15 kicks, 7 marks, 6 handballs, 21 disposals, 0 clearances, 1 inside 50, 2 rebound 50s, 3 tackles

67. Matthew Smith
Statistics: 6 kicks, 1 mark, 9 handballs, 15 disposals, 3 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 2 tackles


The VFL Magpies have won three games in a row after a tough start to the season. Photo: Shane Barrie.