1. The Blues brothers are a double act worth watching 

Last week, it was all about the McGoverns. Previously, we've sung the praises of the Selwoods. On Saturday, it was Curnow Central at the MCG as Ed and Charlie made the Bombers their playthings. If Ed wasn't tormenting Zach Merrett in a relentless tagging role, he was tackling anything that moved and winning his own ball, while Charlie blew the dour contest apart in the third quarter with a trio of contested marks and pair of goals that proved significant in the Blues' win. Carlton’s lack of success this year has meant the brothers' contributions have been less heralded, but they've certainly announced themselves now as an important double act. - Jennifer Phelan.

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2. Sydney rookie Ronke is a revelation

Ben Ronke had made a promising enough start to his AFL career. Debuting for Sydney in round six this year against Geelong, he kicked two goals, his second putting the Swans in front during their remarkable final-quarter comeback. Then he did enough a week later against North Melbourne to hold his spot. But the former Calder Cannon, who Sydney took with pick No.17 in the 2017 NAB AFL Rookie Draft, cranked the amplifier up to 11 to really announce his arrival against Hawthorn on Friday night. The small forward kicked four goals in the opening term and the Swans' opening five goals. When he kicked his fifth, his personal return of 5.0 led Hawthorn's 4.3. He then kicked two of his team's five final-quarter goals, including the sealer. With his electrifying speed – he burst past Taylor Duryea like he was standing still in the first quarter – keen goal sense, strength over the ball, evasive skills and clinical finishing, Ronke looks the real deal. When you consider he also laid a team-high 10 tackles against the Hawks, the 20-year-old appears to have the defensive pressure to fall back on in those inevitable games when the ball won't fall his way. Swans fans, get excited. - Nick Bowen

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Ben Ronke's big night of firsts
First player in VFL/AFL history to kick seven goals and have 10+ tacklesAt 20 years and 144 days, the youngest Swan to kick seven goals in a game since Silvio Foschini in round four, 1982
The only Swan besides Lance Franklin to kick seven goals since Adam Goodes kicked eight in round 19, 2008First player to kick seven goals or more at the MCG since Travis Cloke in round 10, 2015
Youngest player from any club to kick seven goals since Jeremy Cameron in 2013First Swan to kick four first-term goals since Barry Hall in 2002

3. Collingwood should shell out to lure Tom Lynch to the club

The Magpies kicked just four goals for the game against Geelong and, with Darcy Moore out of the game early in the second quarter, they lacked potency in attack. Gold Coast's Tom Lynch is the most desirable free agent on the market and has reportedly had interest from both Richmond and Hawthorn, who are keen to bring him home to Victoria. With question marks around Ben Reid's longevity, given his injury history and age, Lynch should be well and truly on Magpies' list manager Ned Guy's radar. American Pie Mason Cox can provide a strong contest, but Collingwood need a blue-chip forward like Lynch to take the next step and become a regular finals contender. - Ben Guthrie

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4. Mistakes in crunch time count for more

Coaches tell us errors late in games are no costlier than they are early in them, but try telling that to long-suffering Brisbane fans. The Lions were ready to pounce when Lewis Taylor found himself with the ball at half-back midway through the last quarter on Saturday night. They had cut the Western Bulldogs' lead to only seven points thanks to a four goals to one start to the term. Taylor, the player who pipped Marcus Bontempelli for the 2014 NAB AFL Rising Star award, had options but chose to try to handball over the man on the mark, Bailey Dale. It is one of the no-nos footballers learn in their junior days and the result was disastrous for a winless Brisbane team now just one defeat from the worst start to a season in its history. Dale pinched Taylor's handball and drove a kick into attack to Bontempelli, who had an acre on everyone else and casually strolled into an open goal. Matt Suckling dobbed a brilliant long-range goal soon after and the game was effectively over. - Marc McGowan

WATCH: Lewy's critical turnover

5. Nat Fyfe is becoming impossible to stop

We know the superstar Fremantle skipper has been in destructive form, with many pundits believing Fyfe is playing better than during his 2015 Brownlow Medal-winning campaign, but after Saturday night's best-on-ground effort both Ross Lyon and St Kilda coach Alan Richardson agreed on one thing: the inside midfield beast is just about unstoppable. Lyon lauded Fyfe as "amazing" after 36 disposals, 25 contested possessions, 13 clearances and one goal, while Richardson was effusive, saying: "When someone wins their own ball like that, that's difficult, and there are rules in the game where you can't absolutely body them off. We tried a few blokes. We weren't really able to curb his influence". It's not the first time we've heard an opposition coach admit they ran out of answers for the Fyfe question this season, with the 190cm star able to get you at the contest or in the air. With the responsibility of leading a young side, his sheer drive for team success and the carrot of a second Brownlow – Fyfe leads AFL.com.au's predictor with 15 votes already – it won't be the last time Fyfe leaves rival coaches stumped. - Travis King

6. The Power's big three recruits can make an impact

Tom Rockliff, Steven Motlop and Jack Watts all stamped their fingerprints on Saturday night's thrilling five-point victory over Adelaide. Rockliff easily played his best game for the Power, racking up a game-high 31 disposals, including 12 contested possessions, nine tackles and six clearances. Motlop's match-winning ability came to the fore with a brilliant goal with 21 seconds on the clock to seal the monumental result. And while Watts was quiet in the first three quarters, he had six disposals in the last, four of which were contested, and two inside 50s. This was exactly the type of the game for which the Power splashed the cash on their big three. - Lee Gaskin

WATCH: Stevie's wonderful winner

7. Greater Western Sydney's 'orange tsunami' has lost its power

Opposition sides used to laud the Giants' running ability and the breakneck pace at which they could transition the footy from one end to the other, but as it stands right now, that fear factor has disappeared. The departures of Nathan Wilson and Devon Smith, plus injuries to Zac Williams, Tom Scully, Brett Deledio and Adam Kennedy have robbed GWS of just about all of their leg speed. Dylan Shiel is the only Giant capable of hurting the opposition with his explosive pace, along with veteran Ryan Griffen, but we haven't seen him tuck the ball under his arm in 18 months. Williams and Scully are the two most telling absentees, with the Giants unable to find anyone to replicate the way the pair take the game on and force things to happen up the ground. Leon Cameron still has plenty of quality in his side, but his defence lacks run and his midfielders aren't quick enough to devastate the opposition with their link play. The fact that the Giants are butchering the ball by foot and can't get their two best players Josh Kelly or Toby Greene on the park only worsens their predicament. - Adam Curley

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8. Hard-man Ben deserves the praise

If you didn't believe in Ben Cunnington, then now you should. Dustin Martin and the returning Trent Cotchin entered the Mother's Day clash with North Melbourne shaping as the two best midfielders on the ground, but it was Cunnington who walked away with the best on ground honours and surely the three Brownlow votes. The sure-handed midfielder had 38 possessions, with 32 of them contested, which was an all-time VFL/AFL record. It was a high-pressure game, akin to a final and Cunnington, who is in career best form, rose to the challenge. Despite the tight loss to the ladder-leaders, North is a quality side and if the Kangaroos do make it to the finals, Cunnington is the sort of player who is tailor-made for September. - Ashley Browne

REAL DEAL: Kangas lose, but win plenty of respect

9. Melbourne's forward line should scare a few teams

Let's be clear, Melbourne has played battlers Essendon, St Kilda and Gold Coast in the past three weeks, but its forward line could not be more impressive. With exceptional endurance and an ability to take contested marks, Jesse Hogan and Tom McDonald – who kicked five goals against the Suns – offer a one-two punch that can tag-team between the forward 50 and wing depending on match-ups. Sam Weideman is young but provides a good target and ruck relief, while the early favourite to be All Australian ruckman, Max Gawn, is more than a useful target when he rests forward. It all adds up to four versatile tall targets that can hurt you in different ways. Throw in spark-plug Charlie Spargo and the Demons can hurt you in many ways. - Michael Whiting