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State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Bye

Brisbane Lions

State league affiliate: Brisbane Lions (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye


State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Bye


State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Werribee - Sunday June 14, 11am, Victoria Park

Midfielder Levi Greenwood played three quarters in his return from a fractured tibia he sustained in the NAB Challenge. 

The 26-year-old accumulated 18 disposals in the third quarter, when the Magpies piled on 10 unanswered goals to set up the 42-point win.

Rookie forward Brenden Abbott kicked six goals in an impressive display, while midfielder Patrick Karnezis booted three goals.


Father-son recruit Darcy Moore was trialled in the forward line after spending much of the season across half-back.

• After the siren: Why not Collingwood?


State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Frankston - Saturday June 13, 12pm, Windy Hill

Ruckman Tom Bellchambers responded to being dropped from the senior team with a four-goal bag against Frankston on Saturday. 

Playing his first VFL game since round 22 last season, Bellchambers was a constant threat as the Bombers beat the Dolphins by 94 points.

Fellow tall Shaun McKernan kicked five goals, all in the first three quarters, to continue his strong run of form as he pushes hard for an opportunity at AFL level.  

In his first game since 2013, Nick Kommer was managed and rested in the second half. 



State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v East Perth - Sunday June 14, 2.15pm, Bendigo Bank Stadium

The Dockers' three travelling emergencies Matt de Boer, Jonathon Griffin (15 touches) and Paul Duffield (11 touches) all took the field in Peel's 22-point win. 

De Boer put in a best-on-ground performance with a team-high 33 touches (14 kicks, 19 handballs), five marks and seven tackles.

Omitted ruckman Zac Clarke returned to the WAFL for the first time this season and had 34 hit-outs and 17 touches (13 kicks, four handballs), while draftee Connor Blakely performed well with 24 disposals (11 kicks, 13 handballs).


State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v North Ballarat - Saturday June 13, 12.12pm, Simonds Stadium

Former Melbourne midfielder Sam Blease was the hero on Saturday when he kicked the match-winning goal, but it was Irishman Padraig Lucey who earned the plaudits for an outstanding performance in the ruck.

Lucey, who is picking up Australian football as a project player, was the Cats' best in their seven-point win over North Ballarat, stepping in to lead the ruck with Orren Stephenson sidelined. 

"He had 32 hit-outs but it was his impact around the ground and follow-up work that was really impressive," Geelong VFL coach Paul Hood told "It's the first time he's spent that much time in the ruck." 

Geelong rookie Michael Luxford racked up a team-high 28 possessions and took a brilliant one-handed mark in the third quarter to set up his one goal. 

Blease, who last played at AFL level as the Cats' sun in round seven, also had 15 possessions and six clearances. 

Gold Coast

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Redland v Gold Coast - Sunday June 14, 1.30pm, Tidbold Park

Rookie Tyrone Downie was the standout performer with 34 possessions (28 kicks, six handballs) and six marks in the Suns' 46-point loss.

The next best was ruckman Zac Smith, who finished with 22 touches (14 kicks, eight handballs) and six marks, while Daniel Gorringe booted two goals.


State league affiliate: UWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Southport v UWS Giants - Sunday June 14, 12pm, Fankhauser Reserve

With Shane Mumford, Joel Patfull, Phil Davis and Stephen Coniglio succumbing to injury in the Giants' round 11 clash against Collingwood, a number of players will come into consideration this week. 

Midfielder Rhys Palmer led the way with 33 touches (18 kicks, 15 handballs) and six marks in the Giants' 28-point win.

Fellow onballer Jack Steele could be in line to make his AFL debut after collecting 27 disposals (14 kicks, 13 handballs), 10 marks, 10 tackles and booting two goals.

Draftee Paul Ahern (23 touches), defender Adam Kennedy (22) and half-back Curtly Hampton (20) have also done their chances of earning a senior spot no harm.


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


State league affiliate: Casey Scorpions (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Scorpions v Coburg - Saturday June 13, 2pm, Casey Fields

Melbourne rookie Max King enjoyed a breakout game with the Scorpions, booting five goals to be the difference in an eight-point win. 

King has spent the majority of this season in the VFL development league, but he graduated with flying colours on Saturday. 

The Scorpions were thrilled with the ruck partnership of AFL-listed pair Jake Spencer and Mark Jamar, who produced his best VFL performance this season.

Spencer won two crucial centre clearances late in the game, while Rohan Bail and Matt Jones were solid ball-winners in the midfield. Ben Newton suffered concussion in the first quarter.  


North Melbourne

State league affiliates: Werribee, North Ballarat (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Werribee - Sunday June 14, 11am, Victoria Park; Geelong v North Ballarat - Saturday June 13, 12.12pm, Simonds Stadium

Hard nut Leigh Adams suffered another head knock after receiving a knee to the back of his head during the third quarter of Werribee's 42-point loss.

North Melbourne development manager Ben Dyer told Adams was taken off the ground "for precautionary reasons" and the severity of the knock was unknown.

Compounding woes, ruckman Daniel Currie suffered a foot injury in the same game and didn't take part in the second half.

Fellow tall Majak Daw had to perform the bulk of Werribee's ruck duties due to Currie's absence after half-time.

Forward Aaron Black presented well with seven marks inside 50 but was inaccurate in front of goal, finishing with 2.5 in North Ballarat's nine-point loss.

Defender Aaron Mullett impressed with his 28 touches, two tackles and a goal in his sixth straight VFL appearance after having shoulder surgery in January.

But the 23-year-old backman was caught holding the ball on the wing in the dying stages of the game, which led to a Cats goal and opened up an eight-point lead.

Forward Taylor Garner continued to show promising signs with a long running goal from 50m in the final term, while midfielder Shaun Atley was kept relatively quiet with 18 touches.


Port Adelaide

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: West Adelaide v Port Adelaide - Saturday June 13, 2.10pm, City Mazda Stadium

Reliable midfielder Kane Mitchell again starred for the Magpies, accumulating 30 touches (20 kicks, 10 handballs), 13 marks, 10 tackles, seven clearances and a goal in his side's 50-point win.

Mitchell was complemented by onballer Andrew Moore, who collected 25 possessions (15 kicks, 10 handballs), seven marks, seven clearances and booted two goals.

Experienced rookie Tom Logan generated run from the backline with his 21 disposals (17 kicks, four handballs) and 12 marks.

Fellow defender Cam O'Shea (25 touches) and midfielder Brendon Ah Chee (22 touches) were also kept busy, while livewires Jake Neade and Johann Wagner registered two goals apiece.



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

St Kilda

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Port Melbourne v Sandringham - Saturday June 13, 2pm, North Port Oval

St Kilda forward Ahmed Saad was on fire for Sandringham on Saturday, playing the perfect small forward's game in the Dragons' seven-point win over Port Melbourne. 

Saad kicked 3.3 and laid 10 tackles, finishing with 18 possessions.     

"He had a bit of a sore ankle for a while but he's overcome that and he was on today," coach Paul Hudson told

"He was very hard to play on with the way he moved around, and the role he played for us was perfect."

The Saints decided not to play rookies Jack Sinclair and Adam Schneider in the VFL, giving them a rest after they were forced off the senior list under the AFL's rookie rules.    

They called Arryn Siposs and Daniel Markworth back into the senior VFL team after serious injuries instead, with both performing well.


Ruckman Jason Holmes continued to impress at VFL level, while midfielder Eli Templeton was strong in an inside role, also pushing forward to kick a crucial late goal. 

Sydney Swans

State league affiliate: Sydney Swans (NEAFL)
This weekend: Eastlake v Sydney Swans - Saturday June 13, 12pm, StarTrack Oval

Dean Towers was the star for the Swans as they romped home in the second half to beat Eastlake by 65 points in Canberra. 

Playing as a high half-forward, Towers finished with 26 possessions, 16 marks and two goals as the Swans' best player.

"Dean was really impressive leading up the ground and he used the ball well going inside 50," coach Marty Mattner told 

"He's had a great few weeks in the NEAFL team so hopefully he gets his chance at AFL level in the next couple of weeks." 

Others to impress for the Swans were midfielders George Hewett (30 possessions) and Craig Bird (31 and three goals) and full-back Xavier Richards.  

West Coast

State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v East Perth - Sunday June 14, 2.15pm, Bendigo Bank Stadium

Midfielder Matt Rosa made a successful return from a hamstring injury, gathering 27 possessions (14 kicks, 13 handballs) and six marks in his side's 22-point loss.

Former Blue Kane Lucas also found plenty of the ball with 30 touches (17 kicks, 13 handballs) and seven marks.

Rookie Rowen Powell was the Royals' leading goalkicker with three majors.

Western Bulldogs

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

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