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VFL eye-catchers: Round 18

McLarty reviews VFL loss Young tall Sam McLarty spoke with Collingwood Media after kicking two goals in the VFL Magpies' narrow loss to Box Hill in round 18 of the 2018 VFL season.

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 the Box Hill Hawks on Sunday.

Sam McLarty
One of the emergencies for the AFL game against the Swans, McLarty continued to push his case for an AFL debut by performing strongly against the Hawks in the VFL, kicking two goals and imposing his presence on the contest.

Stats summary: 15 disposals, 2 goals

James Aish
Another player named as an emergency for the AFL game in Sydney, Aish ran around in the VFL for the third consecutive week and produced a polished performance, sending the ball forward on numerous occasions. 

Stats summary: 17 disposals, 7 inside 50s

Jarryd Blair
Named among the VFL Pies' best players for the second week in succession, Blair won plenty of the ball and applied a stack of pressure.

Stats summary: 17 disposals, 8 tackles

Adam Oxley
Third third of the emergencies for the AFL team, Oxley travelled to Sydney but wasn't required, so he travelled home and lined up in the VFL against the Hawks. Did his cause no harm with a very solid performance.

Stats summary: 23 disposals, 7 rebound 50s

Alex Fasolo
The fourth of the AFL emergencies to play in the VFL, Fasolo fought hard but didn't have a huge impact on the game.

Stats summary: 13 disposals, 2 tackles

Alex Fasolo gets into the action in the narrow loss to Box Hill (Photo: Shane Barrie)

Full Player Statistics
VFL Round 18 v Box Hill

1. Alex Fasolo
5 kicks, 2 marks, 8 handballs, 13 disposals, 1 clearance, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50, 2 tackles

11. Jarryd Blair

10 kicks, 4 marks, 7 handballs, 17 disposals, 4 clearances, 7 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 8 tackles

14. James Aish

11 kicks, 3 marks, 6 handballs, 17 disposals, 3 clearances, 7 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s, 0 tackles

23. Sam McLarty
9 kicks, 5 marks, 6 handballs, 15 disposals, 2 clearances, 3 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 1 tackle, 5 hitouts

28. Nathan Murphy
12 kicks, 5 marks, 5 handballs, 17 disposals, 0 clearances, 7 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 3 tackles

34. Tyler Brown
3 kicks, 2 marks, 3 handballs, 6 disposals, 0 clearances, 0 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 0 tackles

39. Ben Crocker
6 kicks, 2 marks, 4 handballs, 10 disposals, 0 clearances, 0 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 2 tackles

40. Josh Smith
12 kicks, 4 marks, 5 handballs, 17 disposals, 0 clearances, 6 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 6 tackles

43. Adam Oxley
15 kicks, 3 marks, 8 handballs, 23 disposals, 1 clearance, 1 inside 50, 7 rebound 50s, 4 tackles

45. Max Lynch
2 kicks, 1 mark, 6 handballs, 8 disposals, 1 clearance, 0 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 3 tackles, 15 hitouts

Max Lynch dishes off a handball (Photo: Shane Barrie)

48. Lachlan Tardrew
6 kicks, 3 marks, 15 handballs, 21 disposals, 5 clearances, 1 inside 50, 0 rebound 50s, 1 tackle

49. Michael Chippendale
5 kicks, 3 marks, 0 handballs, 5 disposals, 1 clearance, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 1 tackle

50. Alex Woodward
11 kicks, 3 marks, 18 handballs, 29 disposals, 5 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 2 tackles

51. Marty Hore
18 kicks, 8 marks, 5 handballs, 23 disposals, 0 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 5 rebound 50s, 1 tackle

52. Elliot Le Grice
6 kicks, 5 marks, 3 handballs, 9 disposals, 0 clearances, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50, 0 clearances

53. Jack Hellier
11 kicks, 3 marks, 13 handballs, 24 disposals, 6 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 7 tackles

54. Andrew Gallucci
9 kicks, 4 marks, 6 handballs, 15 disposals, 0 clearances, 6 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 3 tackles

55. Tom Jok
8 kicks, 3 marks, 14 handballs, 22 disposals, 2 clearances, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50, 4 tackles

59. Jackson Starcevich
3 kicks, 2 marks, 1 handball, 4 disposals, 0 clearances, 3 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 1 tackle, 2 hitouts

60. Nick Sing
6 kicks, 0 marks, 2 handballs, 8 disposals, 1 clearance, 2 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 4 tackles

61. Sean Hetherington
5 kicks, 1 mark, 16 handballs, 21 disposals, 6 clearances, 5 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 3 tackles

63. Callan Wellings
11 kicks, 2 marks, 7 handballs, 18 disposals, 7 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 4 tackles

67. Matthew Smith
3 kicks, 1 mark, 2 handballs, 5 disposals, 0 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 3 tackles

Collingwood           2.3    7.9    7.12    9.18      (72)
Box Hill                   3.2    4.3    10.4    12.7      (79)

Goals – Collingwood:
 Hellier 2, McLarty 2, Wellings, Blair, Tardew, Chippendale, Hetherington
Box Hill: Langford 2, Burt, Glass, Heatherley, Kilpatrick, Lewis, Lovell, Moore, Nash, O’Brien, Ross

Best – Collingwood: Woodward, Hellier, J. Smith, Blair, Tardew, Hore
Box Hill: Hams, Pittonet, Mirra, O’Donnell, Jiath, O’Rourke

At Box Hill City Oval