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VFL Report: Round 17

VFL R17: Ferguson post-match VFL backline and development coach, Ryan Ferguson, speaks to Richmond Media following the Round 17 win over Collingwood. Watch the full match on Richmond's YouTube channel- Richmond Media

VFL backline and development coach Ryan Ferguson provides a summary of how the Tigers’ players performed in last Friday night's Round 17 win over Collingwood.

Connor Menadue

27 disposals, 11 handball receives, one goal, five tackles, eight clearances & 10 inside-50s

“Played midfield and forward. He was damaging, used his speed and his run and carry. He kicked a beautiful goal early to set us up.”

Jacob Townsend

22 disposals, 10 tackles, five clearances & seven inside-50s

“A great combination of toughness and creativity—10 tackles but also created some dangerous attacks for us.”

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Dan Butler

19 disposals, six marks, four tackles, three inside-50s & two rebound-50s

“Played as a midfielder but also spent time forward. He was lively all day and pressured well, things we come to expect from ‘Buts’.”

Callum Coleman-Jones

17 disposals, 29 hit-outs, four marks, five tackles & five clearances

“Impressive game for a ‘tall bloke’ in those conditions. Played ruck and forward and was a presence in the air all over the ground. He could have really had a day out if he converted in front of goal.”

Mav Weller

16 disposals, eight tackles, five clearances, four inside-50s & three rebound-50s

“Played a strong brand of footy and laid eight tackles. He is leading the younger guys superbly at the moment.”

Oleg Markov

15 disposals, six marks, two goals, two tackles & three inside-50s

“Playing exciting footy up forward. Kicked two early goals to get us going and could have had more (goals) but also set up others. His explosiveness is hard to match up on.”

Kamdyn McIntosh

14 disposals, three marks, three inside-50s & three rebound-50s

“Played back on ‘talls’ and ‘smalls’, looking to develop his versatility in this area. He did it well and played the conditions nicely.”

Jake Aarts

13 disposals, three marks, two tackles & two clearances

“Had some nice one v one wins and looked sharp in his movement and creativity—some nice signs going forward into the future.”

Luke English

12 disposals, 10 tackles & three clearances

“He's been good for us after returning from injury a couple of weeks ago. Beats his man and wins the ball, had 10 contested possessions.”

Riley Collier-Dawkins

12 disposals, seven tackles & six clearances

“Doesn’t always accumulate high numbers but plays an aggressive brand of footy and can have high impact on the game which was the case versus the Pies. Played like an old school centreman controlling the middle (of the ground).”

Noah Balta

11 disposals, three marks & four tackles

“Made some improvements with his defensive alertness this week as well as his positioning and his physicality. Played back but also had a stint in the ruck and looked dynamic as that mobile ruckman.”

Toby Nankervis

11 disposals, 16 hit-outs, three clearances & one goal

“Got through the first half, enjoyed his footy and the boys loved having him out there. Got through unscathed which is the main thing.”

Ryan Garthwaite

Nine disposals, seven spoils & three rebound-50s

“In great form. Played as our deepest back, had seven big spoils, a couple of intercept marks and held great structure.”

Derek Eggmolesse-Smith

Eight disposals, four tackles & three rebound-50s

“Wasn’t in the action as much as he normally is but defensively he was very sound.”

Ben Miller

Five disposals & disposals

“Competed well as a key forward this week and kicked a couple of goals.”

Blake Grewar

16 disposals, six tackles, four clearances & one goal

“Strong in the contest. Won plenty of ball on the inside but also complemented that with trademark touches of class, finished well in front of goal.”

Jacob Ballard

15 disposals, seven tackles & two goals

“As our acting captain, he played wing and forward and hit the scoreboard. His versatility is really valuable to our team.”

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Tom Silvestro

15 disposals, four tackles, two score assists & one goal

“Another guy who can play multiple roles and we can depend on to impact the game and complement others around him.”

Lachlan Street

14 disposals, three marks, two tackles & two spoils

“Played back for the whole game and did a great job. Was good in traffic and worked well with the other backs.”

Luke Nelson

13 disposals, four tackles, one goal & two clearances

“Continues to impress and plays wet conditions well. He hit the scoreboard and always looked dangerous.”

Chad Harris

12 disposals, six spoils, four tackles & three rebound-50s

“Loved his game. He had six spoils, a defend-first attitude and the work-rate to get to the contest and out number, and also spread and find the ball in attack.”

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Dan Coffield

11 disposals, four marks, three spoils & three rebound-50s

“Solid game, his contested aerial work really stood out. Won his one v ones and generated counter-attack.”

Bailey Henderson

Eight disposals, two marks, two tackles & four inside-50s

“’First gamer’ and did well, played wing and back and showed plenty of poise.