State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Adelaide v Sturt - Saturday July 9, 2.10pm, Thebarton Oval

Paul Seedsman was a terrific contributor to the Crows' 12-point win over Sturt in their SANFL clash at Thebarton Oval on Saturday.
In his first game back from a hamstring injury, the ex-Magpie gathered 27 possessions and sent the ball inside 50 on four occasions.
Cameron Ellis-Yolmen had a team-high 29 touches and a game-high 10 clearances, while teenage midfielder Harrison Wigg (24 possessions and two goals) and young rookie Keenan Ramsey (17 and three goals) were also damaging.

Brisbane Lions

State league affiliate: Brisbane Lions (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Brisbane Lions - Saturday July 9, 12.55pm, Metricon Stadium

Josh Walker has given himself every chance of an immediate senior recall after bagging four goals in a two-point Lions loss to Gold Coast in the NEAFL at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.

In the QClash curtain raiser, the former Cat responded strongly to his AFL omission, which came after he'd played 10 games and contributed 12 goals. 

Claye Beams and youngster Ben Keays didn't do their hopes of promotion any harm either with strong displays.


State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Geelong - Saturday July 9, 2pm, Preston City Oval

Matthew Dick has continued his good run of form in the VFL with a team-high 29 possessions in the Northern Blues' 66-point loss to Geelong at Preston City Oval on Saturday.

Other Carlton-listed players to stand out included Jason Tutt (22 touches and a goal), Kristian Jaksch (21) and Dylan Buckley (19 and a goal).

Experienced defender Michael Jamison got through unscathed in his return from illness.

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State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: North Ballarat v Collingwood - Sunday July 10, 1pm, Eureka Stadium 

An even contribution from the Magpies was the key to their percentage-boosting 71-point win. 

Defenders Jack Frost and Tyson Goldsack relished the wet conditions and proved too strong for an inexperienced North Ballarat forward line.

Goldsack, who was axed from the Magpies' squad that prevailed over GWS, even switched to the opposite end of the ground in the second term to cause further headaches for the Roosters.

Mature-age draftee Rupert Wills (two goals) and forward Tim Broomhead (one goal) looked lively in attack, while omitted defender Marley Williams linked up well through the middle and out of the backline.

The Magpies restricted the Roosters to just two goals for the afternoon.


State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Frankston v Essendon - Sunday July 10, 2pm, Frankston Oval

Coming off his 26-possession game last weekend, top-up recruit James Polkinghorne again led the Bombers through the midfield in their 23-point win.

The 27-year-old won clearances playing an inside midfield role and was used effectively as a third man up at times.

Backman Jason Ashby featured across half-back and responded to his demotion in a positive way.

Bombers VFL operations manager Ash Brown told Ashby was one of the Bombers' better defenders in the match that was played in trying conditions.

"He was rarely beaten one-on-one and played a pretty solid game down back," Brown said.

Exciting forward Mason Redman, the No.30 selection in last year's NAB AFL Draft, impressed with his three goals and strong appetite for the contest.

"His tackling pressure and pressure on the ball in the first half was really good and a key factor why we were able to get off to such a good start," Brown said.


State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v West Perth - Saturday July 9, 2.15pm, Bendigo Bank Stadium

Luckless Docker Anthony Morabito came under fire from coach Ross Lyon earlier in the week after struggling with persistent injuries and form.

The 24-year-old didn’t have the outing he would have been hoping for, after failing to take a mark and ending with just 12 disposals.

The injury-depleted Thunder could only manage one goal for the game in tough conditions, but did receive a boost from axed ruckman Zac Clarke, who had an impressive 59 hit-outs.

Rookie Joshua Deluca also worked tirelessly in the loss and added 26 touches and six tackles, while Matt De Boer (24) and Ethan Hughes (24) were prominent.  


State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Geelong - Saturday July 9, 2pm, Preston City Oval

Recruit Scott Selwood made a promising return to football in his first game since recovering from a serious ankle injury.

The former Eagle, younger brother of Cats’ skipper Joel Selwood, had 17 disposals and a goal in his first match in Geelong colours.

The 26-year-old played limited game time in the comfortable 66-point victory and was used predominantly across half-back.

Axed forward Shane Kersten was also a talking point for the Cats, booting a game-high four goals to be named among the best.

With Geelong’s senior attack struggling against Sydney on Friday night, Kersten is firmly back in contention.

Gold Coast

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Brisbane Lions - Saturday July 9, 12.55pm, Metricon Stadium

Jaeger O'Meara's comeback continues to gather momentum, with the Suns midfield star showing more positive signs in a two-point win over the Brisbane Lions in their NEAFL clash at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.

In his second NEAFL game back from a knee injury, the 22-year-old played three quarters and gathered 15 disposals, four marks and a goal from a 35-metre snap.

The standout Sun was Jesse Lonergan, who could be back in the AFL selection frame after accumulating 26 disposals by three-quarter time.

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State league affiliate: Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Giants v Southport - Saturday July 9, 10am, Spotless Stadium

Promising key forward James Stewart and mature-age rookie Daniel Lloyd dominated the Giants' 42-point win over NEAFL opponent Southport on Saturday morning.

In a curtain raiser to the club's AFL clash with Collingwood at Spotless Stadium, Stewart bagged five of the Giants' 14 goals.

He received great service from midfielders such as Lloyd, who amassed 36 possessions.

Teenager Matthew Kennedy, whose previous two games were at AFL level, also performed well, as did ruckman Dawson Simpson.


State league affiliate: Box Hill (VFL)
This weekend: Box Hill v Williamstown - Saturday July 9, 2pm, Box Hill City Oval

Brendan Whitecross has produced another solid VFL performance to remind Hawthorn selectors of his value.

The injury-cruelled 26-year-old was Box Hill Hawks' best player in a 10-point loss to Williamstown in the VFL at Box Hill on Saturday.

Other Hawthorn-listed players to shine included Angus Litherland, Kieran Lovell and Teia Miles.

Eyes on the ball: Box Hill's Sam Switkowski in the City Oval slog. Picture: Scott Barbour, AFL Media


State league affiliate: Casey Scorpions (VFL)
This weekend: Bye

North Melbourne

State league affiliate: Werribee (VFL)
This weekend: Port Melbourne v Werribee - Sunday July 10, 11.40am, North Port Oval

Draftee Mitch Hibberd has been sent for scans after suffering a serious right knee injury in the second quarter of Werribee's seven-point loss – the same knee he had reconstructed in 2013.

The 19-year-old went to turn and chase a loose ball near the wing when his foot planted in the turf, forcing him to fall to ground clutching his right knee.

Hibberd, who was taken with pick No.33 in last year's NAB AFL Draft, was in obvious pain after the innocuous incident and was taken off the ground on a stretcher.

Compounding matters, ruckman Majak Daw took no further part in the match after injuring his ankle late in the first term.

The 25-year-old landed awkwardly on his left ankle after leaping and stomping on teammate Braydon Preuss's foot in a ruck contest.

Second-year defender Ed Vickers-Willis (16 touches, six rebound 50s), draftee Declan Mountford (15 touches, one goal) and livewire Kayne Turner (15 tackles, 12 touches, one goal) were the pick of the Roos-listed players.

Defender Lachie Hansen and forward Aaron Black didn't take the field.

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Port Adelaide

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: West Adelaide v Port Adelaide - Saturday July 9, 2.10pm, City Mazda Stadium

Diminutive midfielder Sam Gray was the most influential factor in Port Adelaide's 47-point win over SANFL opponent West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium on Saturday.
Gray racked up 37 possessions – nine more than the next-best player on either side – along with nine clearances and a goal.
He was well supported by Jimmy Toumpas (26 touches and a goal), Brendon Ah Chee (24 and 0.3), Sam Colquhoun (23) and teenagers Billy Frampton (23) and Jesse Palmer (21 and three goals).


State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Richmond - Saturday July 9, 2pm, Whitten Oval

Midfielders Kane Lambert and ex-Giant Jacob Townsend have kept themselves in the mix at Tigerland with solid efforts in a nine-point VFL loss to Footscray at Whitten Oval on Saturday.
Uncapped rookie Adam Marcon and veteran Troy Chaplin were also among the Tigers’ best performers.

Axed forward Ty Vickery presented well and latched onto a few marks, although he was kept goalless largely due to his wayward kicking in front of goal.

St Kilda

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Coburg v Sandringham - Saturday July 9, 2pm, Piranha Park

Jack Billings appears ready to return to AFL level after a near best-afield performance in Sandringham's 49-point win at Coburg on Saturday.
The talented left-footer, 20, was a class above in a midfield-forward role in which he kicked two goals.
Rookies Jack Sinclair and Brenton Payne were also in fine form, as were Jack Lonie and Cameron Shenton (three goals).

Sydney Swans

State league affiliate: Sydney Swans (NEAFL)
This weekend: Canberra Demons v Sydney Swans - Saturday July 9, 12pm, Manuka Oval

Experienced duo Ben McGlynn and Jeremy Laidler have pushed their cases for senior reinstatement with terrific efforts in the Swans' 97-point win over Canberra in the NEAFL at Manuka Oval on Saturday.

Youngsters Harry Cunningham and Jordan Dawson (three goals) were also prominent players in the easy victory.

West Coast

State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: Swan Districts v East Perth - Saturday July 9, 2.15pm, Steel Blue Oval

Eagles recruit Jack Redden starred for the second consecutive week, amassing an equal game-high 34 disposals in a best-on-ground performance.

The gun midfielder, who has had an underwhelming start to his career with West Coast, also added six tackles in the 40-point victory.

Redden was marginally left out of the Eagles’ crucial Round 16 clash against North Melbourne, but will stake serious claims to rejoin the senior team next weekend.

Youngster Tom Cole, another recently omitted Eagle, was serviceable with 22 disposals and a goal.

Liam Duggan (12 possessions) was quiet by his standards, while Dom Sheed (18) continued his comeback from a pectoral injury. 

Western Bulldogs

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Richmond - Saturday July 9, 2pm, Whitten Oval

Several Bulldog pups played prominent roles in their come-from-behind, nine-point VFL win over Richmond at Whitten Oval on Saturday. 

They included Mitch HoneychurchBailey DaleKieran Collins and Josh Dunkley, a quartet that adds great depth to the Dogs' ever-improving list.

Meanwhile, Tom Boyd, who is serving a club-imposed AFL ban, kicked one goal – a long bomb from 50 metres – but wasn't named among the team's best players.

Neither was veteran ruckman Will Minson, who slotted two majors.

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