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Charlie Constable had a day out, while Grant Birchall and Nic Naitanui made strong returns to the field

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

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney Uni v Brisbane - Saturday, June 22, 12pm, Blacktown International Sportspark

Midfielder Ben Keays had a field day against Sydney Uni in the NEAFL, finishing with 23 disposals, eight tackles and 4.2 in Brisbane's thumping 128-point victory on Saturday.

Rookie Tom Fullarton and Sam Skinner both chimed in with three goals, while draftee Thomas Berry was ferocious in the contest with 13 tackles and 26 disposals.

Youngster Zac Bailey kicked 2 goals from 25 disposals.

Recruit Marcus Adams collected 10 disposals and took two marks in his first game since overcoming a long-term knee injury.

 

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

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Collingwood - Sunday, June 23, 11am, VU Whitten Oval 

Key defender Matthew Scharenberg continued his comeback from injury and moved closer to a senior return with an impressive performance for the Pies in their 23-point triumph over Footscray.

It was Scharenberg's third match back from a serious knee injury and the 23-year-old collected 33 disposals and 16 marks in an excellent showing in defence.

Mid-season draft recruit John Noble (21 touches) had his best game since joining the Pies, while Jack Madgen (20 disposals), Tim Broomhead (18 disposals and two goals) and Josh Daicos (18 touches) also impressed in the win.

 

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Port Melbourne v Essendon - Sunday, June 23, 2.10pm, Adcon Stadium

Out-of-contract forward Aaron Francis did his chances of a senior recall no harm with a four-goal performance in Essendon's 69-point thumping of Port Melbourne.

Former Port Adelaide midfielder and mid-season draft recruit Will Snelling also stood out with a team-high 29 disposals, while dynamic small forward Irving Mosquito (14 touches) impressed with his defensive pressure.

 

Young duo Brayden Ham (26 disposals and two goals) and Kobe Mutch (23 touches) were also rampant for the Bombers during the rout.

State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: Perth v Peel Thunder - Saturday, June 22, 2.15pm, Mineral Resources Park

Fremantle fans will be sweating on the fitness of Harley Bennell, after the midfielder suffered a lower right leg injury while playing in the WAFL on Saturday.

Bennell scored 1.1 from four touches before going down in the first quarter and was put on crutches shortly after.

Midfielder Bailey Banfield was Peel's leading disposal winner with 32 touches and also took 10 marks.

Rookie Ryan Nyhuis (23 touches) and Lachie Schultz (23 touches and a goal) found plenty of the ball, while veteran Hayden Ballantyne kicked two goals. 

Forward Cam McCarthy kicked 1.3 from 13 disposals.      

 

State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Frankston - Saturday, June 22, 2pm, GMHBA Stadium

Rookie Sam Simpson was named best afield for his 26-disposal, one-goal game in Geelong's thumping 89-point win over Frankston.

The goals were well spread among the team, with Wylie Buzza (13 touches, six tackles and 3.2) and rookie Jamaine Jones (12, 6 and 3.0) featuring. 

Youngster Charlie Constable had the ball on a string, finishing with a game-high 33 disposals and a whopping 16 marks.

Small forward Lachie Fogarty (27 touches) continues to build form in his return from a long-term hip injury, as does Scott Selwood (32, nine marks) from the hamstring complaint that saw him miss the first portion of the season. 

Ryan Abbott set the tone in the middle with 26 hitouts, 25 disposals and a goal.

Veteran defender Lachie Henderson suffered what appears to be a minor shoulder injury, initially returning to the field after a tackle gone wrong, but finishing the game on the bench.

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye

State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Box Hill Hawks v Sandringham - Saturday, June 22, 2.10pm, Box Hill City Oval

Veteran Grant Birchall has emerged unscathed from his first game in 720 days, racking up 10 disposals and six marks playing limited minutes in his return from ongoing knee and calf issues.

Midfielder James Cousins responded well to his omission from the seniors with 30 disposals and six tackles in Box Hill's 37-point win.

Rookie Harrison Jones also impressed with 29 touches and 1.1, while Daniel Howe collected 21 disposals and laid five tackles. 

Youngster Oliver Hanrahan starred up forward with four goals from 17 touches, but key forward Mitchell Lewis was fairly quiet with 10 disposals and one goal.

 

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Coburg v Casey Demons - Sunday, June 23, 12.30pm, Piranha Park

Veteran midfielder Jordan Lewis issued another reminder to selectors of his capabilities with a dominant 40-disposal performance for the Casey Demons during their 15-point victory over Coburg.

 

Midfielders Corey Maynard (26 disposals), Jay Kennedy Harris (22) and Corey Wagner (20) also won plenty of the ball, while mid-season draft recruit Kyle Dunkley booted a goal and picked up 18 touches of his own.

The Demons had nine individual goalkickers in the match, that included big ruckman Braydon Preuss, former Gold Coast Suns defender Kade Kolodjashnij and Category B rookie Austin Bradtke.

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Bye

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

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

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Box Hill Hawks v Sandringham - Saturday, June 22, 2.10pm, Box Hill City Oval

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)

This weekend: Box Hill Hawks v Sandringham - Saturday, June 22, 2.10pm, Box Hill City Oval

Rookie Darragh Joyce was Sandringham's leading disposal winner with 21 touches in a disappointing 37-point loss to Box Hill on Saturday.

Youngster Nick Coffield was handy with 18 disposals and five tackles, while Bailey Rice kicked a goal from 15 touches.                       

Forward Ben Long had 15 disposals but was wasteful in front of goal, finishing with 0.2. 

Recruit Sam Rowe won 21 hit-outs, kicked a goal and collected nine disposals.

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Canberra v Sydney - Saturday, June 22, 12pm, Manuka Oval

Draftee James Rowbottom starred in Sydney's eight-point win in the NEAFL on Saturday, collecting 31 disposals and kicking three goals. 

Forward Robbie Fox was also dominant with 32 disposals, 12 tackles and a goal.

Veteran Kieren Jack collected 23 disposals and kicked 1.2, while small forward Ben Ronke proved damaging inside 50 with 2.2 from 19 disposals.

Youngster Ryley Stoddart took nine marks to go along with his 22 disposals. 

 

State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: East Fremantle v West Coast - Saturday, June 21, 11.40am, New Choice Homes Park

Ruckman Nic Naitanui is primed for his long-awaited AFL return, following an impressive performance in the WAFL playing his first game since his second knee reconstruction.

Naitanui had a major influence as the Eagles thrashed East Fremantle by 72 points, finishing with 10 disposals, 25 hit-outs, four tackles, three marks, three clearances and a behind before being pulled early in the final term. 

Key defender Tom Barrass also impressed in his return from foot surgery, taking seven marks and collecting 15 disposals. 

Youngster Jarrod Brander starred with 28 disposals and two goals, while midfielder Brayden Ainsworth also has 28 disposals and kicked 1.2. 

Forward Jake Waterman kicked 2.1 from 15 disposals.

 

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Collingwood - Sunday, June 23, 11am, VU Whitten Oval 

Father-son prospect Rhylee West inched closer to a senior debut with a 25-disposal game for Footscray in its 23-point loss at home to Collingwood.

Youngster Bailey Dale caught the eye with 18 disposals and a goal, while Will Hayes and Lewis Young picked up 16 touches apiece.

Mid-season draftee Ryan Gardner responded to his omission from the senior side with 10 disposals, 11 hitouts and a goal, while dumped midfielder Toby McLean sat out the match as a carryover emergency for the AFL side.