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Charlie Dixon starred with five goals in his first game since breaking his leg last year

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: West Adelaide v Adelaide - Saturday, June 8, 3.10pm, City Mazda Stadium

Midfielder Bryce Gibbs responded to his latest omission with 29 touches, a goal and seven clearances in Adelaide's six-point win in the SANFL on Saturday.  

The only Adelaide player with more of the ball was rookie Patrick Wilson, who had 38 disposals and eight clearances.

Midfielder Myles Poholke kicked 1.1 from 22 touches, while small forward Tyson Stengle finished with 2.1.

Ruckman Sam Jacobs won 30 hitouts, kicked a goal and had 15 touches as he continues his comeback from a serious knee injury.

 

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Brisbane - Saturday, June 8, 11.55am, Metricon Stadium

Midfielder Ryan Bastinac had a day out against Gold Coast in the NEAFL on Saturday, with the rookie racking up 35 touches, 13 marks and a goal in Brisbane's 30-point victory.

Allen Christensen (31 disposals) and Ryan Lester (30 disposals) also found plenty of the ball, while key forward Toby Wooller impressed with two goals.

Draftee Connor McFadyen was dangerous inside 50 with three goals, 15 disposals and eight marks.

Rookie ruckman Oscar McInerney had 33 hitouts, 19 disposals and laid six tackles.

 

State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Northern Blues v Coburg - Sunday, June 9, 1pm, Preston City Oval

Former Giant Matthew Kennedy sent a timely reminder to selectors by picking up 30 touches in an impressive performance for the Northern Blues in their 17-point triumph over Coburg in the battle of Bell Street.

Ruck duo Matthew Lobbe (20 disposals and 27 hitouts) and Andrew Phillips (16 hitouts and three goals) showed some good signs, while Alex Fasolo responded to his omission from the senior side by picking up 20 touches of his own.

Injury-plagued defender Alex Johnson made a successful return to football by collecting 13 disposals and picking up seven marks in his first game for the Blues.

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Collingwood - Sunday, June 9, 2.10pm, Casey Fields

Dumped veteran Ben Reid responded well to his omission as he booted two goals and collected 15 disposals during the Pies' 63-point loss to the Casey Demons.

Forgotten defender Matt Scharenberg (20 touches) looked to be in good touch in his second game of the season, while youngster Josh Daicos (24 possessions and six tackles) won plenty of the ball.

Small forward Ben Crocker sat out the game as the carryover emergency for the Magpies' Queens Birthday blockbuster against Melbourne on Monday.

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

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Geelong - Saturday, June 8, 11am, Swinburne Centre

Young midfielder Charlie Constable led the way for the Cats with 26 disposals and five tackles in a 23-point loss to Richmond.

Constable has played seven games since making his AFL debut in round one, but has been out of the senior side for the past three weeks.

Lachie Fogarty, who has steadily been building match fitness after a hip injury held him out of action till mid-May, was also busy with 21 and six tackles, while rookie Sam Simpson finished with 20.

James Parsons responded to his omission with 18 touches and two goals, while Scott Selwood was tough around the contest with 17 and 10 tackles.

Big man Nathan Kreuger kicked three goals, while Zac Smith finished with 30 hitouts.

 

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Brisbane - Saturday, June 8, 11.55am, Metricon Stadium

The versatile Callum Ah Chee was one of Gold Coast's best in its 30-point loss to Brisbane, recording 23 disposals (including 19 kicks), six marks and two goals.

Ah Chee hasn't played a senior game this year, having spent some time on the sidelines with a quad injury.

Draftee Jez McLennan ran hard to finish with 19 disposals and eight marks while recruit Corey Ellis, who is yet to play a senior game for the Suns, had 17 disposals and five marks.

Experienced rookie Michael Rischitelli was busy with 22, six marks and five tackles.

George Horlin-Smith was an emergency for the AFL game and didn't play.

 

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v GWS Giants - Sunday, June 9, 10.30am, Blacktown International Sportspark

Dumped big man Lachie Keefe did his chances of a recall no harm with an excellent performance in defence during the Giants' 25-point NEAFL victory over the Swans.

Zac Langdon booted three goals in an impressive performance up forward, while Jackson Hately continued his good recent form with a 23-possession haul that included 15 touches during a dominant third term.

 

Veteran ruckman Dawson Simpson was named among the best players in an entertaining duel with Swans big man Darcy Cameron.

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

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Casey Demons v Collingwood - Sunday, June 9, 2.10pm, Casey Fields

Veteran Jordan Lewis turned back the clock by picking up 30 touches during the Casey Demons' 63-point demolition of Collingwood on Sunday.

 

Defender Kade Kolodjashnij (28 disposals) and midfield duo Corey Wagner (27) and Jay Kennedy Harris (26) won plenty of the ball, while mid-season draft recruit Kyle Dunkley booted three goals.

Man mountain Braydon Preuss had 19 disposals and 40 hitouts as senior emergencies Billy Stretch and Josh Wagner sat out the match as a precaution ahead of Melbourne's Queens Birthday clash against Collingwood.

 

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Williamstown v North Melbourne - Saturday, June 8, 2pm, Downer Oval

Ruckman Tom Campbell put in another strong VFL performance with 33 hitouts, 21 disposals and eight tackles, as North Melbourne fell to Williamstown by 53 points on Saturday.

Midfielder Paul Ahern and utility Joel Crocker  both collected 21 touches, while father-son recruit Bailey Scott had 17 touches and kicked a goal.

Mid-season rookie draftee Lachie Hosie followed his three goals last week with 2.2 and five marks.

Forward Taylor Garner kicked 2.1 from 12 disposals.

 

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Port Adelaide v Sturt - Saturday, June 8, 2.40pm, Alberton Oval

Port Adelaide will be buoyed by the performances of Charlie Dixon and Ollie Wines on Saturday, with the star duo dominant in their return from injury in the SANFL.

Dixon kicked 5.2 and took six marks, in his first game since breaking his right leg and dislocating his ankle 10 months ago.         

In his first game in six weeks, Wines was Port's leading ball-winner with 32 disposals, 10 tackles and six clearances. 

Youngster Willem Drew also impressed with two goals, 29 touches and eight tackles.

Rookie Cam Hewett collected 24 disposals, while forward Todd Marshall kicked 1.1 from 13 touches.

 

State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Geelong - Saturday, June 8, 11am, Swinburne Centre

Draftee winger Fraser Turner could be getting closer to a debut after a 26-disposal, one-goal match in Richmond's 23-point win over Geelong.

The lively Shai Bolton responded to his omission from Richmond's AFL side, finishing with 25 touches, 11 tackles and a goal.

Nathan Broad joined Bolton in the VFL after a shock dropping, the defender picking up 19 touches and four marks, while big man Mabior Chol's run of good form continued with 22 hitouts, 15 disposals, six tackles and two goals.

Mav Weller worked hard to finish with 22 touches and seven tackles.

 

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

 

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v GWS Giants - Sunday, June 9, 10.30am, Blacktown International Sportspark

Out-of-favour small forward Ben Ronke made an impact in front of goal with three majors for the Swans reserves during their 25-point loss to their GWS counterparts.

 

Rookie Sam Wicks (34 disposals, seven clearances) and youngster James Rowbottom (31 touches) were the leading ball-winners for the Swans, while big man Darcy Cameron (20 possessions, 25 hitouts) showed some good signs around the ground in his duel against Dawson Simpson.

Mid-season draft recruit Michael Knoll finished with 11 disposals and two goals in second game as a Swan.

State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: West Perth v West Coast - Sunday, June 9, 2.15pm, HBF Arena

It was a dirty day for the Eagles in many ways, with their state league team only managing to muster four goals in a 36-point loss to West Perth.

Untried utility Matthew Allen collected 34 disposals, nine marks and had five inside 50s in an impressive individual performance, while veteran midfielder Chris Masten issued a timely reminder to selectors by picking up 35 touches of his own.

Left-footer Kurt Mutimer (28 disposals), defender Jackson Nelson (28) and youngster Hamish Brayshaw (26) also won plenty of the ball, while rookie-listed ruckman Keegan Brooksby amassed a whopping 48 hitouts.

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