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Taylor Adams, Billy Frampton and Luke Davies-Uniacke all impressed

State league affiliate: Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Adelaide v Port Adelaide - Saturday, July 13, 3.10pm, Port Pirie

Seasoned trio Bryce Gibbs, Andy Otten and Sam Jacobs were among the Crows' best in a 30-point loss to rival Port Adelaide in the SANFL. 

Former Carlton star Gibbs, who has been dropped four times this season, gathered a team-high 25 possessions, to go with seven clearances, six inside 50s and four tackles.

Defender Otten had 24 touches and seven defensive rebounds while ruckman Jacobs had 14 disposals, seven marks, a game-high 31 hitouts and kicked a goal.

Developing tall forward Elliott Himmelberg chimed in with three goals and young runners Lachlan Sholl (20 touches) and Jordan Gallucci (18 touches, eight tackles, seven inside 50s and six clearances) were also in the thick of the action.

Rookie-listed Patrick Wilson's day ended early with concussion.

State league affiliate: Brisbane (NEAFL)
This weekend: Bye

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State league affiliate: Northern Blues (VFL)
This weekend: Port Melbourne v Northern Blues - Saturday, July 13, 2pm, Adcon Stadium

Young big man Tom De Koning enjoyed a breakout performance in the ruck to help the Northern Blues to an after-the-siren win. 

The second-year Blue collected 17 possessions, took seven marks and had 29 hitouts, while his experienced ruck partner Matthew Lobbe also got his hand to the ball first 29 times.

Jarrod Garlett kicked an equal team-high two goals, to give him a tally of 7.0 over his past three outings.

Fellow forward in ex-Magpie Alex Fasolo was dangerous but sprayed 1.3 from his 19 disposals.

Mid-season recruit Josh Deluca had 19 touches and laid six tackles.

 

State league affiliate: Collingwood (VFL)
This weekend: Collingwood v Williamstown - Saturday, July 13, 2pm, Victoria Park

Star midfielder Taylor Adams appears certain to return for the Magpies' big encounter with Greater Western Sydney after passing a virtual fitness test in windy, wet conditions at Victoria Park.

Adams, who had been sidelined since suffering an adductor injury in the round seven win over Port Adelaide, emerged unscathed after playing three quarters, during which he had 16 touches, laid eight tackles and kicked a goal.

The Pies' best performer in an eight-point loss was defender Matt Scharenberg, who had 16 touches and eight marks to also press his claims to replace the injured Darcy Moore after being an unlucky AFL omission.

Flexible veteran Tyson Goldsack was one of the Pies' leading possession-getters with 21, while promising midfielder Tyler Brown had 16 touches and was a strong presence at stoppages.

The clever Josh Daicos (17 disposals and six tackles) was also handy after being axed, but small forward Josh Thomas had just 11 touches and was held scoreless after being sent back to the VFL to find form.

 

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v North Melbourne - Saturday, July 13, 12pm, Windy Hill

Veteran David Myers starred with 30 touches, seven marks and a goal in Essendon's 50-point win over North Melbourne in the VFL.

Draftee Noah Gown was imposing up forward, kicking 3.1 from 11 disposals. 

Fellow youngster Josh Begley also proved to be a headache inside 50, finishing with 2.1 and 18 touches.      

Mid-season recruit Will Snelling continued his strong form since joining the club, collecting 20 disposals and laying 11 tackles.

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State league affiliate: Peel Thunder (WAFL)
This weekend: East Perth v Peel Thunder - Saturday, July 13, 3.10pm, Leederville Oval

Midfielder Bailey Banfield has put his hand up for senior selection with another strong performance in the WAFL, finishing with 26 disposals, 11 tackles and a goal.

Brett Bewley was similarly prolific, racking up 27 touches, but was wasteful in front of goal and finished with 0.2. 

Forward Lachie Schultz kicked two goals and collected 22 touches.

Veteran Hayden Ballantyne kicked 1.1 from nine touches.

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State league affiliate: Geelong (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Sandringham - Saturday, July 13, 3.45pm, GMHBA Stadium

Youngster Charlie Constable starred with 28 disposals in Geelong's 26-point win over Sandringham on Saturday.

Another youngster, Lachie Fogarty, responded well to his omission from the seniors, racking up 25 touches and laying six tackles.

Midfielder James Parsons impressed with 1.1 from 22 touches.

Ruckman Zac Smith won 27 hitouts, and finished with 15 disposals and a goal.

State league affiliate: Gold Coast (NEAFL)
This weekend: Gold Coast v Sydney Uni - Saturday, July 13, 1pm, Blacktown International Sportspark

Former Richmond runner Corey Ellis staked his claim for a senior recall with a solid performance in the depleted Suns' 50-point loss to Sydney Uni.

Ex-Geelong player George Horlin-Smith was also among Gold Coast's few good players, kicking two of their six goals.

Defender Jez McLennan, 18, battled hard in defence against overwhelming numbers while rookie Mitch Riordan had 20 touches to be one of the team's leading ball winners.

Tall forward Peter Wright booted two goals, including one from a crafty snap.

 

State league affiliate: GWS Giants (NEAFL)
This weekend: NT Thunder v GWS Giants - Saturday, July 13, 6.30pm, TIO Stadium

Highly touted draftee Jackson Hately has responded strongly to his omission from the senior side, finishing with 32 touches, six tackles and 1.1 in the Giants' 56-point win in the NEAFL. 

Another promising youngster, Jye Caldwell, impressed with 27 disposals, but was inaccurate in front of goal, kicking 0.3. 

Aiden Bonar was able to hit the scoreboard and finished with 2.1 from 22 disposals, and he was helped up forward by rookie Zach Sproule who kicked three goals.

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State league affiliate: Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
This weekend: Frankston v Box Hill Hawks - Sunday, July 14, 2pm, SkyBus Stadium

Harrison Jones and James Cousins were among those who helped engineer a stunning Box Hill comeback as it overran Frankston by 18 points.

Jones picked up 25 disposals and laid 12 tackles while Cousins had 23 disposals and booted 2.2.

The Dolphins entered the clash searching for their second win of the season and that seemed set to happen when they led the Hawks by 43 points at the first break.

However, they were held scoreless in the final term as Box Hill stormed home with seven goals of their own.

Jacob Koschitzke, Teia Miles and Will Golds all finished with two goals apiece while big man Marc Pittonet slotted one himself, along with 21 disposals and 53 hitouts, in the Hawks' 14.18 (102) to 13.6 (84) victory.

State league affiliate: Casey Demons (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Casey Demons - Sunday, July 14, 11.50am, Marvel Stadium

Demon Jay Kennedy Harris racked up 31 disposals and Corey Wagner collected 30, along with two goals and 11 tackles, in Casey's seven-point loss to Footscray.

Speedster Oskar Baker had 26 disposals and a goal, along with this courageous mark.

 

Corey Maynard won 25 disposals as the Demons came home hard, but the Dogs held on, posting a 12.8 (80) to 10.13 (73) victory.

State league affiliate: North Melbourne (VFL)
This weekend: Essendon v North Melbourne - Saturday, July 13, 12pm, Windy Hill

Young midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke responded strongly to his omission from the Kangaroos' senior side.

The 20-year-old – the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft – had played 12 AFL games this year before being dropped after the Kangaroos' win over St Kilda, but bounced back with 30 possessions and seven tackles in a 50-point loss to Essendon in the VFL.

Ruckman Tom Campbell was again the most dominant big man afield with 29 possessions, six tackles, 37 hitouts and a goal, while support ruckman Tristan Xerri had 17 touches and 22 hitouts.

Experienced runner Sam Wright collected 25 possessions in his bid for a senior recall, while rookie-listed forward Lachlan Hosie contributed 2.2 in a total of 4.8.

Defender Majak Daw, in his second VFL appearance since making an emotional return to the game, continued to build match fitness and ended up with nine touches and one mark.

 

State league affiliate: Port Adelaide (SANFL)
This weekend: Adelaide v Port Adelaide - Saturday, July 13, 3.10pm, Port Pirie

Young forward duo Billy Frampton and Boyd Woodcock bagged 10 goals between them in a 30-point SANFL victory over Adelaide. 

Tall target Frampton kicked a game-high six goals after taking eight marks, five of which were contested, while untried teenager Boyd Woodcock proved a crafty opportunist with four majors from 20 possessions. 

Experienced playmaker Matthew Broadbent is back in the AFL selection frame after amassing a game-high 38 touches, including 26 kicks, along with 17 marks. 

Runner Sam Lienert could also come under consideration after a 34-possession effort.

Others to perform well included Joe Atley (24 disposals and a goal), Willem Drew (24 touches, six clearances and 11 tackles), big man Todd Marshall (24 possessions and 11 marks) and ex-Lion Sam Mayes (24 touches and six tackles).

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State league affiliate: Richmond (VFL)
This weekend: Richmond v Werribee - Sunday, July 14, 10.10am, Swinburne Centre

Gun Tiger Josh Caddy was keen to ensure his stint in the VFL was a short one, collecting 26 disposals and two goals in a 17-point win over Werribee.

Caddy was left out of the senior side's round 16 thumping over Gold Coast with what the club said was a leg injury but wasn't recalled to face Greater Western Sydney.

In 11 matches this season, he has booted 12 goals – a disappointing return after 46 last year.

Young forward Jack Higgins had 22 disposals, as did Jacob Townsend, but he also kicked a goal.

Liam Baker collected 20 disposals and a goal while Dan Butler bagged two as the Tigers won 11.15 (81) to 10.4 (64).

State league affiliate: Sandringham (VFL)
This weekend: Geelong v Sandringham - Saturday, July 13, 3.45pm, GMHBA Stadium

Defender Jonathon Marsh was able to hit the scoreboard in an impressive performance against Geelong on Saturday, taking seven marks and kicking a goal from 18 disposals.

Ruckman Sam Rowe also impressed in Sandringham's 26-point defeat, finishing with 24 hitouts, 17 disposals and six tackles. 

Rookie Doulton Langlands was handy with 20 disposals and six tackles, while Jack Mayo collected 18 touches. 

 

State league affiliate: Sydney (NEAFL)
This weekend: Sydney v Southport - Saturday, July 13, 10am, Blacktown International Sportspark

Midfielder Ryan Clarke was prolific in Sydney's 47-point win in the NEAFL on Saturday, racking up 41 disposals and taking 10 marks.

Veteran Jarrad McVeigh made an impressive return from injury, finishing with 21 disposals, seven tackles and a goal.

Youngster Ryley Stoddart and forward Robbie Fox found plenty of the ball, with both collecting 28 disposals and kicking a goal.

Rookie Hayden McLean dominated up forward with 3.3, while fellow forward Dan Menzel kicked 2.1 from 22 touches. 

State league affiliate: West Coast (WAFL)
This weekend: West Perth v West Coast - Sunday, July 14, 2.15pm, Mineral Resources Park

Lightning-quick forward Jack Petruccelle looked a class above as he returned from a hamstring injury to boot five telling goals in the Eagles' 69-point victory over West Perth.

 

Young forward Jake Waterman trumped Petruccelle with 25 disposals, 15 marks and six goals in a superb individual performance, while former Magpie Josh Smith was the leading ball-winner with 28 touches.

Young ruckman Bailey Williams impressed with 12 disposals, 30 hitouts and a goal, while out-of-favour premiership defender Will Schofield was solid as per usual in defence.

State league affiliate: Footscray (VFL)
This weekend: Footscray v Casey Demons - Sunday, July 14, 11.50am, Marvel Stadium

Draftee Rhylee West topped the stats sheet for Footscray in its seven-point victory over Casey as he presses for a debut.

West, the son of former Bulldog and prolific ball-winner Scott, collected 23 disposals.

Mitch Wallis had 13 himself, along with two goals, in his second game back after he was sidelined by an ankle issue.

Tough onballer Lin Jong showed his dash en route to 21 disposals and two goals.

 

Courageous defender Dale Morris finished with 10 disposals and five marks as he bids for a miraculous AFL return after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in March.

The Dogs led by 27 points at the final break and were pushed in the last term but held on, 12.8 (80) to 10.13 (73).