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VFL eye-catchers: Round 17

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In the days after each of the Magpies' VFL games, Collingwood Media will take a look at some of the eye-catching performers, with a focus on the players who were emergencies for the AFL team, youngsters on the rise and players coming back from injuries. Here's our look at the VFL Pies' narrow win over North Melbourne at Avalon Airport Oval in Werribee on Sunday.

Adam Oxley
Among the emergencies for the AFL game against Richmond, Oxley won his share of the ball down back and applied plenty of pressure.

Stats summary: 15 disposals, 5 tackles

Jarryd Blair
On the comeback trail after missing the middle part of the season due to injury, Blair pushed his case for a recall to the AFL side by featuring among the VFL Pies' best players.

Stats summary: 21 disposals, 6 clearances

Jack Madgen
Another of the emergencies for the AFL game against the Tigers, Madgen, a key defender who was recently elevated to the club's senior list, has moved into the frame to make his AFL debut after some very solid form in the VFL and the recent injuries to Lynden Dunn and Matt Scharenberg.

Stats summary: 14 disposals, 5 tackles

James Aish
In his second game back after a long layoff due to a knee injury, Aish won plenty of the footy and proved an attacking force while roaming through the midfield.

Stats summary: 21 disposals, 6 inside 50s

James Aish in action against North Melbourne (Photo: Shane Barrie)

Full Player Statistics
VFL Round 17 v North Melbourne

1. Alex Fasolo
9 kicks, 7 marks, 10 handballs, 19 disposals, 2 clearances, 1 inside 50, 0 rebound 50s, 4 tackles

5. Jamie Elliott

3 kicks, 2 marks, 7 handballs, 10 disposals, 1 clearance, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 4 tackles

11. Jarryd Blair

12 kicks, 4 marks, 9 handballs, 21 disposals, 6 clearances, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 3 tackles

14. James Aish
12 kicks, 2 marks, 9 handballs, 21 disposals, 0 clearances, 6 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 2 tackles

23. Sam McLarty
5 kicks, 6 marks, 11 handballs, 16 disposals, 2 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 4 tackles, 14 hitouts

28. Nathan Murphy
6 kicks, 3 marks, 5 handballs, 11 disposals, 0 clearances, 1 inside 50, 2 rebound 50s, 3 tackles

34. Tyler Brown
9 kicks, 3 marks, 5 handballs, 14 disposals, 1 clearance, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 1 tackle

39. Ben Crocker
7 kicks, 4 marks, 5 handballs, 12 disposals, 0 clearances, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50, 0 tackles

Ben Crocker celebrates one of his two goals (Photo: Shane Barrie)

40. Josh Smith
7 kicks, 2 marks, 5 handballs, 12 disposals, 2 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 7 tackles

43. Adam Oxley
9 kicks, 4 marks, 6 handballs, 15 disposals, 2 clearances, 0 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 5 tackles

44. Jack Madgen
8 kicks, 4 marks, 9 handballs, 17 disposals, 0 clearances, 0 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 4 tackles

48. Lachie Tardrew
9 kicks, 2 marks, 14 handballs, 23 disposals, 2 clearances, 3 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 6 tackles

49. Michael Chippendale
9 kicks, 5 marks, 3 handballs, 12 disposals, 0 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 5 tackles

50. Alex Woodward
9 kicks, 1 mark, 23 handballs, 32 disposals, 6 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 5 tackles

51. Marty Hore
25 kicks, 13 marks, 5 handballs, 30 disposals, 1 clearance, 2 inside 50s, 12 rebound 50s, 3 tackles

52. Elliot Le Grice
8 kicks, 5 marks, 3 handballs, 11 disposals, 0 clearances, 0 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 tackle

53. Jack Hellier
4 kicks, 4 marks, 6 handballs, 10 disposals, 1 clearance, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 3 tackles

55. Tom Jok
12 kicks, 5 marks, 4 handballs, 16 disposals, 3 clearances, 7 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 5 tackles

59. Jackson Starcevich
5 kicks, 2 marks, 1 handball, 6 disposals, 1 clearance, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 1 tackle

61. Sean Hetherington
10 kicks, 5 marks, 11 handballs, 21 disposals, 4 clearances, 7 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 4 tackles

63. Callan Wellings
8 kicks, 2 marks, 8 handballs, 16 disposals, 2 clearances, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50, 1 tackle

65. Lachlan Howe
10 kicks, 4 marks, 7 handballs, 17 disposals, 4 clearances, 6 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 5 tackles, 16 hitouts

67. Matthew Smith
8 kicks, 3 marks, 8 handballs, 16 disposals, 1 clearance, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 3 tackles

Collingwood           3.0    4.4    7.7    10.10    (70)
North Melbourne    2.3    4.5    5.6      9.8      (62)

Goals – Collingwood:
Crocker 2, Fasolo 2, Jarryd Blair 2, McLarty, Chippendale, Wellings, Hetherington
North Melbourne:
Northe 2, Hogan, Holmes, Junker, Davies-Uniacke, Leonardis, Larkey, Rippon

Best – Collingwood:
Hore, Woodward, Jok, Jarryd Blair, Hetherington, M.Smith
North Melbourne:
Rippon, Nielson, Cunningham, Northe, Mountford, Davies-Uniacke

At Avalon Airport Oval