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VFL eye-catchers: Elimination final

Rivers reflects on Elimination Final defeat VFL coach Jared Rivers gives his thoughts on the loss to Essendon and the year that was for his side.

Here's our look at the VFL Pies' season-ending loss to Essendon on Sunday:

Jack Madgen
Returned to the VFL side after playing four straight games in the AFL team. Put his hand up for a berth in the AFL side to play West Coast on Saturday night with a solid performance.

Stats summary: 11 disposals, 4 rebound 50s

Adam Oxley
Another player who returned to the VFL team after spending recent weeks in the AFL side. Was named among the Pies' best in their loss to the Bombers.

Stats summary: 22 disposals, 3 tackles

Callum Brown
Was named the Pies' best player after a dominant performance in the midfield.

Stats summary: 24 disposals, 10 tackles

Tyson Goldsack
The veteran defender had a quiet afternoon in his second game for the season.

Stats summary: 2 disposals, 1 tackle

Tyson Goldsack during Sunday's match at North Port Oval (Photo: Shane Barrie)

Full Player Statistics
VFL Elimination Final v Essendon

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

6. Tyson Goldsack

2 kicks, 1 mark, 0 handballs, 2 disposals, 0 clearances, 1 inside 50, 2 rebound 50s, 1 tackle

11. Jarryd Blair

9 kicks, 1 mark, 6 handballs, 15 disposals, 5 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 11 tackles

17. Callum Brown
12 kicks, 1 mark, 12 handballs, 24 disposals, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 10 tackles

Tyler Brown goes for the ball with his brother Callum looking on (Photo: Shane Barrie)

23. Sam McLarty
2 kicks, 2 marks, 5 handballs, 7 disposals, 1 clearance, 1 inside 50, 0 rebound 50s, 6 tackles

26. Josh Daicos
9 kicks, 2 marks, 7 handballs, 16 disposals, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 5 tackles

31. Flynn Appleby
3 kicks, 0 marks, 1 handball, 4 disposals, 0 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 1 tackle

34. Tyler Brown
3 kicks, 0 marks, 3 handballs, 6 disposals, 1 clearance, 0 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 1 tackle

39. Ben Crocker
6 kicks, 5 marks, 3 handballs, 9 disposals, 0 clearances, 1 inside 50, 0 rebound 50s, 3 tackles

40. Josh Smith
13 kicks, 1 mark, 6 handballs, 19 disposals, 5 clearances, 5 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 2 tackles

43. Adam Oxley
15 kicks, 3 marks, 7 handballs, 22 disposals, 1 clearance, 3 inside 50s, 5 rebound 50s, 3 tackles

Adam Oxley had a great game against the Bombers (Photo: Shane Barrie)

44. Jack Madgen
4 kicks, 3 marks, 7 handballs, 11 disposals, 0 clearances, 0 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s, 2 tackles

45. Max Lynch
2 kicks, 2 marks, 1 handball, 3 disposals, 1 clearance, 0 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 0 tackles, 2 hitouts

47. Gus Borthwick
7 kicks, 3 marks, 7 handballs, 14 disposals, 3 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 8 tackles

48. Lachlan Tardrew
8 kicks, 3 marks, 3 handballs, 11 disposals, 1 clearance, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 2 tackles

50. Alex Woodward
8 kicks, 3 marks. 16 handballs, 24 disposals, 8 clearances, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50, 7 tackles

51. Marty Hore
11 kicks, 5 marks, 3 handballs, 14 disposals, 1 clearance, 2 inside 50s, 6 rebound 50s, 2 tackles

53. Jack Hellier
7 kicks, 1 mark, 4 handballs, 11 disposals, 6 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 13 tackles

54. Andrew Gallucci
9 kicks, 3 marks, 5 handballs, 14 disposals, 1 clearance, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 5 tackles

55. Tom Jok
3 kicks, 1 mark, 9 handballs, 12 disposals, 2 clearances, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 4 tackles, 21 hitouts

61. Sean Hetherington
4 kicks, 0 marks, 4 handballs, 8 disposals, 1 clearance, 2 inside 50s, 0 rebound 50s, 1 tackle

63. Callan Wellings
10 kicks, 2 marks, 5 handballs, 15 disposals, 3 clearances, 5 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 tackle

67. Matthew Smith
10 kicks, 2 marks, 5 handballs, 15 disposals, 0 clearances, 5 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 2 tackles

Collingwood           2.4     5.5     9.10     11.14    (80)
Essendon               5.5    11.3    13.4      18.6    (114)

Goals – Collingwood:
C.Brown 3, J.Smith 2, Gallucci 2, Lynch, Daicos, Hellier, Oxley
Essendon:
Green 5, Merrett 4, Stewart 2, Sibbald 2, Laverde, Hind, Hocking, Younan, Harrison

Best – Collingwood: C. Brown, M. Smith, Woodward, J. Smith, Oxley, Jok
Essendon: J.Merrett, Draper, Mutch, Green, Ridley, McQueen

At North Port Oval