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Oliver can look ahead to his first final

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August 23, 2017

Clayton Oliver is set to play his first final with Melbourne this season. Picture: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Barring a catastrophe, Clayton Oliver will play in his first final with Melbourne destined to finish in the top eight for the first time since 2006.

The Mooroopna product may have been slow to make an impact in the Demons’ clash with Brisbane, but once he got going he again set the MCG alight.

Oliver brought up 30 possessions for the match, a part of most plays alongside co-captain Nathan Jones who finished with 32 disposals.

Now a game safe inside the eight, a win against Collingwood in the final round will secure their spot in the finals with September action still a possibility should the Dees lose.

Benalla export Tom Rockliff snared two goals in the match as his Lions went down by 13 points.

Former Murray Bushranger Todd Marshall made his debut at Eureka Stadium in Ballarat, tasting success by 17 points against the Western Bulldogs.

Just another Goulburn Valley export to add to the pile at the Power, the forward gained 10 disposals in his debut.

Echuca’s Ollie Wines continues to fire, with 15 contested possessions and six tackles the highlight of another stellar game.

At the club across the Torrens, Kialla tall and Adelaide backman Alex Keath was given a daunting task in his side’s match with Sydney.

Keath lined up on Sydney star Lance Franklin in the initial stages of the match, with fellow defender Daniel Talia switched on to the dual Hawthorn premiership player.

But he did not prove effective either as Franklin bagged three goals and the Swans clinched an enthralling three-point win.

The loss at the Adelaide Oval marked the first defeat Keath has played in, after debuting in a win against Geelong in round 18.

Tallygaroopna product Steele Sidebottom was again classy with 23 disposals, as was Euroa’s Jamie Elliott.

But the pair was unable to net a win for Collingwood, with Patrick Dangerfield’s Geelong outfit proving too potent.

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