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Heat turned up on Clay

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June 27, 2017

Mooroopna export Clayton Oliver in action for Melbourne.

Budding Melbourne superstar Clayton Oliver drew ire for what many believed was a dive worthy of an Academy Award on Saturday night.

The Mooroopna product received medical attention after hitting the ground thanks to a Will Schofield elbow, for which the Eagle has been offered a one-game ban with an early plea.

The ensuing saga, including a twitter spat with former Australian Test cricketer Damien Martyn, has served to draw away from the importance of Melbourne’s last-gasp win, as well as Oliver’s performance.

Working through a tag from Mark Hutchings, the midfielder racked up 28 disposals (18 contested), eight clearances and seven tackles in yet another hard-working effort from the young star.

Oliver, 19, averages more than 30 disposals and almost seven tackles for the season, and is legitimately among Brownlow Medal discussions.

With his Demons winning plenty of matches and Oliver still yet to collect less than 26 disposals in any game this year, the teenager could draw plenty of votes even when he is not judged the best player on the field.

Rennie’s Daniel Howe became the latest in a growing list of players to curtail Adelaide midfielder Rory Sloane’s influence on a match.

Howe had plenty of help from his teammates to keep his opponent to just 23 touches while collecting 15 of his own as the Hawks recorded a stirring upset win.

A massive 36 possessions from Tallygaroopna export Steele Sidebottom was not enough to steer his Collingwood Magpies to victory against Port Adelaide on Saturday afternoon.

Echuca’s Ollie Wines (23 disposals, five tackles and one goal), Shepparton’s Jarman Impey (15 touches, six marks and one goal) and Katamatite’s Tom Clurey (17 possessions and seven marks) helped the Power to a comfortable 31-point victory.

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