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A rocky day for Lions, but Tom gives his all in 150th game

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August 01, 2017

Benalla bred Tom Rockcliff played his 150th game for Brisbane Lions on Sunday. Picture: AAP Image/TonyMcDonough

Benalla boy Tom Rockliff worked hard in his 150th AFL game, but his Brisbane Lions were well beaten in Perth.

Eager for redemption following a final-quarter collapse against Collingwood, West Coast took advantage of a young and under-strength Lions to win by 68 points.

Rockliff gathered 18 possessions and laid nine tackles in his milestone match, while Seymour’s Josh Schache booted a goal for Brisbane.

Alex Keath was involved in a thrilling draw in his second game for Adelaide, as the Crows came back from 50 points down against the Magpies.

Keath (10 possessions) was involved in defence and looked assured with ball in hand.

Tallygaroopna-raised Steele Sidebottom was his productive self with 33 touches, while Euroa livewire Jamie Elliott kicked an important goal for the Magpies.

Rennie product Daniel Howe keeps on impressing, having a major influence in Hawthorn’s outstanding six-point victory over Sydney on Friday night.

The following day, Clayton Oliver (33 possessions, 12 tackles and one goal) starred for Melbourne in the Demons’ crushing four-point loss to North Melbourne.

Despite the Kangaroos being in wooden spoon contention, they kept their winning streak against Melbourne, which has stood since 2006, alive.

Former Benalla player Jarrad Waite booted a goal for North, while Shaun Atley had a bright 19-disposal outing for the Roos.

There were a number of Goulburn Valley exports involved in Port Adelaide’s sensational escape against St Kilda on Saturday night.

Echuca’s Ollie Wines, Katamatite’s Tom Clurey and Shepparton’s Jarman Impey all played their part in the Power kicking two goals in the final minute to defeat the Saints by two points.

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