Luke Parker in action during the Smithy's VFL Round 6 match between the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants at the SCG. Picture: Keith McInnes

LUKE Parker’s match-winning 70m torpedo goal against North Melbourne has still not been enough to win back a place in the Swans’ AFL team, with his Smithy’s VFL tour of duty to continue this week.

The Sydney champion will feature in the Friday night clash against a beefed-up Frankston at Kinetic Stadium to kickstart Round 8.

Parker is averaging more than 30 disposals across three VFL appearances since returning from a broken arm sustained in pre-season.

But the high-flying efforts of the Swans’ AFL midfield has made it impossible for coach John Longmire to fit the premiership veteran back into the team.

Instead, silky youngster Braeden Campbell has earned another AFL opportunity after his best-afield effort against the Kangaroos, with Parker to be joined against the Dolphins by his protégé Gus Sheldrick after a bout of concussion.

Caleb Mitchell returns from travelling emergency duties and forwards Jack Buller and Harry Morrison from injury and the Premier league respectively.

As well as Campbell, talls Peter Ladham and Lachlan McAndrew and young defender Will Edwards will miss with injury.

After losing two rucks from last week’s line-up, No. 16 draft pick Will Green will be given the responsibility of carrying the ruck solo in just his seventh VFL match.

The Dolphins have received a triple fillip after their gritty interstate win over the GWS Giants last week, with captain Trent Mynott returning from a hamstring injury, Jackson Voss back from suspension and Lachie Riley returning from concussion – with his older brother Connor interestingly among three players dropped.

All matches in the 2024 Smithy’s VFL and VFLW seasons will be live streamed free via the AFL website, AFL Live Official App and VFL App.

Smithy’s VFL broadcast partner, the Seven Network, will broadcast select matches live and free on the Seven Network in Victoria and on 7plus nationally. This week’s broadcast game will be Sandringham vs Richmond.


Friday 17 May, 7:35pm, Kinetic Stadium
Head-to-Head: Frankston 2-1; At Kinetic Stadium: Frankston 1-0; Streak: Frankston 1; Last Time: Frankston 9.6 (60) def Sydney 7.15 (57) – May 6, 2023, Kinetic Stadium

T. Milne (15), K. Stainthorpe (29), T. Barlow (3)
HB: J. Lloyd (18), J. Smith (25), B. O'Leary (10)
C: J. Newnes (14), G. Grey (6), N. Burke (17)
HF: T. Murphy (5), L. Sharp (47), T. Mynott (12)
F: A. McComb (20), J. Butland (8), M. Johnson (24)
R: A. Grant (19), T. Owens (7), S. Quirk (11)
INT: M. Williams (4), T. Campbell-Farrell (26), J. Voss (13), L. Riley (21), L. Reidy (2)
EMG: M. Nelson (32), H. Jones (39), C. Nayna (9), O. Moran (28), C. Riley (22)

IN: T. Mynott, L. Riley, J. Voss
OUT: H. Jones, M. Nelson, C. Riley

J. Magor (32), B. Laws (64), J. Endemann (57)
HB: P. Snell (41), J. Hamling (29), C. Vickery (25)
B. Edwards (50), A. Sheldrick (12), M. Geddes (61)
J. Konstanty (18), J. Buller (39), I. Kirk (31)
W. Smit (66), L. Parker (26), P. Moi Moi (56)
W. Green (45), C. Cleary (33), C. Mitchell (35)
J. Bartholomaeus (53), B. Ashley-Cooper (51), Har. Morrison (55), T. Gander (63), N. Shipley (52)
J. Lugsdin (67), Ham. Morrison (62), J. Tidemann (59), K. Grass (65),

IN: J. Buller, T. Gander, C. Mitchell, Har. Morrison, A. Sheldrick
OUT: B. Campbell (AFL), W. Edwards (leg), P. Ladhams (injured), L. McAndrew (concussion), J. Lugsdin