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Around the state leagues: Dumped Blue stars, Don's stunning mark

The 10: round 11's best moments The best highlights from the action across the weekend
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State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: North Adelaide v Adelaide - Saturday, June 1, 2.40pm, Prospect Oval

Ruckman Sam Jacobs put on a clinic in his return from a serious knee injury in the SANFL, kicking five goals from 20 disposals and winning 28 hit-outs. 

Youngster Myles Poholke also proved a handful up forward, kicking 4.1 and collecting 20 touches in Adelaide's 31-point win.

Forward Elliott Himmelberg responded to his omission with 2.1 and eight marks, while fellow omission Chayce Jones collected 21 touches and won a game-high 10 clearances.

Veteran Richard Douglas was dominant with 31 disposals and a goal.

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v Sydney - Saturday, June 1, 12pm, South Pine Sports Complex

Young tall Jacob Allison kicked 3 goals and had 26 touches in Brisbane's 71-point victory over Sydney in the NEAFL.

Utility Tom Cutler racked up 23 disposals but was wasteful in front of goal, kicking 2.4.

Draftee Tom Joyce kicked 2.2 from his 23 touches, while key forward Toby Wooller kicked two goals and took nine marks.

Another draftee Thomas Berry was also impressive, finishing with 20 touches and a goal while also laying six tackles.

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State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Northern Blues - Sunday, June 2, 11.40am, Windy Hill

Banished veteran Dale Thomas has presented a strong case for immediate reinstatement to the Carlton side by being one of the best players afield in the Northern Blues' 41-point loss to Essendon in the VFL.

Thomas, who was sent back to the VFL after breaking the Blues' alcohol rules, amassed a game-high 32 possessions (22 kicks and 10 handballs), including 12 touches in a busy first term, along with seven rebounds from the defensive arc and five tackles in a hard-running half-back role.

However, he received little support, with young defender Angus Schumacher (19), small forward Cameron Polson (18 and a goal) and key defender Hugh Goddard serviceable.

First-year forward Ben Silvagni had a quiet day but provided a rare highlight for Blues fans with a nice goal in the breezy conditions.

NINE THINGS WE LEARNED Tipping point looms for Blues

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State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Port Melbourne v Collingwood - Sunday, June 2, 2pm, Adcon Stadium

Midfield bull Brayden Sier has mounted a strong case for promotion after a prolific display in a 42-point loss to VFL team Port Melbourne.

Sier, who was a member of Collingwood's Grand Final charge last year but is yet to play an AFL game this season, accumulated a game-high 34 possessions (14 kicks and 20 handballs), including 22 in the first half.
In a team that conceded 8.6 to nil in the last quarter, the Pies had serviceable performers in runners Josh Daicos (20), Ben Crocker (19), Tim Broomhead (17 and a goal), Isaac Quaynor (17), Tyler Brown (18) on return from injury and Rupert Wills (18) after senior omission.

Earlier, injury-plagued defender Matt Scharenberg, in his comeback game after overcoming a third knee reconstruction, made it through his allotted two quarters and collected 13 possessions – the second-most for the Pies behind Sier in the first half.

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v Northern Blues - Sunday, June 2, 11.40am, Windy Hill

Mid-season draftee Will Snelling made an immediate impact in his first game for the Bombers in their 41-point VFL win over the Northern Blues.

The 21-year-old midfielder, whom Essendon recruited from SANFL club West Adelaide on Monday, collected 23 possessions, including eight contested, as well as five tackles and four inside 50s in an impressive first-up showing.

Experienced onballer David Myers also kept his name in the selection frame after a superb performance in which he gathered 26 possessions, 14 of them contested, along with 11 of his team's 34 clearances, four tackles and two great goals.

Young defender Brandon Zerk-Thatcher was also influential with 21 possessions and 10 marks, seven of them of the intercept variety, and was well supported in the back half by the likes of Jordan Ridley (19), Marty Gleeson (22) and Michael Hartley (18).

Teenage rookie Trent Mynott had 24 touches while small forward Brayden Ham kicked a game-high three goals and Jordan Houlahan slotted two, one of them coming after he hauled in a screamer. 

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State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Peel Thunder v Subiaco - Sunday, June 2, 2.15pm, David Grays Arena

Midfielder Harley Bennell put in another strong performance in the WAFL, racking up 25 disposals as Peel Thunder fell to Subiaco by 41 points on Sunday.

Youngster Mitchell Crowden continues to push his case for elevation to the seniors, finishing with 26 disposals and eight tackles, while midfielder Bailey Banfield collected 25 touches.

Up forward, veteran Hayden Ballantyne kicked three goals and Cam McCarthy finished with 1.1.  

Hard-running midfielder Stefan Giro racked up 18 disposals before suffering a knee injury in the third term.

Fremantle's mid-season rookie draftee Dillon O'Reilly was not selected to play.

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Geelong - Sunday, June 2, 2pm, VU Whitten Oval

Scott Selwood and Zach Guthrie pressed their claims for senior call-ups in the Cats' last-gasp, one-point win over VFL rival Footscray in a low-scoring affair in inclement weather at Whitten Oval.

Selwood (20 possessions and seven tackles) and Guthrie (21 touches and nine marks) were among the leading ball-winners on the field, while fellow midfielder Charlie Constable (19 and five tackles) was also in the thick of the action.

Big man Wylie Buzza kicked two of Geelong's five goals, while fellow talls Ryan Abbott (40 hitouts) and Darcy Fort (12 hitouts) held sway in the ruck.

Defender Jed Bews (12 disposals) was also solid in his bid for promotion.

BARRETT Cats eye Giant replacement for Kelly

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State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: GWS Giants v Gold Coast - Saturday, June 1, 10.05am, Giants Stadium

Out-of-favour key forward Sam Day put in an impressive performance against GWS in the NEAFL on Saturday, kicking 2.2 and taking seven marks.

Despite the Suns going down by 43 points, youngster Will Brodie was dominant with 26 disposals and a goal.

Rookie Jacob Dawson was also handy with 24 touches, while veteran Michael Rischitelli laid seven tackles to go with his 23 disposals.           

Mid-season draftee Mitch Riordan was not selected to play this weekend, with the club opting to let him adjust to his new environment. But he is expected to be seen in coming weeks.

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State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: GWS Giants v Gold Coast - Saturday, June 1, 10.05am, Giants Stadium

Draftee Jackson Hately backed up his 36 disposals in the NEAFL last weekend with another strong performance against the Suns on Saturday.   

Hately racked up 30 disposals, kicked 1.1 and laid eight tackles, as the Giants ran out 43-point winners.     

Forward Daniel Lloyd put in a similarly dominant display, finishing with 23 disposals, seven marks, eight tackles and 3.2.  

Former Blue Dylan Buckley kicked three goals, while Matt Buntine and Matthew Flynn both kicked a goal and had 21 touches.       

Draftee Xavier O’Halloran also impressed with 22 touches and seven tackles.

FANTASY FORM WATCH Giants feast on fading Suns

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Box Hill Hawks v Williamstown - Saturday, June 1, 2pm, Box Hill City Oval

Defender Teia Miles impressed up forward with two goals and 19 touches as Box Hill ran out 20-point winners against Williamstown on Saturday. 

Omitted youngster Harry Morrison amassed 20 disposals, while tagger Daniel Howe kicked a goal from 21 touches.

Forward Jackson Ross kicked 2.3 and rookie ruckman Ned Reeves won a game-high 37 hit-outs.

Veteran Jarryd Roughead failed to have much of an impact on the scoreboard, finishing with 0.2 and 15 touches.

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State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Werribee v Casey Demons - Saturday, June 1, 2pm, Avalon Airport Oval

High-profile recruit Steven May made an impressive return from injury in the VFL on Satuday, racking up 22 disposals and taking nine marks in Casey's 35-point loss to Werribee.

Rookie Corey Wagner was ferocious in the contest, laying 10 tackles and collecting 25 touches.  

Mid-season rookie draftee Kyle Dunkley was quiet in his first game since joining the club, finishing with 0.2 and 11 touches.

Another recruit Kade Kolodjashnij kicked a goal from 12 disposals in his return from injury, while Braydon Preuss dominated in the ruck with 43 hit-outs.

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: North Melbourne v Richmond - Saturday, June 1, 2pm, Arden St

Mid-season rookie draftee Lachie Hosie was impressive in his first game for the club, kicking 3.2 and taking eight marks in North Melbourne's 29-point victory over Richmond in the VFL.

Taylor Garner and Curtis Taylor also proved dangerous up forward, with both kicking three goals, while recruit Aaron Hall and small forward Nathan Hrovat chipped in with two goals each.

Midfielder Paul Ahern was prolific and finished with 27 disposals and six tackles.

Big man Tom Campbell continued his strong VFL form with 21 touches, a goal and 36 hit-outs.

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

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: North Melbourne v Richmond - Saturday, June 1, 2pm, Arden St

Youngster Patrick Naish was among Richmond's best in their 29-point loss to North Melbourne on Saturday, kicking 3.1 from 25 touches. 

Rookie Maverick Weller also impressed with 19 disposals and two goals, while Jacob Townsend collected 22 touches but wasted his chances in front of goal to finish with 0.3.

Daniel Rioli responded to his omission from the seniors with 14 disposals, a behind and seven tackles.

Another player who was dropped, Connor Menadue, racked up 21 disposals and kicked a behind.

Midfielder Jack Graham laid a game-high eight tackles and amassed 23 touches.

Mid-season rookie draftee Marlion Pickett did not play, as he recovers from a broken finger that's expected to sideline him for the next two months.

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Coburg v Sandringham - Sunday, June 2, 12.30pm, Piranha Park

High-profile recruit Dan Hannebery emerged unscathed from his first game for the year in the VFL, as Sandringham ran out 10-point winners against Coburg.

Despite only playing the first three quarters, Hannebery finished with 24 disposals, five tackles and a behind.

Prized draftee Max King also put in an impressive performance, kicking 3.3 and taking five marks.

Defender Brandon White was Sandringham's leading ball-winner, finishing with 26 disposals and four tackles.

Mid-season rookie draftee Jack Mayo kicked 1.2 from 11 touches in his first game since joining the club.

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State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Brisbane v Sydney - Saturday, June 1, 12pm, South Pine Sports Complex

Sydney's mid-season rookie draftees Cody Hirst and Michael Knoll were fairly quiet in their first outing for the club, as the Swans fell to Brisbane by 71 points in the NEAFL.

Hirst had eight disposals and kicked a behind, while ruckman Knoll had 23 hit-outs and kicked a goal from nine touches.

James Rose was the leading ball winner on the ground with 33 touches, to go with 11 marks and five tackles.

Youngster James Rowbottom had 24 disposals and seven marks, while forward Ben Ronke kicked two goals from 16 touches.

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State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: Claremont v West Coast - Sunday, June 2, 11.30am, Optus Stadium

Veteran Chris Masten was prolific in the WAFL on Sunday, finishing with 30 disposals and seven marks as the Eagles fell to Claremont by 31 points.

Young forward Jarrod Brander was also impressive, taking nine marks and kicking 1.1 from 17 disposals.

Draftee Bailey Williams won 30 hitouts and kicked a goal, while defender Jackson Nelson had 19 touches.  

Midfielder Brendon Ah Chee collected 17 disposals and laid six tackles. 

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State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Geelong - Sunday, June 2, 2pm, VU Whitten Oval

Father-son draftee Rhylee West reinforced he is made of the right stuff in Footscray's one-point loss to Geelong in their VFL clash on Sunday.

The inside midfielder thrived in the windy and wet conditions to win a game-high 22 possessions, while also laying four tackles.

The Bulldogs were also well-served by another promising runner in Callum Porter (20 touches, five tackles and a goal).

Defenders Lewis Young (20), Fletcher Roberts (18) and rookie-listed Roarke Smith (19) were also prominent.

Midfielder Will Hayes (15) and the classy Ed Richards (12) found the going tough.