Adelaide Crows

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Norwood v Adelaide - Friday, May 3, 8pm, Coopers Stadium

A pair of highly rated draftees were influential as Adelaide kicked seven goals to none in the second half to record an 18-point win over Norwood.

Ned McHenry, who was taken with pick 16 and is yet to make his AFL debut, had 25 disposals, four tackles and two clearances in the win.

Last year's ninth overall selection, Chayce Jones, was also impressive with 24 touches, eight clearances and a goal.

Shane McAdam, who had a long-winded path to Adelaide by being traded to the club after being pre-selected by Carlton, played his second game for the season, kicking three goals and taking five marks.

Mature-age rookie Patrick Wilson (25 disposals and two goals) was also in the Crows' best, while out-of-favour key forward Josh Jenkins finished with 14 disposals, five marks and one behind.

Defender Luke Brown played his first game for the year after recovering from an ankle injury.

Brisbane Lions

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v Sydney - Saturday, May 4, 12pm, South Pine Sports Complex

Allen Christensen put together a second strong NEAFL performance after being dropped in round six, picking up 34 disposals and eight marks in Brisbane's 67-point thrashing of Sydney.

Forward-midfielder Toby Wooller has consistently been in Brisbane's NEAFL best this year and was good once again, finishing with 30 touches and 14 marks.

Rookie winger Jacob Allison had just two handballs out of his 24 disposals, kicking the ball 22 times while also taking five marks.

Ben Keays kicked another bag of four, taking his season tally to 16 from four games, while defender Matt Eagles (16 and eight marks) was named the side's best.


State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v North Melbourne - Sunday, May 5, 10.30am, Ikon Park

Young midfielder Will Setterfield made an impressive return from a two-game suspension on Sunday, with 22 disposals and six tackles in the VFL on Sunday.

Rookie Hugh Goddard was also imposing in the Northern Blues' 37-point win over North Melbourne, with 18 touches to go along with a game-high 10 marks.

Big-bodied midfielder Matthew Kennedy was handy with 18 touches, while forward recruit Alex Fasolo kicked a goal and had 11 disposals.

Young key forward Patrick Kerr was threatening up forward with two goals.


State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Bye


State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Geelong - Sunday, May 5, 11.50am, MCG

Rookie midfielder Trent Mynott proved a dangerous proposition in Essendon's 42-point win over Geelong in their VFL curtain-raiser at the MCG on Sunday.

The untried 19-year-old gathered an equal team-high 21 possessions and slotted a game-high three goals.

Brayden Ham was also impressive with 21 disposals and a goal, while Jake Long won 19 possessions.

Teenage prospects Irving Mosquito and Noah Gown kicked a goal apiece.


State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v East Perth - Saturday, May 4, 2.15pm, David Grays Arena

Midfielder Connor Blakely continued his strong comeback from a serious pre-season hamstring injury, finishing with 31 disposals and a goal in Peel Thunder's dominant 77-point win over East Perth on Saturday.

Small forward Mitchell Crowden also found plenty of the ball, with 27 touches to go along with a game-high 12 tackles.

Youngsters Bailey Banfield and Tom North were handy with 22 disposals each, while forward Lachie Schultz proved dangerous up forward with three goals and 16 touches.

Promising big man Sean Darcy was the dominant ruckman on the ground with 42 hitouts and 11 disposals. 

Geelong Cats

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Geelong - Sunday, May 5, 11.50am, MCG

Experienced Geelong duo Lachie Henderson and Scott Selwood have passed their first tests in their returns from injury, with both enjoying positive workouts despite fighting a losing battle in the Cats' 42-point defeat to Essendon in the MCG curtain-raiser on Sunday.

Swingman Henderson (foot) moved well to collect 17 possessions to the final change, while Selwood (hamstring) had 12 touches in the first half before sitting out the rest of the game as planned.

Young midfielder Charlie Constable, a nominee for this year's NAB AFL Rising Star award, pressed his claims for an AFL recall, starting strongly with 19 disposals in the first half and finishing with a team-high 25 touches.

Another youthful runner, Sam Simpson, gathered 23 touches and kicked a goal while showcasing his impressive evasive skills.

Big man Ryan Abbott was prominent with 19 disposals and an equal team-high two goals, while fellow tall Nathan Kreuger was stretchered off after coming off second best in a clash of heads with Matt Dea.

Gold Coast Suns

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: NT Thunder v Gold Coast - Saturday, May 4, 6.30pm, TIO Stadium

Speedy forward Sean Lemmens pushed his case for a return to the senior side with four goals against NT Thunder in the NEAFL, as he continues his comeback from a serious ankle injury suffered during the JLT Cup.

Prized draftee Ben King was also dominant up forward with four goals in the Suns' impressive 70-point victory, while Tom Nicholls was a standout in the ruck.

Veteran rookie Michael Rischitelli was also among the Suns' best.

GWS Giants

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Canberra v GWS Giants - Friday, May 3, 6.30pm, Phillip Oval

Defender Harry Perryman led the way for GWS in its win over Canberra, finishing with 19 disposals, seven marks and six tackles in his first game since puncturing his lung in round one.

It was a low-disposal affair, with Aiden Bonar having the Giants' second-highest individual tally with 16.

Exciting draftee Ian Hill kicked 2.2 from his 10 disposals, while fellow small forward Zac Langdon – who is yet to play a game this year after 21 in his debut season – kicked 3.2 from seven.

Category B rookie and former decathlete Jake Stein (10 touches, five marks) was named the team's second-best behind Perryman.


State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Bye


State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Footscray - Sunday, May 5, 2pm, Casey Fields

Rookie Corey Wagner was Casey's leading disposal winner against Footscray on Sunday, finishing with 25 touches and five tackles.

Key forward Sam Weideman responded to his omission from the seniors with 2.3 and 21 disposals, as Casey went down to Footscray by 17 points.

Oskar Baker also impressed up forward with two goals and 20 touches, while small forward Charlie Spargo was relatively quiet with 15 disposals.          

North Melbourne

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v North Melbourne - Sunday, May 5, 10.30am, Ikon Park

Ruck recruit Tom Campbell made his presence felt around the ground against the Northern Blues with 34 hit-outs, 18 touches and a goal.

Speedster Aaron Hall responded to being dropped with 13 touches and a goal in North Melbourne’s 37-point loss, while fellow omission Luke Davies-Uniacke finished with 16 disposals.

Midfielder Paul Ahern was wasteful in front of goal, kicking 0.2.

Port Adelaide

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Central District - Saturday, May 4, 2.40pm, Alberton Oval

Midfielder Jack Trengove led the way once again, finishing with 32 disposals (20 kicks), 10 clearances and seven marks in Port Adelaide's 34-point win over Central District.

The former Melbourne skipper is averaging 37 disposals from his six SANFL matches.

Joe Atley was also busy with 28 and 11 clearances, as was Steven Motlop (27, seven inside 50s and a goal).

Rookie ruckman Peter Ladhams had a day out, finishing with 40 hitouts, 28 disposals, 10 clearances and two goals.

Tobin Cox and Billy Frampton kicked four goals apiece.


State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Williamstown v Richmond - Sunday, May 5, 2pm, Downer Oval

Richmond premiership star Dan Butler has placed himself front and square for an AFL return after starring in the Tigers' 51-point win over VFL opponent Williamstown at Downer Oval on Sunday.

Butler, who was dropped from Richmond's AFL side after three rounds, kicked three goals and was a constant threat with his speed and finishing ability.

Marking target Mabior Chol was also dangerous in attack with two goals.

St Kilda

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Frankston - Sunday, May 5, 2.10pm, RSEA Park

Left-footed hard nuts Luke Dunstan and David Armitage reminded Saints selectors of their abilities by piloting their VFL affiliate Sandringham to a two-point win over Frankston at RSEA Park on Sunday.

Dunstan, who played the opening three rounds at AFL level before being dropped, amassed 32 possessions and kicked a goal from outside 50, while veteran Armitage, who is yet to make an AFL appearance this year, had 25 touches and also contributed a goal.

Also crucial to the cause was uncapped midfielder Nick Hind, who was busy with 23 touches.

Versatile pair Bailey Rice and Sam Rowe each kicked two goals.

Sydney Swans

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v Sydney - Saturday, May 4, 12pm, South Pine Sports Complex

Former Roo Ryan Clarke had a game and a half in response to his omission from the senior side, finishing with a whopping 47 disposals and nine marks in Sydney's 67-point loss to Brisbane.

However, Irish defender Colin O'Riordan was named the Swans' best, having 41 disposals and eight marks of his own.

James Rowbottom was busy with 27 disposals and eight tackles after being dropped, while James Rose kicked two of Sydney's four goals from his 28 touches.

West Coast Eagles

State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: South Fremantle v West Coast - Saturday, May 4, 1.15pm, Fremantle Community Bank Oval

Midfielder Brendon Ah Chee – who is yet to play a senior game this year – finished with 32 disposals and four tackles in West Coast's 59-point loss to South Fremantle.

Key forward Matthew Allen played well, kicking two goals from his 16 disposals. He also laid seven tackles.

Jackson Nelson was busy, finishing with 24 touches (19 of which were kicks) and six marks.

Jarrod Brander had 16 disposals and seven marks after being dropped from the senior side, while ruckman Keegan Brooksby had 37 hitouts, 15 disposals and five tackles.

Western Bulldogs

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Footscray - Sunday, May 5, 2pm, Casey Fields

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said recently that Tom Boyd was "a long way" off returning to the senior side, but the premiership forward put in a promising VFL performance on Sunday as he completes his comeback from a debilitating back injury.

Boyd kicked three goals and had 13 hit-outs in Footscray's 17-point win over Casey, and was aided in attack by draftee Ben Cavarra who kicked two goals.

Midfielder Bailey Williams pushed his case for a recall with 29 disposals, while youngster Pat Lipinski continued his strong VFL form with 24 touches and a goal.

Big man Lewis Young played well in his new ruck role, finishing with 31 hit-outs, 21 disposals and 10 marks.

Defender Roarke Smith also impressed with a game-high 12 marks, but key forward Josh Schache failed to hit the scoreboard.