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Snapshot of round 17 in the AFL 2023 season

Charlie Dixon gets chaired off after Port secured their 13th straight win in his 200th game. Picture: Matt Turner.

A look at round 17 of the AFL season, when Collingwood star Scott Pendlebury set an AFL/VFL record for most career possessions.

THEY SAID IT: "I don't mind if it keeps going. You understand how tough this competition is that you're not likely to go on a streak anywhere near that" - Coach Ken Hinkley on Port Adelaide's club-record 13-game winning streak.

PLAYER OF THE ROUND: Jack Gunston. Sent on a much-talked-about training block after a sluggish start for Brisbane, Hawthorn's triple-premiership recruit showed what he could bring to the Lions with an equal-best six-goal haul featuring 20 disposals. The 31-year-old showed his versatility in a roaming role that took him all the way to halfback in an emotional return that came a year after his father died of a heart attack.

THE MOMENT: St Kilda forward Max King re-injured his troublesome left shoulder in a seemingly innocuous spoiling attempt early in his team's loss to Melbourne. Subsequent scans have shown the damage is extensive, ruling him out for the rest of the season. King had the same shoulder reconstructed after a training mishap last December and missed the opening nine rounds of the season. Can the Saints make the finals without their star spearhead?

TALKING POINT: Is Christian Petracca the solution to Melbourne's scoring woes? The explosive midfielder was thrust forward against St Kilda and booted a career-high four goals in a match-winning display, as the Demons registered their biggest score in almost two months. It came despite leading goalkicker Bayley Fritsch's absence through injury and with livewire forward Kysaiah Pickett kept quiet.

STATS THAT MATTER: 9665. That's how many possessions Collingwood veteran Scott Pendlebury has now amassed - breaking the previous record of 9656 held by St Kilda champion Robert Harvey. Special mention also goes to Geelong defender Zach Touhy, whose 265th AFL appearance on Sunday means he has now surpassed the late Jim Stynes for the most VFL/AFL games played by an Irish-born player. Port Adelaide veteran Charlie Dixon played his 200th AFL game as the Power defeated his former club Gold Coast.

TRIBUNAL WATCH: Richmond co-captain Toby Nankervis is facing a ban of at least three weeks after being sent directly to the tribunal for the high bump that left Sydney's Jake Lloyd concussed. GWS defender Nick Haynes was handed a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle on Hawthorn's Josh Ward. Essendon ruckman Andrew Phillips will face scrutiny over a high bump on Adelaide's Reilly O'Brien.

INJURIES: J Bauer (Rich, hamstring), T McKenzie (PA, ankle), S Ross (SK, hamstring), M King (SK, shoulder), Z Cordy (SK, concussion), L Keeffe (GWS, hamstring), X O'Halloran (GWS, hand), W Hoskin-Elliott (Coll, hand), R Gardner (WB, ankle), J Ridley (Ess, knee), G Logue (NM, knee)

WHAT'S NEXT: Sydney host the Western Bulldogs on Thursday night, with Melbourne facing Brisbane at the MCG in a top-four blockbuster on Friday night. Collingwood take on Fremantle at the MCG on Saturday, with Port Adelaide aiming to make it 14 straight wins when they face Carlton at Marvel Stadium.


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