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Daniel Wells continued to build form in his third game back from a long-term foot injury
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State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Central District v Adelaide - Saturday, April 27, 1.40pm, X Convenience Oval

Key forward Josh Jenkins continues to push his case for a senior recall, kicking three goals from 18 disposals and taking seven marks.

Mature-age rookie Patrick Wilson continues to rack up big numbers, the midfielder finishing with 30 disposals, nine tackles, seven clearances and a goal. Wilson is averaging 32 touches from his five matches.

Ned McHenry, who was drafted with pick 16 last year, had 28 disposals, 11 tackles and seven marks in Adelaide's 35-point win over Central District. He has missed the past two weeks with concussion.

Experienced key back Andy Otten was one of the Crows' best, taking 12 marks to go with his 27 disposals.

 

 

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Brisbane - Saturday, April 27, 10am, Metricon Stadium

Allen Christensen responded to his omission from the senior side by finishing with 32 disposals and six tackles in Brisbane's thumping 97-point win over Gold Coast in a curtain-raiser to the QClash.

Young midfielder Corey Lyons topped the Lions' disposal count with 38, including 14 kicks and seven marks. He is yet to make his AFL debut in his third season at the club.

Ben Keays' haul of 4.3 took his tally to 12 goals from three NEAFL games. He also had 26 touches, eight marks and five tackles.

Second-year forward Toby Wooller was named Brisbane's best for his 31-disposal, nine-mark and one goal effort. Wooller is starting to build some strong form, having finished with 23 disposals and four goals last week.

 

State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Werribee - Saturday, April 27, 2pm, Ikon Park

Former Giants midfielder Matt Kennedy was one of the Northern Blues' best in a disappointing day for the side, who lost by 58 points to Werribee.

Kennedy topped the Blues' disposal count with 24, also finishing with seven tackles.

Draftee Liam Stocker had 17 disposals, while rookie Hugh Goddard and defender Tom Williamson had 14 apiece.

Alex Fasolo kicked a goal from 10 touches, while the omitted Cam Polson had 12.

 

 

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Collingwood - Saturday, April 27, 2pm, Windy Hill

Swingman Ben Reid is gradually building form in the VFL, kicking two goals from 22 disposals in Collingwood's 37-point loss to Essendon.

Reid was also dominant in the air, finishing with 12 marks and eight hit-outs as a reserve ruck.

Rupert Wills had 28 disposals and eight tackles and was his industrious self, while draftee Isaac Quaynor finished with 21.

Classy runner Daniel Wells recorded 20 disposals, five marks and a goal in his third game back from a long-term foot injury.

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Collingwood - Saturday, April 27, 2pm, Windy Hill

Ben McNiece led Essendon's disposal count with 26 and five marks in the team's 37-point win against Collingwood.

The Category B rookie defender is yet to play a game this year, needing a player to go to the long-term injury list in order to do so.

Kyle Langford was busy with 25 disposals and a goal, while Dylan Clarke had 24.

Second-year forward Jordan Houlahan kicked three goals from 10 touches, while swingman Aaron Francis kicked two from his 10.

 

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Subiaco v Peel Thunder - Saturday, April 27, 2.15pm, Leederville Oval

Midfielder Connor Blakely finished with 20 disposals and four marks in his first game for the year following a serious hamstring injury suffered in late January.

Meanwhile, two rookies led the way for Fremantle's AFL-listed players in Peel Thunder's 62-point loss to Subiaco.

Category B rookie (NGA) Jason Carter had 23 disposals, six marks and four tackles, while Stefan Giro – who is yet to add to his 10-game AFL tally this year – also had 23 touches, 21 of which were kicks.

Tom North, who has not made his AFL debut, continues to build good numbers in the WAFL, finishing with 21 touches and three marks, while draftee Luke Valente had 19 and six tackles.

Big man Sean Darcy had 35 hit-outs, 11 disposals and kicked a goal.

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

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Brisbane - Saturday, April 27, 10am, Metricon Stadium

Experienced midfielder/forward Aaron Young was the Suns' best in a disappointing 97-point thrashing from Brisbane.

Young, who is yet to break into the senior side this year despite having played all 22 last year, had 40 disposals, nine marks and nine tackles.

Sam Day kicked three goals from 17 disposals, while big man Ben King, taken with pick No.6 in last year's draft, also kicked three from 15 disposals and eight marks.

Rookie Jacob Dawson was busy with 30 disposals, while swingman Chris Burgess had 16 and three marks after being dropped from the AFL side.

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v GWS Giants - Saturday, April 27, 2.50pm, Blacktown International Sportspark

Zac Langdon, who is yet to play a senior match after 17 in his debut season, kicked two goals from 21 disposals and also took nine marks.

Young pair Isaac Cumming (28 disposals, including 22 kicks and eight marks) and Nick Shipley (25 and eight tackles) were busy in the 45-point loss to Sydney.

Draftee Jackson Hately responded from his AFL omission with 19 disposals, six marks and six tackles, while rookie Zach Sproule's two goals took his NEAFL season tally to 12 from four games.

Ruckman Lachie Keeffe took 10 marks on his way to 15 touches.

 

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Box Hill Hawks v Coburg - Saturday, April 27, 1pm, Box Hill City Oval

Ruckman Marc Pittonet had a day out in Box Hill's comfortable 51-point win over Coburg, finishing with 42 hit-outs, 29 disposals and a goal.

Harry Morrison responded with class after his AFL omission, the hard runner kicking three goals from 32 touches.

Irish defender Conor Glass had 19 disposals and five tackles, while fellow backman David Mirra also racked up the touches, finishing with 23 and seven marks.

Second-year small forward Dylan Moore, who played his one AFL match in round three, kicked 3.2 from 17 disposals and also took six marks.

 

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Richmond - Saturday, April 27, 2pm, Casey Fields

Defender Oscar McDonald did his chances of a recall to the senior side no harm with a strong showing for the Demons in their one-point loss to Richmond at Casey Fields.

McDonald picked up a team-high 22 disposals, while brothers Josh and Corey Wagner collected 20 apiece. Untried rookie Declan Keilty showed some good signs with two goals.

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: North Melbourne v Port Melbourne - Saturday, April 27, 2pm, Avalon Airport Oval

Jy Simpkin and Paul Ahern found plenty of the ball during North Melbourne's 55-point loss to Port Melbourne, with the duo picking up 33 and 32 disposals through the midfield.

Ruckman Tom Campbell had 26 disposals to go with his 25 hitouts, while forgotten forward Taylor Garner scored his first goal of his season in his third game back from injury.

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Woodville-West Torrens v Port Adelaide - Saturday, April 27, 2.40pm, Maughan Thiem Kia Oval

Experienced midfielder Jack Trengove continued his excellent recent form with 31 disposals, eight tackles and two goals during Port Adelaide's 37-point triumph over Woodville-West Torrens.

Big man Billy Frampton booted five goals for Port, while fellow tall Peter Ladhams was impressive with 27 disposals, 22 hit-outs, four contested marks and a goal. Former Cat Steven Motlop collected 18 disposals and kicked two majors.

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Richmond - Saturday, April 27, 2pm, Casey Fields

Shai Bolton responded well to his omission from the senior side as he produced a best-on-ground performance for the Tigers in their thrilling one-point victory over the Casey Demons.

Bolton picked up 25 disposals and laid a whopping 11 tackles and is likely to come into consideration to replace injured spearhead Jack Riewoldt.

Youngster Riley Collier-Dawkins had 18 disposals and seven tackles, while Connor Menadue collected 23 possessions of his own.

The win was soured by injuries to Jack Graham (hamstring) and Maverick Weller (back soreness), with the duo hurting themselves in the opening half and leaving the Tigers short on numbers after half-time.

 

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

 

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v GWS Giants - Saturday, April 27, 2.50pm, Blacktown International Sportspark

Tasmanian Robbie Fox was adjudged best afield in the Swans' reserves 45-point triumph over the Giants.

Fox collected 37 disposals and booted three goals to put his hand up for senior selection, while Irishman Colin O'Riordan was again good as he finished with 40 possessions and 12 marks.

Big man Darcy Cameron also impressed with 24 disposals and 27 hit-outs. 

State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: Claremont v West Coast - Saturday, April 27, 1.00pm, Claremont Oval

Bailey Williams was the hero for the Eagles, with the youngster slotting the match-winning goal late in proceedings to help his side to a two-point victory over Claremont.

Williams finished with three goals for the match, while Jake Waterman also contributed three.

Dumped ruckman Nathan Vardy had 10 possessions and 15 hit-outs, while fellow big man Keegan Brooksby celebrated his 29th birthday with a game-high 27 hit-outs.

Fellow rookie Francis Watson was stretchered from the field during the third term with a shoulder injury, while Hamish Brayshaw was the leading possession winner for the Eagles with 28.

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Williamstown v Footscray - Sunday, April 28, 11.40am, Downer Oval 

Footscray suffered its first defeat for the season but young Bulldog Bailey Dale pushed his case for a senior recall with 20 disposals and a goal against Williamstown on Sunday.             

The Dogs would be buoyed by the performance of a number of draftees returning from injury, including Laitham Vandermeer (13 disposals, three marks) and Buku Khamis (17 disposals, six marks).

Pat Lipinski continued his solid form with 19 touches, while father-son recruit Rhylee West had 17 disposals and five tackles.

Forgotten defender Fletcher Roberts was a steady cog in the backline with 18 touches and five marks, while young key back Lewis Young was shifted to the ruck and had 22 hitouts and four marks.

Grand Final hero Tom Boyd continued his slow return from a long-term back injury with 19 hitouts and eight touches.    

In a low-scoring affair, young key forward Josh Schache was unable to impose himself on the scoreboard, finishing with just one goal.