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Clinton Young hurt in VFL win

Clinton Young rebounds from half back during the first round of the NAB Cup against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.
Clinton left the field early in the game with hamstring soreness. He will be assessed in the next 24 hours, at which time we’ll have a better idea of his status
Director of Football Geoff Walsh
Star midfielder Dale Thomas mounted his claim for a return to AFL action with a strong performance in Collingwood's 52-point VFL triumph over North Ballarat at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Thomas produced an impressive display, collecting 24 disposals, taking nine marks and booting a goal late in the final term as the VFL Magpies made a winning start to the season under new coach Dale Tapping.

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Tapping said he was pleased with Thomas' contribution in what was only his second hit out of the season, having made his 2013 bow against the AIS-AFL Academy last week.

"Dale will take great benefit from the game, and I would imagine he would be considered over the next couple of weeks," Tapping said.

"It is up to others to determine if he will be selected in the coming weeks, but in both games he's played with the VFL side, he's contributed really well and underlined what a great player he is.

"His leadership out on the ground today and throughout the course of the week was really good."

Thomas wasn't the only star on the comeback trail to excel against the Roosters, with Alex Fasolo and Alan Didak impressing throughout in hard running performances.

Making his first appearance since overcoming a hamstring injury, Fasolo had 25 touches and slotted home a goal, while Didak made his mark with 21 disposals in encouraging signs for the Magpie faithful.

"Alex certainly will take great benefit from the game and did some good things which we all know he can," Tapping said.

"Alan was also really good. He worked well, his ball use was good, which is his strength, and he made really good decisions throughout the game. It was great to see him back playing footy."

Veteran ruckman Ben Hudson was another to revel in the warm conditions at Collingwood's spiritual home, amassing 26 hit outs to accompany his 22 disposals, while Andrew Krakouer made positive strides in his second outing of the campaign.

However, their fortunes contrasted with those of wingman Clinton Young, who played no further part in the contest after exiting during the opening term of the match.

Director of Football Geoff Walsh said: "Clinton left the field early in the game with hamstring soreness. He will be assessed in the next 24 hours, at which time we’ll have a better idea of his status."

Collingwood    2.4, 7.6, 11.9, 16.11 (107)
North Ballarat 1.3, 2.9, 5.12, 6.19 (55)

Goals - Collingwood: Paine 4, Witts 3, Martin 3, Mooney, Fasolo, Ferguson, D.Thomas, J.Thomas
North Ballarat: Nicholls 2, Curran, Driscoll, Richardson, Garner

Best - Collingwood: Martin, J.Thomas, Mooney, Frost, Hudson, Oxley
North Ballarat: Black, McKenzie, Richardson, Austin, Garner, Warren

Injuries - Collingwood: Young (hamstring)
North Ballarat: Nil

At Victoria Park