Frankston star George Grey and record-breaking boundary umpire John Cooper join Gemma Bastiani and Joe Pignataro on State of Play this week.

Grey has been a revelation since joining the Dolphins this season and has helped steer the club to its best start to a season since 1999. He discusses his off-season move, playing in the Casey Demons' 2022 premiership and the experience of wearing the Big V as part of the Smithy's VFL State Team that took on the SANFL in April.

Cooper will this week break the VFL boundary umpire games record when he officiates his 195 game, passing the record held by Nick Lawrence at 194 VFL games. Cooper chats about his journey in umpiring and his thoughts ahead of the milestone moment which he will reach at the MCG when Richmond takes on Essendon this Saturday.

In addition to this weekend's guest chats, Gemma and Joe recap another headline-filled week across the rebel VFLW and Smithy's VFL.

Highlights of this week's episode of State of Play include:

0:55: North Melbourne running all over Essendon in a record rebel VFLW result for the Roos

1:30: Ange Gogos propels Darebin to a second0straight win

3:30: Tom Downie the Williamstown hero

5:00: Is Nick Bryan ready to step up to Essendon's AFL team? 

8:20: Dom Brew, the spiritual leader of Werribee 

10:10: INTERVIEW: Frankston recruit George Grey

20:50: INTERVIEW: VFL boundary umpire John Cooper

28:30: The games you don't want to miss this weekend

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