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Team song: Collingwood Watch the Magpies celebrate their round 17 win

1. All's well that ends Wells
Daniel Wells made it through his first match – his 250th – since round 11 unscathed. The injury-prone recruit had played just six games for the Magpies this season since crossing from North Melbourne, battling calf injuries. He looked sharp in the first half, after skipping the VFL and coming straight into the senior line-up. He ran well, and showed off his silky skills setting up a goal in the first term. While he faded in the second half, especially in the pouring rain, Wells still finished with two goals and 18 touches.


Daniel Wells is chaired off after playing his 250th senior game.

2. Rischitelli's welcome return

It's fair to say the Suns have had a horrendous injury list for several years. But they finally got one of their key leaders back on the field against Collingwood, when Michael Rischitelli returned from a knee reconstruction. The 31-year-old was more than solid in the midfield, his bigger body helping around the ball and feeding the Suns' speedsters. The former Lion even kicked a goal in his return, his first match since round 16 last year. Rischitelli just had the 13 touches, but also had seven clearances and seven tackles.

3. Turn-BAALLL! Prime Minister treated to an Ablett masterclass

The Prime Minister was at Metricon Stadium to officially open the Suns' new training and administration facilities, and was witness to just another typical match from Gary Ablett. The former captain accumulated 41 disposals in the heavy rain (including 19 contested possessions) as well as finishing with 11 clearances and six tackles.