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Daniel Wells could be in line for an AFL recall after a strong showing in the VFL
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State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Woodville-West Torrens v Adelaide - Saturday, April 13, 1.40pm, Maughan Thiem Kia Oval

Shock omission Bryce Gibbs had 28 disposals, six marks and six clearances in Adelaide's 23-point win over the Eagles. The veteran midfielder was dropped from the Crows' AFL side despite having 27 touches against Geelong in round three.

Hugh Greenwood is banging the door down for his first senior game of the season, finishing with 33 touches, 10 clearances and two goals.

Rookie midfielder Patrick Wilson topped the Crows' disposal count with 42 and also took 11 marks.

Tyson Stengle was more than lively around goal but just couldn't find the middle, the former Tiger kicking 2.5 from his 15 touches.

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v GWS Giants - Saturday, April 13, 11am, Burpengary

Forward Ben Keays had a day out in Brisbane's 95-point demolition of Greater Western Sydney, kicking six goals to go with his 15 disposals.

Keays, in his fourth season, is yet to play an AFL game this year after just two last year.

Corey Lyons led allcomers with 29 disposals (19 of which were kicks), six marks and a goal.

The omitted Ryan Bastinac – who last year was delisted then subsequently signed as a rookie – responded well with 27 disposals and seven marks.

The versatile Tom Cutler would be ruing several shots on goal, finishing with 1.3 from his 23 touches, while second-year key forward Toby Woller was very busy with 25 and 11 marks.

State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Northern Blues - Sunday, April 14 1pm, GMHBA Stadium

Jack Silvagni was one of the Blues' best players with 19 disposals and 2.3. 

Matthew Kreuzer had his hands full against three Geelong ruckmen, but performed admirably on his way to 16 disposals, one goal and 26 hit-outs.

First-round draft choice Liam Stocker finished with 15 touches. 

Alex Fasolo injured his back in the opening quarter of the game and took no further part in the contest.

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Footscray - Friday, April 12 4.30pm, Olympic Park Oval

It was a disappointing result, but despite a heavy 72-point loss to Footscray, Collingwood would be pleased by the return of Daniel Wells and Brayden Sier.

Wells has missed the past 10 months with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, but the classy midfielder slotted in well, finishing with 23 disposals, 11 marks and a goal.

Sier – who AFL coach Nathan Buckley said earlier this week had been troubled by a few niggles – had 28 touches and six tackles.

Second-year rookie Flynn Appleby was named his side's best, the defender having 20 touches and six marks, while big man Ben Reid followed up his three-goal effort last week with another two.

There were a few injury concerns for the Pies, with Jack Madgen sidelined in the opening minutes with concussion, and Tyler Brown missing the second half with a shoulder issue.

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

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v West Coast - Saturday, April 13, 2pm, Optus Stadium

Midfielder Tom North had 28 disposals for a second successive week in Peel's 17-point loss to West Coast.

Second-year midfielder Mitch Crowden also featured heavily in the match, finishing with 26 touches and eight tackles, following up from 32 last week.

Draftee Luke Valente played his first match for the year after battling a groin injury and had 19 disposals and six tackles, while fellow first years Sam Sturt and Brett Bewley (both 17) were also among Peel's better players.

Bailey Banfield had 18 touches across half-forward after being dropped from the senior side.

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Northern Blues - Sunday, April 14 1pm, GMHBA Stadium

Cameron Guthrie racked up 25 touches in his first game for the season on return from a calf complaint and will be in the frame to play against Hawthorn on Easter Monday.

James Parsons collected 23 disposals of his own to continue his strong form to begin the VFL season and does not appear to be far away from a recall. 

Wylie Buzza presented strongly, kicking 1.2 from 18 disposals, to keep his name at the forefront of the selectors' minds. 

Oscar Brownless, the son of champion cat Billy, was named the Cats' best player.

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Sydney - Sunday, April 14, 10.45pm, Spotless Stadium

Midfielder George Horlin-Smith gathered 32 disposals in a standout performance despite the Suns' 38-point loss.

Mature-age VFL recruit Josh Corbett booted three goals from 18 touches, while Brad Scheer (31), Will Brodie (30) and Callum Ah Chee (24) were also among the major ball winners.

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v GWS Giants - Saturday, April 13, 11am, Burpengary

Draftee midfielder Jackson Hately finished with 27 disposals for the second week in a row in Greater Western Sydney's 95-point loss to Brisbane.

It was slim pickings after that, with rookie Zach Sproule, who is yet to debut, impressing with two goals from his 15 disposals and six marks.

Last year's Vic Metro under-18 captain Xavier O'Halloran finished with 15 touches and five marks, while young ruckman Matthew Flynn also had 15.

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Box Hill Hawks - Sunday, April 14, 11.50am, Marvel Stadium

With James Frawley suffering a hamstring injury at AFL level, Kaiden Brand was strong in defence with 22 disposals and could come into the selection equation for Easter Monday against the Cats. 

Conor Glass was also among Box Hill's best, gathering 23 disposals. However, he came from the field late with what appeared to be a minor knee injury. 

Tim O'Brien played at either end of the ground and finished with 20 disposals and two goals.

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v North Melbourne - Saturday, April 13, 2pm, Casey Fields

Small forward Jeff Garlett was one of Melbourne's best AFL-listed players in Casey's 54-point win over North Melbourne.

In his second game back after a shoulder injury, Garlett kicked three goals from his 18 disposals, as well as laying five tackles.

It was a team effort from the Demons, with Corey Maynard recording the highest number of disposals with 23.

Key defender Harrison Petty was named in the best, finishing with 17 and nine marks.

Rookie Tim Smith also had 17 touches, kicking two goals and laying seven tackles.

The versatile Alex Neal-Bullen had 14 touches and 13 tackles after his omission from the senior side.

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v North Melbourne - Saturday, April 13, 2pm, Casey Fields

Recruit Tom Campbell was named North Melbourne's best in a disappointing 54-point loss to Casey.

Campbell, who had been omitted from the AFL side, had an incredible day out, recording a whopping 63 hit-outs to go with 19 disposals, eight marks, eight tackles and two goals.

Sam Wright was busy with 24 disposals and seven marks, while recruit Dom Tyson responded well from his omission, breaking a tag to finish with 22 and eight tackles.

Rookie midfielder Kyron Hayden had only eight touches but laid eight tackles, while key forward Nick Larkey kicked three goals from his eight disposals.

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v North Adelaide - Sunday, April 14, 2.40pm, Alberton Oval

Todd Marshall responded well to his omission from the AFL side with four goals in Port Adelaide's thumping win over North Adelaide.

Jack Trengove (35 disposals) continues to press his claims for a recall, while Jarrod Lienert (33) and Sam Mayes (28) were also impressive for the Magpies.

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Port Melbourne - Saturday, April 13, 11am, Swinburne Centre

Draftee midfielder Fraser Turner led the disposal tally for an inexperienced Richmond side, which broke free to defeat Port Melbourne by 43 points.

Turner, drafted with pick 58 last year, had 22 touches (including 15 kicks) and four marks.

Premiership small forward Dan Butler kicked 1.2 from his 15 touches and set up several others after being dropped from an injury-hit AFL side.

Oleg Markov, who was also dropped from the AFL side this week, had just 11 touches, while big men Mabior Chol and Callum Moore kicked two apiece.

Patrick Naish (19 disposals, 17 kicks and seven marks) and category B rookie Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (17 touches) continued their good VFL form in defence.

Both are yet to debut at AFL level.

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Sandringham v Box Hill Hawks - Sunday, April 14, 11.50am, Marvel Stadium

Nick Hind had a day out against the Box Hill Hawks, racking up 41 disposals as he gets nearer a senior debut. His speed and ability to break the game open was a feature and his weight of performances are getting difficult to ignore.

Luke Dunstan was a consistent performer through the midfield with 37 touches.

Billy Longer had 39 hit-outs opposed to Marc Pittonet's 36, while veteran Saint David Armitage had 24. 

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Sydney - Sunday, April 14, 10.45am, Metricon Stadium

James Rowbottom and Joel Amartey kicked three goals apiece in the Swans' big win over the Suns.

Rowbottom also racked up 26 touches, while Ryan Clarke had 28 through the midfield.

Irishman Colin O'Riordan picked up 24 touches across half-back.

 

State league affiliate: East Perth (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v West Coast - Saturday, April 13, 2pm, Optus Stadium

Forward Jake Waterman's strong WAFL form continued, kicking his second consecutive bag of five goals.

He had 19 disposals and nine marks in the Eagles' 17-point win over Peel Thunder, in a curtain-raiser to the Derby.

The Eagles' midfield trio of Jackson Nelson (27 and seven marks), Matthew Allen (25) and Brendon Ah Chee (24) worked well together.

Premiership Eagle Daniel Venables had a quiet game with 10 disposals, while ruck Keegan Brooksby finished the game on the bench with ice on his knee.

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Footscray - Friday, April 12 4.30pm, Olympic Park Oval

Lukas Webb impressed in his second game back from a serious neck injury, finishing with a team-high 28 disposals, 10 marks and two goals.

The midfielder was instrumental in the 72-point win over Collingwood, along with versatile big man Jackson Trengove, who played an all-round game in the ruck to have 26 hit-outs, 26 disposals, eight marks and two goals.

Trengove is yet to break through for a senior game this year.

Lin Jong marked his return from a hamstring injury suffered a month ago with 21 touches, seven marks and a goal.

Key forward Tom Boyd was quiet in his return from a long-term back injury, playing limited minutes and finishing with four disposals.

Forward-turned-midfielder Pat Lipinski (20 touches) and backman Bailey Williams (22 touches and 10 marks) also impressed.

Fergus Greene suffered a leg injury in the third term and did not return.